Soar­ing high af­ter win

Avi­a­tion lead­ers earn recog­ni­tion

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Sarah Diony­sius Sarah.Diony­[email protected]­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

WIN­NER, WIN­NER: Pete Jones and Will Shrap­nel at HeliMods, which won the ti­tle of 2018 Tel­stra Busi­ness of the Year.

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