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Innovation in Safety Award

Safety Award 2016


Nomination Form Nomination FormAirbus Helicopters Canada’s ‘Innovation in Safety Award’ recognizes groups, companies, organizations, agencies or individuals for outstanding achievement in maintaining Canadian rotary wing safe flying operations, while utilizing an exceptional or groundbreaking approach. This award is a testimony to the high degree of professionalism and innovation found in Canadian business rotary wing operations and an acknowledgement to the skilfulness and overall ability of an organizations management, maintenance, pilot and support personnel teams.

While most rotary wing operators within Canada have a predefined safety management structure presently in place, some initiatives demonstrate a much farther reaching impact toward the overall goal of safe flying operations. The innovation found within these infrastructures can be recognized through examining skill development, training and any further resources that an organization is currently providing.

Through the development of this award, Airbus Helicopters Canada anticipates that it will create a broader understanding and awareness by highlighting an organizations best safety practices and initiatives.


The winner of this award will be chosen through a committee selection process, from a pool of nominations received during a calendar year. An Awards Presentation will take place every year during the Helicopter Association of Canada’s annual convention.

The award recipient will receive:

  • A plaque
  • Cheque (10,000.00 CAD)

Airbus Helicopters Canada will issue a press release announcing the yearly recipient of this award.


Any Canadian rotary wing group, company, organization, agency or individuals may be nominated for this Award. A nominee must be a Canadian-owned organization or resident of Canada.


All the nominations must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be a Canadian-owned organization, group, company, agency or individual resident of Canada from the rotary wing industry who has:
  • Have a lifelong career in helicopter flying and training minimum 25 to 30 years, without any accidents. Professionalism and safe flying experience demonstrates a remarkable example for future helicopter pilots.
  • Demonstrate a commitment and exceptional dedication to Canadian rotor wing operational safety over an extended period of time (three years or longer).
  • Have successfully completed a program or research project that has had a significant impact on safety in the Canadian rotor wing industry.
  • Show an outstanding act, effort, contribution or service to safety in the Canadian rotor wing industry.

The application may be sent to Airbus Helicopters Canada at any time throughout the year. Company or Individual Nominee Applications need to include the following information in order to be considered:

  • Name of the Nominee
  • Recommended Company/Organization’s Name
  • Reason for nomination (providing as much detail as possible to meet eligibility criteria)


  • Mr. Robert Erdos, Chief Experimental Test Pilot, National Research Council of Canada
  • Mr. Fred Jones, President of Helicopter Association of Canada
  • Mr. Matt Nicholls, Editor – Helicopters Magazine and Wings
  • Mr. Mike Reyno, Publisher Vertical and Canadian Skies Magazines

Past Recipients:

  • Mr. Geoff Goodyear, President of Universal Helicopters
  • Mr. Paul Spring, President of Phoenix Heli Flight
  • Blackcomb Aviation
  • B.C. Hydro

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