A century after the Directors of Petters Ltd resolved to offer all possible aid to the war effort in April 1915, a Heritage Plaque has been presented to AgustaWestland Ltd by the Royal Aeronautical Society to commemorate Westland’s one hundred-year contribution to the aerospace industry.

The plaque was unveiled on the morning of 27 April at AgustaWestland’s Main Gate in Yeovil, marking the award to the Company by the RAeS Aeronautical Heritage Award Scheme which celebrates technological and operational achievements of world significance.

 Following an introduction by Ray Edwards, Managing Director AWL, Air Cdre Bill Tyack CBE FRAeS, Past-President of the Society, unveiled the plaque at AgustaWestland Yeovil’s Main Gate in front of an audience comprising the longest-serving AW employee in the UK - John Woodman, who has achieved nearly 49 years of service, along with the youngest member of Yeovil’s workforce - apprentice Lewis Martin, and members of the Yeovil RAeS Branch.


Air Cdre Tyack said at the event, “The Heritage Award Scheme was set up to recognise accolades as significant as this.  I am delighted to award AgustaWestland with a Heritage Plaque as you celebrate your Centenary year and I wish you all the greatest success with your future.”

The Society seeks to co-operate with organisations involved in aeronautical heritage and will accept nominations from any responsible source and in particular, the Society’s Divisions, Branches and Corporate Partners who can play an important role in canvassing nominations.  Nomination forms are on the Society’s web site or can be obtained from Society’s Headquarters (see contacts below).  The cost of the plaques will, in the main, be met by sponsorship arranged at a local level by those submitting the nominations. There is an arrangement to enable Presidential Nominations to be processed; funding for such awards can be met by the Society. 

If you have any questions about the scheme, or would like help with a nomination, please ring Tim Caines on 020 7670 4312 or email him at tim.caines@aerosociety.com.

30 June 2015