Patricia Anne trophy

2012 Joan walsh

Joan Walsh has been a microlight instructor for ten years, and has resisted the temptation to use the most sophisticated aircraft available, preferring to remain true to microlighting’s raison d’être - flying at minimum cost. She currently instructs in a Thruster T600N operating out of historic North Weald Aerodrome. Her calm, no-nonsense approach to instruction has proved very effective.
Joan has also been a pioneer in the use of flight simulation techniques to enhance her students’ training. She has a background in IT, and has used this to develop a fully functioning flight simulator emulating her Thruster. While not the first to do so, she has had to develop the software and hardware from scratch, and has gone further than any other microlight instructor in integrating it into her training programme.
And her calm, no-nonsense approach has been very much appreciated on the BMAA governing Council, on which she has served from 2007 to 2012, with a short break from January 2009  to December 2009.
Joan has a calm, ordered approach to the analysis of problems, and this has been of huge value in Council meetings when feelings ran high and the debate became emotional. While on Council, she was tasked with dealing with member-to-member complaints, and she was able to deal with these to everybody’s satisfaction. Her experience as a magistrate has also been very helpful in this regard.
Joan has not always enjoyed the best of health, but she has always ensured that her students and her Council responsibilities weren’t left in the lurch.
Never one to look for the limelight, her devoted service to the BMAA leaves microlighting very much in her debt.

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20007 Jansey kelly

Jansy Kelly was the first pilot in the UK to fly a deregulated sub 115 Kg powered parachute. She first flew the aircraft in the UK foot launched Nationals in June and then as part of the British team in the World Championships in China in 2007. Jansy came 12th overall in the World Championships in the PL1 class (single seat paramotor trikes) winning two tasks outright.

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