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Philip Church is an avionics engineer currently based in Yateley, five minutes from Blackbushe Airport, and a director with Helios an aviation consultancy based in Farnborough owned by Egis Avia the French parent company. He moved to the UK from Zimbabwe in 1996 to commence university studies at Glasgow. He now has more than eighteen years’ experience consulting within the aerospace industry, including general aviation and rotorcraft, project management, technical specification authoring, safety assessment, cost benefits analysis, market forecasting, training, standardisation and industry support.
He has been Project Manager for numerous consultations on behalf of Eurocontrol, the European GNSS Agency (GSA), Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and regulators, and has been called as an expert by the European Commission (EC). He has an appreciation of the demands and expectations placed on infrastructure and services by the aerospace community. He has presented internationally and written for several magazines on topics including enabling helicopter operations with GNSS, the benefits of GNSS for general aviation operations through to the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in civil airspace.
The focus of his work has been on the use of technology to enable operational and safety benefits for all airspace users and aerodromes. This included development of the first safety cases covering RNAV approaches and A-SMGCS airport surveillance systems. He is a recognised expert in Performance Based Navigation and its dependency on aeronautical data and suitable navigation infrastructure to support both airspace requirements and the navigation applications required by airspace users. Philip has an extensive understanding and knowledge of the applicable ICAO, RTCA and EUROCAE (standards agencies) requirements with respect to GNSS, to which systems handling position velocity and time (PVT) data should be developed and is active in the latest developments.
He is currently a EUROCAE council member and member of the EUROCAE “tiger team” with EASA to look at the development of “light” aviation standards to benefit general aviation.
He has enjoyed working with the CEO of AOPA for the past 15 years on a wide range of activities including GAGA, GRIMASE, GAINS and had the pleasure working of representing IAOPA within the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking (SJU) where he was able to achieve consensus with the airlines and other airspace users for the benefit of general aviation.
He is a keen aero modeller flying 7kg remote control helicopters - maximum speed achieved to date 185 km/hr. He is planning on building his own aircraft and currently has an option on a pre-production model known as “Raptor”. He is currently completing his ground studies as part of the PPL to achieve his life long held ambition to be a pilot.
He enjoys marine and freshwater fish keeping (800 litres), classical music with limited skills as a violinist, tennis and squash and, previously, amateur road cycle racing.