This prestigious award is nominated by the IFA members and honours the work of Sir Frank Whittle, father of the jet engine. It recognises an outstanding contribution to airworthiness. The 2007 award was presented to Steve Swift, Principal Engineer Airframe Durability, Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
For leading the international development of the ‘diamond’, a methodology that demystifies the theory of structural inspection, helping designers, operators and regulators cooperate to keep aircraft safe from cracks and corrosion.
The award was presented by IFA Awards Panel Chairman, Dr Ron Yates during the IASS Conference held in Seoul October 2007.