50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Sir Angus Houston awarded Oswald Watt Gold Medal

Download: Printable PDF Date: 24 Sep 2015 03:38 (UTC) category:
Sir Angus Houston awarded Oswald Watt Gold Medal - Personalities publisher
Tatjana Obrazcova
Country: Australia

Sir Angus Houston has been awarded the Oswald Watt Gold Medal for his role in the search for MH370 and his work as Australia’s special envoy to Ukraine after the shooting of MH17.

The retired Air Chief Marshal and current chairman of Airservices was presented with his medal at Canberra’s Parliament House on Tuesday night, where he delivered the Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial lecture.

Houston described the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and shooting of MH17 as a “couple of the blackest blots on our recent history”.

“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Houston said when accepting the medal.

“In both places we worked as one team to do the very best we could.”

The Gold Medal, named after World War I pilot Oswald Watt, originated in 1921 and recognises “a most brilliant performance in the air or the most notable contribution to aviation by an Australian or in Australia”. It is not an annual award. Rather, it is awarded on merit, with the Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia executive responsible for deciding whether a medal will be awarded in any given year.

The federation said on its website Houston was recognised “for leadership with the Joint Agency Coordination Centre coordinating the Australian Government’s support for the search into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and his appointment as Special Envoy to Ukraine to lead Australia’s efforts on the ground in Ukraine to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the MH17 crash”.

Previous recipients have included astronaut Andy Thomas, Hudson Fysh and Reg Ansett.

Loading comments for Sir Angus Houston awarded Oswald Watt Gold Medal...


PART 21 Subpart G approval & launch of final assembly of AURA AERO first series aircraft

AURA AERO has jusr received Subpart G approval for all of its industrial facilities, an approval mandatory for officially launching serial production of the INTEGRAL family. The PART 21 Subp...

UAC completed the construction of the MC-21-300 plane with Russian composite wing

Irkut Corporation (part of the United Aircraft Corporation of Rostec State Corporation) has completed the construction of the first MC-21-300 aircraft with a Russian-made polymer composite wing. ...

Pratt & Whitney and Embraer partner on 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel flight demonstration program

Pratt & Whitney has signed a memorandum of understanding with Embraer to collaborate on studies of 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Technical teams from the two companies will engage to defin...

SR Technics and Vietjet Air sign a MoU worth US$150 million

SR Technics and Vietjet Air announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding worth US$150 million involving providing MRO services on Vietjet’s CFM56-5B engine fleet, installed on the...