Helicopter Association International Extends Deadlines for Salute to Excellence Awards
Helicopter Association International (HAI) is extending the deadline to submit nominations for the annual Salute to Excellence awards that recognize superior achievement across nine categories of the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry. Salute nomination packages must be submitted to HAI by Nov. 20, 2020, to be considered.
The original deadline of Oct. 30 has been extended due to the request of members, given the current challenging environment.
"We know that many helicopter operators and pilots are still actively fighting fires and supporting hurricane relief operations,” says James Viola, president and CEO of HAI. We hope this additional time provides them the opportunity to recognize the extraordinary work everyone is doing."
Membership in HAI is not a requirement; any person can nominate anyone. Applicants can nominate themselves or someone they know for significant achievements using helicopters or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones). Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of this additional time and submit a nomination to the awards, which now also recognize UAS professionals and operations.
“HAI has long recognized individuals and teams in the rotorcraft industry,” continues Viola. “This year, we also wanted to recognize the efforts of those who are expanding the field of rotorcraft to include UAS. These industry professionals are producing meaningful work, and we are excited to include them in our awards program.”
“If you’re thinking about submitting a Salute nomination package, you do still need to hurry,” says Dan Sweet, HAI director of public relations and communications. “While the deadline remains several weeks away, successful nominations are never done quickly. We find that most winning nominations provide substantial details and documentation about what the nominee did and perspective about how their work contributed to the industry.”
More information about submitting nominations is available at rotor.org/salute.
HAI presents Salute to Excellence awards in nine categories, recognizing significant achievements by individuals or teams. Award recipients are acknowledged for their efforts each year at HAI HELI-EXPO, which will be held in 2021 in New Orleans, March 22–25, with the show floor open March 23–25.
The nine award categories include:
- Excellence in Communications
- W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year
- Law Enforcement
- Humanitarian Service
- Golden Hour (Air Ambulance/Medical)
- Maintenance Excellence
- Pilot of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement.