HeliExperts International works directly with and for its clients to ensure that their projects are based on accepted and fundamentally sound design and regulatory concepts. While HeliExperts well established strategies not only meet and oftentimes exceed proven regulatory and best practice standards, our team’s innovative concepts and oftentimes revolutionary approach provides the out-of-the-box practical alternatives and options required for our client’s to achieve their immediate needs as well as their future goals when no one else can.


Whether your project calls for a corporate, industrial, hospital, public or private heliport, or even an entire heliport system, HeliExperts has your needs and goals fully covered.


HeliExperts does not sell any type of equipment or represent any equipment or aircraft manufacturers, nor do we accept commissions or any other forms of remuneration from suppliers. We work only for you so that you can be assured that our consulting team is objective and unbiased no matter what your needs or the situation.



HeliExperts International LLC was formed in January 2012 with the merging of Raymond A. Syms and Associates LLC and RJ Alexander Consulting LLC. Collectively, the HeliExperts team offers more than 80+ combined years of highly specialized aviation, helicopter and heliport expertise and experience in military, corporate, offshore, and air medical operations with over 35 years in aeronautical consulting, safety, heliport development, education, and litigation support.


Both founding members are active participants and contributors to the aviation and helicopter industries in multiple arenas of governmental rule making, regulatory policy authoring, aviation infrastructure design, technical research, education and training, safety initiatives and risk mitigation strategies.


HeliExperts team members have donated thousands of hours to and actively collaborate with; the Federal Aviation Administration, National Fire Protection Association, National Transportation and Safety Board, Transportation Safety Institute as well as numerous Aviation, Safety and Trade Organization, Groups and Associations. Due to these continuing efforts to promote helicopter safety, many of the design and safety enhancements that HeliExperts have initiated and promoted on behalf of its clients over the years have become standards within the code and good practice arenas.


Both members were instrumental in assisting the Transportation Safety Institute in Oklahoma City in developing the current Heliport Evaluation Training Course used to train FAA Inspectors throughout the U.S. on heliport evaluation practices and procedures.



•Master planned and/or designed 750+ heliports

•Inspected, audited, inventoried and evaluated 3,000+ heliports

•Exceptional heliport regulatory approval rate

•100% success rate in litigation support dealing with helicopters and heliports



Raymond A. Syms:

Ray-1web2Mr. Syms Possesses more than 45 years of military, general and commercial aviation experience as a pilot, instructor pilot, aviation manager, heliport developer, and aviation expert. Syms has qualified as an unchallenged aviation expert in federal, state and local courts aviation liability cases in addition to official hearings and other regulatory proceedings. Additionally, Syms is the designer and primary author of the HAI Heliport/Vertiport Development Guide (a publication by the Helicopter Association International) and has spent more than 30 years serving on FAA and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) committees that assist with authoring the FAA Heliport and Vertiport Design Advisory Circulars (the FAA’s design recommendations for all heliports) and develop the NFPA Standards for Heliports (fire protection and safety standards for heliports). Syms is the current chair of the NFPA 418 Committee, Standard for Heliports.

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Rex J. Alexander:

Rex-5web2Mr. Alexander possesses more than 30 years of military, general, and commercial aviation experience as a pilot, instructor pilot, safety manager, aviation regional manager, airframe and power- plant technician, heliport developer, educator, trainer, and aviation expert. Alexander has served as a board member and former President of the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) as well as a board member and former President of the Indiana State Association of Air Medical Services. Additionally, Mr. Alexander has been involved in numerous industry and government initiatives including; NEMSPA National heliport safety survey, Model Air Medical State Guidelines Task Force, Heliport Risk and Liability Assessment Toolkit, FAA National Proposed Rule Making on HEMS and helicopter operations, NTSB hearings on Helicopter EMS operations and accident prevention, and the HEMS Weather Tool validation and integration program. Mr. Alexander is a well-known and respected speaker, having lectured throughout the United States and has published several well recognized industry articles on air medical, helicopter and heliport operations and safety.

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