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International award for AA’s Geoffrey Thomas

written by WOFA | July 16, 2014

Geoffrey Thomas (centre) with his Aviation Media Award for best safety story, with famous German test pilot Marc “Turbo” Grune (left) and Chris Stellwag from award sponsor CAE (right).

Australia Aviation’s airlines editor Geoffrey Thomas has won Best Safety, Training & Simulation story at the global Aviation Media Awards in London.

The award was presented at a gala dinner at the Royal Aeronautical Society headquarters on the Sunday night ahead of the July Farnborough Airshow.

Thomas’s article entitled ‘Coming Up Short’, published in the March edition of Australian Aviation researched, with the University of Southern California, the complex pilot cultural factors surrounding the crash of an Asiana 777 at San Francisco last year.

The research article found that intense flight and systems training cannot always remove cultural lessons imparted up to age of 10.

In the Asiana crash the captain under training, who was flying the Boeing 777, said because of the Korean culture he was too afraid to admit he could not fly a visual approach and when the plane was too low said it was the instructing captain’s role to abort the landing.


  • Raymond


    Sorry, I haven’t read the article but certainly interesting. Did it address whether this applies to pilots of Korean background flying for non-Korean airlines? Or is the cultural aspect more of a collective or peer issue rather than individuals per se?

  • Raymond


    And congratulations Mr. Thomas.

  • Scott


    Well deserved a fantastic journo and always presents excellent facts and knowledge to the ignorant and sensational general media.

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