The former Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators has unveiled a new name, which has been bestowed upon it by the Queen.

The organisation – which works to promote high levels of safety, training and best practices for pilots – will henceforth be known as ‘The Honourable Company of Air Pilots’.

The ‘Honourable Company’ status is given as a gift by the monarch and has only previously been granted to three companies; ‘The Honourable Company of Master Mariners’ (by King George V), ‘The Honourable Artillery Company’ (in 1656) and ‘The Honourable East India Company’ (now defunct).

His Honour Judge Tudor Owen FRAeS, Master of the Air Pilots said: “As an active 21st century organisation we are very privileged to receive this rarely bestowed historic title.”

The new title marks a major distinction, but there will be no change in either the organisation or its ethos.

For more information on the Honourable Company’s work, visit the organisation’s website.

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