Helios consultant Philip Church has been named by AOPA, the aircraft owners and pilots association, as the latest recipient of its Achievement and Endeavour: Individual Merit Award. The bi-annual award is given to a pilot or an individual who has made an outstanding aviation achievement. The AOPA testimonial reads:
"Philip Church is an experienced consultant and avionics engineer who works for Helios, the specialist consultancy for Air Traffic Management. He is a key advisor to AOPA on the GAGA Project (GNSS Approaches for GA) funded by the GSA (European GNSS Agency) for the development and introduction of LPV (Localiser Performance with Vertical Guidance) aerodrome instrument approaches. Those selected will benefit from up to 60% funding and the support of a professional team who will help deliver the approaches in line with the necessary regulatory requirements, the result being, upon completion, enhanced safety and increased business opportunities at these aerodromes. The outstanding contribution to the project by Philip Church is recognised by this award."
On 3rd June Philip attended an award ceremony at AeroExpo 2017 to receive his award and said: "It was quite a surprise to win the award and I feel very humbled to have been nominated."
Above: George Done, Chairman of AOPA UK presents the award to Philip Church.