Operator Safety Award


To recognize helicopter operators who go the distance for safety — day in and day out — HAI presents the HAI Operator Safety Award to its member-operators who were accident free* throughout the previous calendar year.

To apply for your free 2013 HAI Operator Safety Award, click here. Please answer all questions completely, accurately, and legibly. The information that you provide will be used to determine your eligibility for the HAI Operator Safety Award and will be held in the strictest confidence.

There is no cost to apply. You can proudly display your HAI Operator Safety Award as evidence of your professionalism and high operating standards.

If you need additional information about the HAI Operator Safety Award, please contact Jose Orozco at jose.orozco@rotor.org, or call HAI at 703-683-4646.

*HAI defines “accident” according to 49 CFR 830.2, which is the definition used by the National Transportation Safety Board:

§ 830.2 Definitions.

As used in this part the following words or phrases are defined as follows:

Aircraft accident means an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight and all such persons have disembarked, and in which any person suffers death or serious injury, or in which the aircraft receives substantial damage. For purposes of this part, the definition of “aircraft accident” includes “unmanned aircraft accident,” as defined herein.

Serious injury means any injury which: (1) Requires hospitalization for more than 48 hours, commencing within 7 days from the date of the injury was received; (2) results in a fracture of any bone (except simple fractures of fingers, toes, or nose); (3) causes severe hemorrhages, nerve, muscle, or tendon damage; (4) involves any internal organ; or (5) involves second- or third-degree burns, or any burns affecting more than 5 percent of the body surface.

Substantial damage means damage or failure which adversely affects the structural strength, performance, or flight characteristics of the aircraft, and which would normally require major repair or replacement of the affected component. Engine failure or damage limited to an engine if only one engine fails or is damaged, bent fairings or cowling, dented skin, small punctured holes in the skin or fabric, ground damage to rotor or propeller blades, and damage to landing gear, wheels, tires, flaps, engine accessories, brakes, or wingtips are not considered “substantial damage” for the purpose of this part.

[53 FR 36982, Sept. 23, 1988, as amended at 60 FR 40112, Aug. 7, 1995; 75 FR 51955, Aug. 24, 2010]