Helicopter Association International (HAI) is accepting nominations  for the 2016 Salute to Excellence Awards, to be presented March 2 during HAI HELI-EXPO 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

For 55 years, HAI has encouraged and celebrated the highest standards of professionalism within vertical aviation through its Salute to Excellence Awards. The nine award categories honor those pilots, maintenance technicians, operators, safety professionals, and others who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that has enriched vertical aviation. Any individual or organization, whether or not they are an HAI member, may submit nominations  or be nominated for one or more of the nine award categories. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, October 16, 2015.

The BLR Aerospace Safety Award acknowledges outstanding contributions in the promotion of safety and safety awareness throughout the international helicopter community.

The Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award salutes excellence in management and leadership. The award is granted to an individual for long and significant service to the international helicopter community. Nominees need not be licensed pilots.

The Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award recognizes the efforts of an individual, group, or organization that, through a particular activity or contributions over time, has advanced the use of helicopters in the vital mission of air medical transport.

The Lightspeed Aviation Excellence in Communications Award is given to the individual or organization achieving the most creative and distinct dissemination of information about the helicopter industry.

The MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award recognizes an individual or organization that has contributed to the promotion and advancement of helicopters in support of law enforcement activities. Nominees are not limited to pilots or law enforcement personnel.

The Appareo Pilot of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or extraordinary professionalism over a period of time. Nominees must be active helicopter pilots.

The Rolls-Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award recognizes an individual for longstanding excellence in helicopter maintenance, maintenance instruction or supervision, or a single significant contribution to helicopter maintenance. Eligibility is limited to active helicopter maintenance personnel.

The Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award is presented to the person(s) who best demonstrate(s) the value of helicopters to the communities in which they operate by providing aid to those in need. The award may be for a particular mission or for outstanding service over a period of time.

The W.A. “Dub” Blessing Award (Flight Instructor of the Year) recognizes superlative contributions by a helicopter flight instructor in upholding high standards of excellence.

Complete an online nomination form for each person or organization you wish to nominate. Please give concise details that support your nomination and be sure to supply supportive materials to aid in the selection process. Materials may include awards, letters of recommendation, training certifications, photographs, and newspaper and magazine articles that relate to your nomination. Supportive materials should be sent to salute@rotor.org, clearly referencing the nomination to which they relate. Please do not send non-electronic items. Winners must be prepared to provide further biographical material and photographs that highlight the length and breadth of their career (and film/video, if available).

HAI requires that all nominees complete an acknowledgment form  confirming they understand that they are being nominated for an award and, if selected, will receive the award in person as a V.I.P. guest of HAI at the Salute to Excellence Awards on March 2 during HAI HELI-EXPO 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky, or designate a representative to do so on their behalf. The signed acknowledgement form must be sent to salute@rotor.org no more than one week after submission for the nomination to be accepted.

For further questions regarding the awards and the nominations process, please contact HAI’s Communications and Public Relations Department at 703-683-4646.

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