Captain Michael Ott of the Phoenix Air Group has
been named as the 2019 winner of the prestigious Bombardier Safety
Captain Ott, who is Director of Government
Contracting as well as lead international captain/instructor pilot
for worldwide air ambulance provider Phoenix Air Group, accepted
the award at the 23rd annual Bombardier Safety Standdown on
Wednesday during a gala awards dinner.
The Safety Standdown award is presented
annually to an aviation professional who has demonstrated
exemplary dedication to improving aviation safety through the
Safety Standdown principles of learn, apply and share.
for the annual Safety Standdown Award were vetted by the
Bombardier Safety Standdown Advisory Council members.
Ott was nominated by Jeff Wofford for his outstanding leadership
in aviation safety management over the course of a 35-plus year
career. At the Phoenix Air Group, Inc., Michael served for more
than a decade as a line captain on the Learjet 35/36, among other
types, and was responsible for designing and implementing the
company’s Safety Management System.
Certified as an Airline
Transport Pilot in both multi-engine airplanes and helicopters
with four type ratings, the former Marine has accumulated more
than 14,200 flight hours, half of these on international missions
including challenging evacuation flights out of North Korea and
out of West Africa during the Ebola crisis.
He is a designated
IS-BAO auditor, a member of the International Business Aviation
Council’s IS-BAO standards board and the communications and events
team lead for the NBAA Safety Committee.
“On behalf of
Bombardier, I wish to congratulate Michael Ott for his great
passion and his exemplary leadership in promoting aviation safety
and professionalism in our industry,” said Andy Nureddin, Vice
President, Customer Support, Bombardier Aviation. “With Safety Standdown, we’ve created a forum where aviation professionals can
acquire up-to-date tools and information with which to elevate
their standards and reduce aviation safety risks. The Safety Standdown Award furthers this endeavour by celebrating individuals
who are role models in the field and have made a real difference