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Pilots & adventurers presented with FAI awards

Men and women involved with air sports and space travel have been honoured at the 2016 FAI Awards Ceremony in Indonesia.

The ceremony was held just before the start of the 110th FAI General Conference, which gets underway in Bali from 14 to 15 October 2016.

FAI President Dr John Grubbström presented more than a dozen awards to some 15 pilots and said: “It is an honour to present these medals, diplomas and awards. Each one represents an inspiring and outstanding feat of aviation.”

Here’s run through of who got what:

FAI General Awards

Silver Medal

Alan CASSIDY (United Kingdom)
For his major involvement in FAI and Aerobatics as, among others, competitor, jury member, commission member, chairman, advisor, coach and instructor.

De la Vaulx Medal

Alberto Rodolfo PORTO (Italy)
For the World Record of 323,82 km/h for ‘speed over a straight course’ on 16 December 2015, together with Sara Della Moretta.

Gennadi Ivanovich PADALKA (Russia)
For the World Record of 878 days 11h 29 min 24 sec as ‘accumulated space flight time’ on 12 September 2015.

Sabiha Gokcen Medal

Lyudmila KOSENKOVA (Russia)
For her outstanding achievement in Rotorcraft, especially as an Active Member of the Russian national team

FAI Individual Discipline Awards

Aeromodelling Gold Medal

Dag ECKHOFF (Norway)
For his outstanding contribution to the organisation of FAI World and Continental Aeromodelling Championships and for his eminent services to FAI Aeromodelling Commission, through his expertise in the Helicopter class.

FAI Hang Gliding & Paragliding Diploma

Miguel GUTIERREZ (Mexico)
For his outstanding contribution to the development and success of hang gliding and paragliding in Mexico.

Montgolfier Ballooning Diploma

Mathijs De BRUIJN (Netherlands)
For his major contribution to the development of the sport of ballooning through his involvement in many international events and activities.

Leonid TIUKHTYAEV (Russia)
For his outstanding performance in achieving a record setting gas balloon flight across the Pacific Ocean, in January 2015 from Saga (Japan) to Baja California (Mexico), together with American pilot Troy Bradley.

Paul Tissandier Diploma

Lennard ANDERSSON (Sweden)
For his remarkable services to the cause of Aviation and Sporting Aviation, and more particularly to Aeromodelling.

Dr. Nabil Amin BAZ – posthumous (Egypt)
For his remarkable services to the cause of Aviation and Sporting Aviation.

Nikolai S. BUROV (Russia)
For his remarkable services to the cause of Aviation and Sporting Aviation, and more particularly to Rotorcraft.

Lemuel (Lemmy) TANNER (New Zealand)
For his remarkable services to the cause of Aviation and Sporting Aviation, and more particularly to Gliding.

Pelagia Majewska Gliding Medal

Margherita ACQUADERNI (Italy)
For her eminent services to the sport of gliding, especially in Italy in the favour of women pilots.

Phoenix Diploma

Phillip COZENS (United Kingdom)
For his remarkable achievement in the reconstruction of a 1930’s Pobjoy radial engine and a Comper Swift aircraft.

Vladimir M. Komarov Diploma

Mikhail KORNIENKO (Russia)
For his outstanding achievements in the field of exploration of outer space providing significant advances in the detailed understanding of the medical effects of long-duration spaceflight, together with Scott Kelly (USA).

Yuri A. Gagarin Gold Medal

Gennadi Ivanovich PADALKA (Russia)
For the World Record of 878 days 11h 29 min 24 sec as accumulated space flight time on 12 September 2015.

www.fai.org/awards

About the author: Dan Tye

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after meeting so many like-minded people who love all kinds of adventure activities. He started out as pilot in the RAF, has worked as a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as an editor and journalist for motorcycling, aviation and adventure magazines.

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