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’
2021 - IWM Duxford Showcase Days
In 2021, the BADA Trophy was awarded to IWM Duxford for the Showcase Displays and the training of fledgling FDDs and giving a platform for TYRO Displays.
2019 – 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.
2018 - 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.
2015 – George Bacon
This citation was submitted by a member of the Association who, at 14:00 on Saturday the 1st of August 2015, was standing on the flight line as Kev Whyman’s Gnat disappeared over the tree line.
To his right, from the centre of Carfest, he heard a call of
“Man Down”, followed by “I’m off to event control”.
From that point on, the nominee for this award handled the situation both expertly and calmly under intense pressure from the Police, (who were asking if the show should be stopped) to dealing with the many stakeholders involved in the show, including the BBC, those from Children in Need and an extremely distressed Chris Evans. A very hard weekend for all of us was made far less so by the leadership of this one man.
His speech to the 30,000 strong crowd on the Sunday was both moving and impeccably delivered.
The next month, in the aftermath of the crash at Shoreham, he then spent a week on the road giving dozens of interviews to press, TV, radio and all other media, sometimes facing the raw emotion of public reaction to the tragedy but always trying give a balanced viewpoint from the display world. All this while also dealing with the ongoing shows to come during another very hard time for everyone in the display world.
In recognition for his outstanding professionalism, his calm actions, leadership and demeanor under duress, the BADA Trophy for 2015 is awarded to George Bacon
2014 – 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.
2013 – 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.
2012 – 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.
2011 – 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.
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.
2021 - John Romain
The Miss Demeanour Trophy was awarded to John Romain for the NHS Spitfire project and being an exceptional ambassador for the Air Display Industry
2019 - Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron
In recognition of the NAFHS’s exceptional support of the RAF100 celebrations at a wide range of UK airshows.
2018 - 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.
2015 - Dr Robert Pleming and the Vulcan to the Sky Trust
Over the centuries, Britons’ have displayed a tenacity to achieve the audacious. Countless generations of Generals, Politicians, Engineers and Adventurers have made Britain both notable and Great. Our Aircraft designers fit equally into that mould, and amongst them, Roy Chadwick was a giant. For the current generations of Britons to have enjoyed, not just one example of his historic successes, fly in countless air displays across UK, but, in one very recent year to see 3 examples of his achievement in the air, was a moment to savour for the entire country.
It is even more poignant therefore, that we all witnessed, in the Autumn of 2015, the closing of another Chapter in the history of our country’s great aviation achievements. That anyone should even have considered such an audacious scheme however, to bring back from the seemingly dead, the most iconic of all Cold War bombers, was incomprehensible, if not deemed unachievable. Yet it happened, and is now gone from the sky again.
None, of what countless spectators enjoyed over the past few years however, would have been possible without that unique combination of dogged determination and stubbornness in leadership, and a team possessing unlimited passion, belief and energy. They didn’t just go an extra mile, to achieve what they did but, travelled thousands of miles in persuading almost every citizen across the globe to support their cause and our subsequent enjoyment. It was singularly a Tour de Force of immense proportions and, for that reason, it is BADA’s great pleasure to award the Miss Demeanour Trophy to Robert Pleming and the entire VTST team for their outstanding contribution to the British Air Display Community.
2014 – 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
2013 – 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.
2011 - 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.
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.
- John Davis
- Dr Robert Pleming
- Elly Sallingboe
- Vic Lockwood
- Mike Marchant
- Jeanne Frazer
- Wing Commander Bill Hartree
- Tim Prince OBE FRAeS
- Group Captain Geoff Brindle MSc FRAeS RAF (Ret’d)
- Peter Eager and Don Bean MBE
- Brian Lewis
- Ray Thilthorpe
- Sqn Ldr Jock Maitland DFC MBE
Nominate someone for an Award
If you would like to nominate a person or organsation for one of the BADA Awards, please use the webform form below.