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Companies Say NBAA’s Flying Safety Award is Worth the Application

February 28, 2011

NBAA’s Flying Safety Awards recognize Member Companies for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations – and industry professionals say the recognition amounts to more than just words on paper.

Companies have found that the awards recognize not only their safety track records, but also demonstrate to clients and peers that they are exceptional businesses.

For example, NBAA Member Company Lane Aviation recently received the Association’s Flying Safety Award for 75 years of accident-free operations, and it’s something that Mark Myers, marketing and charter director, said the entire company is proud of. “You can tell people you have a culture of safety, but receiving the NBAA award is tangible evidence to our staff and customers,” he said.

Lane Aviation was founded in 1935, and Myers said the Flying Safety Award recognizes the efforts of current employees as much as those from generations ago. "Lane’s safety culture has grown through the years, and the award is recognition of the people who have come before us and those that currently carry the torch," Myers said.

Jeff Bennett, director of flight operations for Campbell Soup Co., echoed Myers' statement and said that the award celebrated 50 years of focus and hard work from Campbell's staff. "We're really proud to have been NBAA Members for 50 years and it was a great thrill to receive this award," said Bennett. "This is a great company and this award really means a lot to our staff."

“These awards are more than a Member benefit,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “They recognize the high degree of professionalism inherent in business aircraft operations, and are therefore testimony to the skill of a company’s management, maintenance, pilot and support personnel teams.”

CSX Corporation Aviation Department, General Mills, Inc. and KaiserAir, Inc., all reached the safety milestone of flying 60 years or more without an accident in 2010. Aerodynamics, Inc., Avista Corporation, Campbell Soup Co., Nationwide Aviation Business Center, Procter & Gamble Co. and Sentry Insurance, a Mutual Company earned an award for flying 50 years or more without an accident.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Flying Safety Awards; the deadline is March 1, 2011. There are several categories Members can apply under, including:

  • 75-Year Safe Flying Achievement Award
  • 60-Year Safe Flying Achievement Award
  • 50-Year Safe Flying Achievement Award
  • Corporate Business Flying Safety Award
  • Commercial Business Flying Safety Award
  • Aviation Maintenance Department Safety Award
  • Pilot Safety Award
  • Maintenance/Avionics Technician Safety Award
  • Aviation Support Services Safety Award

For More Information

For more information and award applications, visit the NBAA Flying Safety Awards page.