ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — The Brazilian Commercial Aviation Safety Team (BCAST) and a team of air navigation service providers, regulators, safety professionals and a technology company will be honored next month for their outstanding contributions to safety and the aviation industry. The two groups will be recognized during an awards dinner held in conjunction with Flight Safety Foundation’s 76th annual International Aviation Safety Summit (IASS), scheduled for Nov. 6–8 in Paris.
BCAST, which is a joint initiative of Brazil’s airlines and ANAC — Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, the country’s civil aviation authority — will receive the Jerome Lederer Safety Leadership Medal for significant contributions to the advancement of civil aviation in Brazil and for contributions to aviation safety in the Pan America region. Representatives of both industry and government are expected to be in Paris to accept the award on behalf of BCAST.
An international team comprising NAV CANDA, UK NATS, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Separate Airspace Panel (SASP), the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and Aireon, the technology company that deployed the first global air traffic surveillance system using a space-based automatic dependent surveillance–broadcast (ADS-B) network, will receive the Foundation’s David Morrison Innovation Award. The award recognizes their collaborative effort to develop and implement real-time monitoring of aircraft traffic and reduced separation minimums over the North Atlantic through the use of space-based ADS-B.
“On behalf of the entire team, thank you to Flight Safety Foundation for this tremendous honor,” said Don Thoma, chief executive officer of Aireon. “Safety is at the core of all we do at Aireon, and we are proud to support the safety missions of our customers. Thank you to our partners in this project —NAV CANADA, UK NATS, ICAO Separation Airspace Safety Panel (SASP), and EASA — for their commitment to operational excellence and safety.”
Foundation President and CEO Dr. Hassan Shahidi said, “At the heart of every achievement in aviation safety is the dedication, innovation, and collaboration of teams like BCAST and the international consortium led by Aireon. As we celebrate the 76th annual IASS, we are reminded of the incredible progress we can make when diverse groups come together with a shared vision to innovate and elevate safety to the next level. Congratulations to all the award recipients; your efforts light the path for the entire industry.”
The Jerome Lederer Safety Leadership Medal is named for Jerry Lederer, one of the founders of the Foundation, who, in the 1940s, was first to facilitate the exchange of safety information through sharing of critical information among airlines, government and industry, saving countless lives.
The David Morrison Innovation Award is named for another FSF founder. Morrison was an inventor and cockpit designer who played a critical leadership role in the early days of the Foundation.
For more information on IASS and the awards dinner and to register for the safety summit, please visit the IASS 2023 page on the Foundation website.
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