American Eurocopter Appoints 2012 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Blue Ribbon Committee

Grand Prairie, Texas - American Eurocopter announces that it has appointed the 2012 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Blue Ribbon Committee. This committee will evaluate the applications and determine the winner of the 2012 Vision Zero Aviation Safety award.

This prestigious award, established by American Eurocopter in 2006, was created with the purpose of promoting a higher level of safety within the air medical industry. As part of the award, American Eurocopter contributes up to $10,000 to the winner of the award to further develop aviation safety initiatives within their organization. This will be the sixth year for the award.

In 2011, Flight For Life Transport System won the award for its long history of involvement locally, regionally and nationally to promote safety in the air medical transport industry. Flight For Life was the first hospital-based EMS helicopter program in Wisconsin, completing its first patient transport in January of 1984. In 1996, it became the first air medical program in Wisconsin to gain CAMTS accreditation, a standing it has held ever since.

All programs and operators who are members of the Association of Air Medical Service (AAMS) are eligible to apply for the Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award, and may nominate themselves. Application forms are now available on the AAMS Web site at To be considered for the 2012 award, completed forms must be received by Sept. 20, 2012. Once the forms have been submitted, the 2011 Blue Ribbon Committee will review the applications and select this year’s winner.

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