AAMS Honors Randy Mains
AAMS honors Oregon Aero’s Randy Mains with Annual Safety Award
Jim Charlson Aviation award recognizes significant contributions to air medical safety
SCAPPOOSE, Ore. — For his dedication to aviation safety over a career spanning more than 45 years, Randy Mains, Chief CRM/AMRM Instructor at Oregon Aero, has been honored by the Association of Air Medical Services with the 2013 Jim Charlson Aviation Safety Award. The annual award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the overall enhancement, development or promotion of safety within the air medical transport community.
“I am absolutely thrilled at the news,” said Mains, a certified CRM/AMRM instructor and a combat veteran with more than 13,000 flight hours. “Although I knew people were listening during my keynote speeches on HEMS safety, receiving this award makes me feel that they have actually heard my message as well.”
Mains’ distinguished helicopter career began as a combat pilot with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He later became a senior flight instructor for Bell International in Iran. In 1979, Mains and six other pilots began promoting the concept of using helicopters to save lives during medical emergencies in the United States. In the ensuing years, he helped establish the UCSD Medical Center’s Life Flight program, set up a country-wide Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) program in the Sultanate of Oman, and worked as a flight instructor and flight examiner for Abu Dhabi Aviation, where he also wrote the company SOP for a new HEMS contract.
A regular columnist for Rotocraft Pro magazine, Mains has written three HEMS-related books, which share not only his experiences in the industry but also solutions for preventing HEMS accidents. He is an impassioned speaker on the subject of HEMS safety who has spoken for professional organizations such as AAMS, the Helicopter Association of Canada and HEMS in Australia.
Mains became a certified CRM/AMRM instructor and joined Oregon Aero in early 2013. The company’s training program, led by Mains, aims to reduce the HEMS accident rate by teaching every member of an operation — from pilot and co-pilot to flight nurses, ground crews and mechanics — to work together as a team and what effect their actions or inactions have on the safe outcome of every flight.
“We couldn’t be happier that AAMS has honored Randy Mains with this incredible award,” said Tony Erickson, Chief Operating Officer for Oregon Aero. “He is an absolute pioneer in aviation safety who’s really made a difference in the industry. Not only are we proud that he’s won this award, but we’re also glad he’s part of the Oregon Aero team.”
Randy Mains will receive the Jim Charlson Aviation Safety Award at the AAMS 2013 Air Medical Transport Conference, which runs from October 21-23 in Virginia Beach, Va.
For more information about the conference and award ceremony, visit www.aams.org.
About Randy Mains
A distinguished and decorated combat pilot — he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 27 Air Medals and the Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Division — Randy Mains is a certified CRM/AMRM instructor, assessor and facilitator. With more than 13,000 flight hours, he has also been a senior instructor for Bell Helicopter, and for decades he has been a pioneer in Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), setting up a country-wide HEMS system in the Sultanate of Oman, flying as a HEMS pilot for the king of Saudi Arabia and helping the country set up a HEMS program. Mains is also the author of four books, three that deal with HEMS in America, and he writes a monthly column for Rotocraft Pro. Find out more at www.randymains.com.
About Oregon Aero, Inc.
A leader in engineering, testing, certifying and manufacturing advanced seating systems for aircraft and other applications, Oregon Aero, Inc. is known for providing The Ultimate in Flying Comfort™. The company — AS9100 certified and home to an FAA-approved Repair Station — also specializes in headset upgrade kits, aviation and ballistic helmet upgrade kits, aircraft interior upgrade services, pilot accessories, and professional Crew Resource Management/Air Medical Resource Management (CRM/AMRM) training. All Oregon Aero® products are developed and manufactured in the U.S.A.