Current Recipient

Honorable John J. Goglia


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.
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.
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.


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.