2012 FAI Awards Ceremony

GC-antalya-awards-ceremonyComing from all around the world, contributors to aviation were celebrated at the annual FAI Awards Ceremony that took place last night in Antalya, Turkey, as part of the 106th FAI General Conference.

Ten awardees joined together in Antalya to be presented on stage with their prestigious FAI medals and diplomas by FAI President John Grubbström.

During the ceremony, the winner of the prize of the Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Grant was revealed to be Todd Reichert for the "Atlas" human-powered helicoter project.

Two new awards were also announced by Breitling, the official partner of the FAI:

  • the Breitling Youngster Award
  • the Breitling Milestone Trophy

The attending recipients included: 

FAI Gold Air Medal

It is one of FAI's two highest awards. it is reserved for those who have contributed greatly to the development of aeronautics by their activities, work, achievements, initiative or devotion to the cause of Aviation.

FAI Silver Medal

The Silver Medal is reserved for persons who have occupied high office in FAI or in an aeronautical organisation in one ot its member countries, and in the discharge of their duties have shown exceptional powers of leadership and influence, to the benefit of the whole international air sport community.

  • Osmo Jalovaara (FIN)

Lilienthal Gliding Medal

The diploma is awarded for a particularly remarkable gliding performance, or eminent services to gliding, to a currently active glider pilot.

Ann Welch Diploma

This diploma is awarded to the pilot or crew of a Microlight who made the most meritorious flight which results in a Microlight World Record Claim ratified in the calendar year preceding the CIMA Meeting.

  • Jan Bem (CZE)

Paul Tissandier Diploma

This diploma is awarded to those who have served the cause of aviation in general and sporting aviation in particular, by their work or devotion.

  • Arif Kemal Buhara (TUR)
  • Jim Corbett (IRL)
  • Vlastimil Dvorak (CZE)
  • Fernando Ruiz Lucientes (ESP)
  • Haluk Özil (TUR)
  • Manuel Silva Salta (POR)

In total, 83 medals and diplomas were awarded for achievements in 2011.

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Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Grant

Prince A de Orleans Fund
The Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Grant is to be used for a prize which in principle should be awarded every two years with the goal of supporting research and innovation focused on the advancement of sport aviation and simulated flying. Any ersons or institutions who have devoted themselves to create and/or promote technical developments and innovation in sport aviation can be eligible.

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General Awards

awards
FAI medals and diplomas aim at giving public recognition to those who have made outstanding contributions to aeronautics and astronautics, especially in the field of sporting aviation. They are awarded each year at the Opening Ceremony of the annual FAI General Conference. Many of the recipients honoured have had their names closely associated with the history and developments of aeronautics and astronautics.

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Individual Awards

Rotorcraft Gold
The awards are to reward individuals for their contributions or achievements in the individual disciplines of airsports. FAI medals and diplomas aim at giving public recognition to those who have made outstanding contributions to aeronautics and astronautics, especially in the field of sporting aviation. They are awarded each year at the Opening Ceremony of the annual FAI General Conference.

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