The International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA) announced that the 2011 honoree of the Whittle Safety Award is Dr. William B. Johnson, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance for the Federal Aviation Administration, and frequent contributor to Ground Support Worldwide.
The award, which honours the co-inventor of the jet engine, Sir Frank Whittle, is the highest and most prestigious award the federation can confer to recognise an advance in aviation safety.
The citation reads:
'In recognition of his dedication, research, leadership, and promotion of Human Factors in aviation maintenance and engineering and his many publications exemplified by the "Maintenance Human Factors Presentation System" and the video production "Grounded".'
The IFA is a non-governmental organization and registered UK charity whose mission is to contribute to improved continuing airworthiness within the global aviation industry.