The American Helicopter Society (AHS) has informed us that the IHST will be awarded the AgustWestland International Fellowship Award on Wednesday May, 12, 2010 at their annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ.
The AgustaWestland International Helicopter Fellowship Award recognizes the most significant contribution to international vertical flight cooperation by an individual or group. Established in 1989, the award honors the memory of Paolo Bellavita whose career at Gruppo Agusta was marked by his dedication to furthering international cooperation in the world of vertical flight. This year’s winner is the International Helicopter Safety Team, created in 2006, with the goal of reducing the civil and miilitary helicopter accident rate by 80 percent within 10 years or by 2016. The team now represents the leading worldwide government/industry/operator safety initiative to reduce helicopter accidents. The team is led by the Federal Aviation Administration, associations such as the American Helicopter Society and Helicopter Association International, major airframe manufacturers including AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Eurocopter, and Sikorsky Aircraft, and all major engine OEMs, systems houses and suppliers, and the civil/commercial operator community worldwide. IHST efforts have led to the formation of similar safety initiatives in the European Union (EHEST), Brazil, Canada, and Australia.