Eric Torr and Len Klopper displaying the trophy
SAGPA are proud to announce the creation of the "Sean Klopper Remarkable Airmanship" Trophy.
We are seeking nominations via the SAGPA Committee for this prestigious annual award in memory of - Sean Klopper, a remarkable airman that passed away on 8 November 2006. He has been described as A good friend, colleague and one of the best pilots and instructors in the aviation industry in the African Pilot Magazine.
The goal of the trophy is to promote adherence to the Aviators Code of Conduct of which Sean Klopper set a magnificent example.
The floating trophy will be awarded annually to the most deserving individual displaying one or more of the key criteria below. The selection will be done by the SAGPA committee:
Key Criteria: In the promotion of the sport of Gyrocopter flying he/she has shown an outstanding all-round display of Airmanship throughout the preceding 12 months including, but not limited to:-
a. Making safety the number one priority,
b. Seeking excellence in airmanship,
c. developing and exercising good judgment, and applying sound principles of aeronautical decision-making,
d. recognizing and managing risks effectively,
e. maintaining situational awareness, and adherance to prudent operating practices and personal operating parameters
f. aspiring to professionalism,
g. acting with responsibility and courtesy, and adherance to applicable laws and regulations.
In accordance with SAGPAs Vision and Mission therefore the successful candidate will be selected for displaying one or all of these attributes in a remarkable fashion in keeping with the aviators code of conduct.
Promotion of Safety
Excellence in response to an emergency situation,
Outstanding and consistent application to training, currency and skills building; and
A consistent display of combined decision making, safety and efficient operation
Consideration for others / Achievements
The trophy carries a token prize money administered by SAGPA who will endeavour to obtain contributors in order to increase the prize money.
Nominations are requested and should be sent to Juanita at email@example.com
Dave Lehr receiving the award at Gariep 21/5/11
The Airmanship Award was awarded to Marius and Juanita Kruger on 27 October 2012.