• 2016 Wings Awards Judging Panel Announced

    2016 Wings Awards Judging Panel Announced

    04 FEBRUARY 2016

    Australian Flying and the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society have released details of the judging panel for the 2016 Wings Awards.

    The Wings Awards recognise achievement and contribution to general aviation in Australia by individuals, clubs and flying schools.

    The judging panel is comprised of four people with extensive experience in general aviation and the aerospace industry. The panel members for 2016 are:

    • Andrew Drysdale
    • Doug Nancarrow
    • Shelley Ross
    • Steve Hitchen

    Andrew Drysdale is the Executive Director of Mentor Aviation Services and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of NSW, where he lectures on aviation management. He is a former president of the Royal Aeronautical Society in Australia, serves on the Council, and is a Fellow of the Society. He was CEO of Fiji’s Air Pacific, and of Australian Regional Hazelton Airlines, and Regional Vice President Asia/Pacific for the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He has served on the Boards of IATA and of the Regional Airlines Association of Australia.

    Doug Nancarrow is the General Manager of the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is also an award-winning aviation journalist who was editor of Aviation Business magazine and Executive Chairman of Safeskies Australia. He also holds a CPL and has been an owner/manager of a flight training organisation. He is most recently the author of Game Changer, a biography of Virgin Australia supremo John Borghetti.

    Shelley Ross is one of Australia's most well-known advocates of outback aircraft touring, with her Destinations series in Australian Flying and her website www.flyingtheoutback.com.au. She was the editor of Australian Flying for nine years and holds a CPL and has an instrument rating. She has also contributed significantly to the success of the CASA Out-N-Back series of videos and the OnTrack pre-flight planning tool.

    Steve Hitchen in the current editor of Australian Flying and has been a general aviation journalist for over 15 years. He is a private pilot with tailwheel, multi-engine and formation endorsements, and an RA-Aus Pilot Certificate. He is a member of Lilydale Flying Club in Victoria's Yarra Valley and a Director of Chordline Media and Communications.

    Nominations for this year's Wings Awards open on 28 March and close on 1 July, with the winners announced in the third week of October.

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  • General Aviation Wings Awards 2015

    General Aviation Wings Awards 2015

    9 OCTOBER 2015

    Three eminent members of the Victorian General Aviation industry and community were honoured on 7 Oct when they were presented Wings Awards at the Royal Aeronautical Society lecture event in Melbourne. Australian Flying magazine and the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society cooperated to make the Wings Awards for 2015. In its inaugural year last year, the Wings Awards recognised achievements across the industry by presenting awards in eight separate categories including flyers, clubs, aircraft, airports, services and products.

    Receiving the award for Aero Club of the year, Peter Bernardi, President of Peninsula Aero Club at Tyabb said “Our whole club is really honoured to be recognised and so proud. This award will sit on the front counter for some time”. The award was made for providing outstanding support, facilities and training to the general aviation community and displaying the highest standards of safety in operations whilst creating an environment that fosters participation in aviation. This award recognises the efforts of the club members and committee as valuable members of the general Aviation community.

    Instructor of the Year, Steve Pearce (Peter Bini Advanced Flight Training, Moorabbin) said “It sometimes feels like you are isolated and unrecognised, but then along comes an award like this and you realise again that we are all part of a wider community”. This award recognised Steve for outstanding work in the field of flight instruction and coaching pilots to obtain higher levels of piloting skills above that required to meet minimum standards. Steve has shown dedication to the field of flight instruction, in which he has gained the respect of both peers and students.

    The award for Flying Training Organisation of the Year was made to Online Aviation Theory, a small business run by Mr. Ron Newman. “It is nice to be recognised as the principal of the business”, said Ron, “But the truth is I’m the only employee so I do everything. I’ve been working on this software for over 12 years”. The award recognised Ron for an exemplary contribution to the flying training industry displaying the highest standards of technical expertise and know-how, and for designing and developing an innovative system of delivering subject theory via the internet. This award recognises the significant impact Online Aviation Theory has had on the training industry and the careers of many pilots.

    The presentations were made by recently elected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Capt. (Ret’d) David Jacobson, who provided sponsorship for the Awards. Capt. Jacobson went on to present a lecture on the landing technique he has developed that has become known as the Jacobson Flare. Members of the local branch then hosted the recipients and Capt. Jacobson to a dinner at a well-known Italian restaurant in Lygon St.

    Editor of Australian Flying magazine, Steve Hitchen, said “the Wings Awards proved to be a healthy injection of esteem for the general aviation industry”.

    Andrew Drysdale, Australian Division Councillor and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society said “general aviation was the cradle of the industry and one which the division was keen to support and encourage”.

    Together, Australian Flying magazine and the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society were keen to showcase the industry’s best again at the 2015 Wings Awards.

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  • Regional Aviation Association of Australia - Nominations close 31 JUL 2015

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    RAAA Scholarships on offer for Pilots and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

    The Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) is aware that the cost associated to entering the aviation industry and maintaining skills once qualified can be a burden to current and potential future pilots and technical trainees. To emphasise the importance of new people entering the regional aviation industry and the continued education of current people we have arranged partnerships with member organisations to award scholarships to individuals meeting the criteria to assist them completing their studies or that advance current participants in regional aviation skills.

    Important dates:

    • 31 July — deadline for scholarship submission

    RAAA Scholarship Sponsors

    The RAAA is proud and honoured to partner with the following member organisations to provide scholarships through the RAAA. The generosity of these organisations in providing these scholarships highlights their dedication and passion for our industry and for the future of Engineers, LAME's and pilots in the early stages of their career.

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    For sponsorship details visit RAAA Scholarships.

  • John Vincent takes over as Australian Division President

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    John Vincent takes the reins as President of the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society

    (Image attached is of Noel Schmidt (left) handing the medallion of office to John Vincent.)

    At an AGM of the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society in Sydney over the weekend, outgoing president AIRCDRE Noel Schmidt AM CSC (Ret.) FRAeS handed over to his successor John Vincent BE Aero (Hons) UNSW, FRAeS, CEng, GAICD, who will be in the role for two years.

    John Vincent has extensive airline engineering and maintenance experience over a professional career spanning more than 40 years, including more than 25 years in executive and general management roles in large airline engineering and maintenance organisations.

    He is an aeronautical engineer, having worked in airline technical services (structures, systems, aircraft performance and fleet evaluation) and aircraft acceptance/delivery roles. He has filled senior engineering, maintenance, fleet development, safety, quality and risk management roles including holding various National Airworthiness Authority (CASA) approvals and has led the engineering and maintenance businesses of Air Pacific (Fiji), Ansett Australia and Qantas Airways Ltd.

    His main career focal areas have been leadership development, business strategy, business process improvement, change management, governance, regulatory compliance, operational and occupational safety systems, risk management, employee engagement/communication and relationship management.

    He is an adjunct professor with the University of New South Wales School of Aviation, a board director of the Qantas Foundation Memorial Ltd and now President of the Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division.

    He also provides executive consultancy services to the aviation and broader engineering communities.

    For further information contact: Doug Nancarrow, General Manager, Royal Aeronautical Society: 0417 695 002

  • Australian Flying Wings Award - Nominations close 31 March 2015

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    Australian Flying Wings Awards make a return in 2015

    Surry Hills, NSW, 11th February, 2015

    Australian Flying magazine and the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society are set to continue to take a panoramic view of the general aviation industry in 2015.

    In its inaugural year last year, the Wings Awards recognised achievements across the industry by presenting awards in eight separate categories including flyers, clubs, aircraft, airports, services and products.

    Editor of Australian Flying magazine, Steve Hitchen, said “the Wings Awards proved to be a healthy injection of esteem for the general aviation industry”.

    Andrew Drysdale, Australian Division Director of Communications of the Royal Aeronautical Society said “general aviation was the cradle of the industry and one which the division was keen to support and encourage”.

    Together, Australian Flying magazine and the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society are keen to showcase the industry’s best again at the 2015 Wings Awards.

    This year the Wings Awards aim to continue to encourage and inspire the general aviation industry by awarding excellence across five categories within the industry. Awards to be presented are Aero Club of the Year, Flying Training Organisation of the Year, Flying Instructor of the Year, General Aviation Airport of the Year and Lifetime Achievement & Service to General Aviation Award.

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