TROPHIES & AWARDS
The Darling Downs Sport Aircraft Association Inc and the Lone Eagle Flying School recognise the efforts of volunteer Club Members for their contribution to the Club as well as their achievements with reaching their own milestones and goals.
There are 3 perpetual Trophies:
The John J Bange Memorial Trophy Encouragement Award
The Vic Noll Memorial Trophy, for Outstanding Achievement
The Tom Wall Memorial Shield, for Exceptional Volunteering
Life Membership is also awarded to recognise Members that excel in service to the Club.
Frank MENGEL (dec’d)
Ronald (Ron) MUIR
Anthony (Tony) PERRETT (dec’d)
Janet BANGE (awarded posthumous)
John J Bange
This award was set up in recognition of John Bange for his devotion to aviation from 1932 and the founding of the “AVIADELL GLIDING CLUB”.
John was instrumental is teaching a number of glider pilots in the 1930’s and fostering many pilots to realise their dreams and achieve their personal goals in aviation.
2004 Aaron ROESSLER
2005 Geoffrey NIELSEN
2006 Clive NIELSEN
2007 Chesley PRIEBBENOW
2008 David ANDERSON
2009 Ian MUTZELBURG
2010 Kylie HENRY
2011 Kevin McGRATH
2012 Danilo PETROVIC
2013 Mick JAHNKE
2014 Ben VALDERRAMA
2015 Mitchell WATSON
2016 Karl SCHULTZ
2017 Jim McKENZIE
2018 Benjamin WHITBY
2019 Aaron HANDFORD
2020 Not awarded due to COVID
2021 Dave DONALD
2022 Rebecca Hallahan
Outstanding Achievement Award
This award was set up in recognition of one of the founders of our Club, Vic Noll, who passed away due to ill health.
Vic Noll was devoted to the club and its ethos and this award was presented to the club by his family in memory of Vic Noll to recognise a member who has achieved a particular milestone related to aviation.
1980 Brian HIGGINS - Gyrocopters
1982 John BANGE - 13/03/32 to 13/03/82 50 Years of Flying
1992 John BANGE - 13/03/32 to 13/03/92 60 Years of Flying
1995 Ron MUIR - Multiple Homebuilt Construction
1998 Ron MUIR - Corby Starlet Project
2001 Edward BROOME - “Murphy Rebel” Construction
2002 John & Lynn BACON - Builders of Jabiru 19-3664
2003 Trevor BANGE - CFI Lone Eagle Flying School
2004 Helena MORTON - Challenges in Flight
2005 Ray BAINES - Karatoo Project
2006 Daniel KING - Challenges in Flying
2007 Glenn BRUGGEMANN - Jabiru Construction, President 2002-2007
2008 Jim BENN - Service to the Club
2009 Berniece STEWART - Secretarial Duties
2010 Barry VENAMORE - 5 Aircraft Constructions
2011 Walter SITZWOHL - Club Service
2012 Kevin McGRATH - Solo Flight
2013 Trevor BANGE - 50 years of Flying, RAAus Board
2014 Clive NIELSEN - President
2015 Russel DENYER - Aircraft Construction
2016 James BANGE - Digital media PR
2017 Craig BAINBRIDGE - Aircraft Maintenance
2018 Michael FLEMING - Club Involvement
2019 Janet BANGE - Making Family of Members
2020 Ben WHITBY - Outstanding Volunteering
2021 Carol BROWNE- Becoming a Pilot
2022 Trevor BANGE OAM - Award for 60 years contribution to aviation
For Exceptional Volunteering
“For those who give with nothing to gain but Friendship”
This award honours and recognises an exceptional Volunteer who has demonstrated significant contribution in helping the club at special events or projects or day to day activities
This Award is open to a person who has helped the Club meet the week to week expectations of its members
The recipient strives to act above and beyond their expected voluntary positions
They Champion a cause to raise awareness or funds for a particular event or cause
They are a positive role model for other Club Members
They bring expertise and knowledge to their volunteer role
They give encouragement to others in the Club
They are a volunteer who works behind the scenes
The President, CFI and past winner decide the award recipient.
2019 Wayne LANGLEY
2020 Fiona GAMBASIN (nee Bange)
2021 Mervyn HODGES and Anne LINCOLN
2022 Graham Hawthorne
Lone Eagle Flying School Student of the Year
A student pilot/pilot who has been a LEFS student in the current year.
Has shown exemplary enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to their flying training
Has actively engaged with the learning process
Has willing volunteered and contributed to club activities
Recipient to be determined by majority committee decision.
2022 Richard Wunsch and Steve Ure
Australia Day Award
In 2017 the Lone Eagle Flying School was honoured with an Australia Day Award for "Clifton Community Group of the Year", in recognition of outstanding community service, encourageing community participation and demonstrating Australian values.
Trevor Bange OAM
In the Queen's Birthday List Honours in June 2022, Trevor Bange, our CFI, Treasurer and Life member, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.
This prestigious award was conferred for his decades of tireless and selfless dedication to Aviation. His contribution has spanned all sectors of the industry and he is universally acknowledged as a collaborative expert in the field.
Trevor has worked assiduously to represent our interests and preserve our privileges as aviators at all administrative levels from club through to state and national regulatory bodies.