Past President Matthews Given Departing Tribute
October 26, 2006, Paris, France — The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) celebrated the receipients of its 2006 awards for their contribution to the cause of improving global aviation safety at its annual awards ceremony during the 59th annual International Air Safety Seminar in Paris, France.
Stuart Matthews, FSF immediate past president and CEO, presented eight FSF presidential citations to the following: Hans Almér, Saab Aircraft AB (retired); Susan M. Coughlin, FSF Board of Governors; Capt. Alex de Silva, Singapore Airlines; Vladimir Kofman, FSF International; Capt. Dan Maurino, International Civil Aviation Organization; Valery Shelkovnikov, FSF International; James Terpstra, Jeppesen (retired); and Edward Williams, The Metropolitan Aviation Group. William Voss, new FSF president and CEO, recognized the achievements of two individuals: Anatoly Kolisnyk, chairman of Ukraine’s State Aviation Aurthority, and Dmitry Kiva, general designer at the Antonov Design Bureau.
Other awards presented at the ceremony include the Richard Teller Crane Founder’s Award to Embraer; the FSF-Boeing Aviation Safety Lifetime Achievement Award to Minister Yang Yuanyuan, General Adminstration of Civil Aviation of China; FSF Airport Safety Award to Airports Council International; FSF-Airbus Human Factors in Aviation Safety Award to R. Curtis Graeber of Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Admiral Luis de Florez Flight Safety Award to J. Kenneth Higgins, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; the FSF Cecil A. Brownlow Publication Award to Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun; and the Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award to Don Bateman, Honeywell.
A full listing of these honors is available by viewing the Aviation Safety Awards page.
In addition to these awards, Stuart Matthews was recognized for his 13 years of service to the Flight Safety Foundation, as well as his more than 50 years in the aviation business. He was selected as the 2006 recipient of the International Federation of Airworthiness Whittle Award, named for the inventor of the turbo jet engine, and the Aero-Club of France presented him with its Grande Médaille d’Or. The attendees of the ceremony were treated to a video highlighting Mr. Matthews’ life and career in aviation.
Mr. Matthews also received presentations in recognition of his devotion to aviation safety from representatives of the Russian Federation.
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