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News > Deadline for American Eurocopter’s Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Extended to September 11, 2009

Deadline for American Eurocopter’s Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Extended to September 11, 2009

August 28, 2009

Grand Prairie, Texas – American Eurocopter has announced the deadline to apply for the third annual Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award has been extended until September 11, 2009. This prestigious award aims to promote aviation safety within the air medical community and American Eurocopter will contribute up to $10,000 to the winner to further their safety efforts.

Bill Bryant, the Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee explained, “Last year’s winner, the Opportunities for Safety Improvement in Helicopter EMS (OSI-HEMS) research team, led by Dr. Ira Blumen at the University of Chicago, is using the $10,000 to support its efforts to complete a detailed analysis over 135 HEMS accidents from 1998 to 2009.” Through this root cause analysis, specific problems have been identified and concrete recommendations will be made to compare the potential benefits, cost, effectiveness and feasibility of various interventions that can prevent HEMS accidents or reduce the impact of accidents that do occur.

Vision Zero LogoThe recipient of the first annual award was PHI, Inc. who was recognized for their contribution to our industry’s safety by sharing the details of their comprehensive Enhanced Operational Control (EOC) system with the air medical community.

“This committee and the AAMS community are really looking forward to hearing from other operators to see what advancements have been made since 2008,” continues Bryant.  “Since we are in the peak vacation season, we want to extend our deadline to ensure that every organization has the opportunity to apply.”

All programs and operators who are members of the Association of Air Medical Service (AAMS) are eligible to apply, and may nominate themselves.

For more information on the American Eurocopter Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award, along with the nomination form and instructions, please visit:

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the American subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter manufactures and produces helicopters, and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter's headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS and its West Coast Regional Support Facility, in Long Beach, CA.

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