Trophies and Awards

To promote excellence in aviation, the Air Pilots present trophies and other awards to recognise outstanding performance or achievement by individuals or organisations.

In addition to the general awards there are a number of awards that are specific to the Australian Region which are detailed below.

The prestigious Trophies and Awards Banquet takes place annually at Guildhall, London in October.

2021 Awards

The Grand Master’s Australian Medal

Awarded to an individual, a group or organisation involved in any branch of aviation in the Australian Region or to Australian nationals abroad, who or which has made a meritorious contribution to any aviation activity, either by displaying technical excellence or by the development of a procedure or operational technique of an outstanding nature.

2021 Awarded to: Flight Lieutenant Laura Haws

Flight Lieutenant Haws is an Engineering Staff Officer within Headquarters Air Combat Group, currently supporting F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler maintenance, logistics and engineering for Number 82 Wing at RAAF Base Amberley.

Currently, her primary role is to oversee the Fleet Management of the inventory of 35 Super Hornet and Growler aircraft. She is responsible for overseeing the scheduling of maintenance and modification for the fleet of aircraft, engines and associated components, including the planning of activities, allocation of resources, and liaison with operators (aircrew) and contractors to ensure availability of aircraft is maximised. The maintenance schedule for the aircraft is a complicated mix of both calendar- and usage-based, and is highly dynamic based on changing demands for usage, additional modifications and changes, and a substantial range of unscheduled work that leads to a constantly changing program of work.

As an engineering staff officer in 2020, Flight Lieutenant Haws was involved in a large range of engineering tasks and projects aimed at supporting the operating squadrons, through maximising their ability to generate operating aircraft. These tasks and projects required the exercising of leadership, direction, planning, problem solving and close liaison with a range of stakeholders. They are non-trivial tasks relating to system improvement, or correcting deficiencies, in order to support the more effective delivery of air combat capability in support of the RAAF and Australian Government objectives.

In 2020, Flight Lieutenant Haws was responsible for the delivery of a number of significantly different but equally impressive tasks that had substantial, tangible outcomes for the ability of the operating squadrons of Number 82 Wing, that generated capability and delivered air power effects.

The first of these tasks was the development and implementation of a Wing Deployment Planning tool, which filled a void in exercise and deployment planning that had existed for many years. This tool, developed on her own initiative and in much of her own time has dramatically streamlined the preparation process for the supporting of flying exercises and deployments.

The second was the establishment of a centralised tool store entity within the Wing, allowing for the more efficient and effective central management of the finite support and test equipment and tooling assets held by the wing, making better use of the resources held and provision of support for maintenance and engineering

The third was the coordination of a detailed and thorough risk assessment into aircrew use of an integral boarding ladder on the Wing’s aircraft, which had been unused to the point of itself posing a hazard through unfamiliarity on the part of the crews. Her approach showed great understanding of risk and risk management, of legislative requirements, and of novel approaches to problem solving.

Flight Lieutenant Haws is a promising, capable young officer. Throughout 2020, numerous members of the Super Hornet and Growler community – aircrew, maintenance and contractor – praised her exceptional engineering and leadership skills. Consistently, praise of Flight Lieutenant Haws has focussed on her exceptional competence in role and her ability to interact with others. Colleagues cite her emotional intelligence and her ability to engage with others in a manner that achieves results through collaboration, cooperation and mutual respect. Flight Lieutenant Haws consistently engages the right people from the right organisations, reaching out beyond engineering into logistics and operational workforces to ensure all stakeholder needs are considered.

Flight Lieutenant Haws engenders the respect of subordinates through her personal demonstration of genuine concern for their well-being. She communicates confidently, openly and warmly and in doing so generates great rapport with her colleagues, leading to better outcomes developed in a harmonious and cohesive work environment. Her deep and considered thinking about problems and her outstanding support to aviation outcomes is commendable and warrants her nomination for this prestigious award.

Flight Lieutenant Haws is awarded the Grand Master’s Australian Medal 2021.

The Australian Bi-Centennial Award

Awarded as an ongoing commemoration of the Australian Bi-Centenary, to recognise an outstanding individual contribution to Australian aviation.

2021 Awarded to: Flt Lieutenant Geoffrey Fox

Flight Lieutenant Fox is a specialist aircrew officer and flying instructor of the highest calibre. His dedication to pilot training and standardisation whilst flying the 737-Boeing Business Jet at Number 34 Squadron have upheld the exacting standards required in the provision of VIP transport in support of the Government of Australia.

Flight Lieutenant Fox joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1987 and graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1989. He completed his pilot training in 1991 followed by operational tours on Falcon 900 and P3C Orion aircraft. In 1998, he graduated from flying instructor course followed by instructional tours at Number 2 Flying Training School and Central Flying School flying the PC-9A.

Achieving Squadron Leader rank in 2000 and Wing Commander in 2007, Flight Lieutenant Fox completed postings at Number 34 Squadron and various executive roles culminating in Command of Number 33 Squadron.

Returning to his passion in 2013, Flight Lieutenant Fox successfully gained a Specialist Aircrew posting at Number 34 Squadron accepting responsibility for pilot check, training and standardisation on the 737-Boeing Business Jet whilst also serving as an on-call line captain. The Specialist Aircrew role is designed to retain corporate knowledge guarding against routine Military posting cycles; Flight Lieutenant Fox has achieved this and continues to provide exemplary service in this role.

Flight Lieutenant Fox has been instrumental in the development of 737-Boeing Business Jet orders instructions and publications, and the training syllabus across all upgrade steps. Underpinning pilot training is excellent corporate partnerships, and another of Flight Lieutenant Fox’s roles has been to foster and develop industry provision of Flight Simulator training. He recently proved his finesse in this area, transitioning to a new simulator training provider brought about by financial pressure within the airline industry due to the pandemic.

Flight Lieutenant Fox achieved several career milestones during 2020. He has accumulated the highest number of 737-Boeing Business Jet flying hours of any Royal Australian Air Force pilot and also became the first Royal Australian Air Force pilot to achieve the coveted A-Category Captain rating on the 737-Boeing Business Jet. In addition, Flight Lieutenant Fox has achieved qualifications as a Flying Instructor Category Assessor and Senior Instrument Rating Examiner. These allow him to assess flying categories for flying instructors/examiners on behalf of the Central Flying School. This rare in-house capability proved essential to maintaining VIP transport capability across both 737-Boeing Business Jet and Falcon F7X types during recent domestic travel restrictions.

Always respectful and highly respected, Flight Lieutenant Fox possesses a natural talent as an instructor and mentor. His dedication to the provision of VIP transport training and standardisation are of the highest order and in keeping with the traditions of Number 34 Squadron and the Royal Australian Air Force.

For an outstanding contribution to Australian aviation Flight Lieutenant Fox is awarded the Australian Bi-Centennial Award 2021.

Captain John Ashton Memorial Award

To recognise a professional pilot or organisation for an outstanding contribution to flight standards and aviation safety within Australia.

2021 Awarded to: Royal Flying Doctor Service, Queensland Section

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland Section (RFDSQ) transported 11700 patients in the last calendar year, logging just on 28200 flight hours for the period. From eight bases in Queensland, the area of operation encompasses Remote and Regional Australia with operations to unimproved surfaces; including road landing sites, as well as International Airports.

The Flight Standards Team of seven personnel, led by the Manager Flight Standards Warren Schmitt and oversighted by Head of Flying Operations (HOFO) Shane Lawrey are responsible for Flight Standards, including CASA Licensing requirements to meet the obligations and Aviation Standards for the organisation under the auspices of Air Operator Certificate CASA.TAAOC.0060-23.

To manage the risks, associate with single pilot operations in high performance turbo prop aircraft, in 24/7 aeromedical operations, the RFDSQ Pilot group participate in a robust training and checking regime. Each Pilot is subject to the following on an annual basis:

  • 1 week of training and checking, twice yearly (nominally at 6-month intervals) themed on safety data from the RFDSQ Safety Management System (SMS) data and/or sector risk profiles.
  • An in-aircraft night check consisting of a minimum of 3 sectors and night circuits at a “blackhole” aerodrome with 1 instrument approach on return.
  • An in-aircraft route proficiency check conducted on a rostered shift assessing aeromedical tasking standards
  • A Cabin Safety day, including theory, practical training and assessment of emergency procedure standards.
  • Human factors training integrated with other disciplines based on themed SMS trends for the sector.
  • Aviation and RFDSQ specific online recurrent training/testing.

The Flight Standards Team have also assisted implementation of the following operational improvements delivering efficiencies, safety outcomes and best practice aviation standards in a complex aeromedical environment:

  • Introduction of RVSM approval to the Kingair fleet with ongoing crew simulator training and checking.
  • Introduction of Performance Based Navigation and LNAV/VNAV APV capability with associated training and checking systems.
  • Duplicated navigation and surveillance avionics systems with no single point of failure by design.
  • Assisted the RFDSQ to achieve International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 1, 2 and 3 in consecutive accreditation cycles. RFDSQ became the first dedicated aeromedical provider in Australia to achieve level 3 in March 2021 having worked for 6 years previously achieving levels 1 and 2. The International Business Aviation Council is headquartered in Montreal Canada and monitors and conducts audits worldwide. To achieve level 3 accreditation the highest aviation safety standards and the culture within the organisation must be of the highest order.
  • Maintains the CASA approved CAR217 Training and Checking System as well as the CASA Part 141 Training Organisation.
  • Operationalised the B350 type transitioning the RFDSQ and its Pilot cohort to greater than 5700 kg air transport operations.
  • Introduced integrated human factors training for staff and crew interacting with front line operations.
  • Rationalised the RFDSQ fleet achieving an all multi-engine turbine fleet of B200 and B350 Kingairs.
  • Transition the RFDSQ Training and Checking from all in-aircraft to an integrated simulator and aircraft model.

The RFDSQ has been in operation for 92 years and the above accomplishments have positioned the organisation as a world class Aeromedical provider serving the Queensland and Australian Community.

For an outstanding contribution to flight standards and aviation safety within Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland Section and its Flight Standards Team is nominated for the Captain John Ashton Memorial Award 2021.

The Master’s Trophy for the Australian Region

The recipient is a person whom, through his/her actions, skills or endeavours, has beneficially assisted the Honourable Company or aviation in any way. The person may also have carried out a significant feat in an airborne or space vehicle.

2021 Awarded to: Adrianne Fleming OAM

Adrianne Fleming learned to fly in the late 1980s whilst working for the Civil Aviation Authority as an Airways Systems Data Officer, a support role to Air Traffic Control. By August 1993, aged just 24, she had advanced to hold a Commercial Pilot Licence and Grade 1 Flight Instructor rating, and with her husband Geoff, opened her own flying school, Tristar Aviation, at Moorabbin airport in Melbourne.

Over the years, as they developed the business, Adrianne became known as a specialist in training methodology and the school expanded to the highest levels of aviation training, with a staff of 12 instructors and offering approved courses to Australian and overseas students. Many of their former students are now employed with Australian and overseas airlines.

Adrianne has also been the Executive Commissioner for the Australian Air League in Victoria for more than 10 years, promoting aviation as a career option to young men and women  over that time. She has also been a recipient of the Nancy-Bird Walton Memorial Trophy granted by the Australian Women Pilots’ Association for a most noteworthy contribution to aviation by a woman in Australasia.

In 2016, Adrianne was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to aviation. She is also a board member of the Professional Aviation Board of Certification, involved in flying training syllabus and practice development, and is the Scholarship Coordinator for the Australian chapter of Women in Aviation, offering mentoring, networking and education opportunities to women interested in careers in aviation.

In June 2019, Adrianne was invited by CASA to join their Aviation Safety Advisory Panel,  with particular reference to the flight training sector of the industry. She joined the former Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators in July 2008 and is an Upper Freeman of the now Honourable Company of Air Pilots.

Adrianne Fleming OAM is awarded the Master’s Trophy for the Australian Region for 2021, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the flying training industry and her support for women pilots.

2020 Awards

The Grand Master’s Australian Medal

Awarded to an individual, a group or organisation involved in any branch of aviation in the Australian Region or to Australian nationals abroad, who or which has made a meritorious contribution to any aviation activity, either by displaying technical excellence or by the development of a procedure or operational technique of an outstanding nature.

2020 Awarded to: Captain Susan McHaffie

Captain Susan (Sue) McHaffie commenced her aviation career in 1989 as a flight instructor. For almost ten years she demonstrated her passion for training rising to become a Chief Flight Instructor and Examiner but most importantly she influenced and shaped the careers of many pilots flying across the world today.

In 1998 she commenced her relationship with the Bombarder (now De-Havilland) products by joining Flight Safety International initially as a Flight Simulator and Ground Instructor. By 2005, she was recognised by many Dash 8 operators as a technical expert on type so Tyrolean Airlines in Europe requested her assistance with the Dash 8 Q400 for 2 years from Flight Safety International. Following this Air Canada Jazz (Air Canada’s Regional Airline) signed her up for another two years to assist with and fly the Bombarder CRJ. After assisting Jazz she returned to Flight Safety International

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The Australian Bi-Centennial Award

Awarded as an ongoing commemoration of the Australian Bi-Centenary, to recognise an outstanding individual contribution to Australian aviation.

2020 Awarded to: Greg Hood FRAeS, ATSB Chief Commissioner and CEO

Gregory (Greg) James Hood has spent his entire career in aviation and risen to become one of the most respected aviation administrators in Australia and internationally.

Greg Hood (born September, 1960) grew up in Adelaide, South Australia. Following school and a stint at university Greg joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1980 as an Air Traffic Controller serving for the next ten years at various location around Australia as well as a deployment to the Sinai.

Upon leaving the RAAF Greg took his Air Traffic Controller skills to the civil sphere and joined Australia’s Air Navigation Services provider, initially the Civil Aviation Authority and later, Airservices Australia. Greg worked in a number of ATC centres around Australia for the next three years before moving to the Centre for Air Traffic Services, University of Tasmania, as an ATC instructor, based in Launceston.

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Captain John Ashton Memorial Award

To recognise a professional pilot or organisation for an outstanding contribution to flight standards and aviation safety within Australia.

2020 Awarded to: Captain Graham Stokes FRAes

Captain Graham Stokes FRAeS currently holds the position of Head of Training and Standards for Virgin Australia Group which includes Chief Executive Officer – Virgin Australia Part 142 Training Organisation, accountable for Flight Crew and Cabin Crew Training and Checking. He is also a B737-800 Captain.

Graham was born in the United Kingdom and educated at Windsor Grammar School from 1974 to 1981. By 1983 he had become a Flying instructor at Wycombe Air Centre.

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The Master’s Trophy for the Australian Region

The recipient is a person whom, through his/her actions, skills or endeavours, has beneficially assisted the Honourable Company or aviation in any way. The person may also have carried out a significant feat in an airborne or space vehicle.

2020 Awarded to: Michael Cleaver BSc (Hons)

Michael (Mike) Cleaver was born in January 1949 and grew up in the Bristol area of the United Kingdom.

After school he attended the University of East Anglia where he gained a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Sciences and Education and subsequently became a Science Teacher. It appears that his interest in Aviation was spawned during his university days as Secretary of a Gliding Club. Since that time Mike has had an abiding interest in Light Sports Aviation, General Aviation, Gliding and Ballooning.

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2019 Awards

The Grand Master’s Australian Medal

Awarded to an individual, a group or organisation involved in any branch of aviation in the Australian Region or to Australian nationals abroad, who or which has made a meritorious contribution to any aviation activity, either by displaying technical excellence or by the development of a procedure or operational technique of an outstanding nature.

2019 Awarded to: RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit

The Australian Bi-Centennial Award

Awarded as an ongoing commemoration of the Australian Bi-Centenary, to recognise an outstanding individual contribution to Australian aviation.

2019 Awarded to: Nathan Higgins, Advanced Flight Theory

Captain John Ashton Memorial Award

To recognise a professional pilot or organisation for an outstanding contribution to flight standards and aviation safety within Australia.

2019 Awarded to: Captain David Evans

The Master’s Trophy for the Australian Region

The recipient is a person whom, through his/her actions, skills or endeavours, has beneficially assisted the
Honourable Company or aviation in any way. The person may also have carried out a significant feat in an airborne or space vehicle.

2019 Awarded to: Captain Darryl Hill

For a complete list of current and previous Trophies and Awards winners please visit this link.

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