Nomination Period: Must be submitted to NAA by April 30
About the Awards
The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) awards dozens of medals and diplomas annually to recognize accomplishments in the air, especially in the field of sporting aviation. They are international awards given by FAI, the world air sports federation founded in 1905 by the Aero Club of America (NAA) and other original Aero Clubs. FAI is a non-governmental and non-profit making international organization with the basic aim of furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide.
NAA works to identify worthy candidates and generate nominations for the FAI Awards which are listed here:
Gold Air Medal
For those who have contributed greatly to the development of aeronautics by their activities, work, achievements, initiative or devotion to the cause of aviation.
Gold Space Medal
For those who have contributed greatly to the development of astronautics by their activities, work, achievements, initiative or devotion to the cause of space.
Sabiha Gökçen Medal
For the woman who performs the most outstanding achievement in any air sport in the previous year.
To a person who has occupied high office in FAI or in an aeronautical organization in one of 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.
Breitling Milestone Trophy
For an individual or a group of individuals having achieved a significant milestone, technological step or invention in aeronautics or astronautics (first flight, new technology, etc.) during the previous year and that might contribute to future developments, especially in the practice of air sports.
Breitling Youngster Award
For a youngster who, during the previous 12 months and before the date of his 26th birthday:
- Achieved an outstanding sporting performance. This means a performance which
is considered by the nominating authority as beyond the normal level of
performance compared to what can usually be done, or
- Excelled in a certain area of his sport and is considered as a reference, or
- Significantly contributed to the development and promotion of aeronautics or astronautics.
Diploma for Outstanding Airmanship
To a person or a group of persons for a feat of outstanding airmanship in sub-orbital flight during one of the previous two years and which resulted in the saving of life of others and was carried out with that objective. Anyone engaged in a routine search and/or rescue mission shall not be eligible.
Paul Tissandier Diploma
To those who have served the cause of aviation in general and sporting aviation in particular, by their work, initiative, devotion or in other ways.
Honorary Group Diploma
To recognize groups of people (design offices, scientific bodies, aeronautical publications, etc) that have contributed significantly to the progress of aeronautics and astronautics during the previous year or years.
Angelo d'Arrigo Diploma
To recognize and promote major contributions in the field of environmental and sustainable development, in accordance with the development of a philosophy and a vision of sport aviation that increasingly wants to be respectful of the environment that surrounds it.
To see a full list of awards and past recipients, visit FAI's award page.
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