Skyline Aviation Ltd receives top Civil Aviation Award for Safety
Skyline Aviation managing director Mike Toogood was presented with the highest Civil Aviation Award for Safety by the Director of Civil Aviation, Steve Douglas at the Aviation Industry Association Awards dinner held in Palmerston North recently.
Skyline Aviation is based at the Hawkes Bay airport and is the specialist provider of air ambulance services to the region and also operates the rescue helicopter service for the HB Helicopter Rescue Trust and the Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust in Gisborne.
The Company also provides both fixed wing and helicopter charter services throughout New Zealand from it Napier base.
‘The presentation of the award is recognition of the commitment and professionalism our senior staff and pilots have demonstrated over the past 20 years the company has been in business.
‘We are all thrilled and proud to be recipients of this most prestigious award especially at a time when there is a real focus on safety in the aviation industry’ said Mr Toogood
The safety of our patients, passengers and crew is the paramount consideration for all of our operations. With thousands of accident free hours, we have established an enviable safety record and culture within our organization.
Our pilots are experienced and trained to standards that meet and often exceed NZ Civil Aviation Authority and Aviation Industry Association standard requirements.
In addition to the fact our pilots are flying on a very regular basis, we undertake ongoing training programmes for both our air crew and clinical teams to ensure they are all meet our stringent competency requirements.
Our Fleet of aircraft are all maintained to the highest aviation maintenance requirements as set down by the NZ Civil Aviation Authority.
Our helicopter fleet and our Beechcraft King Air are equipped with the very latest in Satellite Tracking technology.
The Tracplus system enables us, our clients and the NZ Rescue Co-ordination Centre to know exactly where these aircraft are at all times, which not only adds to the safety of our operations but also enables us and our clients to know when flights are due to arrive at their destination.
The Cessna 421C and the Piper Navajo are tracked through a web based Flight Explorer programme which provides us with minute by minute position reports and arrival times.