Jeremy James has been Honorary Secretary of the Helicopter Club of Great Britain for over 30 years, during which time he has devoted thousands of unpaid hours to bettering the lot of his fellow aviators.
His grasp of the minutiae of EASA rulemaking has alerted general aviation to myriad threats, and he has been instrumental in many campaigns such as those to fight off demands for all helicopters to have floats for overwater flights thus assuring the continuance of light helicopters participating in air sports with European registrations.
A trained meteorologist who worked in the Canadian Arctic, Jeremy is a commercial helicopter pilot. He has crossed the Atlantic in his own light single, flown solo to Australia, and in 1994 was the first pilot to fly a Robinson R22 to Moscow.
After taking over the HCGB Secretaryship from Eric “Winkle” Brown in 1986 he successfully managed the explosive growth which followed the introduction of the R22. He has represented Club members on key bodies including the BHAB, GASCo, NATMAC and the General Aviation Consultative Committee. More recently he has devoted his technical and organisational expertise to pan-European bodies like EASA’s Non-Commercial Operations Review Group, where his insights have been invaluable to all of general aviation.