Our annual awards for 2015 were presented at the Christmas Lunch at The Manor Country House Hotel, Weston on the Green, on 6 December 2015.
Presented to a female British pilot between the ages of 16 and 25, who has shown initiative and commitment in gaining her PPL (with a view to following a career in aviation) and who, through her actions and her example, is an inspiration to her peer group.
Awarded to Bridget Donaldson.
A glider pilot and instructor, Bridget was selected for a full RAF scholarship to obtain her PPL, after passing through the RAFs Officers and Aircrew selection centre. No small feat considering that she was just 17 years old at the time. Amongst other achievements, she was also awarded the Dacre Brooch 2014, the most prestigious award within the Air Training Corps, being selected ahead of 60,000 other cadets as being the best female cadet within the Air Cadet Organisation. Bridget was born in 1995.
This trophy is awarded to a female British pilot for a navigation exercise undertaken during the current year. It must be an exercise of special merit or one that stretches the experience of the pilot to the limits, reaching goals beyond the pilot’s expectations. Can be given to regions for group flights/achievements.
Awarded to Paula Carter.
For the best performance by a newcomer in the RIN TopNav Competition 2015.
This trophy is awarded to a female British pilot for a flying or flying-related personal achievement, beyond the recipient’s widest dreams. This award is not aimed at the record breaker or high achiever, but is awarded for an achievement special to the recipient.
Awarded to Kanchana Gamage.
In recognition of her determination to provide successful role models in aviation, including herself and her own PPL, to schoolgirls to encourage them to become involved in aviation.
This award is made to a BWPA member who has supported the Association either by regularly attending events or by working in the background to further the Association’s aims.
Awarded to Rachel Ellis.
In recognition of her work as past treasurer of the BWPA for a number of years, who looked after the Associations finances very effectively, efficiently and professionally. A good communicator and most helpful in sharing information; always ready with the answer to any question on BWPA finances.
This trophy is awarded to a female British pilot for achieving excellent qualifications in her chosen career.
Awarded to Morag Leslie-Smith.
Having come to aviation later in life, after a career in chemistry at Strathclyde University, Morag went on to achieve a frozen ATPL, IR and unrestricted Instructor Rating. She has been instructing at the Prestwick Flight Centre for the past eight years.
This cup was presented to the BWPA by Lord Brabazon of Tara in 1959. It is awarded for one particular outstanding or noteworthy performance in aviation.
Awarded to Dorothy Saul-Pooley.
In recognition of her position as first female Master of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, previously known as the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN), for the year 2014 – 2015.
To be awarded in recognition of active support of women in aviation.
Awarded to the Diamond Jubilee Working Group – Marion Wooldridge, Lesley Runnalls, Diana Green-Davy, Amy Chau, Cheryl Sullivan, Pauline Vahey, Rosemary Clemo, Nicky Rowan, Julie Westhorp.
In recognition of their planning and execution which resulted in making the Diamond celebrations such a success.
This award is made to a female British pilot who has served aviation over a period of time in any aspect, consistently achieving goals, showing diligence to duties and encouragement to others.
Not awarded; nominee declined.
Awarded to a female British pilot for an achievement or special contribution to gliding, hang gliding or paragliding.
Awarded to Ayala Truelove.
For her success in winning the Standard Class Nationals 2015 at The Gliding Centre, Husbands Bosworth.
This trophy was first awarded in 2004 in memory of Jack Brackenbury and to encourage members to record our events as he used to. Entries may include photos sent in for the newsletter and website, as well as the archives and the competition itself.
Awarded to Lucy Irwin.
For her unique photographs of her flight ‘VFR over New York in a single engine aircraft, published in the Summer 2015 BWPA newsletter.
A new Challenge is set each year and the award is given to the entry judged to be the most interesting or unusual navigation flight within the theme.
The challenge for 2015 was to take part in a precision flying event.
The competition is judged on the basis of flight logs, photographs, accuracy of times and other supporting material submitted by entrants. The judges also take into account the experience of the pilots.
Awarded to Rosemary Clemo.
For her Diamond themed flight on 3 July 2015. Rosemary’s plan was to fly from her home airfield to as many places as possible with references to diamonds, of which she found 30.
This entry was chosen for three reasons; the creativity shown by the original idea, the detailed and very obvious competence that went into the planning for the flight and finally the quality of the submission.
2015 award winners – overview:
|Bridget Donaldson||Hilda Hewlett Trophy:|
|For a younger member who has shown initiative and committment in gaining their Pilots Licence.|
|Paula Carter||Faith Bennett Navigation Trophy:|
|For a navigation excercise of special interest or one that stretches the experience of the pilot to their limit.|
|Kanchana Gamage||Naomi Christy Award:|
|For personal achievement.|
|Rachel Ellis||Muriel Sells Trophy:|
|For supporting the BWPA by attending events and/or working to further the aims of the Association.|
|Morag Leslie-Smith||Jackie Moggridge Trophy:|
|Awarded for achieving excellent qualifications in their chosen career.|
|Dorothy Saul-Pooley||Brabazon Cup:|
|For a particularly outstanding performance.|
|Diamond Jubilee Working Group||BWPA Special Recognition Award:|
|This new award is in recognition of an individual’s active support of women in aviation.|
|Not awarded||Jean Lennox Bird Pendant:|
|For service to aviation over a period of time.|
|Ayala Truelove||O.P. Jones Cup:|
|For a noteworthy performance in gliding or hang-gliding.|
|Lucy Irwin||Jack Brackenbury Photography Trophy:|
|Best BWPA related photograph submitted for the archives, website or newsletter during the year.|
|Rosemary Clemo||Chairwoman’s Challenge Trophy:|
|The Challenge to take part in a precision flying event.|