The Royal Aeronautical Society Shield

The Royal Aeronautical Society Shield

CLUB CLASS INTERNATIONAL TROPHIES
FOR THE HIGHEST SPEED IN A WORLD CLUB CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP ACHIEVED BY AN AUSTRALIAN PILOT

The Royal Aeronautical Society, Australian Division, Adelaide Branch, like its English parent society, takes a keen interest in all forms of aviation, including gliding.

In the lead-up to the inaugural Club Class World Gliding Championships to be held at Gawler, South Australia, in January 2001, when the Gliding Group leader, Fred J. Foord (a glider pilot since 1944 and still active) being a member of the committee of the Adelaide Branch, RAeS, brought the event to the committee’s notice, they offered to donate a trophy to be awarded to the Australian team pilot who achieved the highest speed during any contest day task.

The shield, made by Evright Trophies Ltd of Adelaide has a central plaque bearing the Society’s crest, with sufficient individual plates to last well into the 21st century. The inaugural winner was Tom Gilbert of Camden, NSW who achieved a speed of 105.17.

Being for Australian pilots only, the Shield will not need to leave this country and will be presented at the next GFA Council Meeting after each event.

Season  Venue Australian Winner Place
2001 Gawler, Australia Tom Gilbert NSW 105.17 km/h
2002 Musbach, Germany Tom Gilbert NSW 90.4 km/h over 409.2km
2004 Elverum, Norway Terry Cubley, VIC 112.4 km/h
2006 Vinon, France Terry Cubley, SA 115.1 km/h over 223 km