The Laura Taber Barbour Award: Recognizing a quarter-century of aviation safety progress


The Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Foundation recently announced that Tom Kok, director of the AviAssist Foundation, is the 2023 recipient of the Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award. Kok, who has led AviAssist since 2008, earned the award for his dedication as the driving force behind the organization for a quarter of a century. The efforts have resulted in major aviation safety improvements across the African continent

“AviAssist’s commitment to heightening aviation safety across Africa, including by supporting ICAO’s advocacy for enhanced implementation of international safety plans and standards, has played an important role in the continuous improvement achieved across the continent in recent years,” remarked Pascal Luciani, ICAO Deputy Director for Air Navigation and Aviation Safety. “On behalf of ICAO, I would therefore like to offer our sincere congratulations to Mr. Tom Kok, director of the AviAssist Foundation, for his well-deserved attribution of the Laura Taber Barbour Award.”

The official presentation of the 68th annual Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award will take place during the upcoming 76th annual Flight Safety Foundation International Air Safety Summit, which takes place 6-8 November 2023 in Paris, France.

The Award was established in 1956 by the Barbour Family through early association with the Flight Safety Foundation, and recognizes those responsible for crowning achievements in aviation safety worldwide.