Brian Hope joined the then PFA in February 1985 after reading an article about a homebuilt aircraft in a D.I.Y. magazine. He took flying lessons and soon became the proud owner of a small Jodel light aircraft which he still owns and operates today. He is one of the tutors for beginners participating in the Mid-Kent Struts regular cross Channel flights.
He has served on the LAA’s Executive Committee, including time as Association Treasurer and Vice-Chairman before becoming full time editor of both the magazine and website. Since Brian became editor of the magazine in January 1995, it has gone from a thin bi-monthly publication to a substantial, high quality monthly magazine, considered one of the major jewels in the LAA’s crown.
He remains a major contributor to the magazine and whenever practical flies to report on European events in his Jodel, sleeping in a tent under the wing. When the LAA’s Rallies were suspended Brian joined the small team which successfully resurrected them. Brian is an aviator’s aviator, completely dedicated to recreational flying.