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The Air League celebrates aviation excellence

Wednesday 8th September saw the Air League hold its Annual Reception at the Terrace Pavilion, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster.

A number of individuals and organisations which have made an outstanding contribution to aviation and aerospace in the United Kingdom were recognised for their remarkable achievements, with a series of awards presented by Aviation Minister Robert Courts MP.

The Air League aims to inspire, enable, and support the next generation of aviation and aerospace professionals from all backgrounds across the UK. The Reception allowed the Air League to welcome, recognise and thank its supporters and partners that help change lives through aviation. Each year thousands of people from around the UK, including disadvantaged youngsters and wounded and injured servicemen and women benefit from Air League support.

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The following awards were presented:


Yvonne Pope Sintes

To recognise her outstanding achievements within aviation over her incredible lifetime

The Scott-Farnie Medal

The medal is awarded “for achievement in the field of air education”

The Scott Farnie Medal is awarded to David Pitchforth recognising his long and distinguished career within aviation and aerospace and his selfless commitment in promoting apprenticeships and instigating the Centennial Wings programme

The Jeffrey Quill Medal

The medal is awarded “For an outstanding contribution to the development of air-mindedness in Britain’s youth”

The Jeffery Quill Medal is awarded to both Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE for her selfless commitment to promoting air mindedness to the next generation within the Royal Air Force Air Cadets

The Marshall of Cambridge Medal

The medal is awarded “For exceptional support of the Air League Trust by a recent scholarship winner”

The Marshall of Cambridge Medal is awarded to Bridget Donaldson for her continued support of the Air League and work curating the Air League’s 110th anniversary exhibition at the Royal Air Force Museum

President’s Meritorious Service Award

Sir Roger Bone KCMG

Recognising his service and commitment to the League

The Billy Deacon Search and Rescue Memorial Trophy

Philip Wrenn

For his selfless and meritorious actions

Framed Addresses

Martin Aston and James McMicking

To recognise their efforts to invigorate High Value Design in the United Kingdom


For their ground-breaking development of a zero-emission aircraft

Project Wingman

For their inspiring commitment, dedication, and service to the NHS throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

The Royal Air Force Chinook Force

Recognising its incredible and illustrious 40 years of service

The Prince Philip Flying Scholarship

Venessa Njoki

Soaring to Success Scholars

Milan Gandhi

Elijah Heyns

Abbie Haylock

Caitlin Ryan

Khalid Aziz

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