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Prof. John Bristow presented with 2019 IFA Whittle Award

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The International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA) has announced the winner of its 2019 International Whittle Safety Award, which recognises and celebrates individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to aviation safety.  The award celebrates individuals from around the world that have demonstrated, to the satisfaction of IFA members, a significant achievement and commitment to airworthiness.

John Vincent, Chief Executive of the IFA, congratulated the winner Prof John Bristow: “Airworthiness is fundamental to the safety of aviation.  It’s a great pleasure to offer the International Whittle Safety Award, now in its 21st year, to Prof John Bristow at Cranfield University.”

John Bristow’s long history of work on aircraft structural design, from industry and regulatory perspectives has helped shape current thinking and inspired those who advance technology.

Prof John Bristow:

In recognition of John’s contribution to airworthiness over a long-distinguished career. His dedication to applying methods and research on damage tolerance, composite materials and ageing structural integrity has shaped certification.  John’s contribution to higher education, sharing knowledge and expertise is exceptional.  He’s a leading figure in certification and continued airworthiness. 

The award ceremony took place in Mitchell Hall at Cranfield University campus on Thursday evening during a course dinner for their Safety Assessment of Aircraft Systems short course.

Simon Place, Senior Lecturer, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing hosted the event.  He spoke of his appreciation for John Bristow’s contribution to the work of the University.


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