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Mr. Geoff Goodyear is the winner of the 2011 Eurocopter Canada, “Innovation in Safety” Award


Helicopter Association of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario – Eurocopter Canada presents the first “Innovation in Safety” award to Mr. Geoff Goodyear, President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Helicopters Newfoundland Limited (UHNL).

Committee members have selected an outstanding individual in Mr. Geoff Goodyear who personifies what Eurocopter Canada’s Innovation in Safety Award is all about.  Active in the industry for over 33 years, Geoff incorporates safety into the daily operations of the business and for the industry at large.

Photo (credit Mark Holleron). Right to left, Mr. Guy Joannes, President & CEO, Eurocopter Canada and Mr. Geoff Goodyear, President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Helicopters Newfoundland Limited, Award ceremony during the HAC lunch.

A past winner of the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award, an industry leader Geoff was one of the first to introduce the S.M.S system into UHNL’s organization.  Today Geoff is the past Chair of the Helicopter Association of Canada, serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Environmental Monitoring and Research, and past Chair of the NAVCANADA Advisory Committee. Geoff is a past contributing writer for Helicopters Magazine and current contributing editor in Vertical Magazine with a “Focus on Safety” column.

Safety is the number one concern for Eurocopter and this award was established to help strengthen the industry’s understanding of superior safety practices and initiatives by recognizing a group, company, organization or agency that utilizes an exceptional or ground-breaking approach toward rotary wing safe flying operations.

“Eurocopter is committed to safety through innovation and this is the foundation of our activities,” said Guy Joannes, President and CEO, Eurocopter Canada.  “We congratulate Geoff on receiving this award and for being an advocate and industry leader in the field of safety.”

The award is given to a nominee whose business initiatives have demonstrated a great impact on the overall goal of safe flying operations, as recognized by examining skill development, training and any additional resources. The Eurocopter Canada Innovation in Safety Award winner receives a cheque for $5,000 and recognition at the HAC Annual Conference.

The winner is chosen through a committee selection process. The 2011 committee included Robert Erdos, Chief Experimental Test Pilot, National Research Council of Canada; Fred Jones, President and CEO, Helicopter Association of Canada; Matt Nicholls, Editor, Helicopters Magazine and Wings Magazine; and Mike Reyno, Photojournalist and Co-Publisher MHM Publishing, publishers of Vertical, Vertical 911 and Canadian Skies magazines.

For more information on how to nominate future candidates for the ECL Innovation in Safety Award, please visit

About the Eurocopter Group and Eurocopter Canada

Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 20,000 people. In 2011, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s number one helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 5.4 billion Euros, orders for 457 new helicopters and a 43 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong international presence is ensured by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries. Eurocopter’s worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents supports some 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,300 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 149 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business.

Eurocopter Canada ( is a market leader with 67 percent of new aircraft sales, supporting more than 600 aircraft that are operated by 160 customers across Canada. Eurocopter Canada, a subsidiary of Eurocopter is based in Fort Erie, Ontario, with operations in Richmond, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec and has a customer support network that spans the entire country.

For more information, please contact:
Laura Senecal
Tel: (905) 871-7772
Cel: (905) 321-7738
Eurocopter Canada Limited
Julie Guérin
Tel: + 33 4 42 85 59 64
Cel: + 33 6 22 00 34 73
Eurocopter Group
Stéphane Chery
Tel : + 33 (0)4 42 85 60 51
Cel : + 33 (0)6 23 93 71 23 stephane.chery[at] Eurocopter Group


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