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2020 Phil Chettleburgh.
Phil quit flying in 2008 after a long and distinguished career. He has since put in concerted effort supporting hang gliding competitions: Panel member, team manager at European and World level and BHPA representative at CIVL. He is perhaps best known as the ever-present scorer for BOS and the British Nationals, managing GPS downloads and ever ready with words of encouragement. For the last 25 years he has also done sterling work administering the National Hang Gliding XC League. Those at the competitive end of the sport are indebted to Phil’s cheerful devotion to making everything behind the scenes work so well.
2019 Darren Brown
At a time when hang gliding competitions struggle to find accessible reporting and positive publicity, Darren’s exuberant enthusiasm for the sport, evident from his YouTube videos produced at competitions, has drawn a growing fan base. Appreciated by everyone within the sport, Darren Brown Extreme Sports also conveys the context and excitement of hang gliding comps, enhanced by the widespread use of live tracking, to an entirely new audience. He has also expended considerable effort towards the organisation of UK and overseas competitions.
2019 James Du Pavey
At 3.30am on July 8th 2019, James Du Pavey launched his paramotor at John O’Groats, intent on reaching Land’s End in record time. In the afternoon of the next day, despite encountering rain and massive headwinds, he reached his destination having covered 1,200km and spent 24 hours airborne out of a total of 36 en route. As well as 11 planned refuelling stops, he had to make three forced landings resulting from engine failures, the last one just 10km from Land’s End. His flight was made to raise money for the Stoke-on-Trent based Donna Louise Children’s Hospice
2019 Bill Morris
Originally a parachutist, Bill has been invaluable to BAPC and later BHPA safety teams. In 1987 his school developed new techniques of launching and soaring. He investigated serious accidents for the FSC and acted as Records Officer for both BAPC and BHPA, achieving recognition for British pilots. He helped construct and eventually led the EPS course to train parachute packers, and helped to establish the Big Fat Repack. These efforts brought improvement in the design and integration of parachute systems and greater awareness amongst pilots of packing, fitting and using them. He has also contributed innumerable paraglider reviews to Skywings.
2019 Brian Parkins
Brian has been a key figure in the Sky Surfing club since 1980, holding treasurer, magazine editor, chairman and, for the last 20 years, sites and PR posts. He has built excellent relationships with landowners and local authorities, generating tremendous goodwill. A hang glider pilot himself, Brian fought for the club’s paraglider pilots from the outset. He promotes the sport to the local community and has facilitated on-air radio and TV interviews with club pilots. All this has been achieved with his trademark quiet professionalism. He has also been a senior coach for many years and is the club’s archivist.
2018 Tim Houlihan
Tim served in the RAF and British Aerospace as an electronics technician. He gained a private pilot’s licence in 1977 and before retirement started building a Europa kit aircraft which he first flew in 2002 by which time he had just 90 hours flying experience. Since then, despite his low hours, he has flown it widely and adventurously over Europe and the UK, visiting 13 countries and accumulating a further 850 hours in the process. Part of his flying has been to give Scouts air experience at a series of Scouts’ air camps held at Croft Farm, Defford. In total he has flown 27 scouts and several of their leaders.
He was a founder member of the Gloster branch of the Light Aircraft Association and took on responsibility for producing their monthly newsletter. He and his wife licked over a hundred stamps and envelopes each month before the welcome introduction of selfadhesive version
2018 Peter Kember
Peter is a town planner by profession but an aviator by inclination. He flying as an air cadet, gained a PPL in 1984 and has since accumulated over 2,000 hours on a variety of types. He was the first customer to complete a Europa kit aircraft and his experience was used to improve the build instructions for later constructors. He went on to build a second Europa which was exhibited as a Millennium 2000 project, was a founder member of the owners’ club, serving on its committee and becoming its President. His expertise has allowed him to qualify as an LAA inspector, advising and supervising the work of other builders to ensure that their aircraft meet the required standard.
Peter has used his planning experience to advise over 80 airfield owners and operators in dealing with objections and other threats and still acts as an aviation consultant in this field, being planning advisor to MPs, the Light Aircraft Association and the Flying Farmers’ Association. It was therefore natural that Peter would become a founder member of The General Aviation Awareness Council and a member of the CAA’s General Aviation Consultative Committee. He is also a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
2018 Bob King
Bob remains one of the lesser-sung heroes of British Parachuting, whose sustained commitment over 55 years to date is as strong as it was on his first jump. He made that first jump back in 1963 and has maintained an unfailing interest and involvement in the sport ever since.
e has attended 30 FAI World Parachuting Championships and 42 British National Championships in Style and Accuracy either as a Competitor, Judge, Event Judge or Chief Judge. He has won no less than 9 medals in national competitions. He was also presented with a Silver Plate donated by The Daily Telegraph for his competitive achievements in 1971. Bob King was the Rhine Army Parachute Association Open Accuracy Champion in 1971, 1973, 1975 and was allowed to keep RAPA Daily Telegraph Trophy after he had won it three times. Not surprisingly, it was replaced with the Bob King Trophy for Accuracy.
Bob has donated his own personal judging software which is still used by Style & Accuracy judges today. Bob is one of the most highly regarded FAI Judges in the world. He has built up this reputation and expertise over many decades of loyal service. He is also held in high esteem by the competitors, having earned their respect over the years and always making time to explain decisions to them even in the middle of a World Meet.
2018 Stewart Luck
In 2003 Captain Stewart Luck, a professional pilot and member of the Popular Flying Association’s Executive Committee, imported at his own expense the kit for a Rans S-6 aircraft in order to give some youngsters experience in, and gain skills from, all aspects of aircraft construction. A number of Air Training Corps squadrons spread around the UK were each given a part of the kit to build. The aircraft was completed and flown in 2008 and subsequently displayed by its proud and enthusiastic builders at PFA Rallies, SBAC Farnborough and Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford.
This Build-a-Plane project led to several others, with support from the Royal Aeronautical Society and sponsorship from Boeing, and five Build-a-Plane projects have now flown in the UK.
2018 Graham Saw
Graham is one of the longest standing active members of Booker Gliding Club having joined as Technical Officer in 1969.
For almost 50 years Graham has inspired and taught hundreds of others to fly at Booker, has restored historic gliders and has played a leading role in the Vintage Gliding Club and in the development of competitive glider aerobatics.
Among the many vintage aircraft Graham has restored to flying condition are his widely recognised red, gull-winged Slingsby T13 Petrel - the only flying example of this beautiful aircraft. He has also restored a Fauvel AV-36 ‘flying wing’ aerobatic glider which is now in the Shuttleworth Collection and which Graham (a rated display pilot) puts through its paces at Old Warden air shows. In addition Graham has rebuilt a Letov 107 Lunak which he regularly flies in Advanced Class Aerobatic Championships.
His T-13 Petrel has won a VGC International Rally Trophy for Best Restoration and Graham himself was awarded a Syd Davies Trophy for his services to vintage gliding. Every year Graham runs aerobatics courses at Booker GC culminating in The Easter Egg Cup, an annual club level aerobatics competition organised by Graham and scored by BAeA judges. Graham’s commitment and enthusiasm for gliders and for gliding has been an inspiration for several generations of glider pilots at Booker, elsewhere in the UK, and in Europe. Glider pilots and vintage aircraft enthusiasts from across the UK and further afield benefit from Graham’s encyclopedic knowledge, his cheerful disposition and his willingness to help.
2018 Peter Watts
As a young man Peter built and raced Formula 3 cars but was soon bitten by the aviation bug. With three friends he built and flew a Jodel D117 which won the coveted Wilkinson Sword trophy at the 1979 PFA Rally. They were back at the 1983 Rally, having restored a Casa Jungmann for which they won the John Randall trophy. He subsequently embarked on a more difficult project - to build a Jurca Sirocco from plans. He first flew this in 2009.
In the early 1990s there were only two British companies still building aircraft engines in the UK - Rolls Royce and MidWest Engines. Mid-West produced two models of a Wankel engine based on a Norton motorcycle power unit. Peter was part owner of the latter company, but now owns and runs a company which restores classic racing cars and aircraft and which overhauls the Merlin, Griffon and Wright Cyclone engines of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, but he remains very much an aviator, still owning and flying his Sirocco.
2018 Claude Woodhouse
Claude flew in Lancasters long before he started gliding in 1965.
Since then he has completed every gliding badge and award and has taken on most roles within his gliding club. In 1992, Claude directed the highly successful European Women’s Gliding Championships.
Claude is one of those outstanding personalities and do-ers that help to make air sport so special. Claude has recently decided to hang up his wings at the tender age of 93.
2018 Paul Brice
Paul is an active international aerobatics competitor at Advanced level, flying the very latest Extra 330SC in this year’s World Championships in Romania. For many years he was also a keen glider pilot, competing successfully in national BGA cross-country contests, a sport which he has vowed to return to in the future. He also competed in the inaugural World Intermediate Championships in South Africa in 2014, finishing as the UK’s top contestant and helping secure the FAI Silver Medal for the team.
Despite a demanding day job, Paul has made the time for the last ten years to run the British Aerobatic Association finances as its Treasurer. Throughout this period his accuracy and eye for detail have ensured that the BAeA remains on a sound financial footing against a general background of declining general aviation participation. He has contributed hugely to the overall strategy and development of competition aerobatics and has earned special recognition for his robust governance and professional standards.
Most recently Paul has also been encouraging youngsters to the sport through his concept of `Get into Aeros’, which he and his team have run to offer a taste of aerobatic competition to newly qualified pilots through aerobatic-themed weekends. This is a very successful initiative which the BAeA is looking to evolve as a core activity in its contest calendar. Paul cites the Junior Gliding movement as his inspiration for the events - a great illustration of cross-fertilisation in air sports.
2018 Derrick Brunt
Derrick was a farmer in Buckinghamshire in 1984 when he was approached by the local microlight club to ask if they could use his field. His immediate answer in the affirmative shocked the members of this very new entrant to the world of aviation, and the fact that the airfield at Plaistows is still very active today is testament to his ‘can-do’ attitude.
Derrick became intrigued by the sport and learned to fly the first UK-approved flexwing microlight, the Puma Sprint, followed, among others, by an all-black Shadow. The black Shadow was to be seen all over the country in the 1980s, and Derrick’s previous experience with two-stroke engines through karting gave him valuable expertise which he happily shared with other microlighters.
In 1994 Derrick allowed a flying school to start operating from the airfield. With this came a constant stream of students and onlookers, all of whom Derrick was only too pleased to chat to and expound the virtues of aviation to them. Plaistows went from strength to strength and over the years has become a well-respected airfield on the map. Included in its residents are Brian Milton, the first person to fly around the world in a microlight and two World Microlight Champions.
There are now just over 50 Aircraft based at Plaistows and a thriving flying school (whose two instructors are the current World Champions) with over 40 students. Plaistows is what it is today due to Derrick’s unending motivation and continued support. Approaching 85 Derrick still flies his Banbi as often as he can, inspiring all who know him.
2018 Jen Buckenham
Jen epitomises the selfless dedication of the many volunteers required to keep air sports running and ensuring the smooth organisation of contests. She came to competition aerobatics as the wife of an enthusiastic competitor and is now well-established at the heart of the international sport, with nearly thirty years’ service to the British Aerobatic Association.
A former nurse, Jen brings a no-nonsense approach to the way she organises the annual contest calendar, working tirelessly with airfield management and staff around the country to ensure that all necessary arrangements are in place. She then manages the membership programme and all contest entries to ensure that every competitor is current, safe to compete and most importantly has paid the due fees. For the majority of domestic contests Jen takes the role of Registrar and Scorer, ensuring that the contest paperwork is professionally managed and maintained in accordance with the Rules. She collates and validates all score sheets, runs the scoring programme and the publication of results and adjudicates fairly where there is a dispute. In between she finds time to feed and water the judging teams with her fabled home baking and lemonade.
Married to Nick, President of CIVA, the Aerobatic Commission, Jen also fulfils a vital role in representing the UK in the international air sports arena, both in supporting Nick’s formal CIVA and FAI engagements and as a very competent international judge’s assistant. She is well respected throughout the community and has made many international friends for the UK.
2018 Jack Cameron-Pimblett
Jack was 15 when he began formal paragliding training and bought a second-hand glider, having saved up by working in his spare time, getting a bus and lifts so that he could fly every day possible. He got his pilot rating at 15 and was taken onto the Nova Pilot’s team in the week of his 16th birthday.
He emailed hundreds of companies in pursuit of sponsorship. He was living on his own and managing his own risk. Later that year he developed a passion for acro flying. During a twomonth training trip to Organya in Spain filmmaker Ian Burton documented his progress over six days. Their film outlined Jack’s journey, recording on film his passion and dedication. Later he visited clubs up and down the country to talk about it.
In September Jack did his first acro display at the Coupe Icare in France. Two weeks later he had secured a place on the Ozone team and a Supported Athlete contract from Red Bull. He was not yet 18. The pace quickened in 2017 with extensive training, performances and international competitions. In 2018, he managed to combine acro training with his HNC course deadlines and final exam, then six competitions and two shows. He also drove thousands of miles, visited ten countries and gave several TV interviews, still training for ten hours a day when possible, achieving excellent results in the competitions and 98% in his HNC in Electronic Engineering!
Jack Pimblett shares his passion by giving talks, including at a local youth correctional facility and at the Kendal Mountain Festival, and he spreads positive awareness of aviation wherever he goes. He was 20 in October.
2018 Oliver Chitty
Ollie’s interest in aviation was sparked by his father’s hang gliding and microlighting. From there he built and flew model aircraft, winning a class in a national championship. He got his Dad to build gliders for his friends and then teach them how to fly them.
As soon as he could he learnt to fly hang gliders, gaining his BHPA rating in 2009 at the age of 19. Since then he has competed nationally and internationally and his list of competition results is too long to list here.
Starting work at Airways Airsports enabled him to broaden his horizons into paragliding, paramotoring and microlighting. While studying to become an aircraft technician he taught hang gliding and paragliding and took members of the public on Air Experience flights. In 2015 he began recording his daily vlogs which would prove immensely popular with flyers and non-flyers alike, offering an insight into the world of competitive hang gliding. He also set up the British Hangies Facebook group which now has 1400 members, again displaying his desire to encourage and educate others about the world of flying.
Having got a job at the Moyes factory in Australia 2018 has proved an outstanding year for hang gliding competition successes, with outstanding results in in Australia, New Zealand, Australia again, Macedonia, Italy, France, America and back to Australia again, where he upset the current Australian and World Champion Johnny Durand by winning the Canungra Classic. He also won the won the world’s longest-ever hang gliding competition task at 388km, appearing on UK breakfast television to speak about his achievement and further raise the profile of the sport.
Ollie is now probably the world’s most recognised British pilot, his name synonymous with that of hang gliding. His self-deprecating nature has made him a firm favourite on the competition circuit with competitors and spectators alike. He continues to be a brilliant ambassador for both the UK and the sport of hang gliding
2018 Julian Darker
Julian has been a British International FAI judge for helicopter competitions for almost 20 years.
His judging skills and ability have seen him judge all over the world - he judged at 2009 World Air Games which was the first time rotorcraft was included; he has judged at least four World Helicopter Championships, World Air Games, countless British Championships and British Air Games as well as willingly turning up to judge at the numerous Team GB training sessions.
It is actually difficult to recall an event Julian hasn’t turned up regardless of weather or country - his last overseas competition was in China for their inaugural helicopter races. He has mentored and assisted many competitors with his vast knowledge of the rules and progressed the knowledge of rules throughout the British Helicopter Team.
His judging skills and sense of fairness are exemplary, he is a real asset to not only Team GB but to international judging as a whole. Without such valuable contributions by individuals such as Julian the sport would not be as successful as it is.
Julian joined the Helicopter Club of Great Britain 20 years ago and is currently serving on its Board of Directors, something he has done on several occasions. He has assisted in the organisation of many club social events which is always well received as he owns several public houses and a micro-brewery!
He is an active pilot and has owned several helicopters, his current aircraft being a Robinson R22.
2018 Brian Davies
Brian’s aviation career began as a BEA apprentice, but he went on to be Chief Engineer for Maintenance with British Airways, Engineering Director of British Caledonian and Managing Director of Kenya Airways, before retiring to become an external examiner with City University.
In retirement he built a Europa and then, more recently, a Pioneer Hawk aircraft. He became a director of the Light Aircraft Association (LAA) in 2012 and its Chairman in 2013, retiring from that post in late 2018 after 5 highly successful years in that role.
As a side interest he also pursued another long-term hobby of designing and running racing cars.
During his tenure as LAA Chairman, he has developed a strong relationship with the CAA, establishing the Association as a competent, professional and forward-looking aviation body that has resulted in it taking on responsibility for airworthiness of a number of orphaned types, including Tiger Moths and Chipmunks.
2017 Maurice Doyle,
2017 Mark Evans
2017 Dan Griffith
2017 Dan Guest
2017 Roy Harford
2017 Ashley Hoyland,
2017 Rob Hughes
2017 Don Irving,
2017 Andy Miller
2017 Ashley Miller
2017 Ron Mitcham
2017 Michael Muir
2017 Ian Nelson,
2017 Mike Pearson
2017 Dick Poole
2017 Chris Roper
2017 Ian Scott
2017 Tony and Ioana Stephens
On 10th August 2015 pilot Dave Shields was flying the second task of the British National Hanggliding Championships. The final leg of the course involved flying along the edge of a lake, with the goal landing close to the shoreline.
Dave found himself low and looking tor a place to land, however the shore at that point was crowded with people. Water landings are generally considered to be unsurvivable without immediate help. However to avoid hitting anybody Dave elected to land in a small inlet in what he thought to be shallow water that would allow him to stand‘ He flared hard and landed on the water in the centre of the inlet but the steep banks meant the water was too deep for him to stand up.
Dave tried to tread water and shouted for help, fortunately Tony Stephens and his wife loana were immediately on hand because Tony had landed a little earlier and they decided to go tor a swim together in the lake They immediately realised the seriousness of the situation because it was not possible to unclip Dave from the glider. which was on top of him, and his enclosed harness would make it impossible to swim anyway Tony and loana and were able to keep Dave afloat long enough for a number of local bystanders to join them in propelling the glider and pilot to the shore where he was able to stand up, lift the glider onto his shoulders, and walk out of the water unharmed.
As a result of their fortunate presence at the right time and right moment, their understanding of the seriousness of the situation and immediate reaction. Tony and loana Stephens undoubtedly saved the life of a fellow pilot and deserve proper recognition, this recognition was unfortunately delayed as the following day Dave Shields sadly suffered an unrelated accident with more serious life-changing consequences that overshadowed the events of the previous day, Combined with Tony and loana's modesty this led to their actions not being given the publicity they deserved and we wish to make up for this in recognising them properly now
2017 John Williams
2017 Derek Wilson
2017 Mark Dale
Mark became BHGA Assistant Training Officer in 1986. In the 1990s he grappled bureaucracy to gain a legal framework for aerotowing, followed by CAA acceptance of paramotors. Later he helped achieve partial deregulation of powered flying with SSDRs, meanwhile developing the BHGA hang glider test rig into a state-of-the-art instrument. Mark contributed greatly to BHPA Pilot and Instructor training while pursuing paraglider equipment standards on the WG6 Committee, and his Pilot Handbook has sold over 12,000 copies worldwide. By the time of his retirement in 2016 Mark was almost entirely responsible for the technical and airworthiness side of UK free flying
2016 Charles Baker
2016 Larry Bleaken,
2016 David Bremner
2016 Jennifer Buck
Jenny has been an outstanding Hang gliding competition Meet Director for a number of years, she was asked to undertake this role because of her good humour, commitment, ability and natural authority which has proven invaluable in the difficult task of keeping order and discipline in a rebellious crowd of competition pilots.
She is however being proposed for this award because she has, while being Meet Director of a British competition held overseas, now twice been put in the unfortunate position of having to use her specialist medical knowledge and organisational skills to deal with and direct the response to a serious accident and the aftermath of dealing with hospitals whilst abroad and coordinating the return of the injured pilot to the UK. Furthermore in 2015 she flew out to Spain to for a week to organise the care and return of a pilot seriously injured in something of a freak accident during our British Nationals which were being run by a different Director. Jenny made the most conspicuous contribution by being on site and having the experience in dealing with the care and management of such situations. Her efforts ensured the best achievable outcome of what was a very serious accident.
We wish to thank and congratulate Jenny for her actions in mitigating the consequences of what has been an unprecedented run of accidents and hope that in future her military training and personal qualities are only called on again to ensure the smooth running of gliding competitions.
2016 Peter Crispin,
2016 Ian Dowsett
2016 Dean Fisher
2016 John Lovell
John Lovell’s interest in aviation began early, flying model aircraft at age 8. His first leap into the air, under a skydiving parachute was in 1971, and John then became one of the early pioneers of hang gliding in the UK, joining the National Hang Gliding Association in 1973. He gained his fixed wing PPL in 1984, and began paragliding in 1986. Immediately he became involved in giving safety lectures to trainee instructors, drawing on both his flying and professional Merchant Navy experience. John soon became a paragliding Instructor and ran his own school for many years.
In 1989 John joined the Safety and Training Committee of the BAPC and served there until amalgamation with the BHGA in 1992, when he became a founder member of the BHPA’s Flying and Safety Committee, as head of the Accident Investigation and Analysis Panel.
In 2003 he became Chairman of the European Safety and Training Committee of the EHPU. A notable achievement under John's Chairmanship was the successful introduction of a harmonised Europe-wide database to record accident and incident data and allow multinational analysis.
As well as overseeing accident investigations and reports, and managing the collation and analysis of both the BHPA and European data, John has been involved in all of the varied safety and educational activities of the FSC. During 29 years of continuous service John has proved a steady and ultra-reliable pair of hands, and has contributed significantly to the safe development of the sports of hang gliding and paragliding.
2016 Robin Sleight MBE
2016 Peter White
2016 Luke Wolferstan-Bannister
2015 Paul Applegate
‘Apples’, as he is affectionately known, has been a fun jumper, instructor, discipline representative, national and international competitor and medallist. He has made over 1000 jumps as an Accelerated Free Fall Instructor. Today, he is a longstanding elected volunteer BPA Council Member and has been Chair of the BPA Riggers’ Subcommittee for nearly 20 years. Running his own business as a self-employed parachute rigger based at Weston-on-the-Green in Oxfordshire, Apples is truly immersed in the sport and, as a BPA Advanced Rigger, is always in demand for his expert understanding of all aspects of parachutes. As Chair of Riggers, he is co-opted to the BPA Safety & Training Committee. Apples may truly be said to represent the bedrock of our sport, to which he continues to devote his life, to the benefit and appreciation of the whole skydiving community.
2015 Jon Cooke
Jon, who started flying while still a teenager, is an airline captain, local flying club instructor and examiner. He was a founder member of the Light Aircraft Association’s coaching scheme which aims to improve flight safety by enhancing the pilot skills of LAA members. The scheme offers a series of courses, or tailored instruction, by a number of highly skilled and experienced coaches. It also offers an improvement ladder by means of which pilots may develop their own skills and flying experience. Jon is Chairman of the Scheme and head of training. He recently renewed his accreditation as a Master Certified Flying Instructor, a rare achievement for any instructor and an indication of his own exceptional skills. Jon has devoted a great deal of his own time to developing and managing the Coaching Scheme and to ensuring its impeccable reputation as a body devoted to helping other pilots improve their flying and become safer as a res
2015 Alister Sutherland
No Light Aircraft Association Rally would be complete without the arrival in a light aircraft of Alister Sutherland in full highlander rig. The aircraft is usually one he built himself and has flown that day from northern Scotland. Alister is in his fifth decade of building and flying light aircraft. His first was an Evans VP1, a draughty open-cockpit machine, which when completed and flown by him to the PFA Rally, won the prize for the best plans built aircraft. In the 1970s he formed the Highland Strut in support of the then PFA and started the Highland Strut Fly-in; the Strut has held yearly ever since, latterly at Dornoch. The Strut has since expanded to include the Islands. Happily, his current build project is less draughty - a Van’s RV-6 which we expect to see at a Rally in the near future
2015 Jackie Harper
In January 2015, Jackie was a prime mover in achieving official recognition by the FAI/IPC of Wingsuit Flying as a new skydiving discipline. She also organised the first FAI World Cup in Wingsuit Performance Flying at Netheravon at very short notice, in May 2015. There were 56 competitors from 17 nations and Jackie Harper set three World Records in the female categories. Then in September 2015 she also ran the BPA British Open Nationals in Wingsuit Performance and Acrobatics at Skydive Netheravon. It attracted 31 Performance competitors, including 7 internationals from 5 different countries, and 9 Acrobatics competitors. Jackie Harper set a new World, European and National time record. She is currently Series World Champion in Wingsuit Performance Flying and Secretary to the Army Parachute Association (APA) which operates Skydive Netheravon in Wiltshire - as well as being the BPA Discipline Rep for Wingsuiting.
2015 Martin Heywood
Martin is qualified both as a medical doctor and a solicitor. Martin learned to fly hang gliders in 1996 and was formally elected to the BHPA Executive Council in 2000 to look after the insurance brief, a responsibility he continues to hold. He was elected Chairman of the Association from 2004 to 2012 and is the BHPA’s longest serving Chairman. His period of tenure has seen many challenges and changes in the Association and with Martin at the helm, a generally smooth passage has been completed. In 2012 he became Vice-Chairman, a position he still holds today.
2015 Noel Whittal,
In the early 1970s Noel read an article about the new activity of hang gliding, which began his love affair with unpowered flight that continues to this day. A former Chairman and Vice-President of the British Hang Gliding Association and Secretary of CIVL, the FAI Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission, for many years he has been deeply involved in the organisation and governance of the sports of hang gliding and paragliding both nationally and internationally. Also a successful author, he has had books published on hang gliding, paragliding and paramotoring. He has also written many magazine articles on those subjects and his other enthusiasms which include ballooning. He was a founder member, staunch supporter and, for many years, chairman of the Dales Hang Gliding & Paragliding Club. Noel’s helpful attitude and enthusiasm on the hill are legendary: he has inspired a whole generation of new pilots
2015 Brian McCartney
Brian has made a significant contribution to British Aerobatics. He has assumed increasing responsibility for the Association's contest flying operations, as well as continuing as an active competitor. He has made a significant contribution to air safety within aerobatic competition flying by judicious and intelligent application of safety principles to contest organisation. Brian McCartney has been an active member of the British Aerobatic Association since 1998, when he first started to compete at Standard level in a single-seat Pitts Special. Taking a number of trophies in different categories, he has progressed to being a successful competitor at Advanced level since 2009. More recently he has become deeply involved in the running of the Association, assuming the key responsibility as Head of Contest Organisation in 2012. He has been a Director of the Association since 2013, and continues in both
2015 Crispin Williams
Crispin achieved his private pilot’s licence in balloons in 1974, flew in the first UK National Championship in 1975 and has only missed one national championship since. Crispin has also been the first Chairman of the Pennine Region of the BBAC, Chaired the Eastern Region of the BBAC and Chairman of the BBAC itself. He has been an active competition balloonist for the past 40 years. He has been British National Hot Air Balloon champion six times and competed in numerous World, European and other International balloon championships. At 72 years of age Crispin is still extremely active as an examiner, an inspector and as a sport balloonist. The highlight of Crispin’s year was being placed second in the British National Hot Air Balloon championship – only 50 years older than the champion
2014 Clive Needham
2014 Dave Pacey
2014 Gary Smith
2014 Jim Gale
2014 Tim Ellison,
l.Tim became the first qualified disabled balloon pilot in Europe, when he passed his General Flight Test in balloons in January 2014. A former RAF Pilot, Tim was left as a paraplegic after an engine failure whilst hovering too low to eject. He set his heart on becoming a pilot again and he became the first paraplegic in the world to gain an Airline Transport Pilots Licence. He then decided that he wanted to help other disabled people take to the skies and, with a number of other disabled pilots, formed the British Disabled Flying Club (BDFC), which later became the charity Aerobility.
2014 Richard Goddin
2013 Ed Cleasby
2013 Stan Dauncy
2013 Chris Draper
2013 Paul Farley
2013 Robin Morton,
2013 Terry Viner
2012 Mike Mold
Mike Mold joined the then Popular Flying Association in 1977 and was a founding member of the Devon Strut where he currently serves as Newsletter Editor and Webmaster. Thanks to Mike’s efforts, the Devon Strut has become the largest within the Light Aircraft Association. Mike has also served for many years on the LAA’s National Council and served on a steering committee preparing an updated set of governance documents for LAA Clubs and has assisted many of them in getting local support. Mike was nominated for this award in recognition of his support of recreational flying in the Southwest over many years.
2012 Joan Walsh
Joan Walsh has been a microlight instructor for the last 10 years, resisting the temptation to use sophisticated aircraft and remaining true to microlighting’s raison d’être – flying at minimum cost. Her calm, no nonsense approach to instruction has proved to be very effective. Joan has also been a pioneer in the use of flight simulation to enhance her students training. She has a background in IT and has developed her own fully functioning flight simulator which she has integrated into her training programme. Joan has also served on the BMAA Council where her calm, no nonsense approach (and experience as a magistrate) has been of significant value. Never one to look for the limelight, her devoted service to the BMAA leaves microlighting very much in her debt.
2012 Andrew Oliver
Andy Oliver has been a flexwing pilot for more than 10 years, during which time he has contributed greatly to microlighting both at national and club level. He has carried out a great many long distance tours of the UK and Europe and has encourage others to do the same by writing about his exploits in Microlight Flying magazine under his nom de plume ‘The Journeyman Balladeer’. He has led tours of less experience pilots around France and has organised and led fly-outs in the UK to encourage less experience pilots to ‘stretch their wings’. Andy has also served as Chairman of his local club, the Devon and Somerset Microlights, restructuring their finances and preparing plans for a permanent clubhouse. He is an excellent ambassador for UK sport aviation in general and microlighting in particular.
2012 Phil Ball
Phil Ball has been an active competition model aircraft flyer since his youth and is one of only three people to have represented Great Britain in all three outdoor free flight classes at World or European Championships, in the course of which he has been a member of three F1C medal winning teams.
Phil has also been National Senior Champion no less than 19 times, competing in all outdoor free flight classes, both domestic and FAI. On one occasion during a fly-off, his Open Rubber Model was timed for over 88 minutes, the longest single flight in any British contest.
Phil has also served on the BMFA Midland Area Committee and the Free Flight Technical Committee and has been involved in the promotion of his branch of the sport at the BMFA ‘Power Nationals’. He has also been a regular contributor to the modelling press and has presented several technical papers at the annual Free Flight Forum.
2012 Norman Burr
Norman Burr has been an editor of Microlight Flying (and its predecessor Flightline) for no less than 30 years. He originally took over the production of Flightline in 1982 when it was an A5 format produced bi-monthly on a photocopier. Originally produced at home with the help of his first wife Wendy, he set up his own company - Pagefast, to produce the magazine more professionally and for 13 years was involved with every stage of production from editing to publishing and printing.
Norman has overseen the expansion of the magazine which is now a full colour 52 page A4 monthly publication. Norman has remained an integral part of the editing team and remains consulting editor. Norman has made a significant contribution to the development of microlighting as a responsible part of sport aviation.
2012 Peter Gorman & Essam Bishara
When Peter Gorman and Essam Bishara left Newcastle, Ireland in Peter’s homebuilt Vans RV6 on October 19th 2011, they were uncertain whether their destination of Cape Town was attainable. Despite many months of planning, undertaking a flight to South Africa in a light aircraft is fraught with problems of war, civil unrest and logistics.
Their journey across Europe and down the eastern side of Africa reads like a ‘Boy’s Own’ adventure. Technical and Logistical problems were overcome through their tenacity, perseverance and above all patience. They arrived at Stellenbosch Airfield, South Afirca on 20th November after 63 hours flying time. Less than two weeks later, they headed north for home and another incident packed adventure, arriving safely back in Ireland on the 20th January.
The challenges of such flights may be different to those of the pioneering pilots of the early twentieth century, but they continue to demand high levels of expertise and skill from those with the ambition and daring to undertake them.
2011 John Broad
2011 Jamie Griffin
2011 David Lloyd-Jones
2011 John Mitchie
2011 Andrew Pook
2011 Chris Thomas
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.
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 licence
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.
2008 A. 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 D. 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 W. 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 S. 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
Andy Newell, Adam Mattacola and Mike Carpenter – were awarded Bronze Medals for their achievement of World Bronze in Freefly at the World Parachuting Championships held in August 2008 in Maubeuge, France.
Team Volairkix are heralding a renaissance in Artistic Skydiving in the UK and their achievement and example is an inspiration to the next generation of British skydivers. They are the first British team to reach the podium at the World Championships in this incredibly skilful and specialised discipline.
2007 M. 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 L. 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 J. Glossop
ohn 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.
2006 T. 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 T. 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 P. 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 R. 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 M. 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 N. 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.
2005 R. 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 J. 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 D. 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.
2004 A. 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 K. 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 D. 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.
2003 N. 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 J. Smyth
2002 L. 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
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.
2001 H. Trotter
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.
2001 A. Hodgkinson
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.
2000 A. 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 T. 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 N. 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.
1999 M. 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 T. 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 W. 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 T. 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.
1998 J. Hitchen,
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.
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.
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 marshal 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.
1997 C. 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.
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 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 C. 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.
1995 P. 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.
1994 Sir G. Edwards
1994 R. Walton, P. Watson
1993 B. Kane
1993 J. Doswell
1993 R. Kingdon
1992 V. Davis
1992 T. Williams
1991 C. Freeman
1991 T. Prendergast
1990 M. Allen
1990 H. Doktor
1990 D. Tennison
1990 H Nicholls
1990 N. Wright
1989 T. Smith
1989 M. & A. Wright
1989 J. Walker
1987 B. Rolfe
1987 N. Slinger
1986 L. Barr
1986 J. Marriott
1985 J. Fenton
1985 H. Hamilton
1985 S. Screen
1985 T. Warner
1984 L. Benjamin
for his devotion to light and sporting aviation and the Tiger Club.
1984 Alan Croft
for his services to air racing.
1984 Jack Minshall
for his services to gliding.
1984 Jim Williams & Henry Labouchere
for their epic flight to Australia in a 1930 Puss Moth.
1983 Sqn Ldr J. Maitland
for his 25 years as manager of Biggin Hill Airport.
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.
1981 C. Corston
who was a pioneer of hang gliding and first secretary of the BHGA.
1981 S. Bannister
for his services to aero modelling and the SMAE.
1981 J. Crocker
for his services to parachuting, and particularly his efforts as Chairman of the BPA Safety and Trainig Committee
1980 A. Ethridge
or his work on restoring of de Havilland aircraft for the Shuttleworth Collection.
1980 J. Jones
or his services to aero modelling.
1980 D. Benton
for achieving the British altitude record in a glider
1979 John Jeffries
for his services to gliding and particularly the London gliding Club.
1979 David Ogilvy
or his services to light aviation and as manager of the Shuttleworth Trust.
1979 Norman Couling
for his services to aero modelling.
1978 David Cook
for the first cross-Channel flight in a powered hang-glider.
1977 G. Green
for his services to ballooning in the establishment of international records.
1976 J. Nott
for his services to ballooning.
1975 P. Langford
for his services to ballooning.
1974 A. Carvell
to mark 25 years as Chief Instructor of the Yorkshire Aeroplane Club
1974 J. Philp
for his services to aero modelling.
1973 M. Jones
for his services to air sport and the Tiger Club.
1972 D. Cameron
for his services to ballooning over many years.
1972 R. Monks
for his services to aero modelling.
1968 H.J. Shaw
for his services to early commercial aviation.
1968 G. Lowdell
for test flying and being the longest-serving flying instructor in the world.
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.
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.
1965 P.Q. Reiss
o mark over 50 years of aircraft ownership and services to aviation insurence.
1965 B.A.G. Meads
for 40 years service to the Kemsley Flying Trust in the interests of light aircraft and gliding.
1965 Flt. Lt. N.M. Williams
for his contribution to aerobatics and being the highest placed British pilot in the World Championships.
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
1962 T. Davidson
for his gliding achievements, particularly in Scotland.
1960 J.M. Houlder
for his services to light aviation.
1960 B.F. Collins
for developing Southend Airport
1960 Sgt. J. Williamson
for his gliding achievements.
1958 Sgt. A.W. Gough
for his work in gliding instruction and display and for setting the British distance record.
1957 H. Harper
in recognition of fifty years in aeronautical journalism.
1956 R. Gibbs
for for winning the World Model Aircraft Speed Championship.
1952 Brig. Gen. A.C. Lewin
for his private flying 1931-1952.
1950 F. Dunkerley
for successes in air racing.
1926 A.B. Elliott
flight engineer with Alan Cobham.
1921 Sqn 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.
1919 Sgt. W.H. Shiers, Sgt. J.M. Bennett
flight mechanics with Ross & Keith Smith on the London-Australia flight.
1913 H.A. Kauper
flight mechanic with Hawker on the circuit of Britain.