The Royal Aeronautical Society has honoured senior aerospace leaders from across the world for their work and achievements in the aviation and aeronautical industry.

Aerospace professionals from AgustaWestland, Airbus Group, BAE Systems, Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Safran Group, the UK Aerospace Technology Institute and University College London were recognised by their peers and the Society as achieving, or contributing to, innovation and excellence within all disciplines of the sector.

Among the recipients were Dr Gordon McConnell FRAeS, A350 XWB Chief Engineer at Airbus who was awarded the RAeS Gold Medal in recognition of his engineering leadership, and AgustaWestland’s Project Zero Team who won the Team Gold Medal for their achievements in designing, building and flying the world’s first full-scale all-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) technology demonstrator aircraft.

Pratt & Whitney were proud to see Bob Saia, Vice President, Next Generation Product Family honoured with the Silver Medal. Greg Gernhardt, President, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines said, "he and his team were instrumental in the success we are experiencing today with our commercial engine business."

The RAeS nomination recognises the benefits Pratt & Whitney's Geared Turbofan engine program has brought to aviation and how it helped revitalize the industry with double digit savings in fuel consumption and significant benefits to the environment.

The Bronze Team Medal went to Airbus’ A350 Wing Major Test support team in recognition of the team’s performance, innovations and achievements in support of the certification of the A350 XWB airliner. As Prof Ian Lane, Senior Expert in Structures Analysis commented, “This team is an outstanding example of how professionalism, clear communication, creative and strong teamwork and intercultural working fosters an innovative spirit that can deliver a business-critical solution and inventively solve problems whilst working to tight deadlines.”

The presentation of the Medals and Awards was followed by the Wilbur & Orville Wright Named Lecture, where Patrick Dewar FRAeS, Executive Vice President at Lockheed Martin International gave his perspective on how the global aerospace industry can adapt to meet the challenges and opportunities of the years ahead, in particular the rapid pace of technical innovation and the massive scale of the global supply chain. For the first time, the awards presentation and lecture was live streamed to a global audience through the Royal Aeronautical Society’s YouTube Channel. A podcast of the lecture is also available on

For a full list of winners and citations, please view the 2014 RAeS Medals & Awards brochure.


Emma Bossom
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Notes to Editors:

1. The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) is the world’s only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. The Society promotes the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines; provides specialist information; acts as a central forum for the exchange of ideas; and plays a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters. Visit for more information.

2. As the most prestigious and long-standing awards in global aerospace, the RAeS Honours, Medals and Awards honour achievements and recognise the innovation and excellence of both individuals and teams. They are conferred by the Council as recommended by the Medals & Awards Committee, supported by an International Adjudication Panel (IAP), for achievements and contributions in all disciplines of the global aerospace industry. Nominations for 2015 are now being accepted so please complete the nomination form by 31 March 2015 to submit your choice for a worthy recipient.


Emma Bossom
15 December 2014