The 2014 “Moral Courage Award” was presented to three recipients at HAI’s Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif. during the Safety Committee’s Town Hall Meeting.
The U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI)’s Aviation Safety Division is the proponent of the award, presented by D. Smith, senior air safety investigator and the originator of this award.
The award is given to individuals and organizations in the aviation community who put safety over all aspects of an operation and who have made difficult, and sometimes unpopular, decisions to ensure safety is not only promoted, but also acted upon. This is the second year this award was presented.
This year’s recipients were Sam Egli of Egli Air Haul, Brandt Swigart of Hawaii Power Labs, and Air Care and Mobile Care. The awards committee received many nominations that all indicated a positive safety culture in their organizations, which is what this award promotes.
Each recipient received a plague with a certificate from TSI.
The plagues were sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Nominations are now open for next year’s award to be presented at Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando, Fla.