Royal Aero Club

Awards & Trophies


COMPANION OF THE ROYAL AERO CLUB

Established in 1996 and awarded for significant contributions to the activities of the Royal Aero Club.

1996 Edward Mole
Awarded in recognition of his generous support for the RAeC Newsletter.
1996 Philip Meeson
Awarded in recognition of his generous support for the RAeC Trust.
1996 Betty Barlow
Awarded in recognition of her generous support for the RAeC Trust.
1997 No award
1998 Apollonius Nooten-Boom II
Awarded in recognition of his generous gift to the Royal Aero Club of the splendid
Chairman's Badge of Office.
1998 Count Franz La Rosée
Awarded in recognition of his outstanding and generous support of the Royal Aero Club over several years, including sponsorship of the RAeC Awards Ceremony programme brochure.
1999-2000 No award
2001 Charles Ranald
Charles Ranald is a Trustee of the RAeC Trust. In 2001 he completed a 1000 mile sponsored walk/pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The Trust was of the two charities benefitting by many thousands of pounds from this remarkable effort.
2002-2004 No award
2005 Michael Feldman.
Michael Feldman has for many years audited the accounts of the Royal Aero Club, and also since 1998 those of the RAeC Trust. He has been generous with advice and guidance to the Officers of the Club and Trust, and has made no charge for his services.
2006 Norman Pocock.
Norman Pocock has for many years generously supported the RAeC in two ways. He has given advice on insurance of its collection of paintings and trophies. Through his company HR Jennings & Co Ltd, he has provided sponsorship for the RAeC Annual Awards Ceremonies, funding the tickets for the award winners.
2007 Dr Vijaypat Singhania.
Dr Vijaypat Singhania has a life-long passion for aviation. He made a solo flight in a microlight from Britain to India, he won the first Round-the-World Air Race and he set the world altitude record in a hot air balloon. He has been awarded FAI and RAeC Gold Medals. He has recently made a very generous donation to the RAeC Trust to fund the conservation, microfilming and digitising of the collection of unique albums compiled by Frank Hedges Butler, a founder-member of the Aero Club. These contain historic newspaper cuttings, letters and photographs, some as early as 1756. The conservation will assist historians in accessing this information, and will ensure that the original albums will be available to future generations.
2008 Richard Winter.
Richard Winter is Executive Vice-President of the InterContinental Hotels Group. His personal intervention enabled the Royal Aero Club Trust to acquire two important items of aviation memorabilia. In 2003, he was instrumental in obtaining and presenting to the Trust the only existing portrait of Frank Hedges Butler who had been a founder-member of the Aero Club. This painting has now been loaned to the Royal Automobile Club for display, as Butler had also been their first Treasurer. Then in 2007 his company presented the Trust with the First Aero Club Cup, which had been won in July 1906 by Frank Hedges Butler for the first official balloon race in Britain, and is possibly the world's oldest aviation trophy.
2009 Peter Cruddas.
Peter Cruddas rose from humble beginnings in Hackney to become an award-winning entrepreneur. In 1989 he launched CMC Markets, now one of the World's leading on-line trading firms. He has given considerable support to the Royal Aero Club Trust to fund their work in preserving the Royal Aero Club's archive of historical documents and memorabilia, and providing bursaries to assist youngsters in developing their involvement in air sports.
2010 Dr Brian Bramson
Brian Bramson is the son of Alan Bramson, who was Chairman of the Panel of Examiners for 10 years and a well-known aviation author, and was awarded the RAeC Diploma in 1995. Brian has made a very generous gift to the RAeC Trust in memory of his parents. This will enable the Trust to continue its programme of bursaries for young people to develop their participation in flying.
2011 Robert Brooks
Robert Brooks is Chairman of Bonhams 1793 Ltd, a leading auction house. Over several years, he has arranged for his professional staff to provide valuable advice and guidance to the Royal Aero Club and the Trust regarding our collection of paintings, trophies, historical artefacts and documents.
   

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