Soaring high after win
Aviation leaders earn recognition
AN INNOVATIVE Sunshine Coast helicopter technology provider can add another feather to its cap.
HeliMods was named the winner of the 2018 Telstra Queensland Business of the Year at an awards ceremony in Brisbane recently.
Founded in 2002 by Will Shrapnel, HeliMods enhances the technical complexity and mission versatility of helicopters, which help to deliver critical services including emergency medical, search and rescue, and disaster relief.
This is the latest of many accolades for Mr Shrapnel’s company, having taken out multiple awards at last year’s Sunshine Coast Business Awards, including top gong, 2017 Business of the Year.
“As a progressive technology organisation, we’re dedicated to advancing the capability of rotary-wing operations worldwide,” Mr Shrapnel said.
Since beginning HeliMods 15 years ago, Mr Shrapnel has fostered the company’s growth to more than 25 staff members.
He said the strength of the company’s reputation had also grown, especially considering he had 2000 applicants for an engineering position, advertised earlier this year.
HeliMods is based in Caloundra and has recently opened an office in Vancouver, Canada.
The firm also took home the 2018 Telstra Queensland Medium and Making Waves Award in July.
Telstra Group general counsel and group executive corporate affairs Carmel Mulhern said winners of the 2018 Telstra Queensland Business Awards demonstrated excellence across six key judging criteria, underpinned by a commitment to innovation and technology.
“The winners of the 2018 Telstra Queensland Business Awards are shining examples of businesses doing great things in new and effective ways for their customers,” Ms Mulhern said.
“They are genuine innovators, always on the lookout for ways to leverage technology to connect with customers, unlock new markets and take their business to the next level.
“HeliMods is leading the world aviation market with innovative fit-outs for helicopter airframes, with clear evidence of alignment in strategy, operating model and investment in engineering talent,” she said.
WINNER, WINNER: Pete Jones and Will Shrapnel at HeliMods, which won the title of 2018 Telstra Business of the Year.