Safety Award


Bombardier Announces the Recipient of the 2015 Eugene Cernan Safety Award

Bombardier is proud to announce that the winner of the 2015 Eugene Cernan Safety Award is Captain Matt Barre, a pilot and safety advisor who has demonstrated his dedication to aviation safety while on active duty in the Coast Guard and as a member of Aflac’s corporate flight department. The award was presented at the 19th annual Bombardier Safety Standdown USA, held from October 6 to 8, 2015, in Wichita, KS.

Captain Matt Barre was nominated by his peers for his outstanding commitment to aviation safety and his continuous efforts to develop more robust safety programs within the aviation industry. “A rigorous safety culture in flight departments requires leadership, innovative thinking, study of the safety discipline as well as advocacy to take hold and stay effective,” said Chris Lutat, Convergent Performance. “Matt’s efforts both within the Aflac flight department, and regionally at the Southeast Aviation Safety Roundtable (SEASRT), demonstrate his commitment to safety — well beyond the minimum job expectations — in addition to his ability to inspire others through demonstrated actions and behaviors,” he added.

The Safety Standdown Advisory Council will select a winner according to the following criteria: The nominee or nominator must have attended at least one Safety Standdown seminar. Nominee should be an aviation professional who:

  1. Has gone above and beyond the minimum job expectations.
  2. Lives by the framing principles of Safety Standdown.
  3. Has demonstrated an exceptional dedication, commitment, and contribution to aviation safety through their actions and behavior.

Demonstrates the following traits: * Professionalism     * Dedication     * Commitment     * Courage    * Passion     * Leadership

Consistently takes the following actions:

Submit your nomination here or by email at We will confirm the receipt of your application within 48 hours.

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