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Stewart Wilson named Australia’s aviation journalist of 2014

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 1, 2014

Aviation journalist of the year Stewart Wilson with Cathay Pacific's Nelson Chin and Airservices' Rob Walker. (Seth Jaworski)
Aviation journalist of the year Stewart Wilson with Cathay Pacific’s Nelson Chin and Airservices’ Rob Walker. (Seth Jaworski)

Stewart Wilson from Aero Australia has taken out the aviation journalist of the year for 2014 at the National Aviation Press Club awards, edging out Australian Aviation senior contributor Geoffrey Thomas who was named runner-up in that category.

Thomas won two other awards at the presentation dinner, which took place in Sydney on Friday November 28.

The veteran journalist won the aviation technical story of the year category for his piece on the Asiana 777 crash at San Francisco in the March edition of Australian Aviation, titled “Coming up short”.

And writing in The West Australian, Thomas’s article “MH370 search shifts south” took out the aviation news story of the year.

Photographer and Australian Aviation contributor Paul Sadler was delighted to receive the aviation photographer of the year gong, while Tony Moclair’s Australian Aviation article “The labours of Hercules” earned him a runner-up nod in the aviation defence story of the year.


And Australian Aviation senior contributor Tom Ballantyne’s article published by Al Jazeera online, “Malaysia Airlines: Blame game has yet to begin”, won best online story for 2014.

Full list of winners

Aviation Journalist of the year

Winner: Stewart Wilson Aero Australia
Runner-up: Geoffrey Thomas The West Australian, Airline Ratings, Australian Aviation

Aviation News Story

Winner: Geoffrey Thomas, “MH370 search shifts south” The West Australian
Runner-up: Ben Sandilands, “MH370 interim report is seriously deficient” Plane Talking

Aviation Feature Story

Winner: Matt O’Sullivan and Adele Ferguson, “Mayday” Sydney Morning Herald
Runner-up: Cameron Stewart, “Flight to freedom” The Australian

Aviation Defence Story

Winner: Nigel Pittaway, “Small but deadly” Air Forces Monthly
Runner-up: Tony Moclair, “The labours of Hercules” Australian Aviation

Aviation Technical Story

Winner: Geoffrey Thomas, “Coming up short” Australian Aviation
Runner-up: Nigel Pittaway, “Digital interface for F’35 Lightning II” Air International Special

Aviation Online Story

Winner: Tom Ballantyne, “Malaysia Airlines: Blame game has yet to begin” Al Jazeera Online
Runner-up: Margo Marchbank, “RPA – taking flight” Flight Safety Australia

Aviation Photographer of the year

Winner: Paul Sadler Australian Aviation
Runner-up: Martin de Ruyter The Nelson Mail

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  • Mal


    Well done to all of the journalists. Keep up the good work. You have an appreciative audience.

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