Aerospace specialists honoured at RAeS Awards

On Wednesday 5 November, senior aviation leaders assembled at the Royal Aeronautical Society to honour aerospace professionals for achievements within their specialist field of expertise.

Dr Mike Steeden FRAeS, formerly with Dstl, welcomed guests to No.4 Hamilton Place and highlighted that the highly competitive and inclusive nature of the Awards ensure the nominations confer a unique measure of distinction and recognition of an individual or team’s achievements by the wider professional community, and the Society in particular.

Among the recipients was Dr Michael Hicks FRAeS of Rolls-Royce who won the Specialist Gold Award for his world class contributions to materials engineering through the development and application of many new aerospace materials.

The UK Space Agency’s Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut programme won a Specialist Team Bronze Award and Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education & Skills at the UK Space Agency said:

“The UK Space Agency is delighted to receive this award from the RAeS. The success in reaching over 9000 pupils last year is thanks, in large part, to the many partners across the UK who have helped us by showing schools how to use the inspiring model of astronaut fitness and health to change children's activity levels and diet through learning about the science behind it.”

The International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE) was awarded a Specialist Team Bronze Award for the Committee’s exhaustive work in addressing the challenge of reducing the number of loss of control in flight accidents and in developing a strategy for the definition of structured, standardised and validated Upset Prevention and Recovery Training. Co-chairman Dr Sunjoo Advani FRAeS of IDT and the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Flight Simulation Group, said:

“It is indeed an honour for ICATEE to be recognised for its accomplishments to date in reducing and preventing Loss-of-Control accidents. With our team, we provided the content for improved training to ICAO and to industry. EASA rule making is well under way to integrate our work into practice and, even prior to rules, several airlines around the globe have embarked upon Upset Prevention and Recovery Training.”

The presentation of the Medals and Awards was followed by the Brabazon Named Lecture, established over 30 years ago to honour Lord Brabazon of Tara who played an important role in the planning of civil aviation. The lecture was given by John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow Airport who showed how he continued to champion the vision that Brabazon put forward by highlighting the role of Heathrow in driving economic growth and creating jobs. A podcast of the lecture will shortly be available on

For a full list of winners and citations, please visit

Emma Bossom
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Notes to Editors:
1.    The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) is the world’s only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. The Society promotes the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines; provides specialist information; acts as a central forum for the exchange of ideas; and plays a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters. Visit for more information.
2.    As the most prestigious and long-standing awards in global aerospace, the RAeS Honours, Medals and Awards honour achievements and recognise the innovation and excellence of both individuals and teams. They are conferred, by an International Adjudication Panel (IAP), for achievements and contributions in all disciplines of the global aerospace industry. Nominations for 2015 are now being accepted so please complete the nomination form by 31 March 2015 to submit your choice for a worthy recipient.
3.    Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut is now inviting primary and secondary teachers to sign up (via during November for the next challenge that starts in January.