5-May-2010 Source: American Eurocopter
Grand Prairie, Texas â€“ American Eurocopter announced today that it has appointed the 2010 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Blue Ribbon Committee. The members of this committee will be responsible for evaluating the applications and determining the winner of the prestigious Vision Zero Aviation Safety award, which was established by American Eurocopter with the purpose of promoting a higher level of safety within the air medical industry. As part of the award, American Eurocopter will contribute up to $10,000 to the winner of the award to further develop aviation safety initiatives within their organization. This is the fourth year for the award.
The 2009 award was given to the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) for their tireless work on safety initiatives including several surveys, educational programs, and campaigns.
â€œIt was gratifying to have been selected as the 2009 Vision Award winner,â€ said Kent Johnson, President of NEMSPA and Chief Pilot for Intermountain Life Flight. â€œIt is validation for NEMSPAâ€™s contributions to safety and education throughout the HEMS industry, and specifically our No Pressure initiative. No Pressure is aimed at increasing safety throughout the industry by identifying and reducing the negative internal and external pressures associated with air medical missions. It is a key element in creating a safer HEMS industry and the Vision Zero Award provided us with the resources to begin the second phase of the initiative. NEMSPA has identified key areas of concern and we are designing a nationwide survey of HEMS organizations, programs and professionals that we plan to have ready for AMTC.â€ More information on the No Pressure initiative will be available in July when a brochure will be available that will explain how interested programs and organizations can participate.
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.Â Nomination forms are now available.
Each of the following members of the Blue Ribbon Committee has extensive background within the air medical industry:
For more information on The American Eurocopter Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award, please visit www.aams.org or www.eurocopterusa.com.
About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer that produces, markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer in the United States. The company is a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services, and is an affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world. American Eurocopterâ€™s product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. Company headquarters and main facilities are located in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS, that produces the UH-72A for the U.S. Armyâ€™s Light Utility Helicopter program.