Abbotsford’s Conair Group Inc. has received the Back in Bevington Air Safety Trophy.
The award, given out in late-October by the British Columbia Aviation Council at the annual Silver Wings Celebration, acknowledges the organization who has made the most significant impact on air safety in the province.
Conair was selected for their commitment to safe operations, continually striving to improve outcomes and service while offering greater value to government agencies around the world.
“Our team of engineers have spent the last decade designing and certifying a specialized flight envelope advisory system which provides a wide range of mission flight information into our pilots’ field of view including angle of attack detail, slow-speed awareness, and instantaneous G-Loading,” stated Matt Bradley, CEO of Conair.
“This critical information enables the crew to stay in the safe zone, minimizing exposure of the aircraft to high-risk excursions outside of the flight envelope,” he added. “In addition, our Training + Tactics Centre recently enhanced its Mission Training System, the only platform in the world of its kind where aerial firefighting pilots can train alongside government agency wildfire management officers in multiple flight training devices, practicing over the same simulated fire with dynamic fire graphics, mimicking the complex airspace you find in the real world. Everyone learns by doing and the repetitive practice in a controlled setting creates pilots who are better prepared for the missions.”
This past year Conair invested in a study to identify mission risks to improve compliance and risk management programs. The outcome has been an environment of accountability, with mission debriefs on successes and shortcomings, with the team holding themselves and each other accountable for their performance and their commitment to improve.
“Our pilots, managers and aircraft mechanics are to be commended for having the courage and discipline, day in and day out, to say no to a mission that is too dangerous to fly, and to having the humility to be able to admit a mistake or challenge their peers,” Bradley said. “They are the heroes behind Conair’s safety success.”
Conair made headlines this summer when they deployed firefighting aircraft to B.C., Alberta, Alaska and Yukon.
Conair was founded 53 years ago and is the largest privately owned and dedicated fleet of fixed wing firefighting aircraft in the world. For more on the company, visit conair.ca.