John Goglia is the 2020 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award Sir Stewart Matthews Honorary winner

Laura Taber Barbour and John Goglia
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Annual Award to Recognize Aviation Safety Contributor

Since 1945 Flight Safety Foundation has made Awards

2020 winner is John Goglia

In 1945, the beloved wife of a Knoxville, TN minister was killed in a crash. The CAB determined that the accident was attributable to pilot error and bad weather. The next day, the husband  and son of Laura Taber Barbour endowed the Flight Safety Foundation to identify with an award  those who have made or are making significant contributions to aviation safety. Every year since 1956 FSF has carefully culled long lists of individuals meriting such consideration and recognized recipients.

The 2020 winner is John Goglia, a most worthy recipient!!!

the award


Flight Safety Foundation’s citation reads:

“For his life-long, passionate advocacy and enduring dedication to safety in aviation since he helped first responders retrieve bodies from a plane crash into the harbor near his home more than 6 decades ago. For unparalleled devotion to mentoring professional excellence of aircraft maintenance technicians, and as a strong and consistent voice for safety who became deeply involved in accident and incident investigations, ultimately leading to his Presidential Appointment as the first and only Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic to be a Board Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from 1995-2004.


NTSB training center and TWA 800 carcass
John Goglia’s passion for safety was obvious as he provided expert details gleaned from 40 years on the flight lines of commercial airlines to NTSB Board Members and staff. His wealth of knowledge informed the Department of Defense, the FAA, and others in areas like Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) and best practices in specialized care of aging aircraft. Following the TWA-800 explosion and crash in 1996, he was instrumental in preserving its reconstructed fuselage as a valuable training artifact in the NTSB Training Center.

John Goglia’s enduring devotion as a mentor led to the annual Aerospace Maintenance Competition at the world’s largest gathering of the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul industry. He co-authored 2 books on Safety Management Systems, is President of the Aerospace Maintenance Council, and presently is a faculty member of Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York. His compassion and empathy for the victims of aviation disasters and their families is well known.

Goglia at the Aviation Maintenance Competition

The Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Foundation is pleased to recognize the Honorable John J. Goglia with the 2020 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award for his many achievements of the past 6 decades, which substantially improved aviation safety around the world and for his continuing promotion of safety and excellence to future generations of aviation professionals.”


The Honorable Mr. Goglia, AMT, has been the subject of numerous posts here; some  include more awards:


John Goglia’s Position On SMS Is An IMPORTANT READ

Two Well-Earned Recognitions To Member John Goglia

Goglia and Charles Taylor Award

Child Safety Restraints For Airplanes: Goglia Speaks; Industry Listens & Must Carry The Message Further

John Goglia’s ValuJet Lessons As Flags For SMS Teams

Goglia’s AMT Fatigue Needs SMS For Solutions

Member Goglia’s Article On SC Military/Civilian Collision Suggests That An SRA Might Enhance Safety There And At Other MOAs

Today’s AeroBio Is John Goglia


Aircraft Maintenance Competition Promotes Excellence In The Craft And Designed To Attract Future AMTs

The Charles E. Taylor Award Merits Greater Attention From The Public

Drone Near Miss Data Should Not Be Categorically Dismissed

FAA Says That Fatigue Management Is Coming To Aviation Maintainer

The Super Bowl Of Aviation Mechanics’ Skills Creates An Audience Of Future Safety Professionals

JDA Associate Is Appointed AOA-1.1, April 1,2014


John frequently adds to the safety professionals’ knowledge under the apt recurring title—TORQUED



Sir Stuart Matthews

Honorary Recipient

Sir Stewart Matthews

For outstanding contributions to the aviation industry and to the improvement of aviation safety worldwide. Sir Stuart spent 53 years in the aviation industry, and his dedication and impressive accomplishments have been recognized by his inclusion in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Wall of Honor, by being awarded the National Business Aviation Association Meritorious Service Award, and being recognized with the International Federation of Airworthiness Whittle Award. In addition, he was honored by the Queen of the Netherlands when he was Knighted in the Order of Orange Nassau for his services to Aviation.

Sir Stuart Matthews started his aviation career as an apprentice at de Havilland Aircraft and continued as an engineer at Hawker Siddeley Aviation. He also worked for the British Aircraft Company and for British Caledonian Airways before joining Fokker aircraft. He became the President and CEO of Fokker Aircraft United States and was also Chairman of the Board of Flight Safety Foundation (FSF). In 1994 he became the President and CEO of FSF. His contributions to aviation safety while at FSF are legendary. He was a trusted and articulate spokesman in conveying the importance of aviation safety to the public and the media. He was the first to propose the concept of a universal aviation audit standard for commercial aviation and to champion the use of flight data monitoring in corporate aviation. Under his leadership FSF led multiple international efforts to address aviation’s highest risk areas such as approach and landing, controlled flight into terrain, and loss of control. The Foundation also conducted industry acclaimed studies in areas such as overwater flight operations, flight crew fatigue, and ground accident prevention.


The Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Foundation is pleased to recognize Sir Stuart Matthews with the Honorary Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award for his significant and enduring contributions to aviation safety through his dedicated, exemplary leadership and personal commitment to reducing the risk of an accident.


The JDA Journal has frequently highlighted the Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award and these previous deserving recipients—

Another Well-Deserved Award For Peggy Gilligan

Peggy Gilligan

Nancy Graham, A True Role Model, Receives An Honor Which Her Aviation Safety Career Merited

Nancy Graham

Aviation Safety Loses A Phenomenal FAA Public Servant

Jay Pardee

Goglia and areas of work


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