Air Marshal William Avery “Billy” Bishop, VC, CB, DSO & Bar, MC, DFC, ED, LL.D. (8 February 1894 – 11 September 1956) Memorial Trophy
1.01 The Air Marshal W.A. Bishop, VC trophy was created to recognize a great Canadian hero’s outstanding contribution to the legacy of excellence in Canadian aviation.
1.02 The purpose of this award is inscribed on the trophy, as follows:
“IN RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING AND MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT IN ANY FIELD OF AVIATION”
1.03 This trophy may be presented to any military unit or organization (generally other than those involved in providing air transport or SAR) engaged in military operations which have made a significant contribution to Canada’s security and/or well being over the preceding year.
To learn more about the “Billy” Bishop Memorial Trophy and winners, please visit the page found here. “Billy” Bishop Memorial Trophy
Air Marshal Charles Roy Slemon, CB, CBE, CD (7 November 1904 – 12 February 1992) Memorial Award
Air Marshall C.R. Slemon Award
3.01 This award recognizes the outstanding performance of an individual member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, particularly focusing on Non-Commissioned Members. This individual will be designated “Airperson of the Year”.
3.02 Any member of the Royal Canadian Air Force is eligible for this award.
3.03 The criteria for nominations are:
- i) A recommended recipient must be a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, engaged in military air service or support;
- ii) The achievements of the proposed recipient may include service to the nation in operations, outstanding contributions in support of United Nations’ international tasks or outstanding achievements in community activities, both on or off-base (examples could include supporting youth activities [particularly Air Cadets] or exceptional service to citizen or social programs).
John Alexander Douglas McCurdy (August 2, 1886 – June 25, 1961) Memorial Trophy
On February 23rd, 1909, J.A.D. McCurdy piloted the Silver Dart at Baddeck, Nova Scotia, marking the first heavier-than-air flight to take place in Canada. The J.A.D. McCurdy Trophy was created by the Association to recognize outstanding achievements in the field of civil aviation.
2.02 The purpose of the award is described on the trophy as follows:
“IN RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING AND PRAISEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS BY CANADIANS IN THE FIELD OF CIVIL AVIATION”
2.03 Any Canadian citizen, group, unit or organization engaged in the various fields of civilian aviation or its support is eligible to be considered for this award.
2.04 The Association has enlisted the assistance of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) to help identify appropriate candidates for this award. Recommendations are also welcome from members of the Association (including Members-At-Large).
F/Lt Douglas Marshall “Bitsy” Grant, DFC, (1920 – 1943) Memorial Award
Flight Lieutenant D.M. Grant, DFC Award
5.01 This award recognizes the “Air Reservist of the Year” and was established in memory of F/L Duncan Marshall Grant of 400 Squadron, killed in action on September 28th, 1943 when his Mustang aircraft was hit by flak and crashed.
5.02 The purpose of the award is to officially recognize annually the person selected to represent the reserve component of the RCAF as “Air Reservist of the Year”.
5.03 Any member of the Air Force Reserves engaged in military air service or support. The achievement(s) of the recommended recipient may include service to the nation in operations, outstanding contributions in support of international taskings or outstanding achievements in community activities, on or off-base.
1.01 This trophy was established to commemorate the late Gordon R. McGregor, Past Grand President of the Association, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of air transportation in Canada.
1.02 The purpose of the trophy presentation is officially inscribed as follows:
“IN RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING AND MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT BY CANADIANS IN THE FIELD OF AIR TRANSPORTATION”
1.03 Any Canadian citizen, group or unit organization, engaged in the fields of military or civilian air transportation (to include the provision of aerial refueling services); or the support of such operations, are eligible.
1.04 Recommendations of potential military recipients will be made by the Commander RCAF. Recommendations for non-military organizations or individuals will be coordinated by the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC).
Section 4 – The Golden Hawks Trophy
4.01 The Golden Hawks Trophy was established in 1963 to recognize outstanding contributions or achievements in the field of military aviation in Canada. The trophy is named after the famed Golden Hawks aerobatic team, formed in 1959 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada as well as the 35th anniversary of the RCAF. In 2016, the NEC agreed to broaden the purpose of this award to specifically include excellence in the area of RCAF air or ground training.
“IN RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS OR HIGHLY COMMENDABLE ACHIEVEMENTS IN ANY FIELD OF MILITARY AVIATION”
4.03 Any citizen, group or unit/organization engaged in any field of military aviation – specifically to include RCAF air and ground training – is eligible for consideration.
Andrew Charles “Andy” Mynarski VC (14 October 1916 – 13 June 1944) Memorial Trophy
The P/O Andy Mynarski, VC Memorial Trophy
2.01 The Mynarski Trophy was created by Polish members of the RCAF Association to recognize the outstanding heroism demonstrated by Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski VC, a renowned member of 419 Squadron who gave his life to save others during the Second World War.
2.02 The Mynarski Trophy is presented to the most deserving unit, individual or organization making the most significant contribution to air Search and Rescue (SAR) in Canada over the year. All units and individuals involved in providing air search and rescue in Canada are eligible to be considered for the trophy. Selection criteria include:
Effectiveness in SAR operations, considering the intensity of activity and the established resources;
Heroic performance of a crew or an individual during a single incident;
A very special or outstanding contribution to SAR during the period by an individual; and
Outstanding performance by an organization or individual in promoting Flight Safety and SAR training in the civilian sector.
NORAD Commemorative Trophy
3.01 The NORAD Trophy was inaugurated in 2008 to mark the 50th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. It has been selected by the NEC for presentation to individuals or organizations which have made significant contributions to the preservation and perpetuation of Canada’s rich aviation history, values and traditions.
3.02 The NORAD Trophy is awarded annually to the most deserving individual, unit or organization:
“IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROMOTION OF THE AIR FORCE MISSION, VALUES AND TRADITIONS”
3.03 Any Canadian individual or group, military or civilian, making a significant contribution to air force advocacy, the preservation of air force values, and/or the maintenance of air force traditions, history and heritage may receive this award.
3.04 The Association has enlisted the assistance of the Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association (CAPA) in identifying suitable nominations. CAPA will be asked to forward information on nominees in the same format as used by other nominating organizations. Nominations may also be submitted by Wings, Groups, the NEC, the RCAF and individual members (including Members-At-Large).
RCAF Association Trophy
Awarded annually to the Air Cadet Squadron deemed the most proficient in Canada.
Ordre de la Tuque
Instituted by RCAF Association Quebec Group
Order of the Golden Buffalo
Instituted by 500 Wing (Winnipeg) in 1964 in recognition of outstanding service to the RCAF Association.
-inaugural winner Mr. Herbert M. Bell (see Roundel, May 1964, Vol 16 no 4).
Order of the Side-hill Gouger
Instituted by RCAF Association Alberta Group
Order of the Big Foot
Instituted by RCAF Association Pacific Group
Order of the Golden Lobster
Instituted by RCAF Association Atlantic Group
Order of the Canadian Shield
Instituted by RCAF Association Ontario Group