Gloria Heath Trophy

The Flight Safety Foundation Gloria Heath Trophy is named after a woman who played a critical leadership role in the early days of the Foundation. She was an aviator who served in the U.S. Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. She was named one of the 100 most influential women in aviation by Women in Aviation International and was a recipient of numerous awards, including the Amelia Earhart Award and the Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award. (Read Gloria Heath’s bio here)

The Gloria Heath Trophy recognizes a woman for notable achievements in civil aviation. The criteria for the trophy are as follows:

The Making of the Gloria Heath Trophy

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Thank you to Women in Aviation International for their generous support in the creation of the Gloria Heath trophy. www.wai.org

2022 Gloria Heath Trophy Recipient

Poppy Khoza - 2022 Gloria Heath Aviation Trophy Winner

Ms. Poppy Khoza, Director of Civil Aviation

In recognition of her achievements and leadership of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and for the contributions she has made in promoting and achieving gender diversity in the aviation industry. Ms. Khoza is the first woman to serve as South Africa’s director of civil aviation. Under her leadership, the SACAA has made important strides in improving aviation safety and security in South Africa, and the organization has been recognized regionally and internationally for its achievements. She has implemented programs to improve safety management, stimulate industry growth, and encourage greater voluntary compliance and regional cooperation.

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Gloria Heath Scholarship Program

The Flight Safety Foundation Gloria Heath scholarship program is named after a woman who played a critical leadership role in the early days of the Foundation. She was an aviator who served in the U.S. Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. She was named one of the 100 most influential women in aviation by Women in Aviation International and was a recipient of numerous awards, including the Amelia Earhart Award and the Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award.