Francois Lassale is the Chief Executive Officer for HeliSGI, an organisation providing rotary wing and fixed wing services. Francois is currently a member of the HAI Board of Directors as the Special Advisor – International. Before joining HeliSGI Francois was the Chief Operating Officer for HeliOffshore, a safety focused organisation working with the global Offshore helicopter transport industry and Managing Director for a firm in the USA bringing turnkey solutions to the industry. Francois has been in aviation for thirty years with a military background in the South African army and Royal Air Force, flying both fixed wing and rotary wing. Since leaving the military he flew in airline, freight, VIP and Head of State operations. Francois has been an instructor, TRI, TRE and CRMI. He served on the Flight Safety Foundation’s Business Aviation Board for thirteen years. He served as Vice Chairman of the European Helicopter Association, Vice Chairman of the International Pilot Training Association, Vice Chairman of the International Association of Aeronautical Flight Auditors, a certified IS-BAO auditor, a Fellow with the Royal Aeronautical Society, and is an Upper Freeman with the Honorable Company of Air Pilots.