Mission and By-Laws


NHA was founded in 1971 and is incorporated in California as a 501(c)6 nonprofit professional organization to promote the development and use of naval vertical lift aircraft in the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard; provide a forum whereby persons in these organizations involved with vertical lift aircraft can interact with each other at meetings and conventions; to provide recognition to those persons who have made significant contributions to those purposes. In pursuing these objectives NHA keeps members informed of new developments and accomplishments in vertical lift aircraft.

About NHA

  • NHA is a member-based organization dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard rotary wing aviation.
  • NHA membership is comprised of active duty and retired U.S. Navy, USMC, Coast Guard helicopter pilots, aircrew, and helicopter maintenance professionals
  • NHA provides an open forum for discussion concerning naval helicopter professional and career issues.
  • NHA hosts a national symposium linking key Navy leaders, operators, planners, and industry into a synergistic vision of the future.
  • NHA recognizes excellence in naval helicopter operations, tactics and aircraft maintenance. Annually, each region recognizes and selects Navy, Marine, or Coast Guard service members whose distinguished performance merits specific recognition. The regions then funnel their selections to the national organization which in turn selects from the pool of regional winners. NHA is the only organization which specifically recognizes exceptional achievement in rotary wing aviation.
  • NHA is connecting the present with the future through the awarding of academic scholarships. Annually, NHA awards scholarships for college and a graduate degree scholarships to outstanding students across the country.


NHA By-Laws

NHA By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation

Annual Report