The Salute to Excellence Awards will be presented March 4 during HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 in Orlando, Florida.

For more than 50 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.

The AgustaWestland 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 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 Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award recognizes an individual for longstanding excellence in the performance of 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.