The Awards Guild Award of Honour Awarded on rare occasions to individuals who have made an outstanding lifetime contribution to aviation. First given in 2000 for the year 1999 to Sir Arthur Marshall and Sir George Edwards. Cumberbatch Trophy Awarded to a person or persons for outstanding contributions to air safety, including the development of techniques contributing to safer flight, improvements in ground equipment and services, and improvements in aircraft and component design. E ver since the formation of the Guild, the profession’s achievers and contributors have been singled-out for recognition through the Guild’s awards. From certificates and medals to handsome, elaborate trophies and silver cups, the custom of rewarding success dates back to the 1930s. More than twenty awards are presented at an annual banquet, which has graduated from being held in the Livery Halls, to the Mansion House, to what must surely be its permanent home, the historic Guildhall. Part ceremony, part gala, the Trophies and Awards Banquet forms the centrepiece of the Guild year. The list of the award recipients through the years reads like a celebrity ‘who’s who’ of aviation. It is fascinating to look through the names of winners – individuals, groups and companies – who have touched aviation and left it for the better in so many different ways. While those listed would be well known within aviation circles, this is not generally the case with the recipients of the Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award. The winners of that award fall into the category of previously ‘unsung heroes’, who have performed extraordinary and heroic deeds in the line of duty. It is an award that almost invariably results in a standing ovation at the Banquet. But it is not the only instance when people can rise to their feet in spontaneous acclaim. There are still vivid memories of Captain Leul Abate of Ethiopian Airlines who was hijacked out of Addis Ababa and told to take the hijackers to Australia. He ended up doing a dead stick landing in the sea off a beach in the Comoros Islands. This slightly built and modest man received a standing ovation from the gathering of nearly 700 people. The year was 1996. Over time, the profession has attracted some colourful figures, many of them highly decorated for services to their country. It is not surprising, therefore, that the names of some of these eminent and famous aviators appear as awards, and are given in memory of them. The selection criteria are closely aligned to the person named and their sphere of expertise or influence. RECOGNISING AVIATION’S MOST ADMIRED The Cumberbatch Trophy makes an impressive centrepiece as the Trophies and Awards Committee meets to decide who will the receive awards and trophies for 2003. In the picture is: (seated) Past Master John Hutchinson (Chairman), Michael Willett (Master) and Past Master Duncan Simpson; (standing from left) Keith Reid, Derek Reeh, Past Master Rod Fulton, Assistant Rick Peacock-Edwards, Past Masters Arthur Thorning, Ron Bridge and Clive Elton, Assistant Terry Gill, Chris Palmer, Graham Austin and the Learned Clerk, Paul Tacon. Test pilot Squadron Leader Neville Duke receives the 2002 Guild Award of Honour from Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire, former Chief of the Air Staff. The Cumberbatch Trophy is presented for outstanding contributions to air safety. 12 Trophies and Awards – continued The inscription on this most handsome of trophies, which was designed by Omar Ramsden, reads: ‘I was wrought in utmost faith and hope by command of Alice Beatrice Martha Cumberbatch in the year of Our Lord 1931 for the promotion of reliability in Civil Aviation – to the memory of those who have gone before and encouragement to those to come.’ The enthusiasm for aviation by Miss Cumberbatch was probably inspired by the thrill of competitive flying or by one of the famous female flyers of the period. Her intentions were that the award should be given to those endeavouring to make air transport safer and more reliable, thus encouraging people to fly. The trophy was originally presented to Hanworth Club before moving to the Guild who first presented it for the year 1936-37 to eight captains of Imperial Airways and their Air Superintendent, Squadron Leader Herbert Brackley. Sir James Martin Award Given annually to a person who has made an original, outstanding, and practical contribution leading to the safer operation of aircraft, or the survival of aircrews or passengers. The award may also be given for an act of valour in the air, or on the ground, that is connected with the operations of aircraft. This courageous act will have initiated action that has lead to the safer operation of aircraft, or the enhanced survival of aircrews or passengers. Sir James Martin, who died in 1981, designed and built aeroplanes before founding the Martin-Baker Company, now the world’s longest established and most experienced manufacturer of ejection seats and aviation escape and survival equipment. A dynamic Ulsterman, Martin had exceptional powers of inventiveness and was an accomplished engineer long before reaching the age of 21. Among his first ventures, between 1929 and 1946, Martin designed and built five prototype aircraft, although none went into production. In 1934, he was joined by his former flying instructor, Captain Valentine Baker, who test-flew the aircraft. With the approach of war, Martin designed military aircraft and the Martin Baker MB2 became the first British eight-gun fighter and first flew in 1938. Sir James’s aircraft safety products, especially the Martin-Baker ejection seats, have helped to save thousands of lives that would otherwise have been lost. First given in 1968. Brackley Memorial Trophy Awarded to one or more transport pilot or navigator for outstanding flying that contributes to the operational development of air transport, or transport aircraft, or new techniques in air transport flying. The Brackley Memorial Trophy was designed and presented by Mrs Frida Brackley in memory of her late husband Air Commodore Herbert G Brackley, one of the UK’s aviation pioneers and a leading authority on flying boats. H G Brackley had a distinguished career in military aviation in the Royal Flying Corps as a wartime bomber pilot and in the RAF during the Second World War. As Air Superintendent of Imperial Airways, he led and organised pioneering flights and surveys, which resulted in a network of regular flights to the Commonwealth. He also tested every new aircraft before it was introduced into service. At the time of his death, in a drowning accident in 1948, he was Director General of British South American Airways. First given in 1948. Johnston Memorial Trophy Awarded to a person or persons for outstanding performance of air navigation or airmanship or for the development of new air navigation techniques and equipment. The Guild’s first Deputy Master, Squadron Leader Ernest Johnston, was Chief Air Ministry Navigation Examiner and one of the most prominent navigators of his day. He died tragically in the R.101 accident in 1930 when navigating the airship on its maiden flight to India. Originally, he was a Master Mariner and served in the Royal Naval Reserve, transferring to the Airship Section. On the formation of the RAF he was appointed Captain but after the 1914-1918 war he served in the Navigation Branch of the Air Ministry, and subsequently retired from the RAF. He was appointed to the Royal Airship Works at Cardington in 1924 but also worked with Imperial Airways to help them establish European air routes. In 1927, he navigated the first Imperial Airways flight to India and back. He was navigator for both the airships R.100 and R.101. The award was first presented in 1931 to Francis Chichester for his amazing feat of navigation skill when flying his seaplane from New Zealand to Australia. Derry and Richards Memorial Medal Awarded to a test pilot who has made an outstanding contribution in advancing the art and science of aviation. De Havilland test pilot John Derry and his flight test observer Tony Richards died in a flying accident at the Farnborough Air Show in 1952 when their DH.110 prototype WG236, starting Mrs Frida Brackley, the widow of Air Commodore H G Brackley, both designed and presented the stylish trophy in memory of her husband. The first recipient was J Lankester Parker (left), Chief Test Pilot of Short Brothers from 1916-1945 and later a Director of Short Brothers and Harland. a demonstration from a supersonic dive, broke up and crashed during a low altitude part of the display. Before the accident they had contributed significantly to the supersonic flight test programme. RAF-trained John Derry had earned his wings in Canada before flying Typhoons and Tempests in the Second World War. Post-war he worked as a test pilot with Vickers Supermarine and then with de Havilland. In 1948, flying a DH.108, he became the first British pilot to break the sound barrier. Tony Richards was a trade apprentice in de Havilland’s technical school before becoming an engineering apprentice in the Flight Test department. He worked on the trials of the Heron and later the DH.110, when he flew with John Derry. In 1952 he became the first British Flight Test Observer to fly faster than sound with Derry at the controls of WG.236. The Derry and Richards Memorial Medal was first presented in 1953. Hugh Gordon-Burge Memorial Award Awarded to the captain, a member of a flight deck crew, or a cabin attendant, whose action has contributed outstandingly by saving their aircraft or passengers, or has made a significant contribution to future air safety. This annual award is Trophies and Awards – continued made only if a nomination is considered to be of significant merit. Liveryman Hugh Gordon-Burge was Air Safety Advisor to British European Airways, a forerunner of British Airways, and an Assistant of the Court of the Guild before his death in 1974. Mr GordonBurge made a valuable contribution to the Guild’s work in the field of air safety, first as a member, and then as Chairman of the Technical Committee. His outstanding work on flight safety was recognised and honoured by the UK Flight Safety Committee’s Douglas Weightman Safety Award in 1971. The Hugh Gordon-Burge Memorial Award was first presented in 1974. Pike Trophy Awarded to the individual who, in the opinion of the Court of the Guild, has made an outstanding contribution to the maintenance of high standards of basic flying instruction and safety. The award, which is given to candidates not on active service in the Armed Forces, takes into account working conditions and opportunities. Wing Commander Clement ‘Clem’ Pike was a founder member of the Guild, a member of the first Court and Master from 1949-1950. His Guild membership spanned more than 40 years. He had flown as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps, but post-war joined Vickers as an apprentice and spent several years in the drawing offices of de Havilland. In 1927 he became a flying instructor and served with the RAF from 1939-1947. He later rejoined de Havilland and became the manager of Hatfield Aerodrome. Perhaps his most lasting contribution to the Guild was the setting-up under his Chairmanship of the Guild’s Panel of Examiners and the issue of Instructors’ Certificates. This followed his work on a sub-committee, along with Sir Frederick Tymms, which recommended that new conditions should be made for the issue of ‘A’ licences and suggested the need for an instructors’ licence or endorsement. By 1932 the Guild’s Certificate had obtained official recognition. ‘Clem’ Pike also worked in the field of flying instruction and was largely instrumental in putting training for the profession on a sound basis. This led to the establishment of the RAF Reserve Flying Training Schools which provided many pilots for the Second World War. First presented in 1963. Guild Sword of Honour Presented to the Guild in 1972 by Robert Pooley and awarded for an outstanding contribution to General Aviation and civil aviation, other than air transport. Sir Barnes Wallis Medal Awarded in recognition of an exceptional contribution to aviation. Barnes Wallis was celebrated for his creative thinking and inventive design. Having left school at sixteen with no qualifications he began working in the shipyards, but moved to Vickers to design airships. His airship R.100 design was the first to use his pioneering geodetic system that saved weight. By 1930 Wallis had moved to designing planes for Vickers, among them the Wellesley and Wellington bombers. He also designed bombs, including the famous bouncing bomb that was used to breach the dams of the Ruhr. After the war Wallis led aeronautical research and development at the British Aircraft Corporation until 1971. He was knighted in 1968 and died in 1979. First presented in 1975. Award of Merit Awarded since 1959 for meritorious service in any sphere of aviation to a member of the Guild who is, or has been, a practising pilot or air navigator. 13 The Pike Trophy is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution, like Wing Commander Clement Pike, to the maintenance of flying training standards. Grand Master’s Commendation Awarded since 1982 at the discretion of the Grand Master, and on the recommendation of the Court of the Guild, for distinguished service in the air. Master’s Commendation Awarded since 1977 at the discretion of the Master, and on the recommendation of the Court of the Guild, for commendable achievement in aviation. Master’s Medal This Guild award for distinguished conduct is presented, at the discretion of the Court of the Guild, to anyone in aviation and at any time. It is intended as an immediate award and given for any act considered worthy, as soon as the facts of the event are clear. Grand Master’s Australian Medal Awarded since 1981 to a person or persons involved in any branch of aviation in the Australian Region, or to Australian nationals abroad. It is given for a meritorious contribution of an outstanding nature to any aviation activity, either by a development of technical excellence, a procedure or an operational technique. Trophies and Awards – continued Australian Bi-Centennial Award Robert Pooley, during his term as Master (1987-1988), donated the award on behalf of the Guild as a lasting commemoration of the Australian Bicentenary and to recognise an outstanding individual contribution to Australian aviation. Jean Batten Memorial Award This award was established by the Guild in 1992 in memory of the late Liveryman Miss Jean Batten to recognise an outstanding individual contribution to New Zealand aviation. New Zealander aviatrix Jean Batten established many records during her notable flying career lasting more than 40 years. She had learned to fly in London and gained her private pilot’s licence in 1930. After qualifying for a commercial pilot’s licence she made her first longdistance flight to India in 1933 and the following year flew to Australia and back to England. In addition to capturing five important records and establishing four world records for any type of aircraft, Miss Batten was the first woman to make a return flight to Australia, fly solo to South America and to New Zealand and cross the South Atlantic Ocean and the Tasman Sea alone. For her services to aviation Miss Batten, a Commander of the British Empire, received many awards: among them the Seagrave Trophy, the Britannia Trophy twice, the Harmon International Trophy three times, the Order of the Southern Cross and the Order of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. She was the 14 Liveryman Lord Tebbit presents Caroline Gough-Cooper (right) and Imogen Asker with the Master’s Medal 2002 after they became World Ladies Champions in the World Helicopter Championships. Allana Corbin’s achievement in becoming the first woman to fly a helicopter solo around Australia, despite physical obstacles, resulted in her being awarded the Australian Bicentennial Award 2002 by the Master, Duncan Simpson (right). Also pictured is John Colwell, past branch Chairman. first woman to receive the coveted Federation Aeronautique International medal. Grand Master’s Medal Awarded to the most meritorious student pilot graduating from any civil or military college or school of Aviation Studies and nominated by the Principal. Particular consideration may be given to a candidate’s progress made during the course, their qualities of character, leadership, involvement in sport, recreation and voluntary service, as well as interest in liberal arts. The recipient will not, therefore, necessarily be the student who passes with the highest marks in academic or technical qualifications. However, the award will not be given to a student who has not achieved a high grade in these subjects. Sir Alan Cobham Memorial Award Awarded to the most commendable student pilot graduating from a major civil flying training establishment in the United Kingdom and nominated by the Trophies and Awards – continued Principal. Particular consideration may be given to a candidate’s progress made during the course, qualities of character, leadership, involvement in sport, recreation and voluntary service, as well as interest in liberal arts. It will not, therefore, necessarily be the student who passes with the highest marks in academic or technical qualifications. However, the award will not be given to a student who has not achieved a high grade in these subjects. Sir Alan Cobham was a true pioneer in aviation. He was a Royal Flying Corps and RAF pilot during the First World War. In 1920 he ran an air taxi service for de Havilland and later gave many people their first experience of flight through his ‘joy-rides’ to the public. In 1921, he completed a 5,000-mile tour of Europe, followed by long-distance survey flights to the Cape, the Far East and Australia a few years later. His experiences during long-distance flying led him to investigate and develop a method of extending the range of aircraft by refuelling them in the air.