It is the policy of DOI to recognize individuals, groups, and organizations for exceptional acts or service in support of aviation safety and aircraft accident prevention. This program applies to all DOI employees and other individuals, groups, or organizations involved with DOI aviation activities.
The following is a list of aviation safety awards offered by the Department:
- Award for In-Flight Action
- Established to recognize onboard flight crewmembers, aircrew members, and passengers who, through outstanding airmanship, courage, or other action, materially contribute to the successful recovery from an emergency, or who minimize or prevent aircraft damage or injury to personnel during a DOI aviation-related occurrence.
- Award for Safe Flying
- Established to recognize DOI pilots who have distinguished themselves by safe flying for the period considered.
- Award for Significant Contribution to Aviation Safety
- Established to recognize an individual, group, or organization for a significant contribution to aviation safety or aircraft accident prevention within DOI.
- Secretary's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Aviation Safety
- Established to recognize an individual, group, or organization for outstanding contribution to aviation safety or aircraft accident prevention within DOI. This award is restricted to DOI employees and only one such award shall be presented annually.
- Established to provide timely recognition to any individual who has demonstrated positive behavior or actions promoting DOI aviation safety, such as correcting a hazardous situation, submitting a good idea, or just making a difference.
All nominations will be processed through the respective Bureau National Aviation Manager/Aviation Safety Manager or their designee through the OAS Chief Aviation Safety and Program Evaluations for eligibility verification.
All nominations will be reviewed for approval by the Bureau's DOI Aviation Management Board of Directors (ABOD) member, except for Airwards which only need to be reviewed by the OAS Chief Aviation Safety and Program Evaluations.
Forms and instructions for submitting a nomination are provided below.
Award for In-flight Action Nomination Form
Award for Safe Flying Nomination Form
Award for Significant Contribution to Aviation Safety Nomination Form
Secretary's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Aviation Safety Nomination Form
Airward Nomination Form