Mark Micallef Eynaud awarded Aviator of the Year
Air Malta’s Chief Officer Flight Operations Mark Micallef Eynaud has been awarded with the Aviator of Year Award during the second edition of the World Airnews Aviation Awards. The event was held at the Bank of Valletta’s head office in St Venera on Tuesday afternoon.
This award was presented following the air to air filming and photography promotional shoot round the Maltese islands organised last March which saw the first ever formation flying of the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft at an altitude of between 1500 and 2000 feet.
The Malta Special, an 8page spread featured in the World Airnews magazine was also launched during the ceremony. The international magazine has featured the air-to-air Air Malta photo shoot over Valletta on its front cover.
Captain Micallef Eynaud was at the controls of one of Air Malta’s Airbus A320s and played a crucial role in the preparation for the flights. A lot of planning was done to organise and coordinate this experience by various Air Malta departments that included Flight Operations, Marketing and Branding, Corporate Communications, Cargo and Ground Handling Services. The planning also included the participation of several external organisations amongst which were the Malta Air Traffic Services and the Department of Civil Aviation. Throughout the planning and execution of the flight, safety was paramount.
The selection committee, entrusted with selecting the winners, was chaired by aviation lawyer Francesca Galea who was assisted by Captain Sinclair Portelli and university lecturer, Riccardo Flask.
Minister for Tourism Karmeny Vella presented the World Airnews Lifetime Achievement Award to Malta’s Aviation Museum Director Ray Polidano. The Malta Aviation Museum Foundation headed by Mr Polidano was commended for continuously striving to add interesting exhibits, whilst also managing to restore an aircraft to airworthy condition. Managing Director at Maintenance Centre Malta Alex Vit was presented with the Leader of the Year Award by Captain Sinclair Portelli.
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