AHIA awards and gala dinner

Join the industry in a celebration of rotary-winged excellence at the AHIA Awards and Gala Dinner.

Always a highlight of the Rotortech program, this celebratory Dinner brings together all stakeholders of the Australasian and Pacific helicopter industry.

The 2018 AHIA Awards and Gala Dinner will be staged at the Twin Waters Resort on the evening of Friday 25 May, 2018, to recognize and celebrate significant contributions of excellence made to the industry by AHIA members during the previous year.

The dinner will include arrival drinks, a three course dinner and accompanying wine, beer and soft drinks. A highlight of the evening will be the external fireworks display over the lagoon and plenty of networking opportunities.

Dinner tickets can be purchased here.

The AHIA Awards and Gala Dinner is always over-subscribed with a wait-list due to the limited number of seats available. Early reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment.


The Australian helicopter industry fulfills an important daily role in community service operations impacting upon our way of life and associated aviation commercial activities that make a significant contribution to the national economy. The helicopter industry provides a career path for people from many and varied differing backgrounds across Australia and some establish viable and successful aviation company’s.

Every year there are people, organisations and companies that do, or undertake, some extraordinary activity that reflects upon the Australian helicopter industry with distinction. There are stand-out achievements, some well-known, and some, not so well-known.

In recognition of these achievements, the Board of the Australian Helicopter Industry Association, on behalf of its members and the public they serve, has introduced a series of annual awards for helicopter industry excellence. These annual awards for a number of helicopter industry categories will be presented at the Gala Awards Dinner to be held each year in conjunction with the AHIA Annual Helicopter Conference.

The awards will cover four helicopter industry categories.

  • Australian Helicopter Pilot Of The Year.
  • Australian Helicopter LAME/AME Of The Year.
  • Australian Helicopter Aircrew Member Of The Year.
  • Australian Helicopter Support Person Of The Year.


The selection criteria and process for each category is as follows:

  • Outstanding AHIA member candidates may be proposed and seconded by any members of the AHIA.
  • An independent aviation industry panel appointed by the AHIA Board will undertake an assessment of the various nominations and then make recommendations to the AHIA Board to consider and ratify.
  • Criteria to be considered in conjunction with award nominations for each category include, but are not limited to, the following.
  • Demonstrate a safe, positive and collaborative attitude to aviation activities and clear compliance to regulatory and company procedures.
  • Continually demonstrate a loyal commitment to their organization/company in particular and the Australian helicopter industry in general.
  • There is widely acknowledged recognition of the positive role model portrayed to fellow employees and their particular helicopter industry activity/discipline.
  • A demonstrated ability to embrace the opportunity for further industry training/personal development to the benefit of the organization and the individual.


Nominations are now open for the ANNUAL AUSTRALIAN HELICOPTER INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE, please download the form below to make your nomination.

Nominations will need to be forwarded to the AHIA Secretariat as addressed on the nomination form.

Any queries in relation to a nomination or the awards can be directed via email to


Honorary AHIA Life Membership

From time to time the AHIA Board, at their absolute discretion, will extend Honorary Life Membership of the AHIA to individuals who have readily demonstrated a strong historical and widely acknowledged contribution to the AHIA and Australia’s helicopter industry over a long time. Individuals awarded Honorary Life Membership are known positive role models for the industry, demonstrate high levels of leadership, combined with overall business and personal integrity.

AHIA Awards and Gala Dinner Tickets 'available here'.