United States of America
Roy Resavage was a former Naval Aviator, mander, and executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy who later went on to lead the world's largest civil helicopter association - as president.
A Navy captain, his 27-year military service included numerous carrier-based deployments, command of two helicopter squadrons, and service as Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Station in Jacksonvile, Florida. During one deployment, he launched as aircraft commander on a nightime mission in the North Atalantic to rescue on injured sailor on another ship within the same battle group. Fighting high winds, thick cloud cover and storms which foraced him to fly on instruments at just 200 feet above the sea, he safely returned the sailor to a mainland-based hospital aircraft following one of the longest un-refueled over-sea flights ever attempted by a Naval helicopter. On retirement, his logbook reflected more than 6,000 accident-free flight hours. At Helicopter Association International, he faced many challenges, not the least of which was a major economic downturn in the civil helicopter industry. During his seven years as HAI presiden, he improved operational efficiency, increased convention and exhibitor attendance at Heli-Expo - the association's annual trade show - and improved HAI's financial health. HAI during his leadership teamed with AHS International on a variety of industry initiatives, including helicopter safety and helicopter infrastructure. In 2006, Mr. Resavage received the HAI Lifetime Honorary Membership Award.
Mr. Resavage passed away on February 19, 2007 after a long illness.
AHS Update: Vertiflite Summer 2007