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Microlights feature in awards

At the Royal Aero Club Award ceromony held at the RAF Club in London last night microlights were well represented among the winners.
Congratulations to:
Norman Burr
Andy Oliver
Joan Walsh
Dave Sykes
Pete and Annabel Jarvis
Full details below:
Awarded to Norman Burr
Norman Burr has been an editor of Microlight Flying and its predecessor Flightline for more than 30 years. He originally took over the production of Flightline in 1982 when it was an A5 format produced bi-monthly on a photocopier. Originally produced at home with the help of his first wife Wendy, he set up his own company - Pagefast, to produce the magazine more professionally and for 13 years was involved with every stage of production from editing to publishing and printing. Norman has overseen the expansion of the magazine which is now a full colour 52 page A4 monthly publication.He has remained an integral part of the editing team and remains consulting editor. Norman has made a significant contribution to the development of microlighting as a responsible part of sport aviation.
Awarded to Andrew Oliver
Andy Oliver has been a flexwing pilot for more than 10 years, during which time he has contributed greatly to microlighting both at national and club level. He has carried out a great many long distance tours of the UK and Europe and has encourage others to do the same by writing about his exploits in Microlight Flying magazine under his nom de plume ‘The Journeyman Balladeer’.He has led tours of less experience pilots around France and has organised and led fly-outs in the UK to encourage less experience pilots to ‘stretch their wings’. Andy has also served as Chairman of his local club, the Devon and Somerset Microlights, restructuring their finances and preparing plans for a permanent clubhouse. He is an excellent ambassador for UK sport aviation in general and microlighting in particular.

Awarded to Joan Walsh
Joan Walsh has been a microlight instructor for the last 10 years, resisting the temptation to use sophisticated aircraft and remaining true to microlighting’s raison d’être – flying at minimum cost. Her calm, no nonsense approach to instruction has proved to be very effective. Joan has also been a pioneer in the use of flight simulation to enhance her students' training. She has a background in IT and has developed her own fully functioning flight simulator which she has integrated into her training programme. Joan has also served on the BMAA Council where her calm, no nonsense approach (and experience as a magistrate) has been of significant value. Never one to look for the limelight, her devoted service to the BMAA leaves microlighting very much in her debt.


Awarded to David Sykes
Dave Sykes took off in a flexwing microlight from Rufforth airfield in northern England on 28 April 2011 with one goal - Australia. Flying in a P&M Quik, Dave was about to attempt a journey that would take him through 18 different countries and over thousands of miles of water. Few have achieved this feat, but Dave had to overcome physical disability as well as all the other more normal obstacles. Following a road accident in 1993, Dave lost the use of his legs and has since relied on a wheelchair for his daily transport - hence his nickname 'Wheely Dave'. No other paraplegic has ever succeeded in flying from the UK to Australia in a microlight and, to underline the enormity of this achievement, Dave was flying solo. The original plan was 55 days' flying. After sickness, monsoons and bureaucratic delays and, despite being airborne often for 8 hours each day, Dave reached Sydney 119 days after leaving Rufforth. This outstanding achievement is testament to Dave's endurance and stamina and proof that determination can overcome disability.


Awarded to Peter & Annabel Jarvis
Peter and Annabel Jarvis (aka ‘The Bedford Cavalry’) have provided support and help to their local microlight community above and beyond the call of duty. Day to day they lead the Bedford Microlight Club, but their help and support goes far beyond this. Chris and Kay Bradford flew to Sandy late in 2011, and a very heavy landing resulted in a u/s aircraft. Peter and Annabel offered the Bradfords every assistance including accommodating them, providing space in a hangar for their damaged aircraft and taking them to the train station. In the summer of 2012 they came to the rescue of Rob Kraike who found himself in adverse weather in France on the way back from the Blois trade show forcing him to deploy his ballistic parachute, landing in a forest. Rob contacted the Jarvises who were on their way back from Blois by road. They took a 200 mile diversion to return Rob and his damaged aircraft back to his base.
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