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.