Honeywell safety guru Don Bateman has been acknowledged by President Barack Obama for his widely adopted avionics innovations - but is not resting on his laurels

Don Bateman, hailed as the creator of the now ubiquitous enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS), reached what some would call the pinnacle of any career in November.

Among a group of very distinguished guests at the White House, Bateman accepted the world's thanks for his life's work in safety in the form of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, presented by none other than the US Commander in Chief, President Barack Obama.

The medal is awarded annually for "outstanding contributions to America's economic, environmental and social well-being" and is considered the highest honour the country can bestow on a citizen for "achievements related to technological progress", acc