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Peter Murray, founder and operations manager of Richmond, B.C.-based Talon Helicopters, has been awarded Airbus Helicopters Canada’s 2017 ‘Innovation in Safety Award.’
Murray is being honoured for his longstanding commitment to safety and for activities in the search and rescue (SAR) community including rescues, training, and dedication to safe longline SAR operations, where Talon has continually worked to enhance the safety of human external cargo operations.
“Safety is fundamental to everything we do at Airbus. To foster a culture of aviation safety, we must recognize those whose innovations and exceptional dedication to safe flying practices keep our industry moving forward,” said Romain Trapp, president of Airbus Helicopters Canada and chief operating officer of Airbus Helicopters North America.
“We are proud to honour Peter Murray through the presentation of this award, for his contributions toward improving safe flying practices within search-and-rescue operations.”
In addition to specializing in aerial film work, utility, tour operations and electronic news-gathering, Murray ensures Talon Helicopters maintains a 24/7 SAR response position answering the call to assist with more than 100 rescue operations annually, throughout the Lower Mainland of British Colombia.
Murray is an expert in safe longline rescue operations, and he has carried out many successful rescues in hard-to-reach remote areas. Furthermore, Murray has worked with Vancouver-based Boost Systems with regards to the development of its new Human External Cargo (HEC) System–a system that sets a new global standard in safe HEC operations.
“I am honoured to have been chosen to receive this award,” said Murray. “I accept this award on behalf of our entire Talon Team. I’m extremely proud of our crew for making safety the primary focus of all of our operations, without compromise. To lead such a tight, dynamic and professional group has been very rewarding for me. It’s due to our teams absolute dedication to safety that Talon Helicopters has maintained an accident and incident free twenty years of flight operations.”
This award is presented yearly to an individual or organization whose business initiatives have demonstrated a great impact on the overall goal of safe flying operations, including: skill development, training, and committing additional resources to safety programs. The winner, determined by an award selection committee, receives a $10,000 prize.
Members of the ‘Innovation in Safety Award’ selection committee include: Robert Erdos, chief experimental test pilot for the National Research Council of Canada; Fred Jones, president and chief executive officer of Helicopter Association of Canada; Matt Nicholls, editor of Helicopters Magazine and Wings Magazine; and Mike Reyno, group publisher of MHM Publishing, publishers of Vertical, Vertical 911, Skies, RCAF Today, and Insight magazines.