John Brunskill at the 2014 Flying NZ National Championships, hosted by the Tauranga Aero Club held at Tauranga Airport.
At a private award ceremony just a few weeks before his death, The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, (FAI) awarded John a FAI Air Sport Medal.
This medal was established by the FAI Council for the 100th anniversary of Lilienthal's first flights. It may be awarded, at any time, to individuals or groups for outstanding services in connection with air sport activities.
In making the award to John, reference was made to both his service to Sport and Recreation administration in New Zealand as well as his keen promotion and excellence in participation of competition flying, not only in New Zealand but Internationally.