Australian Aviation deputy editor Andrew McLaughlin was awarded the National Aviation Press Club’s ‘‘Aviation Journalist of the Year’ for 2010 in Sydney on Friday night.
McLaughlin was also awarded ‘Aviation Defence Story of the Year’ and was runner-up in the ‘Aviation News Story of the Year’ category.
“The 2010 Aviation Journalist of the Year and winner of the Airservices Australia and Cathay Pacific trophy, $4000 cash, and two return business class tickets to Hong Kong, courtesy of Cathay Pacific Airways, and on to Asia courtesy of Dragonair, has covered the breadth and depth of the aerospace industry since seeing the light, giving up a hotels career for the much more interesting challenge of aviation journalism,” announced Rob Walker, manager of corporate communications at Airservices Australia.
Awardees for 2010 were:
Aviation Journalist of the Year
Winner: Andrew McLaughlin
Runner-up: Ben Sandliands
Aviation News Story of the Year
Winner: Matt O’Sullivan, Sydney Morning Herald, “Safety at Jetstar Pacific slammed”
Runner-up: Andrew McLaughlin, Australian Aviation, “A vicious circle”
Aviation Feature of the Year
Winner: Doug Nancarrow, Aviation Business, “Australia’s Airports: Issues and Strategies”
Runner-up: Rob Neil, Pacific Wings magazine, “Return of the turboprop”
Aviation Technical Story of the Year
Winner: Paul Phelan, aviation.advertiser.com, “To hell with the rules!”
Runner-up: John Mulcair, Flight Safety Australia, “Future Power”
Aviation Defence Story of the Year
Winner: Andrew McLaughlin, Australian Aviation, “Rhino charge: The Super Hornet enters RAAF service”
Runner-up: Gregor Ferguson, Australian Defence Magazine, “Awaiting delivery”
Aviation Photograph of the Year
Winner: Andrew Gorrie, The Dominion Post, “Once in a blue moon”
Runner-up: Paul Sadler, Australian Aviation, “On delivery”
The awards are open to aviation writers based in Australia and New Zealand.