Matt Zuccaro, President of Helicopter Association International


Mr. Zuccaro has been active in the helicopter industry for over 35 years. He was president of Zuccaro Industries, LLC, which provided domestic and international aviation consultation services, and specialized in helicopter related issues. He holds Airline Transport Pilot and Instrument Flight Instructor certificates for both airplanes and helicopters.

Mr. Zuccaro has held several executive level and operations management positions, with commercial, corporate, scheduled airlines, and public service helicopter operations in the northeastern United States. During his tenure with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, he served in operations management positions at John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Port Authority’s public and private heliports.

Mr. Zuccaro is a past president and chairman of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council. He received his initial helicopter flight training as a U.S. Army aviator and served with the 7/17 Air Calvary unit in Vietnam. During his tour, Mr. Zuccaro earned several commendations to include two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Bronze Stars, and 19 Medals. He was subsequently assigned as a flight instructor at the Army Flight School at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

HAI is the professional trade association for the civil helicopter industry. HAI’s 1,350-plus-member organizations and 1,150 inpidual members, in more than 73 nations, operate more than 4,500 helicopters approximately 2.3 million hours each year.

Died on February 25, 2020