Many congratulations to our Africa Regional Safety Manager Larry Heintz, who has been honoured this month for his work by the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP).
He picked up the Humanitarian Aviation Recognition award for his exceptional contribution to the international humanitarian community at the UNWFP global conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on 7 October.
Larry, who hails from Canada, joined Mission Aviation Fellowship International in 1989 as a pilot and maintenance engineer, however, for the past 20 years he has been in the safety department, developing a celebrated management system which has had a significant impact. The accident rate for the Africa region is at zero, and has been for the past eight years, and the encouragement to report potential hazards is ensuring a positive safety culture across the organisation.
As well as his role with MAF, Larry supports smaller humanitarian operators, offering his skills and expertise to improve and develop their processes.
He said: 'There was huge respect for MAF at the Geneva event, and this is an award for MAF. It is great to be recognised for the work that has gone into our system, but it is not just me. It would not happen without the programme staff buying into it and working so hard to make it a success.'
'There was huge respect for MAF at the Geneva event, and this is an award for MAF.'