Salute to Excellence AgustaWestland Safety Award given for work on terrain avoidance
Sandel Avionics Inc. has announced that its President and CEO, Gerry Block, has been awarded the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Salute to Excellence AgustaWestland Safety Award, honoring his work in advancing the state of terrain avoidance and warning systems (TAWS) and, in particular, developing the Sandel ST3400H HeliTAWS™ wire and terrain avoidance system. In announcing the award, HAI noted that TAWS and helicopter TAWS have "saved untold numbers of lives by helping pilots avoid controlled flight into terrain."
A technology development company supplying the air transport, business aviation and military markets, Sandel has focused recently on enhancing the safety of helicopter operations, providing rotorcraft operating at low altitudes with nuisance-free protection from terrain, obstacles and known wires. The result is Sandel HeliTAWS, available as a hardware or software solution, which has already been licensed by a number of OEMs for use in their integrated rotorcraft avionics systems.
"The Salute to Excellence awards couldn't be better named," said HAI President Matt Zuccaro. "In an industry for which safety is so important and everyone strives to do their very best, these awards pay tribute to those who rise above the rest."
The AgustaWestland Safety Award was presented at the Salute to Excellence Dinner on Monday, February 13, 2012, during HELI-EXPO 2012, HAI's annual convention and trade show.