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Aero-Systems Course graduates

The Institute's Navigation Trophy has been presented to the best student in guidance subjects.

The following students of No. 47 Aero-Systems Course graduated at the Air Warfare School, RAF College Cranwell, on 18 February:
Lt Cdr Justin Matthews RN
Sqn Ldr David Hockley RAF
Lt Christopher Stellon RN
Flt Lt Stephen Hilditch RAF
Flt Lt Mark Platt RAF
Flt Lt Steven Todd RAF
Flt Lt Stuart Watkinson RAF
MACr David Gall RAF
Mr Tom Sykes DE&S

Apart from graduating as Aero-Systems Qualified (asq), they were all awarded a MSc in Aero-Systems Studies from Kingston University.

Lt Stellon was awarded the Royal Institute of Navigation Trophy as the top student in guidance subjects; he was also awarded the Thales Trophy. Air Cdre Norman Bonnor, a past-President of the Institute and a graduate of the last Specialist Navigation Course (the predecessor of the Aero-Systems Course) in 1967, presented the RIN Trophy - a beautifully-mounted astro-compass - and handed all graduates invitations for a period of Guest Membership of the Institute.

Christopher Stellon is posted to Rotary Wing Missions at MOD Boscombe Down. Postings of the other service graduates included four to 56(R) Squadron at RAF Waddington, two to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test and Evaluation Squadron at MOD Boscome Down and one to the Maritime Warfare Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Centre at HMS Collingwood.

Tom Sykes is, without question, the youngest ever graduate of the Aero-Systems Course, having come straight from completing his first degree; he now takes up an appointment at MOD Defence Equipment and Support.

All graduates will thus be putting their recently-acquired qualification to very good use.

We congratulate all the graduates - especially the Navigation Trophy winner - on their achievements and wish them well in their future assignments.

  • 24 February 2016
  • RIN

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