David Monks was Team Captain of the British Helicopter Team which returned from the 2012 FAI World Helicopter Championships in Drakino, Russia with a team silver medal. David and his co-pilot Caroline Gough-Cooper also won a silver medal in the Precision Flying event with 294 points scored from a maximum of 300.
The 2012 result is largely a result of many hours invested by David in coaching and developing crews to compete effectively at world class level and the results have been achieved through a considerable amount of preparation & planning for weekend long training events and from ensuring that crews participate in both UK and European national events.
He has also used the training events to actively encourage and coach newcomers, establishing a legacy for the succession of a new team in the future. David is the only non-professional pilot to have won (outright) the British Helicopter Championship.
He is a Director of the HCGB and is the UK delegate to the FAI Rotorcraft Commission, responsible for overseeing & developing competition rules for international rotorcraft events. David plans to continue to representing Great Britain at future international competitions.