Alexandria, Va., January 9, 2007 – Helicopter Association International (HAI) is proud to announce its "Salute to Excellence" Award winners for 2006. The "Salute to Excellence" Awards program, now in its 46th year, recognizes outstanding achievement performed by individuals or companies in the international helicopter industry. Winners will be recognized during the HAI "Salute to Excellence" Awards banquet and ceremony, to be held on Friday, March 2, 2007, at HELI-EXPO 2007 in Orlando, Florida.
THE WINNERS ARE:
Aviation Maintenance Technician Award: Ron Gilroy; Maintenance Supervisor, Columbia Helicopters, Portland, Oregon
Aviation Repair Specialist Award: Richard Wolfgang; Avionics Shop Supervisor, Columbia Helicopters, Portland, Oregon
Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service: Crew of Helicopter ER-MHH (Alexey Ostapenko, Oleg Pazynitch, Alexander Ivlev, Senior Constable Barry Shepherd, and John Funnell), Heli Harvest Ltd., Howick, Auckland, New Zealand
The Joe Mashman Safety Award: Scott Baxter; Flight Instructor/ Bell Flight Training Academy, Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth, Texas
Outstanding Certified Flight Instructor Award: Mel Schiller; Flight Instructor, Canadian Helicopters Limited, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Agusta Community Service Award: New York City Police Department Aviation Unit, Brooklyn, New York
Eurocopter Golden Hour Award: Crew of HH-65C CG6553 (Lieutenant Brian S. Waring, Lieutenant Patrick M. Lineberry, AET2 David S. Fanelli, AST1 John D. Isbell), United States Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Savannah, Georgia
Excellence in Communications Award: Mike Reyno and Linda Reyno; Editor and Publisher, Vertical Magazine, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Helicopter Maintenance Award: Glen Cornett; Director of Maintenance, PHI, Inc., Lafayette, Louisiana
MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award: Monica McIntyre; Law Enforcement Pilot (retired), SkyKnight Program, City of Lakewood, California/Sheriff’s Department, Huntington Beach, California
Lawrence D. Bell Memorial Award: Wanda Lee Rogers; President, Rogers Helicopters, Inc., Clovis, California
Robert E. Trimble Memorial Award: Ken Eichner; Pilot (retired), TEMSCO Helicopters, Ketchikan, Alaska
Pilot of the Year Award: Dale L. Weir; Pilot, Columbia Helicopters, Portland, Oregon
The awards recognize outstanding achievement performed by individuals or companies in the civil helicopter industry
The HAI “Salute to Excellence” banquet and awards ceremony to be held on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at HELI-EXPO 2010 in Houston, Texas.
Outstanding achievement performed by individuals or companies in the international helicopter community recognized.
Winners will be recognized at Heli-Expo 2009 in Anaheim, CA.