Alan Cassidy ranks amongst the world’s most prolific aerobatic instructors, with over 5,000 instructional hours in Pitts Specials alone. Alan served as Wing Commander with the Royal Air Force on their iconic Harrier force. He began instructing aerobatics in 1991 and has coached many pilots into the sport with a constant passion and enthusiasm. His book, Better Aerobatics, is considered the model reference text for new aerobatic pilots. As a competitor Alan has been British Unlimited Champion four times, and Champion in Advanced on three further occasions. He has taken part in ten World Championships and has served on the Jury in others. He is chairman of the CIVA Catalogue sub-committee and is a respected advisor on international aerobatic matters. Alan served as chairman of the British Aerobatic Association (BAeA) from 2006 until December 2015 and has worked tirelessly with the UK CAA on safety and training matters. He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and vice-president of honour of the International Aerobatic Commission. In 2009 Alan led the BAeA in organising the 25th World Aerobatic Championships at Silverstone, UK. In 2010 he was awarded an MBE in recognition for his services to aerobatics and charity.
His dedication to the furtherance of the sport of aerobatics in the UK and abroad and his ability to train pilots to the highest possible standards is truly remarkable.