The Edmund Schneider Trophy
"Best in Non-competitive Aircraft"
This trophy commemorates the great contribution to the gliding movement in Australia by Edmund Schneider who for some years was Australia’s largest manufacturer of aircraft, even though he only made gliders. His designs set GFA’s many clubs on the way to modernising their fleets. In fact some of the designs won the Australian titles.
Andor Meszaros designed this work of art which depicts an emu with outstretched wings. At the time this was most appropriate, being a non-flying bird, as it was awarded to the pilot considered the ‘Best Battler’ at the Nationals due to flying a low performance, non-competitive, glider.
With the passing of time needs changed, and after being used as an award “when required” the GFA Sports Committee re-allocated it in 1978 to be awarded to the winner of the 15 Metre Class at the Nationals.
In 1992 a magnificent new 15 Metre Class Trophy was donated anonymously, and the Edmund Schneider Trophy reverted to its original use, being awarded for the best performance by a pilot flying a sailplane deemed to be ‘non-competitive’.
In 2007 Sports Committee decided that the trophy should no longer be awarded as there were very few non-competitive gliders entering.
|1964/5||F. Smith||Benalla||5th FAI|
|AS SPORTS CLASS TROPHY:|
|1973/4 Not Awarded, World Comps in Australia|
|AS BEST BATTLER TROPHY:|
|1974/5||S.Gazechi & R.Pincus||NSW||Narromine||14th|
|AS STANDARD LASS TROPHY:|
|AS 15 METRE CLASS TROPHY:|
|(1st place G.Schuitt, Holland)|
|(1st place K.Musters, Holland)|
|1986/7||Not Awarded, World Comps in Australia|
|AS BEST IN NON-COMPETITIVE AIRCRAFT TROPHY:|
|1993/4||Ron Brecknell||NSW||Lake Keepit||32nd|
|2002/3||Not Awarded||Narromine||41st Mult.|
|2003/4||No contest (change to performance basis)||NSW||Gulgong||42nd|