Awarded to an individual journalist, publication or organisation for an outstanding contribution to the promotion or public awareness of aviation in general or of any important aspect of aviation activity.
2020 Awarded to: Tim Robinson
Like many people in aviation, Tim Robinson became hooked at an early age when he was given balsa gliders and plastic model kits. Unfortunately reading about Biggles under the covers at night strained his eyesight so he couldn’t follow in his childhood heroes’ footsteps (possibly due to other factors as well!).
Despite never making it into the cockpit professionally, however, today Tim believes he has got the next best job as an aviation journalist – where he gets to talk to pilots, engineers, airline CEOs, heads of industry and even astronauts across the whole spectrum of aviation, aerospace and space and learn more about this fascinating industry.
Since 2001 Tim has worked in the publications department at the Royal Aeronautical Society, the world’s oldest professional membership organisation for the global aerospace community. In his role as Deputy Editor and now Editor on Aerospace International he covers civil and military aviation, general aviation and space. He also reports on the latest breaking aviation news from the world’s biggest and most exciting aerospace exhibitions and air shows such as Farnborough, Le Bourget, Singapore and Dubai.
Tim’s insights and analysis are widely followed throughout the aviation sector globally and he is as comfortable breaking news as he is rapidly blogging or tweeting incisive commentary on the topics of the day, wherever he is working in the world.
As well as Aerospace International magazine, Tim also created and writes the Aerospace Insight blog at the Royal Aeronautical Society website. In addition, he has also been quoted as an aerospace expert for CNN, BBC and other international media organisations.
His aviation claim to fame is, though he never got to fly on the iconic Concorde, he did go Mach 1.5 in the back seat of a MiG-29 over Russia – a flying experience he is still looking to top. He has also flown in various flying machines, including the F/A-18 Hornet with the US Navy.
Today Tim is now Editor of Aerospace International, the monthly flagship magazine of the RAeS and blogs at the Aerospace Insight blog on the www.aerosociety.com website. He is also one of the most prolific aviation journalists on social media, with more than 22,000 followers. For his outstanding contribution to aviation journalism, Tim Robinson is awarded the Award for Aviation Journalism.
2006/07 Richard Gardner Esq
2007/08 Hugh Field Esq
2008/09 Flight International
2010 Not Awarded
2010/11 Global Aviation Resource
2011/12 Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork MBE BA FRAeS
2012/13 Pat Malone
2013/14 BBC Helicopter Heroes Team
2014/15 Squadron Leader David Webster MBE RAF
2016 Nigel Everett MA
2017 Captain Elfan Dyfed Ap Rees
2018 David Learmount
2019 Benjamin Dunnell
2020 Tim Robinson