A KEMBLE resident has received aviation's highest award for his contribution to the aerospace profession. 

Professor Robert Bor, an aviation clinical psychologist, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Previous recipients include the Wright Brothers, Winston Churchill, Chuck Yaeger (the US pilot who first exceeded the speed of sound), and British astronaut, Major Tim Peake.

After the Germanwings pilot murder-suicide crash in 2015, his expertise and opinion were sought by media organisations around the world.

Professor Bor is recognised as the world’s leading authority on pilot mental health, pilot selection, and pilot peer support programmes. His career has spanned three decades.

He is a consultant for leading commercial carriers – including British Airways, Flybe, easyJet, Thomas Cook and Swiss - and to aviation regulatory authorities globally.

He has helped to revise the United Nations aviation agency – The International Civil Aviation Authority - medical guidance on pilot mental health assessment.

He is co-editor of the key textbooks: Aviation Mental Health (2006) and Pilot Mental Health Assessment and Support (2017), and is an expert on airline passenger behaviour and fear of flying.

Professor Bor, Winston Churchill Fellow, is a registered Clinical Psychologist and a certified Aviation Psychologist. He is a lead consultant clinical psychologist at the Royal Free London, NHS Foundation Trust.