Flying Doctors' receive international recognition

RFDS rewarded for outstanding efforts

RFDS Pilot Nick Tully.

RFDS Pilot Nick Tully.


Flight standards team rewarded for their dedication and commitment within the Royal Flying Doctor Service.


The Royal Flying Doctor Service have received international recognition for their outstanding efforts and contribution to flight standards and aviation safety across Australia.

The Queensland RFDS Flight Standards Team were announced as the recipients of this year's Honourable Company of Air Pilots', Captain John Ashton Memorial Award.

Queensland RFDS chief executive officer Meredith Staib congratulated the team on the achievement.

"Every year, HCAP, a London-based organisation- which promotes good airmanship- presents the award in recognition of 'a pilot or organisation for an outstanding contribution to flight standards within Australia'," she said.

"I'm thrilled that Queensland's hard-working RFDS Flight Standards Team, overseen by our Head of Flying Operations, are this year's award winner.

"This recognition highlights the commitment of the team to ensuring the ongoing training of our pilots, the development of our training systems, and the provision of safe operations under the trying conditions in which we operate."

Head of Flying Operations Shane Lawrey said the award was an outstanding achievement for the team and the organisation as a whole.

"The HCAP presents this award each year in recognition of outstanding achievements in aviation worldwide and we are honoured to receive the award for the year of 2021," he said.

"I would like to congratulate the team for their ongoing dedication. Their work ultimately ensures our medical crews can continue to deliver the finest care to the furthest corner safely."

Queensland RFDS are currently taking 'expressions of interest' for Aeromedical Pilots who wish to join the Flight Standards Team in providing vital care to regional and remote Australia.

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