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.

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.

If you have any questions about our awards please contact awards@airpilots.org.au.

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