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Cobham named finalist in Australian Aviation Awards

Cobham Special Mission has been shortlisted in the inaugural Australian Aviation Awards for Aerial Services Business of the Year with the company’s Head of Search & Rescue Aircrew Operations, Glenn Chapman, being shortlisted for Aviation Safety Professional of the Year.

Cobham Special Mission Managing Director, James Woodhams, said he was incredibly proud of the Special Mission team and everything they had achieved during one of the most challenging periods in aviation history.

“Being named a finalist for these awards is recognition of not only the important aerial surveillance and search-and-rescue services that we provide, but the fantastic innovation of our people in both the platform technology and operational techniques we employ to achieve mission outcomes,” Mr Woodhams said.

“By way of example, Glenn Chapman, our Head of Search & Rescue Aircrew Operations, was nominated for his successful contribution in adapting military fixed-wing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tactics into overland search and rescue techniques.

“This has resulted in increased utility of fixed-wing platforms in the execution of searches for people, vehicles or aircraft in distress in search areas that would have previously been considered unsuitable for search by fixed-wing aircraft,” Mr Woodhams said.

Commenting on the nomination, Glenn said he was both humbled and a bit embarrassed to have been nominated.

“If successful, I hope this inspires others in the industry to challenge the status quo,” Glenn said.

The Australian Aviation Awards is a nationwide recognition program that showcases the outstanding individuals and businesses positively shaping the growth and development of Australia’s aviation industry. The finalist list features high-achieving professionals and businesses across 20 submission-based categories. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner in Sydney on 1 September 2022.