The Awards are Africa's premier celebration of outstanding achievement in general aviation

The 2020 award cycle closes on 1st December, 2019. The shortlist will be released on 15 February 2020 and the winners announced on 29th May during the Fly East Africa Forum. Apart from receiving beautiful trophies and framed certificates, the winners and shortlisted companies will be published in an annual commemorative book to be availed in both digital and print on demand editions. Please note that the strongest nominations include detailed responses. A non-refundable nomination fee of US$200 applies for each category.

Created by General Aviation Africa, a brand of Fergus McCormick Group, the annual General Aviation Africa Awards are intended to be the highlight of Africa's general aviation industry. Presented during a lavish ceremony, the awards serve as a benchmark for the industry in Africa. The inaugural edition will be held in May 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya alongside Fly East Africa Forum

Important Timelines
Deadline for Receipt of Nominations: 1st December, 2019
Shortlist Announced: 15th February, 2020
Winners Announced: Gala Dinner 29 May 2020
The award categories are outlined below. A nomination fee applies per nomination per award category. Nominate your company, business partner, colleague, employee by clicking on the add to cart button.The deadline for submission for 2020 awards is 1st December, 2019.

Company Categories

  • Avgas Company of the Year

    Avgas Company of the Year

    This award recognizes the leading supplier of  refueling services to  general aviation aircraft. Winners are determined based on reach, reliability, market-share, reputation, quality of service, convenience and infrastructure.  The shortlist includes regional winners from East, West, North and Southern Africa, where where the overall winner is picked.
  • General Aviation Aircraft of the Year

    General Aviation Aircraft of the Year

    Aircraft of the Year as judged against popularity with owners and operators in Africa, reliability, residual value, new and pre-owned transactions during the year. The awards is in two categories of general aviation aircraft - fixed wing and rotor.
  • Best General Aviation Airport

    Best General Aviation Airport

    Open to airports and airfields handling  significant general aviation traffic. This category is judged against infrastructure, facilities, equipment and customer base. The facility may be private or government owned. Recognition shortlist for best general aviation / airfields from West, East, North and Southern Africa and one overall winner of the category.
  • Medivac Company of the Year

    Medivac Company of the Year

  • Humanitarian & Air Relief Aviation Company of the Year

    Humanitarian & Air Relief Aviation Company of the Year

  • Bush Air / Tourism Charter Company of the Year

    Bush Air / Tourism Charter Company of the Year

  • Pilot School of the Year

    Pilot School of the Year

  • Charter Company of the Year

    Charter Company of the Year

  • Sales / Broker of the Year

    Sales / Broker of the Year

  • Maintenance Center Award

    Maintenance Center Award

  • FBO of the Year

    FBO of the Year

Individual Categories

  • Aircraft Sales Personality of the Year

    Aircraft Sales Personality of the Year

  • Airport Manager of the Year

    Airport Manager of the Year

    Open to Executives managing airports and airfields handling  significant general aviation traffic. Recognition shortlist for best manager from West, East, North and Southern Africa and one overall winner of the category.
  • FBO Leader of the Year

    FBO Leader of the Year

  • General Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year

    General Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Humanitarian & Relief Aviation Personality of the Year

    Humanitarian & Relief Aviation Personality of the Year

  • Mechanic of the Year

    Mechanic of the Year

  • Medivac Personality of the Year

    Medivac Personality of the Year

  • Pilot of the Year

    Pilot of the Year

  • Training Personality of the Year

    Training Personality of the Year

The nominees and winners will be featured in the General Aviation Africa annual book to be available in digital and print on demand formats, which will be distributed to general aviation enthusiasts and professionals throughout the world.

Our key goal is to reward those firms and individuals who have demonstrated peerless accomplishments within their sector. In order to be selected for a General Aviation Africa Award and to become an eventual winner each individual or firm will have completed the following process:

  • Receive nominations through our online platform.
  • Make the shortlist.
  • Be selected by our editorial panel and put forward as an outright winner for a chosen category or area of expertise.

Once a nominee company or individual has progressed to the shortlist they will be notified so that we may:

  • Ensure the shortlisted candidate is aware of their nomination.
  • Corroborate the details of the nomination.
  • Allow the candidate the opportunity to accept the nomination and be placed on the shortlist.

The Shortlist stage lasts approximately one month; this includes  receiving additional information and a  to complete the research and judging process. During this period, the nominee is permitted to supply any supporting evidence they wish, which can include the following:

• In-depth company profile • Prior Awards • Nominee's  CV for individual awards • Testimonials from either clients or colleagues • Company Accolades

Please note that all information submitted in support of a shortlist will be viewed by our editorial team to ensure credibility and veracity.

Any information supplied will remain confidential and will only be viewed by our judging panel. No shortlist information will be used in the awards publication, online or for marketing purposes without prior permission. The shortlist stage allows our editorial team  to review any additional evidence allowing them to narrow down the best of the best to the very best, so we can select our winners.

Following the shortlist stage our judging panel comprised of the our editorial team will make a final selection and decide each winner based on our designated criteria.

The winners are then announced during the awards gala evening.

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1. Am I eligible to enter the General Aviation Africa Awards?

Any company, service provider, broker or manager providing services in the general aviation industry in Africa can enter. If you are sponsoring any of the awards categories, you are barred from participating in the awards as a candidate for shortlisting.


2. When is the entry deadline?

Submit your entry form(s) by 1st December. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


3. Why should I enter?

Participating in the awards is a tremendous opportunity for a coordinated PR campaign across the general aviation ecosystem in Africa.


4. How do I enter?

The entry process is straightforward. Each category has a description showing what the editorial team are looking for and the questions you will need to answer. To enter the General Aviation Africa Awards simply select the award category(ies) you would like to enter, then complete the online entry form ensuring you meet all the criteria.


5. Which category(ies) should I enter?

Please see individual category information to ensure you have a relevant product, service, or business story for that category. We don’t limit the number of awards you can win, so please enter as many categories as you wish.


6. What should I include in my entry?

Use the category criteria to guide the content of your entry, highlighting your performance over the past 12 months. Please include relevant evidence to substantiate your story.

You can also submit a supporting document alongside your entry. Supporting documents should be no longer than 2 A4 pages and may include  testimonials, and anything you feel brings your entry to life for our editorial team.


7. How much does it cost to enter?

The fee to enter is USD200 + VAT (where applicable) per entry.


8. How is it judged?

An initial shortlist of all entries submitted by the deadline will identify finalists in each award category. Finalist entries will automatically go forward to a second round where our editorial team will score each entry. Scores from each panel judge will be collated to determine the overall winner. In the event of a tie, a winner will be determined by consensus.


9. What happens after I submit my entry?

You will be notified by email when we receive your entry.

If you have been shortlisted you will be contacted by email.


10. When are finalists announced?

The finalists list or the final "shortlist"is released on or about 15th January 2020. All finalists and eventual winners are given a finalist logo and a press release to publish on their website and distribute to their media channels and customer / partner networks to optimise their recognition.


11. How confidential is the judging process?

Information supplied in the entry form is completely confidential and will not be published or shared with third parties, unless authorized otherwise.


13. When will I find out if I have won?

All winners will be revealed at the General Aviation Africa Awards Gala Dinner scheduled for April/May. Each winner will be presented with a trophy in front of their peers on the night. Winners will also receive a winner logo for their award category and press release  and photo from the ceremony on the morning after the event to publish on their website and distribute to their media channels and customer / partner networks.


14. How can I attend the General Aviation Africa Awards?

Finalists are not obliged to take a table at the awards dinner, but it does provide an opportunity to celebrate achievements with their team, clients and partners. All finalists are encouraged to attend to ensure a representative is available for the trophy presentation plus photo, film and PR opportunities on the night. For information and pricing on table bookings please contact awards@gaafrica.com


15. Who organizes the General Aviation Africa Awards?

The General Aviation Africa Awards is organised by Fergus McCormick Group, a provider of business intelligence, corporate training, publishing  to corporate organizations.  Through the General Aviation Africa platform, we engage our growing audience base of  leaders and executives in the general aviation industry in Africa.