Bombardier has announced that the Eugene Cernan Safety Award will be handed out for the first time at the annual Bombardier Safety Standdown, scheduled this year Oct. 8-11 in Wichita, Kansas. Several criteria must be met to be eligible as a nominee for the award, including previous participation at the Bombardier Safety Standdown.
“The nominee should be an individual who has made a difference to aviation safety by setting the highest professional standards, leading by example and mentoring others in their pursuit of excellence and professionalism,” said Rick Rowe, manager of Safety Standdown programs. “They should demonstrate traits similar to those that contributed to the successful career of Naval Aviator, Astronaut and Safety Standdown ambassador, Capt. Gene Cernan.”
The name of the winner of the Eugene Cernan Safety Award will be engraved on a traveling award, which he or she can display for a year. The winner will also receive a smaller award to keep and an Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch,” the same type of watch that Cernan wore while walking on the moon.
Bombardier’s Safety Standdown is open to aviation professionals, free of charge. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program have endorsed the Safety Standdown by offering education credits to those who attend.