Dr Peter Saundby served as a Royal Air Force medical officer from 1957 until 1991, retiring with the rank of Air Commodore. Peter has held a private pilots licence since 1953 and has been a glider pilot since 1960.
During this time his extensive range of RAF posts included Group Medical Officer for the RAF’s Central Flying School, Flying Personnel Medical Officer Near East and Middle East, Senior Medical Officer at Fairford during the trial flights for Concorde, Commanding the RAF Institute of Hygiene and Training, Commanding the RAF Hospital Wegberg and serving as Assistant Surgeon General at the Ministry of Defence.
Peter became Medical Adviser to the BGA in 1967, a role which he fulfils to this day. He has also served as UK delegate to the Medical Commission of the FAI since 1985, becoming President in 2005. He became Medical Co-ordinator for Europe Air Sports in 1993 and served on their Board from 1999 until 2005.
Peter also served a term as Chairman of the Royal Aero Club from 1999 until 2000
Peter was appointed as an FAI Companion of Honour at the 2012 FAI General Conference, in recognition of his long and dedicated service to medical aspects of airsport and his work as past-president of the FAI Medico-Physiological Commission.