Bombardier is proud to announce that the winner of the 2015 Eugene Cernan Safety Award is Captain Matt Barre, a pilot and safety advisor who has demonstrated his dedication to aviation safety while on active duty in the Coast Guard and as a member of Aflac’s corporate flight department. The award was presented at the 19th annual Bombardier Safety Standdown USA, held from October 6 to 8, 2015, in Wichita, KS.
Captain Matt Barre was nominated by his peers for his outstanding commitment to aviation safety and his continuous efforts to develop more robust safety programs within the aviation industry. “A rigorous safety culture in flight departments requires leadership, innovative thinking, study of the safety discipline as well as advocacy to take hold and stay effective,” said Chris Lutat, Convergent Performance. “Matt’s efforts both within the Aflac flight department, and regionally at the Southeast Aviation Safety Roundtable (SEASRT), demonstrate his commitment to safety — well beyond the minimum job expectations — in addition to his ability to inspire others through demonstrated actions and behaviours,” he added.
“I am very proud of the impact Safety Standdown has on our industry,” said Andy Nureddin,Vice President & General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Business Aircraft and the Safety Standdown program’s executive sponsor. “More than 450 aviation professionals, including pilots, crew members and maintenance technicians dedicated themselves to sharpening their skills this week. They will now go back to work, apply their new skills and share their knowledge, and have a positive impact on aviation safety,” he added.
Next year’s edition of Bombardier’s Safety Standdown will be held from September 27 to 29, 2016, in Wichita, KS.
About Safety Standdown
Originally conceived in 1996 as a human factors safety-training event for the Learjet flight demonstration team, the conference quickly garnered a reputation for excellence beyond Bombardier’s customer base. In 1999, in response to growing interest within the industry, Bombardier opened the seminar to all pilots. In 2010, Safety Standdown expanded beyond the seminars into a year-round global human factors program offering online and social media resources. As of today, more than 8,400 corporate, commercial and military aviation professionals have attended Safety Standdown seminars around the world, including Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, Switzerland and the U.S.A.
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