The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) congratulates G. A. ‘Peter’ Lloyd AC OBE MiD on the receipt of the prestigious Oswald Watt Gold Medal last night at the Safeskies conference held in Canberra.
Named after Australian aviator, businessman and decorated World War I pilot, Oswald Watt, the medal is awarded for ‘A most brilliant performance in the air or the most notable contribution to aviation by an Australian or in Australia’ by the Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia.
On stage for the award presentation, the ATSB’s Chief Commissioner, Greg Hood, said he was delighted to read such an extensive and decorated citation outlining Mr Lloyd’s achievements and contributions to aviation.
“The presentation of the Oswald Watt Gold Medal to Peter is befitting for such an icon of Australian aviation,” said Mr Hood. “Turning 97 this December, Peter’s enthusiasm for air safety, and for Safeskies, remains unabated. He maintains a youthful energy for the betterment of the aviation industry, despite no longer flying or driving.”
Mr Lloyd’s extensive decorations and awards include Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to the aviation industry in 2016 and the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for service to aviation and the motor industry. He is also one of only three Australians to have received the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) Gold Air Medal.
Last night’s award is the second time Mr Lloyd has received the Oswald Watt Gold Medal, having originally been awarded the honour in 1969. Past recipients include Sir Charles Kingsford Smith MC, AFC, Sir Hudson Fysh KBE DFC, Sir Reginald Ansett, Dick Smith, Andy Thomas and Dr Paul Scully-Power.
“Peter’s support for flying training and flying safety has been untiring, unwavering and outstanding,” said Mr Hood. “On behalf of everyone at the ATSB, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Peter. He is a true gentleman and I applaud him for his continuing contributions to aviation.”Last update 04 October 2017