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His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh talks with Steve after the presentation of the Scott-Farnie Medal at St James’s Palace, London, UK on 4 June 2008 - photo courtesy of The Air League

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The Scott-Farnie Medal is awarded by The Air League to recognise work in the field of air  education. It was established in 1969 in memory of G R Scott-Farnie. The past recipients have been:

1969 Mrs H G Alston

1970 Air Commodore G J C Paul

1971 G A G Cox

1972 Derek Piggott

1973 J H Taylor

1997 Mr Terry Gill

1999 Popular Flying Association

2000 John Swire & Sons Ltd

2001 Mr Joe Wheater

2002 Mr John Farley

2003 Mr E O (Ted) Inman

2004 Dr Michael Fopp

2005 Mr Lovat Fraser OBE FRAeS

2006 Mr Tom Blair

2007 The Royal Aeronautical Society

Steve is honoured to have been unanimously selected by The Air League Council to receive the award for 2008.

The medal was presented by His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of  Edinburgh at a ceremony at St James’s Palace, London on Wednesday 4 June 2008.

The Scott-Farnie Medal was the top award made by The Air League in 2008

Here is the text from the presentation speech:

“The Scott-Farnie Medal is awarded for meritorious work in the field of Air Education. A surveyor by profession, Steve Wood has probably seen more of the world from above than he has ever done on the ground. He built his own aeroplane at the Cambridge Regional College between 1998 and 2000 and has since gone on to achieve sixty-four Federation Aeronautique Internationale approved flight records. The FAI is the world governing body for air sports and aeronautical world records. This tally is already the most aeroplane records set by a British pilot in a single year. He is currently awaiting the ratification of a further fourteen records and has spent years in getting people interested in  aeroplanes and flying, and in particularly helping with sick disabled and life-limited children. This work particularly includes Flying Scholarships for the Disabled. In recognition of his encouragement to Air Education the Scott-Farnie Medal is awarded to Steve Wood.”

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