Ruedi Hafen, Niagara Helicopters' President and Chief Pilot, Nominated for Aviator of the Year!

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Flight Achievement Awards has short-listed Ruedi Hafen in the Aviator of the Year category for Niagara Falls helicopter rescue

I am honoured to be included in this category with such incredible people as Captain Chesley Sullenberger, Iren Dornier and Jose Miguel Ceppi

Ruedi Hafen, President and Chief Pilot of Niagara Helicopters has been nominated under Aviator of the Year for his daring rescue of the man who went over Niagara Falls this past March 11, 2009.

The man who plunged over the Niagara Falls in March did not want to be saved, but Ruedi Hafen refused to give up. Following up an emergency call, Hafen - founder of tourist flight operator Niagara Helicopters - hovered his Bell 407 over the drowning man, so a police officer could attach a sling to his arm. When he resisted, Hafen used the aircraft's downdraft to push the would-be suicide safely to shore. Swiss-born Hafen -who has taken Niagara Helicopters to $6 million revenues in 20 years with his Niagara Falls helicopter tour and specialty flight service - was praised in media coverage for his courage, quick-thinking and airmanship.

"I am honoured to be included in this category with such incredible people as Captain Chesley Sullenberger, Iren Dornier and Jose Miguel Ceppi" said Mr. Hafen.

The Flightglobal Achievement Awards celebrate and acknowledge individuals, teams and innovations at work in the aviation and aerospace industries. The three exciting categories aim to find three exceptional people or teams. Nominees for the Leader, Aviator and Innovator of the Year have been nominated by you and shortlisted by a panel of experts. Aviator of the Year is defined as: Advancing the cause of safety and operational best practice in the field of aviation

Voting is now underway from the shortlist in each category to recognize the entries which deserve to win a Flightglobal Achievement Award, at The Flightglobal Achievement Awards will culminate at the Dubai Air Show - the industry's fastest growing major international trade event - on Saturday 14 November 2009. Voting closes 4 October 2009. is the website of Flight International, Airline Business, ACAS, Air Transport Intelligence (ATI), The Flight Collection and much more; including daily news updates, and searchable directories. This website now contains the content of the current issues of Flight International and Airline Business as soon as it is published along with searchable archives going back to 1996 - accessible by everyone. also covers worldwide major air shows (Paris, Dubai, Asian Aerospace, and Farnborough) allowing non-attendees to follow the events from a distance. Vote online at:

To learn more about Niagara Helicopters and Ruedi Hafen, visit

About Niagara Helicopters
For 48 years, Niagara Helicopters Limited has been thrilling passengers of all ages with spectacular Niagara sightseeing tours, offering birds-eye views of the Falls and other notable Niagara Falls attractions--all from one of five meticulously maintained Bell 407 helicopters. The heliport is located along the Niagara Parkway, just minutes from Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Flights are available from 9 a.m. until sunset, daily, weather permitting, year-round.


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