Wings Awards



The Wings Awards, presented by Australian Flying magazine, in collaboration with the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society, is back!

The Wings Awards will take a panoramic view of the General Aviation Industry by recognising the achievements of flyers, instructors, clubs, airports, and services.

Excellence will be recognised in the following categories:

  • Aero Club of the Year
  • Flying Training Organisation of the Year
  • Flying Instructor of the Year
  • The Col Pay Award for Lifetime of Service to General Aviation

Winners will be announced in the November/December issue of Australian Flying. The Wings Awardsprovides the opportunity to showcase your brand to top industry executives and illustrate your dedication and commitment to the industry.


Important dates:
27 March: Nominations open
1 July: Nominations close
18 October: Winners announced in Australian Flying Nov/Dec 17
Week of 30 October: Awards made in RAeS branches


For sponsorship opportunities contact:

Andrew Murphy- National Advertising Manager
(02) 9213 8272

Judging Panel

Andrew Drysdale is the Executive Director of Mentor Aviation Services and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of NSW, where he lectures on aviation management. He is a former president of the Royal Aeronautical Society in Australia, serves on the Council, and is a Fellow of the Society. He was CEO of Fiji’s Air Pacific, and of Australian Regional Hazelton Airlines, and Regional Vice President Asia/Pacific for the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He has served on the Boards of IATA and of the Regional Airlines Association of Australia.   Andrew Drysdale
Doug Nancarrow is the General Manager of the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is also an award-winning aviation journalist who was editor of Aviation Business magazine and Executive Chairman of Safeskies Australia. He also holds a CPL and has been an owner/manager of a flight training organisation. He is most recently the author of Game Changer, a biography of Virgin Australia supremo John Borghetti.  
Shelley Ross is one of Australia's most well-known advocates of outback aircraft touring, with her Destinations series in Australian Flying and her website She was the editor of Australian Flying for nine years and holds a CPL, instrument and instructor ratings. She has. She has also contributed significantly to the success of the CASA Out-N-Back series of videos and the OnTrack pre-flight planning tool.  
Steve Hitchen is the current editor of Australian Flying and has been a general aviation journalist for over 15 years. He is a private pilot with tailwheel, multi-engine and formation endorsements, and an RA-Aus Pilot Certificate. He is a member of Lilydale Flying Club in Victoria's Yarra Valley and a Director of Chordline Media and Communications.  


Judging criteria for WINGS Awards 2017

Click to download a PDF of the judging criteria.

The Col Pay Award for Lifetime of Service to General Aviation

Aero Club of The Year 2017

GA Flying Training Organisation of The Year 2017

GA Flying Instructor of The Year 2017

How do I nominate?

To make a nomination, click the corresponding award link below. Please note: it will direct you to a third party page.

The Col Pay Award for Lifetime of Service to General Aviation

Aero Club of the Year 2017

GA Flying Training Organisation of the Year 2017

Flying Instructor of the Year 2017


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