Call for Rusty Award nominations

Twelve months ago Helinews owner Nick Dower started the ‘Rusty Award’ as an acknowledgement of outstanding mentorship to airmen/women. The award was created in memory of Russell Aitken, who was tragically taken in a helicopter accident in Papua New Guinea in July 2012.

Russell ‘Rusty’ Aitken was an instructor and mentor to many pilots including Nick and Helinews Editor Chrissy Hogarth. Our summer issue will cover the award ceremony and feature a ‘Passion or Purpose’ story on the man.

We would now like to call for nominations for the 2013 ‘Rusty Award’. If you would like to nominate someone you believe to be an outstanding mentor in the industry, please email us at and include in your email the name of the person you are nominating, your name and position, and the reasons why you believe this person should receive the award.

The winners will be publicly announced and a ceremony will take place in 2014.

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