The Bathurst general aviation community has all but dominated this year’s Australian Flying magazine’s CASA Wings Awards, winning 2 of the honours on offer.
WardAir and Bathurst Aero Club, both based in the NSW Central Tablelands town, were recognised as Flying training organisation of the year and Aero Club of the Year respectively.
WardAir might be a familiar organisation as chief pilot Catherine Fitzsimons is featured in our fantastic Out-n-Back 2 and human factors for pilots series.
Many of our other safety education and promotion videos have also been filmed there on location.
WardAir's nomination focuses on their ‘genuine commitment to equipping students with skills to keep them safe, not just minimum competencies.’
Bathurst Aero Club was recognised for its significant contribution to the advancement of flying in Australia over the past 12 months.
With 130 members and an 83-year history, the club clearly focuses on safety, and they have a strong and professional collaborative relationship with CASA.
We regularly host AvSafety Seminars at the clubhouse (next one is scheduled in April), and they regularly promote our safety and education material.
Other winners included engineer Borg Sorenson for the Col Pay Award for a lifetime of service to general aviation and Jack Caddy winning flying instructor of the year.
Borg, at 93 years young, has more than 60 years’ experience in general aviation and is passionate about restoring historic and ex-military aircraft.
His award recognises those in the industry who have contributed significantly to the general aviation sector over long periods of time. It is the highest of the Wings Awards.
Based at Bankstown Aerodrome, Jack is a Grade 1 flight instructor with Sydney Aviators and was nominated by a student who called out ‘his genuine care for students.’
His award recognises him as the flying instructor who has contributed most significantly to the general aviation sector.
These awards were independently assessed by a team of judges from the magazine and the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
We’re proud to sponsor the CASA Wings Awards, which recognise the efforts of the many people who have dedicated their lives to general aviation through individual effort or as part of an aero club or flying school.
Sponsorship is about supporting our aviation community and the Wings Awards are a great example of this.
Our sponsorship can include financial or in-kind support to a third party for an activity that undertakes research towards the advancement of, or promotes the safety of, civil aviation safety in Australia for the benefit of the wider aviation community.
Read more about the Wings Awards winners on the Australian Flying website.
Find out more about CASA sponsorship.