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8-1.1: Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) General Awards

(All nominations must be received at the NAA's office by April 30 for submission to the FAI by May 31. Refer to fai.org and naa.aero for the most up-to-date information)

A. Paul Tissandier Diploma

  1. The Tissandier Diploma is awarded 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.
  2. Each year, the United States may submit the names of up to three candidates.

B. FAI Honorary Group Diploma

  1. As its name implies, the FAI Honorary Group Diploma may be awarded to groups of people (design offices, scientific bodies, aeronautical publications, etc.) that have contributed significantly to the progress of aeronautics or astronautics during the previous year or years.
  2. Each year, an FAI member may submit the names of two candidates, one for aeronautics and one for astronautics.

C. FAI parachuting awards

(FAI parachuting awards are subject to approval by the FAI Parachuting Commission.)

  1. The FAI Gold Parachuting Medal
    1. The FAI Gold Medal may be awarded annually for an outstanding accomplishment in connection with parachuting, in the realm of sport, safety, or an invention.
    2. The medal was created by an endowment fund provided by Mr. J.A. Istel, President of Honour of the FAI Parachuting Commission.
  2. The Leonardo da Vinci Diploma is awarded to a parachutist who has any one of the following:
    1. been at least twice an Individual Champion or a Member of a Champion Team at a First Category event
    2. established at least three World Parachuting Records
    3. have been at least three times an FAI/IPC Official at a First Category Event (Chief Judge, FAI Parachuting Judge, FAI Controller, International Jury Member or any combination thereof)
    4. have been at least three times a Competition Director at a First Category Event
    5. have been for at least six years the Chair of an IPC Committee (IPC Internal Regulations 6.7) or an IPC Bureau Member or any combination thereof

D. Sabiha Gökçen Medal

  1. For the woman who performs the most outstanding achievement in any air sport in the previous year.
  2. The Sabhia Gökçen Medal was created in 2002 upon a proposal from Turk Hava Kurumu, and is supplied by the Turkish NAC. Sabiha Gökcen, winner of the FAI Gold Air Medal, was Turkey's first woman pilot and, in 1937, became the world's first female military pilot. She was an inspiration to women pilots
8-1.2: National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Service Awards

(All nominations must be received at the NAA's office by April 30 for submission to the FAI by May 31. Refer to fai.org and naa.aero for the most up-to-date information)

A. Frank G. Brewer Trophy

  1. The NAA Brewer Trophy, awarded annually, is given to an individual, group or organization for significant contributions of enduring value to aerospace education in the United States.
  2. NOMINATION PERIOD: May 1 – August 31

B. Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman & Stateswoman of Aviation Awards

  1. The NAA Distinguished Statesman Award honors outstanding Americans who, by their efforts over a period of years, have made contributions of significant value to aeronautics and have reflected credit upon America and themselves.
  2. A nominee must
    1. be a living citizen of the U.S who has for at least 25 years been actively identified with aeronautics and has made contributions of significant value to aeronautics;
    2. Have exhibited qualities of patriotism, integrity, and moral courage worthy of emulation;
    3. be well and favorably known as a person of ability and character.
    4. NOMINATION PERIOD: May 1 – August 31