The Javier Arango Memorial Award was established in memory of Javier Arango. Javier was a renowned authority on World War 1 Aircraft and aircraft collector who died in the crash of a replica biplane in 2017. This award recognizes the individual or individuals who share a similar passion for aviation history and the connection between pilot and aircraft. The Award is given to the presenter or presenters whose presentation at the Annual Symposium has a significant historical or Human Machine Interface (HMI) focus.
The technical papers submitted for the Javier Arango Memorial Award include only those presented to the Society during the annual Symposium. To qualify as a historical presentation the material should be about events, aircraft or people whose relevance or focus took place greater than 25 years before the current date.
Nominations for the Javier Arango Memorial Award are not accepted. A panel of judges convened during the symposium grades and subsequently votes on the winning paper. Their voting determines the Javier Arango Memorial Award winner. The grade sheet utilized by the judges is available here. Voting results are maintained secret until the award's announcement.
The award consists of a cash honorarium, to be approved by the Board of Directors, and a memento award, plus the recipient's name on a suitable plaque to be on perpetual display at SETP Headquarters. Recognition of this award will also include appropriate recognition in COCKPIT.