At the Schools Aerospace Challenge awards reception on 29 November it was announced that the winner’s trophy will henceforth be known as the John Farley Memorial Award in recognition of the late test pilot’s pivotal role in establishing the challenge some 25 years ago as well as his services and impact on the Harrier programme.
The first winners of the John Farley Memorial Award were Team Sikorsky from the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. They were presented with their award by John’s daughters Kim (Farley) and Sheila (Thomsen) in the company of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier. The awards were presented at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London, the trophies having been produced and provided by the Airlander team from Hybrid Air Vehicles.
Hillier announced that the 2019 challenge topic will be ‘Countering the Threat from (Small) UAVs’. The details of the challenge will be announced shortly on www.schools-aerospace-challenge.com