The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators presents aviation industry awards each year to mark achievement and excellence within the industry. These prestigious awards are presented in Guildhall, London (often) by a member of the Royal Family or The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor and in the presence of around 700 individuals involved in aviation.
A copy of the terms of reference of each award can be found here. You will see that they cover a broad spectrum of achievement within the ‘industry’ from individual to corporate, both civil and military.
The awards are important and distinctive because they recognise achievement which may otherwise not fit the criteria for a national award (honours list etc) and therefore remain unrecognised by the industry and public alike.
The vital requirement for timely, sincere and well-drafted citations in support of nominations for the awards cannot be over-emphasised and the Guild depends entirely on receiving such nominations in order to judge and justify the presentation of each particular award to the most deserving recipient. In order to maintain the high standards which have been established, awards are only presented each year if a sufficient standard of merit can be established by the citation.
Nominations, which should take the form of a written citation (max 400 words) for the year 2012/13 will be required to reach the Guild offices by 31 May 2013.
Please note: there is no form on which to submit these nominations, nominators should use standard A4 paper. It is particularly helpful if an electronic copy of the nomination is also submitted.
These awards serve a useful and high-profile public relations purpose to the benefit of all in aviation. They help to maintain the deservedly high esteem in which aviation as an industry and profession is held by the public at large. I ask that you help the Guild to fulfil that aim.
The Guild also awards Master Air Pilot and Master Air Navigator certificates and Master Rearcrew Certificates throughout the year in recognition of long and distinguished professional aircrew achievement. These can be applied for at any time on the application forms available at the red-letter links above and are not limited to the closing date of the major awards.
Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards
Trophies and Awards Committee