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Grant opportunity for students interested in safety summit

February 10, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

Feb. 10, 2011, Vancouver - The 2011 CHC Safety & Quality Summit is now accepting applications for the Dr. Peter Gardiner Aviation Student Grant.

The grant is open to full-time aviation students in Canada and the United States interested in attending the aviation safety conference March 28-30, 2011, and the two-day Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) course March 31 to April 1, both at the Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina in Vancouver, BC.

This grant is being sponsored by CHC Helicopter and HFACS, Inc. in recognition of the contribution the late Dr. Peter Gardiner made to aviation safety, particularly through involvement in the early CHC Safety & Quality Summits.

"In 2004, CHC launched a Safety & Quality Summit aimed at sharing education and best practices in aviation safety. Dr. Gardiner was an integral contributor to that very first Safety Summit, sharing our commitment to reduce aviation accidents. That single event set a strong foundation for what has become a world-class, annual, non-profit event," said Greg Wyght, VP Safety and Quality for CHC Helicopter.

The grant, worth more than $3,700, provides students in aviation studies with the opportunity to learn from the best minds of the industry and build essential skills and knowledge. Applicants must submit their completed online application form and 500-word essay on or before February 20. The winner will be notified by February 28.


Dr. Gardiner was President and CEO of the Southern California Safety Institute (SCSI). His central goal at SCSI was to provide those in the aviation field the best tools and training available to reduce accident rates. Whether it was flying in experts from around the world to teach one course, taking courses overseas, setting up a comprehensive crash lab for hands-on training, or making courses available online, his vision was nothing less than 'excellence in aviation safety training.' He sought to recruit the best and develop the best, recognizing that in so doing, they could help save lives.

The winning applicant will also receive registration to attend the two-day HFACS/HFIX Workshop scheduled for March 31 – April 1, directly following the CHC Safety & Quality Summit. HFACS, Inc. is a U.S. based company that offers specialized human factors training and services. The workshop will be led by certified HFACS instructors and provides training in the application of innovative methods for managing human error that are scientifically derived, empirically tested, and proven in the field. Participants will learn how to turn errors into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into effective error management solutions. Upon successful completion of the two-day workshop, attendees will be eligible to apply for HFACS Certification (Associate HFACS Professional).

"HFACS, Inc. is committed to improving safety by helping companies understand why accidents occur and how they can be prevented using a systems perspective," said HFACS, Inc. Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner Dr. Paris Stringfellow. "Dr. Peter Gardiner was a pioneer and visionary who had the foresight to appreciate this systems-view of safety long before it became popular. We wanted to honor him by helping the next generation of pilots and helicopter professionals gain this unique understanding of accident prevention."

To access the grant application forum, please visit the 2011 CHC Safety & Quality Summit website (http://www.chcsafetyqualitysummit.com) .

Now in its seventh consecutive year, the Summit is an internationally recognized, non-profit aviation safety conference aimed at improving safety in aviation globally through excellence in human factors. The Summit is hosted by CHC Helicopter, one of the world's largest providers of civilian search and rescue services and transportation for the global offshore oil gas industry. CHC has over 250 aircraft operating in some 30 countries worldwide. The Summit sponsors include Sikorsky, AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Willis, Chartis and Swiss Re, allowing organizers to continue bringing together the best minds in aviation safety to present and share best practices with delegates from around the globe.


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