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Safety Award

The Safety Standdown award is given annually to an aviation professional who has demonstrated exemplary dedication to improving aviation safety through the application of the Safety Standdown principle: LEARN – APPLY – SHARE.  By learning new skills and applying them, they demonstrate their dedication to personal improvement. By sharing their knowledge, they become distinguished role models.

A nominee must:

  • Be nominated by an individual within the business aviation community
  • Have attended a Safety Standdown seminar (in person)
  • Be employed in business aviation
  • Demonstrate strong characteristics, personal traits and behaviors. (Professional contributions to aviation, leadership skills, aviation safety)

All nominations submitted to Bombardier Safety Standdown should include the following material:

  • Completed online nomination form.
  • Optional supporting documentation (may include resume, newspaper clippings, publications and articles related to the nominee).
  • If emailing nomination form, please submit:
    • Contact information of the nominator and nominee.
    • Safety Award criteria as outlined on the nomination form in Section 2.
    • Any supporting documentation

The nominator must submit the completed nomination package containing all the above to Safety Standdown and it must be received by the deadline. If a nomination package is received by the deadline, but judged incomplete by the Advisory Council, then the nominator may be granted an extension, not to exceed 7 days, in order to complete the submission requirements. If the extension is still not met satisfactorily, then the nomination package will not be considered.

The Nomination Process:

All information is sent to a Bombardier Safety Standdown representative, who compiles the information and presents it to the Bombardier Safety Standdown Advisory Council members. The Advisory Council members review all nominations and select the recipient, who is officially recognized at the Safety Standdown Seminar.

For the 2019 award, nominations should be received by Safety Standdown no later than August 21, 2019

To nominate an outstanding aviation professional for the Safety Standdown award, please provide the following information:
How long have you known the nominee?
Has the nominee ever attended a Safety Standdown Seminar? (optional)
Have you ever attended a Safety Standdown Seminar? (optional)
How did you hear about the award? (optional)
Complete electronically or proceed to Section 3 to attach a nomination letter
Complete electronically or proceed to Section 3 to attach a nomination letter
Please provide specific examples of how your nominee demonstrates one or more of the following characteristics:
  1. Goes above and beyond the minimal job expectations,
  2. Serves, volunteers or participates on aviation committees
  3. Instrumental on development of leadership or mentoring in professionalism,
  4. Demonstrates an exceptional dedication, commitment, and has contributed to aviation safety through their actions and behavior.
Please provide specific examples of how your nominee demonstrates one or more of the following personal traits:
  1. Professionalism
  2. Dedication
  3. Commitment
  4. Courage
  5. Passion
  6. Leadership
Please provide specific examples of how your nominee actively displays the following behaviors:
  1. Makes a difference
  2. Leads by example
  3. Sets the highest standards
  4. Makes a conscious decision to do the right thing
  5. Believes that good is never good enough
Provide general comments regarding the nominee along with anything else you believe would help us improve the evaluation of the nominee for the award selection process.
Or submit all information to
Final Submission & Supporting Documents

Past Safety Award Recipients

Previous Safety Standdown Award winners have gone above and beyond the minimal job expectations. These individuals live by the framing principles of Safety Standdown. They have demonstrated an exceptional dedication, commitment and contribution to aviation safety through their actions and behavior.

2018 Recipient

Martin G. Grier, The Home Depot aviation department

2017 Recipient

Mark Chaffinch, Norfolk Southern Corporation

2016 Recipient

Robert L. Sumwalt, III, National Transportation Safety Board

2015 Recipient

Matthew Barre, Aflac

2014 Recipient

Ed Coleman, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

2013 Recipient

Jeff Wofford, CommScope, Inc.

2012 Recipient

Troy Smith, Federal Bureau of Investigation