Royal Aero Club

Awards & Trophies


The gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded annually for outstanding achievement in aviation during the preceding year or over a number of years, principally, but not necessarily, as a pilot.

1913 H.A. Kauper
flight mechanic with Hawker on the circuit of Britain.
1914-18 No award
1919 Sgt. W.H. Shiers & Sgt. J.M. Bennett
flight mechanics with Ross & Keith Smith on the London-Australia flight.
1920 No award
1921 Sqdn. Ldr. F.A. Baldwin
for taking fourth place in the Gordon Bennett balloon race.
1921 H. Spencer
for taking second place in the Gordon Bennett balloon race.
1922-25 No award
1926 A.B. Elliott
flight engineer with Alan Cobham.
1927-49 No award
1950 F. Dunkerley
for successes in air racing.
1951 No award
1952 Brig. Gen. A.C. Lewin
for his private flying 1931-1952.
1953-55 No award
1956 R. Gibbs
for for winning the World Model Aircraft Speed Championship.
1957 H. Harper
in recognition of fifty years in aeronautical journalism.
1958 Sgt. A.W. Gough
for his work in gliding instruction and display and for setting the British distance record.
1959 No award
1960 B.F. Collins
for developing Southend Airport.
1960 J.M. Houlder
for his services to light aviation.
1960 Sgt. J. Williamson
for his gliding achievements.
1961 No award
1962 T. Davidson
for his gliding achievements, particularly in Scotland.
1963 A.D. Piggott
for his contribution to gliding, principally as an instructor.
1963 Lord Trefgarne & C. Masefield
for their flight to Australia in a light aircraft and return in a different aircraft, which they had rebuilt themselves. They were the youngest private pilots to have undertaken this journey.
1964 No award
1965 B.A.G. Meads
for 40 years service to the Kemsley Flying Trust in the interests of light aircraft and gliding.
1965 P.Q. Reiss
to mark over 50 years of aircraft ownership and services to aviation insurence.
1965 Flt. Lt. N.M. Williams
for his contribution to aerobatics and being the highest placed British pilot in the World Championships.
1966 Maj. M. Hearey
for his services to parachuting as leader of the Red Devils team.
1966 R.G. Hubble
for his services to gliding.
1966 F. Kirk
for his lifetime work in flyin instruction and for building up the Sherwood Flying Club at Nottingham.
1966 P. Hillwood
for his services to test flying and to sport flying and record setting.
1967 Joan Hughes
for her outstanding services to aviation.
1967 L.H. Riddell
for his long term service to sport aviation as an aircraft owner.
1968 G. Lowdell
for test flying and being the longest-serving flying instructor in the world.
1968 H.J. Shaw
for his services to early commercial aviation.
1969-71 No award
1972 R. Monks
for his services to aero modelling.
1972 D. Cameron
for his services to ballooning over many years.
1973 M. Jones
for his services to air sport and the Tiger Club.
1974 A. Carvell
to mark 25 years as Chief Instructor of the Yorkshire Aeroplane Club.
1974 J. Philp
for his services to aero modelling.
1975 P. Langford
for his services to ballooning.
1976 Julian Nott
for his services to ballooning.
1977 Geoff Green
for his services to ballooning in the establishment of international records.
1978 David Cook
for the first cross-Channel flight in a powered hang-glider.
1979 Norman Couling
for his services to aero modelling.
1979 John Jeffries
for his services to gliding and particularly the London gliding Club.
1979 David Ogilvy
for his services to light aviation and as manager of the Shuttleworth Trust.
1980 D. Benton
for achieving the British altitude record in a glider.
1980 A. Ethridge
for his work on restoring of de Havilland aircraft for the Shuttleworth Collection.
1980 J. Jones
for his services to aero modelling.
1981 S. Bannister
for his services to aero modelling and the SMAE.
1981 C. Corston
who was a pioneer of hang gliding and first secretary of the BHGA.
1981 J. Crocker
for his services to parachuting, and particularly his efforts as Chairman of the BPA Safety and Trainig Committee.
1982 P. Hutchins
for his contribution to the revival of modern ballooning.
1982 Robert Pooley
for his services to light and sporting aviation.
1982 Michael Reeves
for his services to model flying as a designer, builder and flyer for over 30 years, and twice World Champion.
1983 Sqn. Ldr. J. Maitland
for his 25 years as manager of Biggin Hill Airport.
1984 Louis Benjamin
for his devotion to light and sporting aviation and the Tiger Club.
1984 Alan Croft
for his services to air racing.
1984 Stuart McKay
for his services to light aviation and the DH Moth Club.
1984 Jack Minshall
for his services to gliding.
1984 Jim Williams & Henry Labouchere
for their epic flight to Australia in a 1930 Puss Moth.
1985 J. Fenton
1985 H. Hamilton
1985 S. Screen
1985 T. Warner
1986 L. Barr
1986 J. Marriott
1987 B. Rolfe
1987 N. Slinger
1988 No award
1989 T. Smith
1989 J. Walker
1989 M. & A. Wright
1990 M. Allen
1990 H. Doktor
1990 H Nicholls
1990 D. Tennison
1990 N. Wright
1991 C. Freeman
1991 T. Prendergast
1992 V. Davies
1993 B. Kane
1993 J. Doswell
1993 R. Kingdon
1993 Lindsay Muir
1994 R. Walton
1994 P. Watson
1995 Peter Lovegrove
Peter Lovegrove recently retired from the Council of the British Microlight Aircraft Association after ten years. Brought in as Chief Inspector to reorganise the Inspectorate at a time of new directives from CAA, by sheer hard work on his own he raised the standards to the point where a full time salaried official was appointed to take the load.
1996 Pat Barker
For over 20 years, Pat Barker has played a significant role in the promotion of general aviation, particularly homebuilt aircraft. He served for 20 years as a Popular Flying Association Inspector, and has served three terms on the PFA's executive committee, He is an active member of two PFA struts, and has built and flown three aircraft himself.
1996 Brendan O'Brien
Brendan O'Brien obtained his PPL in 1972 and has participated in around a thousand air-shows in various roles, including display pilot, commentator and organiser. After starting ballooning in the late 1960s his aviation expanded to include hang gliding, parachuting, and gliding. He has flown 10,000 hours on 138 types and holds 201 FAI speed records.
1996 Cedric Vernon
Cedric Vernon has been involved with gliding's International Development Panel for 33 years, and the drafting of the OSTIVAS. He also edited many of the OSTIV papers and played a major part in preparing the UK BCAR Section E requirements. Later he was secretary to the JAR 22 study group from its inception in 1976 until 1980. His 1000 hours of gliding include test flying.
1997 Chris Bromley
Despite a serious health problem, Chris Bromley has served as technical secretary of the British Model Flying Association since 1986. He has worked tirelessly on such vital matters as airspace, radio frequencies and pilot standards. He was co-ordinator of the National Championships for the past five years
1997 Ernest Horsfall
Ernie Horsfall's unique thirty year fund of experience of Jodel aircraft has been invaluable to the PFA, for whom he is an Inspector, and to its members. He has undertaken several major rebuilds and restorations, and served on the PFA Executive Committee for several years. Almost eighty, he is still an active pilot and Jodel Club member.
1997 Jeremy James
Jeremy James has been the lynch-pin of the Helicopter Club of Great Britain for over ten years, during which he has organised its events and ensured its membership has steadily increased. He attends numerous committees on the club's behalf and this year is organising the Heli-meet event on behalf of the Army Air Corps.
1997 Brian Lecomber
Brian Lecomber is one of Britain's most respected acrobatic display pilots. With over twenty years of display flying experience, he is always willing to advise others and to share his experience, while promoting the highest standards of airmanship and flight safety directly and through articles in the aviation press. He currently chairs the Air Display Council.
1997 Stuart MacConnacher
Stuart MacConnacher has been a Popular Flying Association Strut Coordinator for twenty years and founded the Bedford Strut. He served for six years on the PFA executive committee. He was chief marshaller at many of the PFA rallies and is editor of the Home-Built Aircraft Guide book.
1997 D. Moran
Darryl Moran was leader of the Another Planet 16-Way Formation Sky-Diving Team, which became European Cup Champions in 1997 and has won every British competition since 1993. He co-ordinated the British 62 way FS record and is a well-respected load organiser on the European circuit.
1998 John Hitchen.
John Hitchen has been Parachuting since 1973. For the past 16 years, he has been the BPA's National Coach and Safety Officer, and also UK delegate and safety adviser to the FAI Parachuting Commission. He has been appointed by FAI as the Controller at three World Championships. He helped introduce tandem parachuting in the UK, which has allowed disabled people to experience the sport.
1998 Mike Rockliff.
Mike Rockliff has managed Yorkshire Light Aircraft Ltd for 40 years. Despite the demands of the business, he has found time to help other enthusiasts, as a PFA Inspector of many home-built projects, and as an evening class tutor. He is restoring a 1928-vintage Avro Avian.
1999 Marc Asquith.
Marc Asquith joined the South Wales Hang-gliding club while a student in 1977. He became a Committee Member of the Swansea HGC in 1986 and soon progressed to a Council Member of the BHGA. He played a major role in the successful merger of the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Associations. He has been Chairman of the BHPA for five years until his retirement in 1999, and is continuing as their Insurance Officer. He is a Trustee of the BHPA Flyability Charity and of the RAeC Trust.
1999 Tom Beardsley.
Tom Beardsley started parascending in 1974, rapidly becoming the CFI of his club. He became the Safety and Development officer of the BAPC in 1984, with a wide range of responsibilities, including liaison with equipment suppliers, attending Inquests, organising competitions and running Instructor training courses. He played a leading role in planning the merger of the BAPC with the BHGA to form the BHPA in 1992. He continued to support the expanded Flight Safety Committee and several specialist committees, and to maintain the Technical Manual. He recently retired from full-time involvement, and will be remembered for his commitment and dedication to the sport.
1999 William Brooks.
For many years, Bill Brooks has been Chief Technical Officer and Chief Test Pilot of the BMAA. He has made a major contribution to understanding flex-wing aerodynamics and to safety. He led much of the test and development program for the Pegasus Quantum, used by Brian Milton for his round-the-World flight in 1998.
1999 Tony Butler.
Tony Butler has been parachuting for 26 years. For 19 years he has served as the National Safety and Training Officer of the BPA, and lately as its Chief Technical Officer. He was responsible for developing the regulations and training manuals for many branches of the sport. He played a major role in gaining recognition from the CAA for the BPA as the national governing body of sport parachuting. He has been responsible for training many hundreds of Parachute Instructors. He regularly represents Britain at international meetings where his expertise is highly respected.
2000 Arthur Doughty.
Arthur Doughty has been gliding for over 50 years. He gained a Gold in 1966 and two Diamonds and was an instructor until 1995, also a FAI observer for record attempts. He has served on the BGA national safety panel for nearly 30 years, including eight years as its Chairman. His work in accident analysis has made a major contribution to safety.
2000 Tony Knight.
Tony Knight has been parachuting for 36 years, and is a parachute club director. He has made many thousand jumps and has a wide range of instructional qualifications. He was on the BPA Council for seven years, Chairman of the Safety and Training Committee, and Chairman of the International Parachuting Technical Congress. He was responsible for establishing the BPA as a CAA approved organisation and has served for several years as the BPA Liaison Officer with the CAA on technical and safety issues.
2000 Nick Neve.
Nick Neve has served the BMFA for 25 years as an organiser of radio-controlled glider competitions. He has been manager of successful UK International teams for nearly 20 years, and was Deputy Head of Delegation at the World Air Games. He is UK delegate to the FAI Model Flying Commission.
2001 Alistair Hodgson.
Alistair Hodgson was serving with the Parachute Regiment in Northern Ireland when a terrorist explosion caused him to lose both legs above the knee. Overcoming his disability he learned to skydive and to date has over 200 jumps recorded. He has achieved his BPA Formation Skydiving Grade 1 and his Freefly Grade 1.
2001 Hugo Trotter, DFC.
After service in the RAFVR flying Lancasters and Dakotas, Hugo Trotter took up gliding at Redhill and soon became Chairman of the Surrey Gliding Club. He served as Team Manager of the British team in the 1954 World Gliding Championship. Since its formation in 1971 Hugo has served as a Trustee of the Guild of Aviation Artists.
2002 Jim Bowyer.
Jim Bowyer has been hang gliding since the earliest days of the sport in Britain. For many years he was a test pilot with Hiway and then became CFI of the Joint Forces Hang Gliding Centre. He was Meet Director of the National Hang Gliding Championships for many years. He was elected to the Executive Council of the BHPA, and took responsibility for all UK competitions. Since 1993 he has been a UK Delegate and Treasurer of the FAI CIVL Commission.
2002 Luc Trullemans.
Luc Trullemans has established a reputation as the most successful meteorologist for long-distance balloon flights. His successes include several competitive and World Record flights, including Breitling Orbiter 3 and Steve Fossett's Round-the-World missions, and David Hempleman-Adams's flight over the North Pole.
2003 Nigel Beale.
Nigel Beale's first sporting interest was Hovercraft racing, where he made the first solo Channel crossing and was national champion for 14 years. He learned to fly microlights in 1984. In 1986 he won a Silver Medal in an FAI Championship in a microlight he had designed and built himself. Since then he has been a regular member of the British team, taking part in 17 FAI competitions and winning six silver medals. In 1981 he became the UK distributor for Rotax engines and has greatly helped the British team and other competitors with advice, spares and the loan of equipment.
2003 John Smyth.
John Smyth started Skydiving in 1973 and has been a Gold Medal winner in the British Team Skydiving Championships. He has served on the Council of the British Parachute Association for 13 years, including seven years as Chairman. His greatest contribution has been in developing the UK Skydiving teams to an unprecedented level of international competitiveness. At the 2003 World Championships, the Women's 4-way Formation Skydiving team won Gold, the 4-way men's team came 4th and the 8-way team 5th. He set up the scheme whereby successful team members became Coaches for the Junior and Intermediate levels. This resulted in a record 57 teams being entered for the 2003 UK Championships, now the biggest domestic competition in the World.
2004 Andy Cowley.
Andy Cowley started parascending in the 1960s, rapidly becoming an instructor and a top competitor. In 1977 he collaborated with John Harbutt to produce the first ram-air canopy, which gave a big improvement in performance, and they started the Harley company to make them. This led on to a career in design and development of parachutes. He was the national Accuracy Champion three times and won Gold at the first World Championships. He gained Silver in the first European Paragliding Championships flying a glider which he designed and built himself. since retiring from active competition nearly twenty years ago, he has been involved in judging and formulating rules and competition standards. He serves on the FAI CIVL Commission and will be Jury President at the next World Championships. He has served on the BHPA Safety and Training committee for 24 years and is Chairman of the Examiners Panel.
2004 Kevin Stass.
Kevin Stass has played a major role as a volunteer working in the organisation of many balloon record flights. He started helping Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand in 1995 and was involved in their round-the-World attempts. He then worked for Steve Fossett with his record attempts, including his solo round the World flight. In 2003 he supported David Hempleman-Adams with several flights, culminating in the successful transatlantic flight in an open wicker basket. He was responsible for obtaining all of the advance clearances for the flights, liaising with ATC and Search and Rescue, and manning the ground control centre during the flights.
2004 Derek Thomas.
Derek Thomas started skydiving in 1975. Since then, he has made over seven thousand jumps, clocked up 120 hours in free-fall, represented the UK in numerous skydiving championships, and has established nine world records. To date, Derek has won over 130 medals at national and international competitions. He is still competing at the top level and was in the UK Team at the 2004 World Championships. He became a free-fall instructor in 1984 and was involved in the development of equipment for tandem parachuting. He took over Sun Path Products in 1992, and this has grown to become the biggest manufacturer of parachute rigs in the world, selling 2,500 a year and employing 70 people.
2005 Robin Bailey.
Bob Bailey has been a model flyer for over 50 years. He has represented Britain in three different free-flight classes at World Championships and has taken part in international competitions regularly since 1967. Since 1984 he has specialised in the F1D extremely lightweight indoor class, and has been responsible for several technical innovations. He has won two World Championship medals, and won team Gold at the 2005 European Championships.
2005 John Curtis.
John Curtis has made a very major contribution to Parachute safety through his work on rigging. He started to develop expertise in this area in 1964, and soon qualified as an Advanced Rigger and Rigger Examiner. He was a founder member of the BPA riggers committee and became its Chairman. He set up the BPA Riggers Safety Manual, which established the reliable working practices still followed today.
2005 David Wright.
David Wright is a glider pilot and holds a FAI Silver Badge. He has served the BGA for 20 years as volunteer manager and developer of its Accident and Incident Database, and also supplied accident summaries to Sailplane & Gliding magazine and safety publications. His experience has often led to the correct resolution of conflicting accounts and data, and to reappraisal of evidence. He has also given long service on the BGA Safety Committee where his advice has been invaluable.
2006 Trevor Birkbeck.
Trevor Birkbeck has been a hang glider pilot for over 30 years. This has included competing in the nationals and at international level. He soon joined the Competitions Panel, becoming its head for 10 years, and responsible for selection, management and funding of international teams for European and World championships. He has been the popular and respected Chairman of the Dales Club for 25 years, particularly establishing good relationships with local landowners
2006 Tamsin Causer.
Taz Causer had been skydiving for seven years and made about 700 jumps. She had been involved in a series of record-breaking teams, including the UK women's 60-way formation in 2004. Then in the USA she took part in two World Records - a women's 151-way formation skydive and an 85-way diamond canopy formation. Next in Thailand two more World Record jumps, a 400-way skydiving formation followed by a 960-way mass drop. Unfortunately Taz was killed in the training accident in Spain in which Chris Gay rescued the other casualty, and the award was made posthumously.
2006 Peter Grange.
Peter Grange has been regular pit man and occasional competitor for the British team at F2D control-line combat model-flying competitions for over 25 years. His record of 22 international competitions as pit man is unique. He has contributed to 18 team and individual medals, including five golds.
2006 Robin Jones.
Robin Jones was responsible for introducing the Fun Fly competition alongside the BMFA National Championships, and he has chaired its organisation for over 20 years. The competition is now well supported and this has triggered several design improvements in the Fun Fly model. It has provided an introduction to competition flying for many people.
2006 Mike Scholes.
Mike Scholes has been flying hot air balloons for nearly 20 years. He now has a commercial balloon rides organisation and instructs new pilots. He has taken part in several competitions. In 2006, he made two notable flights in a small balloon and using a sack instead of a basket to save weight. He ascended to 31,976 feet, qualifying for a BBAC Diamond badge. Later he made a cross-country flight from Cambridge to Shropshire in 23 hours to establish a new British duration record.
2006 Nigel Tasker.
Nigel Tasker was one of the first balloon pilots when the sport revived in the 1970's. His main contribution has been on organising competitions and defining rules. The rules he introduced for the 1977 World Championships were adopted by FAI and have been used ever since. He went on to direct the UK national championships for 12 years, and after 30 years he is still involved as an event official.
2007 Martin Fardell.
Martin Fardell has been a strong supporter of Scale modelling in the UK since 1978, when he started writing articles for the modelling press. His main contribution has been with the Scale Technical Committee starting in 1989 as Scale Contest Manager, and he has done a variety of other committee tasks. For many years, he has been a judge at the National Championships for Scale free flight, radio and indoor events.
2007 Lesley Gale.
Lesley Gale is a skydiver with over 3,300 incident-free jumps in 21 years. She has taken part in several World Record skydiving formations, won a series of National and European skydiving medals, and was in the UK team at the World Championships in 2004. She is Managing Editor of the BPA Skydive magazine and was awarded the RAeC Nexus Trophy in 2000. She has organised several special events, including a female world-record formation jump and the Brit Chicks formation team, which have raised many tens of thousands of pounds for charities and raised the profile of women skydivers.
2007 John Glossop.
John Glossop started gliding while an RAF apprentice in 1954 and continued with Cambridge University Gliding Club. He has held the UK Open Class 400 km triangle record and holds all three diamonds. He became involved in managing the Club, including a major role in moving from Duxford to Gransden Lodge. He has been Competition Director at many National and Regional Gliding competitions held there. Until 2006, he was a regular entrant in the Open Class Nationals. He recently suffered a stroke, but returned to direct the 2007 gliding competition at Gransden Lodge.
2008 Alan Chalkley.
Alan Chalkley flew with the RAF, and then from 1955 with BOAC and British Airways, starting as a pilot on Stratocruisers and retiring in 1989 as a Training Captain and examiner on B747's. He also flew for fun. He flew gliders in the 1950's and then vintage light aircraft, of which he has owned two - a Piper Cub which he purchased in 1962 and still flies, and a Comper Swift. He was a founder member of the Vintage Aircraft Club in 1964. He is an engineering inspector with the Light Aircraft Association and has been the National Council representative for North Wales Strut since 1989. He is the longest-serving contributor to their magazine - starting in 1972 under the pseudonym of John Beeswax, he is still supplying a regular series of articles on the pleasures of grass-roots flying, in classic aircraft from farm-strips.
2008 David Clarkson.
Dave Clarkson has made a major contribution to several disciplines of model flying. In the 1970s he represented the UK at team-racing, and later managed the team. He was a leader in adopting new engine options and wrote many magazine articles to promote new ideas. He dominated the Goodyear class competitions for several years. About ten years ago, he changed disciplines to free flight power and soon brought his abilities of analysis and novelty to bear. He served on the Free Flight Technical Committee for six years and as its representative on the BMFA Council. He did much to ensure that the current competition rules were based on practicality.
2008 Bill Draper.
Bill Draper was a founder member of the Nottingham Model Aircraft Club. He has served continuously on the Committee since 1965, including as Chairman. He has also served on the Area Committee for much of that time and has organised flying competitions at Wymeswold for many years He served on the Control line technical committee and managed aerobatic competitions, including the Nationals. He has represented Britain 30 times at World and European control line aerobatic competitions, including two team and one individual Gold Medals, and still this year, aged 73, he is first reserve for the World team. He is involved with teaching model flying for young people for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
2008 Steve Slade.
Steve Slade was for many years a regular competitor in the British Microlight Nationals and a member of the British Team. Recently he has taken to setting records. In 2002 it was the number of circuits in an hour, and in 2008 it was the number of different airfields visited in a day. He planned several different routes depending on weather, occasionally returning to his base at Chipping Sodbury to refuel. The airfields visited were most of those in the West Midlands, Borders and Avon areas, ranging from farm strips to airports like Lyneham, Brize Norton and Kemble, and he achieved 114 in a day. This is particularly noteworthy because Steve is a paraplegic.
2008 Freefly Team Volairkix.
Freefly Team Volairkix consists of Andy Newell, Adam Mattacola and Mike Carpenter. After much hard work and training, they achieved the Bronze Medal in Freefly at the 2008 World Parachute Championships at Mauberge. They were the first British team to gain a podium place in this artistic skydiving event. They are all now giving coaching at BPA training events across the UK.
2009 Paul Dancey.
Paul Dancey is an instructor and Chairman of the South East Wales Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club, which he administers almost single-handedly. Paul had the vision, drive and expertise to successfully bid for the Blorenge mountain launch point near Abergavenny, for his club in 1998, converting it to a limited company to facilitate the transaction. Paul was an enthusiastic member on the BHPA Executive Council, becoming Director of Corporate Communications. He has supervised the production of the BHPA magazine, Skywings, for over ten years, runs the BHPA website, its online shop and manages corporate email accounts. Paul revived the old Welsh Hang Gliding Federation and found himself elected as Secretary, now sitting on an impressive range of Welsh sporting, recreational and environmental committees.
2009 Nigel Hitchman.
Nigel Hitchman was an engineer with Airbus at Toulouse and now flies Boeing 767's for BA. He owns two LAA-permit aircraft, a vintage Piper Cub and a Vans RV-6 of which he was part builder, and is a regular attendee at UK and Continental fly-ins. He was the Coordinator and National Council representative for PFA Bristol Strut for five years and helped organise fly-ins and Young Aviators' events. For more than 15 years he headed the departure briefing team at PFA National Rallies, to ensure the hundreds of visiting aircraft left safely. He has been a prolific contributor to the PFA and LAA magazine, providing articles and photos, and compiling Project News for 100 consecutive issues over 12 years.
2009 Brian Lever.
Brian Lever has consistently championed model flying, in particular control-line flying, for the last quarter century. He was the driving force throughout the 14 years of the Peterborough Cabbage Patch Nationals, which became the biggest single-day control-line competition in the world. He continues to nurture new competitions, for example, working with schools on the BMFA Flight Challenge. In 1997 he took over the chairmanship of the SAM 35 vintage organization and was instrumental in its incorporation as a BMFA Specialist Body.
2009 Chris Lynch.
Chris Lynch has been skydiving for 27 years and in 2009 won his 22nd British National Gold in 24 years. His success is unique in that these medals are held across six different disciplines - Canopy Formation, 8-way, 4-way and Vertical Formation Skydiving, Freefly and Freestyle. Chris is also a very experienced instructor plus a highly respected coach for Formation Skydiving, artistic, canopy handling and piloting. He was a pioneer in the push for better teaching of canopy control and safety, with many of his early teaching now accepted as best practice. Chris has been an excellent ambassador for the UK in countless World Championships and Head-down World Records.
2009 Cliff Mort.
Cliff Mort has been a member of the Popular Flying Association and its successor the Light Aircraft Association, for almost 35 years. He has served on its Executive Committee for the last 19 years, including as Secretary and then Chairman for two years each, and currently as a Vice-President. He was a member of the Association's Rally Committee becoming Chairman for two years. Cliff was also Chairman and a director of the Lancashire Aero Club. He is also now Chairman of the North West Strut of the LAA, having previously served as Treasurer and Newsletter Editor.
2010 Phillip Burton
Phillip Burton joined Norfolk Gliding Club in 1990, and is a former police officer specialising in child protection, He ran the Club's cadet scheme, and in 2005 qualified as an instructor. In 2006 he was elected onto the BGA Executive Committee, and was instrumental in establishing their policy and procedures for young people. He was appointed the BGA’s Child Protection adviser and has ensured the roll-out of appropriate policies with Clubs nationwide, so that they are compliant with child protection law. His work has been a crucial contributor to the BGA’s development of a Junior Gliding Strategy.
2010 Ken Craigie
Ken Craigie's career started with Personal Plane Services at Booker and rose from apprentice to become their Chief Engineer. He left after twenty years service, to join the engineering team of the Popular Flying Association (now the LAA) as its Chief Inspector and he has now held this position for twenty years. He is responsible for managing the LAA's nationwide team of 400 field Inspectors, who oversee the work of members who are building, restoring and maintaining their own aircraft. He is also responsible for controlling the issue of Permits to Fly for the LAA's aircraft fleet, handling 200 new issues and 2,500 renewals a year, a workload which has doubled during his service. He also serves on the EASA Working Group on aircraft engineer licences.
2010 Mike Gaffney
Mike Gaffney joined the Popular Flying Association (now the LAA) in 1989 and joined its Lea Valley Strut at North Weald, becoming its Coordinator and Council representative for six years. They ran a full programme of meetings and also fly-ins and Young Eagles events. He was elected to the PFA’s Executive Committee and served for eight years, and was involved in setting up the Pilot Coaching Scheme and in the search for new Rally and HQ sites. His biggest contribution was the year-round task of Manager of the Trade Exhibition at the annual PFA Rally. From small beginnings, this grew to well over 100 exhibition units, becoming a particularly popular and profitable part of the event.
2010 John Moore
John Moore is the originator of the ‘Spamfield’ fly-in which has become the most popular event in the UK microlight calendar for several years. The first meeting in 2001 attracted 40 visitors to Bembridge. Then, following a move to Sandown, it has grown to a regular attendance of over 400 aircraft, including several from abroad. Every year, John has been the organiser, handling all of the administrative and catering requirements. John has also served on the BMAA Council continuously since 2002, filling a variety of positions including treasurer.
2010 Anthony Smith
Taff Smith has been involved in aviation for over 40 years. He developed Breighton airfield from scratch and set up a museum there and also became a display pilot. In October 2010 he made an attempt at the under 1000 kg London-Capetown and return record in a Glasair, planning to make only one stop in Nigeria. Unfortunately weather forced a diversion to Namibia, 700 miles short of Capetown. In so doing he claimed the records for London to Nigeria and to Windhoek. While practicing for the race, he had also broken the record for John O'Groats to Lands End.
2011 John Broad
John Broad joined the PFA (now LAA) in 1982. He is also Chairman of the Vintage Aircraft Club, and a member of the LAA Oxford Strut and of the Windrushers Gliding Club at Bicester. He was elected to the Executive Committee of LAA in 2006 and served as Association Secretary and on several internal committees, including the Pilot Coaching Scheme. He also represents the LAA and VAC on a number of external committees, primarily addressing safety and environmental issues, including GASCO and GAAC. He has made a big contribution in promoting and protecting air sport in Britain.
2011 Jamie Griffin
Jamie Griffin started flying Model Aircraft Control-Line Combat in 2006 at the age of 11. This discipline is unusual in that juniors can compete against adults, and after only one year he achieved overall fifth place in the UK National Championships. He had further successes in domestic competitions and, aged 14, he was selected as the junior member of the UK team for the 2009 FAI European Championships. In 2010 he took the Junior Silver Medal at World Championships. At the 2011 Europeans, he took the Junior Bronze Medal and was placed 8th overall, beating the three adult UK team members. These international successes qualify him as the RAeC's youngest medal winner.
2011 David Lloyd-Jones
David Lloyd-Jones started aeromodelling in 1947 and continues today. He became involved with the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers (now the BMFA) in 1979. He has served on the Committee of the North West Area since 1982 as Treasurer, PRO and Chairman, and has also served for the Northern Ireland Area. He was Secretary of the BMFA Radio Control Power Technical Committee for several years and has been an Instructor and Examiner for 25 years. He has also been organiser of several competitions and events such swap-meets. Model flying has benefitted greatly from his efforts.
2011 John Mitchie
John Mitchie is a retired airline Captain and builder of a Vans RV aircraft, and has helped with the builders' tent at several PFA and LAA Rallies and Aero Expo. Over the past two years, he has been heavily involved as instructor and supervisor on the Build-a-Plane project undertaken at Yateley School, being present at all work-sessions. He was responsible for exhibiting the part-built aircraft at several airshows including Farnborough and Fairford.
2011 Andrew Pook
Andy Pook started parachuting in 1985 and has made over 7,300 jumps. He is a leading competitor in formation skydiving. He has been a National Champion in 8-way every year from 1999 to 2011, and in the British team at international championships on six occasions. In 2003 he was a National Champion at both 4-way and 8-way. He has been involved in promoting formation skydiving through coaching programmes. His passion and leadership has sustained participation and success in the sport.
2011 Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas started skydiving aged 17 and has made over 8000 jumps. He has won several medals in competitions, and has qualified as an instructor and rigger. He took over the management of Thomas Sports Equipment from his father 18 years ago. They are the only British manufacturers of parachutes for sport, and for emergency use in gliders and light aircraft. Their quality is acknowledged by certification from the CAA, BSI and FAA. He is currently Vice-President of the European Association for Safety Parachutes, which aims to harmonise standards across Europe. He has been a successful sport parachutist and made a major contribution to the development of parachuting equipment.

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