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Helicopter Association International (HAI) wants to remind the vertical flight industry there is just over one week left to submit nominations for its annual Salute to Excellence Awards program.
Interested individuals or businesses can submit nominations at rotor.org/salute; HAI must receive all nominations by Oct. 2, 2023.
The Salute to Excellence awards recognize superior achievement across the rotorcraft industry and are open to individuals, teams or organizations who work with helicopters and remotely piloted aircraft systems (drones or UAS).
“We have a very firm deadline this year, and we will not offer any extensions this year,” said Dan Sweet, co-coordinator for the Salute to Excellence Awards.
“Ideally, someone should already be in the process of producing their nomination package, so now is the time to complete it and send it in. If you’ve been procrastinating, you can’t wait any longer. It’s still not too late to produce and submit a winning nomination, but you need to act quickly.”
“Anyone may submit a nomination, and anyone may be nominated. HAI membership is not required,” said Tanya Kirchner, co-coordinator of the HAI awards program. After the nominations close, a committee reviews all entries carefully before selecting a recipient.
“The selection committee also has the option to move a nomination to another category if they think it is a better fit, or they can choose not to present an award if they feel none of the nominees meet their standards to receive an award.”
Winners are provided roundtrip, coach airfare for themselves and a guest, hotel accommodations, and passes to HAI Heli-Expo 2024 in Anaheim, California. They will receive a trophy, take part in a special reception before the show floor opens, and HAI also produces a short video for each winner. HAI will announce the 2024 award recipients in January.
The Salute to Excellence award categories include:
- Matthew S. Zuccaro Land & LIVE Award
- Excellence in Communications
- W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award, sponsored by Hill Air, Corp.
- Maintenance Excellence, sponsored by Rolls-Royce
- Law Enforcement Award, sponsored by MD Helicopters
- Golden Hour Award
- Safety Award, sponsored by BLR Aerospace
- Humanitarian Service Award
- Pilot of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement, sponsored by Bell.
To submit a nomination for the 2024 HAI Salute to Excellence Awards, go to rotor.org/salute and nominate an exceptional individual or organization today. Award descriptions and criteria are available on the website, and additional information about the awards process.