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Life Lion receives Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award

Airbus Helicopters presented its 2018 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award to Penn State Health Life Lion Critical Care Transport. The honor recognizes Life Lion for its work to mitigate the risk of wildlife and drone strikes.

Life Lion was among the programs recognized by Airbus on Oct. 22 at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

Life Lion leaders studied bird and drone strikes and deployed both educational and technological projects to avoid such strikes, creating and distributing training materials to increase awareness.

“Safety is central to Life Lion’s mission, and we must be proactive as an organization and industry in addressing safety concerns,” said Lynn Kelly, program manager of Life Lion. “Our bird and drone strike avoidance program is one way we are enhancing our culture of safety.”

Airbus presented Life Lion with a check for $10,000, which it plans to use for safety initiatives.

Created by Airbus in 2007, the Vision Zero Award recognizes a program or company that has demonstrated a commitment to aviation safety, spotlights specific safety initiatives and encourages the sharing of ideas so others in the industry may learn from them. An industry committee judges the competition.

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