Leverton Honored for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. John Leverton PortraitThe Helicopter Association International (HAI) has selected Dr. John Leverton as the 2017 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime of service dedicated to the aviation industry. The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 in Dallas [more information].

AHS International Executive Director Mike Hirschberg congratulated Dr. Leverton, noting that "Over nearly 60 years in the industry, John Leverton has become one of the world's leading experts on helicopter acoustics and heliport/infrastructure design. After a 38-year career with Westland, he was instrumental in developing the Fly Neighborly noise abatement program, and continues to be a leading advocate of its ability to reduce noise."

Since 1958, Dr. Leverton has worked in the helicopter industry studying and promoting helicopters. Operators, manufacturers, pilots, helicopter owners and various government and regulatory agencies have all been beneficiaries of his considerable knowledge and efforts in addressing helicopter and heliport issues.

Leverton has a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a master’s degree in acoustics, and a doctorate in helicopter aeroacoustics. He worked for Westland Helicopters Ltd in the United Kingdom until 1984 when he moved to the United States to work with Westland Inc., during which time he also joined the AHS Acoustics Technical Committee. In 1996, he retired from Westland (now Leonardo Helicopters) and formed his own company, John Leverton Associates.

Leverton’s comprehensive understanding of the technical aspects of helicopter noise makes him very effective in addressing community noise issues. He has been an advisor/consultant for many helicopter manufacturers, covering various aspects of noise measurement, environmental assessment issues, public acceptance of helicopters and civil regulations. He has published papers and given lectures on these subjects around the world.

Dr. Leverton has served on the AHS International Board of Directors for more than 20 years as an advisor on infrastructure/environmental development. 

He has also served as chair of the HAI Acoustics, the Acoustics/Environmental, the Offshore, the Heliport and the Fly Neighborly Committees, being a member or chair of these committees for more than 35 years. Furthermore Leverton was the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations representative to ICAO on Annex 16; and the International Federation of Helicopter Associations representative to the ICAO Aerodrome Panel and Heliport Design Working Group.

Career Experience

2011 – to date

Advisor – Infrastructure/Environmental, AHS International

2002 – 2011

Vice President Infrastructure Development, AHS International

1999 – 2001

Director, Infrastructure Development, AHS International

2000 – 2016

Heliport Design Focal Point, HAI

2013 – 2016

Advisor, Consultant – American Petroleum Institute (Helidecks)

1996 – to date

Consultant: Leverton Associates International

1991 – 1996

Director, Market Development (EH101), GKN Westland Inc., Arlington, Va.

1989 – 1991

Market Development and Infrastructure Director, E.H. Industries Inc., Arlington, Va.

1986 – 1989

Manager, Operations Development & Environmental Projects, E.H. Industries Inc., Arlington, Va.

1983 – 1985

Manager, Operational Development & Environmental Projects, Westland Inc., Arlington, Va.

1980 – 1983

Civil Regulations Manager, Westland Helicopters Ltd., Yeovil, England.

1972 – 1980

Chief Applied Acoustic Engineer, Westland Helicopters Ltd., Yeovil, England.

1968 – 1972

Senior Noise Engineer, Research Acoustic Group, Westland Helicopters Ltd., Yeovil, England.

1965 – 1968

Research Fellow, ISVR, University of Southampton.

1958 – 1964

Development Engineer/Engineering Apprentice, Westland Aircraft Ltd. 


Professional Experience

2007 – 2013

Chairman: HAI Acoustics Committee (also 1984-1986 and 1993-2003)

2006 – 2011

Rapporteur, ICAO HDWG Visual Aids Sub-group

2003 – 2013

IFHA Representative to ICAO AP, HDWG and VAWG on Annex 14 Vol II

2000 – to date

AHS Board of Directors (Appointed Member)

2000 – 2013

Member, SAE A-21 PWT5 Helicopter/Heliport Noise Model Evaluation

1995 – to date

Advisor, AHS Technical Council


Fellow, AHS International

2003 – 2007

Chairman: HAI Fly Neighborly Committee

1993 – 1999

Chairman: AECMA Helicopter Noise Group (Also 1975-1983)

1991 – 1995

Chairman, HAI International Operational Requirements Group

1991 – to date

Lecturer (aero-acoustics) Penn State University

1988 – 2002

Industry Co-Chairman FAA/Industry Vertiport-Heliport Working Group

1988 – 1997

Board Member, AHS Federal City (Washington, D.C.) Chapter


Recipient of FAA Certification of Commendation

1987 – 1990

Chairman, HAI Heliport Technical Planning Committee

1985 – 1994

Lecturer (Heliport Design) Georgia Institute of Technology

1995 – 2006

ICCAIA Representative to ICAO on Annex 16: Noise Certification (also 1984 – 1988)

1984 –

Member, SAE Aircraft Noise (A-21) Committee

1981 – 2013

Member, HAI Acoustics Committee

1979 – 1981

Member, SAE A-21 Sub-Committees

1977 – 1983

B.S.I. EPC/1/5 Aircraft Noise Committee


Ph.D. Helicopter Aero-acoustics, University of Southampton

1975 – 1983

Advisor to United Kingdom DTI and ICAO (Environmental) Delegation


M.Sc. (Eng) Advance Acoustics and Vibrations, University of Southampton


B.Tech./B.Sc, Mechanical Engineering, Brunel University, London


Posted Jan 12, 2017