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. It also provides the opportunity to showcase your brand to leading executives and illustrate your dedication and commitment to the industry.

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 and presented in RAeS branches week commencing October 29.



Andrew Drysdale

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.


Doug Nancarrow

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

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

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.


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