John Corby, the designer of the ‘Starlet’ light aircraft, is the 2017 winner of the prestigious biennial Lawrence Hargrave Award of the Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division for an Australian who has made a significant contribution to Australian aviation. The award was presented by the RAeS Australian Division President John Vincent FRAeS at the 17th Australian International Aerospace Congress Dinner on the evening of February 27 in Melbourne. It is estimated that the number of Starlets built now exceeds 150 and that the aircraft is flying in at least 10 countries.