I have been involved in microlighting since
2006 when I built a Skyranger in my garage in North London transported it to
Sywell and started my flying career as a student at Flylight. In 2009 I became a Flying Instructor and for
the next 2 years spent my time trying to stop people killing me on a daily
basis. I took a break from flying from 2011-2015 when I was out of the country. Throughout my flying career I have been
actively involved in competition flying and retain an interest in this area of
our sport. I currently fly from a North
London Airfield in a Skyranger Nynja
that I build in 2015. In December 2016 I was approached by Rob Hughes and asked
if I would fill a vacancy on the BMAA council I agreed and for the last 10
months have been actively involved in the business of the BMAA council. In particular liaising with Sandown to help
ensure the success of SPAMFIELD and arranging and managing the 2017 BMAA
Duxford Bonus day.
If elected there are several areas I would like
to take an active interest in, As a priority I believe we must relaunch the
BMAA forum. I would continue to develop membership events such as Spamfield and
Duxford and look at other membership benefits
working to broaden the appeal of BMAA membership to all flyers at the
light end of sport aviation in the UK creating an association that people want
to join, not have to join. I hope to become involved in the Build a Plane
project currently by managed by Terry Viner, this project actively involves
young people in microlighting. I would
support building on the work already done by the BMAA to simplify the regulation
of microlights in the UK.
I have known Andy for over ten years. He has a 'can do'
attitude and rolls his sleeves up and cheerfully gets on with things. He has
built two aircraft, has a history of
volunteering for events and I believe he will be a productive Council member.
believe he would continue to prove to be an asset to the BMAA council. Through
his work this last year on council Andy has shown he is capable of fulfilling
the responsibilities of a director understanding and debating key issues. He has also shown his enthusiasm
by organising BMAA events such as the Duxford day and helping with Spamfield.
In the last ten years I have given much of my
spare time to the BMAA and to microlighting; examples are: chief organiser of
the Flying Show five times, event director of the 2010 European Microlight
Championships at Sywell and then the 2016 World Microlight & Paramotor
Championships at Popham, council member twice before (and current chairman),
project leader back in 2009 for a new BMAA website and I am in the process of
bringing the BMAA forum back to life after it broke. I spent 5 years working as
sports director for the world airsports federation, the FAI, and have also
represented microlighters in national and international meetings.
If re-elected, I would concentrate on the
club side of our association to make it something we are proud of. Increased
use of social media (not least YouTube) to raise awareness of modern
microlighting, a programme of events and a central calendar of what’s going on,
promoting some of BMAA’s activities such as the ‘New Horizons’ build-a-plane
projects and building on other member benefits. There’s a lot going on that we
don’t exploit as much as we should and I am keen to change this.
I’ve owned a 2 stroke Thruster, a 503 Rans,
then I built an Escapade and now I fly a taildragger Rans 912. This passion for
microlighting is shared by many of you and it is what drives me to want to give
more time to help us all get the most out of our flying.
I’ve recently asked many of you what you expect
from the BMAA and I have the energy and drive to dedicate more time in the
future to achieve at least some of what you want. Please vote for me.
worked with Rob during my time on
council, including seeing him unblocking a BMAA event cesspit after midnight..!
As well as shovelling the proverbial, he is also skilled at representing BMAA
at a high level, has good PR skills, he built his own Escapade, is active in
the lighter sectors, and he understands the issues that matter to members.
am happy to support Rob's continued presence on the Council. I have witnessed
his passion for striving to make the BMAA a better place and thereby helping
microlighters get the most out of our membership. His experience on council and
also in the wider air sports generally means he adds a lot of value to the BMAA
My name is Frank
Thompson and I am a reasonably new pilot from Hertfordshire.
I took over the running of the Flight
Simulator about a year ago form Terry Viner. This year I have already completed
ten events at a variety of air shows, scouting jamborees and Young People in
Aviation events. Before the end of the
year, I have another three more events in the diary.
For the past ten
years I have been a Business and a Progression Mentor for the Princes Trust,
taking part in a lot of the events the Trust has organised, as well as coaching
sixteen individual candidates, who required basic business and financial
management training. I am now looking
for a new challenge and recognise that I have the energy and time to devote to
being a council member for the BMAA.
The skills I can
bring to the Council are knowledge of business management and procurement,
having worked with British Airways for many years, and engineering skills from
working with IBM and through my hobbies as a model engineer. I can also offer presentation skills, having
travelled extensively throughout the world representing both companies in
meetings and business conventions.
Last year I had the
opportunity of working at the World Championships, held at Popham
Airfield. I was asked to be Safety
Manager for the event, and I also helped to organise the Trade Show and marshal
During my involvement over the past year, I have
enjoyed the hard work and dedication that has been required to promote of the
BMAA, and I also realise that it is not an easy task to recruit volunteers to
take on the roles within the Association.
Therefore, I am putting myself forward to be a Council Member.
would like to put forward Frank Thompson for a place on the BMAA committee. I
have known Frank for four years and find his interest in and enthusiasm for
flying quite infectious. Frank has a
kind disposition and generosity of his time. I believe Frank's skills,
knowledge and enthusiasm would be of great benefit on the BMAA committee.
has extensive managerial experience and now uses this to mentor young
entrepreneurs. Frank already works
voluntarily with the BMAA enthusiastically maintaining and improving the flight
simulator to great success at the many events he has attended with it. Frank’s commitment and enthusiasm is
invaluable. He would be a real asset to
the BMAA and I recommend him to members.