Captain Wood wins prestigious award after retirement

A dedicated and passionate pilot, who spent 18 years flying the lifesaving aircrew of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity to some of the most critical incidents across the region, has won a prestigious national award.

Captain Matt Wood from Stafford was nominated, shortlisted and named winner for the Pilot of the Year Award at this year’s Air Ambulances UK (AAUK) Awards of Excellence.

In addition to demonstrating exemplary airmanship, Captain Wood, who worked for Babcock Mission Critical Services until he retired in October, was recognised for his unfaltering support of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, the aircrew he worked with and ultimately, his role in giving patients the very best chance of survival and good recovery. Hanna Sebright, chief executive officer for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said:

"Captain Wood worked with us for 18 years, the last decade of which he was based at our Tatenhill airbase in Staffordshire. He undertook more than 2,300 vitally important air ambulance missions during that time. While he has recently retired, he'll always be part of the Midlands Air Ambulance team.

"We could not be prouder of Captain Wood for winning the Pilot of the Year accolade at this year’s Air Ambulances UK Awards of Excellence."

Find out more about the lifesaving work of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity by visiting and follow the organisation on social media for all the latest updates.


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