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.
(change of name 2021 acknowledging Past Master Hugh Field)
2021 Awarded to: Arthur Williams
Arthur Williams started training as a Royal Marine in 2004. He received the coveted green beret, proving he was capable of achieving anything he wanted to. Unfortunately, in 2007, he suffered life-changing injuries in a car accident and was not able to ever walk again. After re-learning many life skills, he wondered what he could then do with his life and that is when, through his love of flying, he came across the charity Aerobility…where he gained his private pilot’s licence. It was around that time that he also discovered his love of sport, particularly wheelchair racing. He applied to be a presenter for the Paralympic games on Channel 4 and after interviews, screen tests and training, he found himself broadcasting live for the Paralympic games in 2012. The team won all the industry-leading awards including BAFTA, RTS and Broadcast. Following his success, Channel 4 offered him the chance to cover more sports and events.
Arthur received his first specialist factual commission and presented an hour-long film on the De Havilland Mosquito, called ‘The Plane that Saved Britain’. For this, he was nominated for a Grierson award for ‘Best Documentary presenter’. As the programme was so successful, the channel then commissioned a three-part series entitled ‘Flying to the Ends of The Earth’, which was recommissioned in 2016. This focused on aviation as the common link between communities living in incredibly isolated locations.
He has since presented a four-part series called Flying Across Britain. This concentrated on General Aviation in the UK as he wanted to celebrate the sport and community that he had fallen in love with. He presented a very positive view of flying in Britain, exploring the network of airfields and military history.
He has now presented summer and winter Paralympic Games, Athletics Championships and appeared in a host of documentaries and news programmes. Arthur also helps promote Embraer’s new jet airliner and he travels the world, broadcasting live and creates promotional content for the company. He has also been a guest commentator for The Blades Aerobatic Team on the British airshow circuit.
When he is away from the cameras, he flies his modified 1943 Piper Cub aeroplane from his base in rural Worcestershire. Despite his injury, he has combined his love of flying with an enthusiasm for broadcasting. Arthur Williams is an inspiration. He is entertaining and challenges the norms and changes people’s opinions.
His work is rightly recognised by the Hugh Field Memorial 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
2021 Arthur Williams