HAI Announces Recipient of the 2010 AgustaWestland Safety Award

Terry Palmer; Manager of Rotorcraft Programs, Flight Safety International, Dallas, is the 2010 AgustaWestland Safety Award recipient.


Alexandria, VA, January 29, 2010 – HAI is pleased to announce the 2010 AgustaWestland Safety Award recipient, Terry Palmer; Manager of Rotorcraft Programs, Flight Safety International, Dallas, Texas.

Terry Palmer’s impressive aviation career began when she served on the airport board in Mesquite, Texas while obtaining her initial pilot ratings. Soon after, in 1989, she opened an FAA Part 141 Flight School, and managed a Fixed Base of Operation (FBO) while earning her commercial pilot ratings. In 1997, Palmer was hired by Omniflight Helicopters as a training coordinator and Crew Resource Management (CRM) Program Manager – developing and teaching programs nationwide.

In 2000, Palmer moved to FlightSafety International to instruct in Falcon jets, CRM, Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR), and other human factor courses. In an effort to identify industry safety and training needs, Palmer hosted the successful annual FlightSafety International Helicopter Safety Forums from 2005 to 2008. With Larry Mattiello, President of AirSure Ltd., Palmer formed PALMAT Aviation Consulting, working on educational safety programs for insurance underwriters and brokers.

Palmer has worked with many committees and organizations, including the Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference (HSAC), Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS), Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), and the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA). She is a member of the HAI Safety Committee, and currently serves as an aviation advisor on the board of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS). In 2009, Palmer testified on the necessity for simulator and scenario-based training at the NTSB hearing for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). For the last two years she has served on the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), and the Joint Helicopter Safety Implementation Team (JHSIT).

Palmer has been recognized numerous times by the FAA for her tireless dedication to helicopter safety; efforts that have earned her HAI’s 2010 AgustaWestland Safety Award.

All winners will be recognized at HELI-EXPO 2010’s annual “Salute to Excellence” Awards Banquet on February 22, 2010 in Houston, Texas. For more information about the 2010 “Salute to Excellence” Awards, contact HAI’s Communications Department at 703-683-4646, fax: 703-683-4745, or email: rotor@rotor.com. For more information on HELI-EXPO 2010, visit www.rotor.com.

HAI is a professional trade association representing 3,000 plus members, in 74 nations, who safely operate more than 5,000 helicopters approximately 2.3 million hours each year. HAI is dedicated to the promotion of the helicopter as a safe, effective method of commerce, and to the advancement of the international helicopter community.

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