Alexandria, Virginia – Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Mark Ogden, editor of HeliOps magazine, is the 2020 winner of the association’s Salute to Excellence Lightspeed Aviation Excellence in Communications Award. The award recognizes the individual or organization achieving the most creative and distinct dissemination of information about the helicopter industry. The award will be presented Jan. 29 at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards luncheon at HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in Anaheim, California.
Ogden has been editor of the HeliOps (civil helicopters), HeliOps Frontline (military helicopters), and Air Attack (aerial firefighting) magazines for the New Zealand–based Kia Kaha Media Group for the past 20 years. Ogden, who never shies away from highlighting issues that affect the global rotorcraft industry, is known for his highly respected, hard-hitting editorials, which provide focused analysis of the industry in each issue of all three magazines.
Ogden is also a prolific technical writer, having contributed to various safety documents and manuals, including:
- Aircrewman and Winching Standards for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service
- The Australian Transport Safety Bureau Major Accident Investigation Manual
- Remuda Corp.’s operations manual for the Sling Tank underslung firefighting bucket.
His writings have ranged from company profiles and industry analyses to pilot reports to articles on aviation safety and helicopter flying techniques, as well as safety alerts for the Aviation Safety Network. Additionally, Ogden is a highly skilled helicopter photographer who has shared with his readers many years’ worth of his work.
The Lightspeed Aviation Excellence in Communications Award will be presented at the Salute to Excellence Awards luncheon during HAI HELI-EXPO 2020. HAI HELI-EXPO®, the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exhibition, will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, Jan. 27–30, with the exhibit hall open Jan. 28–30. For more information on HAI HELI-EXPO 2020, visit heliexpo.rotor.org.
HAI is the professional trade association for the international helicopter industry. HAI members represent more than 3,000 aviation businesses and individuals who safely operate more than 4,500 helicopters approximately 2.3 million hours each year in more than 73 nations. HAI is dedicated to the promotion of the helicopter as a safe, effective method of commerce and to the advancement of the international helicopter community.