Each Year, the British Air Display Association recognises those who have made exceptional contributions or achievements within the airshow world. These are awarded at the BADA Annual General Meetings.
The BADA Trophy
Presented by Hayward Aviation
The BADA Trophy is awarded to an individual or organisation that demonstrates the aims of the association ‘To encourage, promote and advance Safety and Standards in British Air Displays’
2011 Recipient – Barry Sargeant
Nominated by Peter Wells of the SWIP Team. Barry identified an engine fault with one of the SWIP Team’s aircraft as it taxied past him and promptly alerted Air Traffic. It was subsequently found that there was a serious fault with engine and Barry’s prompt action had prevented the possibility of a much more serious problem had the team got airborne.
2012 Recipient – Guy Westgate
Nominated by George Bacon for Guy’s contribution to the development of Night Air Displays which culminated in a spectacular flypast at the opening ceremony at the London 2012 Paralympics.
2013 Recipient – Ian Sheeley
Nominated by the BADA Committee for exceptional contribution to the Royal International Air Tattoo, the Air Display Organisers Forum and Working Group and to the British Air Display Association as it’s founding Chairman.
2014 Recipient – The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows
In recognition of the professionalism displayed by all members of the Red Arrows over many years and in particular, the re-building of the team following the tragic non-airshow accidents of 2011.
2015 Recipient – George Bacon
In recognition for his outstanding professionalism, his calm actions, leadership and demeanour under duress following the accident at CarFest North in August 2015. Read More…
2018 Recipient – John Turner
Nominated by the BADA Committee for exceptional contribution to the airshow industry, particularly the Farnborough International Airshow and to the British Air Display Association.
2019 Recipient – Tiger Nine Team
In recognition for the team’s exceptional support, professionalism and commitment to the Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow 2018 mounting a memorable ‘100’ formation in testing conditions to open the RAF100 themed event.
The Miss Demeanour Trophy
Gifted by Jonathon Whaley for the year’s “unsung hero” – this can be an individual or organisation that ‘went the extra mile’ to deliver a display or event.
2011 Recipient – Bournemouth Borough Council
For the professional and sensitive response of the entire Bournemouth Borough Council during the 2011 Air Festival which saw flash flooding in the town on the opening day and the tragic loss of Red Arrows pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging during the weekend.
2013 Recipient – Peter Wells (Twister Aerobatics Team)
For “Going the Extra Mile” against all odds to complete display commitments at the Al Ain Aerobatic Show. Despite the team’s container being left behind at Felixstowe Docks and endless red tape challenges over importing the team’s Pyrotechnics for this displays at Al Ain, Peter Wells made sure he and his team made it to Al Ain for their displays.
2014 Recipient – Richard Goodwin
In recognition of his untiring work to develop and extensively modify his Pitts S2S into the ‘Muscle Biplane’ with exhausting determination and at great personal expense
2015 Recipient – Dr Robert Pleming and the Vulcan to the Sky Trust
In recognition of the outstanding contibution to the British Air Display Community by Dr Robert Pleming and the Vulcan to the Sky Trust in bringing Avro Vulcan XH558 back on to the display circuit between 2008 and 2015. Read More…
2018 Recipient – Mike Cox
In recognition of his quick reaction and rescue of a Turbulent Display Team pilot who was forced to ditch his aircraft in the sea during the Herne Bay Airshow.
2019 Recipient – Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron
In recognition of the NAFHS’s exceptional support of the RAF100 celebrations at a wide range of UK airshows.
Lifetime Achievement Awards
Each year the British Air Display Association committee also mark the achievements of those who have played pivotal roles in the UK Air Display world during their lives.
- Brian Lewis
- Ray Thilthorpe
- Sqn Ldr Jock Maitland DFC MBE
- Group Captain Geoff Brindle MSc FRAeS RAF (Ret’d)
- Peter Eager and Don Bean MBE
- Tim Prince OBE FRAeS
- Wing Commander Bill Hartree
- Vic Lockwood
- Mike Marchant
- Elly Sallingboe