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Baldwin Aviation, a world leader in developing, assessing and implementing safety management systems for aviation operators, has announced that it is focusing additional resources and expertise on the aviation segment. The firm has added a veteran safety professional and member of the United States Helicopter Safety Team, Chris Young, to lead this effort as director of safety solutions.
“Our business continues to grow and we’ve seen much of that increase among all types of operations,” noted Don Baldwin, chief executive officer and founder of Baldwin Aviation. “We have known Chris for a number of years and are very pleased he decided to join us. He brings with him 25 years of aviation and leadership experience in the U.S. Navy, air medical operations, aircraft manufacturing, aviation safety and technical publications. He has over 2,900 flight hours and is a commercial and instrument rated pilot in multi/single-engine airplanes and helicopters.”
Young began his aviation career flying helicopters in the U.S. Navy, serving as an SH-60B Seahawk instructor pilot and standardization evaluator. Following active duty, he held the positions of executive officer and commanding officer for several navy reserve units. He has also flown numerous hours as a helicopter air ambulance (HAA) captain transporting critically injured patients in a demanding and dynamic environment.
In 2005, Young joined Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, working on the development of Sikorsky Aircraft’s safety management system (SMS). He was also directly responsible for performing compliance audits, developing a comprehensive human factors curriculum, and conducting aircraft incident investigations. He also served as his department’s coordinator in the company’s continuous improvement program.
Since 2012, Young has worked in various leadership positions supporting aviation clients in the implementation of SMS solutions as well as the optimization of their technical publications and content management. His commitment to excellence and dedication to customer success has earned him high praise within the industry.
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, he is also a member of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) and the CAMTS Aviation & Safety Advisory Committee.