Graham Brown has been awarded the prestigious Paul Tissandier Diploma by the FAI.
Graham received the award for his exceptional professionalism and devotion to the sport of gliding in Australia and overseas. In particular, he was awarded for his tireless work in promoting freedom to fly through improved technologies, systems and processes for airspace, airfields, avionics, radio and anti-collision warning devices.
He is widely respected in Australian and international regulatory and sporting aviation circles, with a pragmatic and constructive approach to improving gliding integration in airspace and adoption of improved technologies. His contributions have materially improved gliding safety, education and operational standards.
GFA President Peter Cesco congratulated Graham, ‘Please accept my congratulations, both personally and on behalf of the membership of the GFA. We truly appreciate your ongoing efforts on our behalf and consider international recognition absolutely appropriate.’
Paul Tissandier Diploma
The Diploma, established by the FAI in 1952, is named after Paul Tissandier, Secretary General of FAI from 1919 to 1945. It is awarded to those who have served the cause of aviation in general and sporting aviation in particular, by their work, initiative, devotion or in other ways.
Graham is the
- GFA Airfields Airspace Avionics Officer (AAAO)
- GFA Representative NSW Regional Airspace Planning and Advisory Committee
(RAPAC) since 2002
- Australian Sport Aviation Confederation member since 2007
- Member Australian Strategic Air Traffic Management Group (ASTRA)
- Member Surveillance Technology Working Group (STWG - ASTRA)
- Australian Representative FAI Expert Navigation Working Group
Graham started gliding in 1977 at Narromine. He has been an instructor at Bathurst Soaring Club (BSC) for over 20 years including five years as CFI. He has competed in many National and State Championships and is currently the Coach for BSC.
He also represents ASAC on the board of ASTRA (Australian Strategic Air Traffic Management Group) and on the STWG (Surveillance Technology Working Group) working on new surveillance technologies for aviation in Australia. He is also the Australian representative to the FAI expert navigation working group.
As an Electrical Engineer, he worked for manufacturers and developers of avionics as a design engineer both in the USA and Australia. He has experience in developing Microwave Landing Systems (MLS) and DME. Graham worked for Hughes Space and Communications in the USA, developing satellite control systems for geostationary communications satellites.
The recipients are confirmed by the FAI Administrative Council and publicly announced, and the Diplomas are awarded at the annual FAI General Conference, which this year will take place in Egypt.