A Sikorsky RH-4 made the first documented rescue by helicopter on Nov. 29, 1945, so it’s not surprising that Sikorsky sponsors the HAI Humanitarian Award. This year’s award goes to the Gander, Newfoundland-based flight crew of a Royal Canadian Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter for a successful rescue accomplished under extreme weather conditions on Feb. 9, 2013.
Flight trials to demonstrate new procedures intended to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of international flights crossing the North Atlantic have begun.
Gander is something of a legend in the history of transatlantic aviation. Its location in Newfoundland positions it well to serve as the last or first stop on the North American continent for airplanes to gorge on fuel before or after crossing all that water. Gander also felt the brunt of the 9/11 grounding, accepting 39 heavy airliners and absorbing their 6,595 passengers and crew into a community of slightly less than 10,000 people.