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Jamie Freed Australia’s aviation journalist of the year

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 30, 2015
Jamie Freed with her aviation journalist of the year trophy alongside Airservices acting chief executive Jason Harfield and Cathay Pacific general manager South West Pacific Nelson Chin. (Seth Jaworski)
Jamie Freed with her aviation journalist of the year trophy alongside Airservices acting chief executive Jason Harfield and Cathay Pacific general manager South West Pacific Nelson Chin. (Seth Jaworski)

Jamie Freed from Fairfax Media has taken out the aviation journalist of the year award for 2015 at the National Aviation Press Club awards, while Australian Aviation managing editor Gerard Frawley, was named runner up in that category.

It was a night of double celebration for Freed, also won the aviation news story of the year for her Australian Financial Review piece titled “Qantas poised to buy 787-9s”.

Frawley too came away from the presentation dinner in Sydney on Friday November 27 with multiple awards, being named runner-up in the defence story of the year for “Full Spectrum” and the online story of the year for “End of an era as Qantas farewells the 767”.

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Among the other winners, Aviation Week’s Adrian Schofield took out the feature story of the year for his story on Cathay Pacific “Proven Product”.

The defence story of the year category went to Rob Neil, whose article in Australian Aviation “Big Decisions” covered the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s future airlift options, while the magazine’s senior contributor Owen Zupp’s story about the Airbus E-Fan electric aircraft “Electric Evolution” was recognised as the technical aviation story of the year.

Photographer Alex Coppel from the Herald Sun received the photographer of the year award, while Ian McPhedran from News Corp Australia won the online story of the year for his story “The Royal Australian Air Force set to take delivery of new EA-18G Growler attack” published on news.com.au.

Also, veteran journalist Ben Sandilands, who writes the online blog Plane Talking, received a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his many decades covering aviation.

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Meanwhile, the National Aviation Press Club has been renamed to the Australasian Aviation Press Club. And in a further change, long-time press club president Steve Creedy has stepped down from the role, with Geoffrey Thomas his replacement.

Plane Talking's Ben Sandilands with National Aviation Press Club president Steve Creedy. (Seth Jaworski)
Plane Talking’s Ben Sandilands with National Aviation Press Club president Steve Creedy. (Seth Jaworski)
Aviation Week's Adrian Schofield with Airbus regional director for the Pacific Mike Homer. (Seth Jaworski)
Aviation Week’s Adrian Schofield with Airbus regional director for the Pacific Mike Homer. (Seth Jaworski)
Aviation journalist of the year (sponsored by Airservices and Cathay Pacific)

Winner: Jamie Freed, Fairfax Media
Runner-up: Gerard Frawley, Australian Aviation

Aviation photographer of the year (sponsored by Hawker Pacific and Singapore Airlines)

Winner: Alex Coppel, Herald Sun
Runner-up: Derek Flynn, Marlborough Express

Aviation news story (sponsored by Sydney Airport)

Winner: Jamie Freed, “Qantas poised to buy 787-9s“, Australian Financial Review
Runner-up: Jordan Chong, “Airservices managing conflicts of interest: Houston”, Australian Aviation

Aviation feature story (sponsored by Airbus)

Winner: Adrian Schofield, “Proven Product”, Aviation Week
Runner-up: Tom Ballantyne, “Succession Plans”, Australian Aviation

Aviation defence story (sponsored by Boeing)

Winner: Rob Neil, “Big Decisions”, Australian Aviation
Runner-up: Gerard Frawley, “Full Spectrum”, Australian Aviation

Aviation technical story (sponsored by Rolls Royce)

Winner: Owen Zupp, “Electric Evolution”, Australian Aviation
Runner-up: Robert Wilson, “Leaping off the page”, Flight Safety Australia

Aviation online contribution (sponsored by Air New Zealand)

Winner: Ian McPhedran, “The Royal Australian Air Force set to take delivery of new EA-18G Growler attack“, News.com.au
Runner-up: Gerard Frawley, “End of an era as Qantas farewells the 767“, Australian Aviation

Lifetime achievement award

Ben Sandilands, Plane Talking

Australian Aviation was well represented at the annual awards presentation dinner. (James Morgan)
Australian Aviation was well represented at the annual awards presentation dinner. From left: Geoffrey Thomas, Paul Sadler, Gerard Frawley, Seth Jaworski, Rob Finlayson, Jordan Chong and Owen Zupp. (James Morgan)

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3 Comments

  • Raymond

    says:

    Quite a well-written, impartial article from Ian McPhedran. In relation to his claim that “the government will almost certainly pick up the option for another four and possibly even another eight (P-8A’s)… on top of probably an extra four of the European-built KC-30A multi role tanker transport planes built by Airbus”, does anyone know the source of this?

  • Jason

    says:

    The initial option for four P-8s has always been a published option. Plus former CAF Geoff Brown made no secret that he’d like 16 P-8s.

  • Raymond

    says:

    Thanks Jason, I was certainly aware of the four P-8 options, it was the possibility of eight options and the extra four (not two) KC-30’s that I hadn’t heard of previously.

    I do wonder how much chance there is of a total of 16 P-8’s (I think the RAAF will end up with the 12 it wants) considering the MQ-4C buy of ~6 or 7 units. If so, that would be a tremendous increase in maritime surveillence capability for the ADF.

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