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Chris Horton Honored at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner

HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner is HELI-EXPO’s premier event

Chris Horton, Manager of Flight Operations, Guidance AviationChris Horton, CFI-I, Manager of Flight Operations for Guidance Aviation of Prescott, AZ. and Baton Rouge, LA., was honored at the HAI HELI-EXPO®  Awards Dinner, Wednesday evening, February 26, 2014.  The Honorable Deborah Hersman, Chairman of the National Transporation Safety Board (NTSB) and keynote speaker of the prestigious event, addressed Horton at the beginning of her speech.

“For more than 50 years, HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in the helicopter industry. The Salute to Excellence Awards dinner is one of the most prestigious and eagerly anticipated events at HAI HELI-EXPO® each year.” [Source:]

Chris Horton at HAI Heli-Expo 2014The AgustaWestland Safety Award acknowledges outstanding contributions in the promotion of safety and safety awareness throughout the international helicopter community.

“I can’t think of a harder working or more deserving pilot. Chris’s contributions are paramount to the success of the Guidance Aviation SMS,” stated John Stonecipher, President, CEO, Guidance Aviation.

The Salute to Excellence Awards “recognize those who, through either a single act or a lifetime of service and dedication, have exemplified the best the helicopter industry has to offer during the previous year.As helicopters serve the needs of society around the world, there are those in our industry who go above and beyond. “We are honored to be able to recognize their achievements,” said HAI President Matt Zuccaro.” [SOURCE:]

About Chris Horton, CFI-I


Chris Horton, helicopter flight instructor and airplane pilot, discovered his passion for aviation safety as an undergraduate student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His knowledge of Aviation Safety and Safety Systems Management began early as he completed the ERAU minor in Safety Science. Chris focused heavily on accident mitigation and safety program management. Horton joined Guidance Aviation in 2010 and rapidly advanced to the position of Manager of Flight Operations. He is responsible for the daily operations of over 100 full time students, 20 flight instructors, and over 300 weekly flight operations.   With schools in Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Guidance Aviation has a staff of just over 50 employees and a fleet of 16 helicopters.  READ MORE HERE.

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