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AOPA @ AeroExpo UK Wycombe Air Park 13 to 15 June 2019

It's not looking like flaming June but we hope to welcome many members and non-members to our Marquee.

Members area with refreshments, finger buffet at Lunchtime, Wifi (subject to availability). Saturday lunchtime drinks with buffet.

We will have the Joystick Club with their Tomahawk simulator and pedal-plane/s for the duration.

Find out about our GAINS and GAGA projects.

We will be presenting our AOPA Awards in the AOPA Marquee:


Saturday 15 June 11:30 (local):

Lennox-Boyd Trophy; Ken Ashton (GAGA Project Manager)

Award: Ken Ashton. Ken has a lifetime career in aeronautical navigation service provision. He led the project team that introduced LPV approach procedures at Alderney Airport, one of the first to be approved by the CAA. He now supports smaller airfields in implementing Performance Based Navigation operations and in particular Approaches with Vertical guidance. AOPA has been privileged to have Ken working as the Project Manager of Project GAGA for the last three years. Project GAGA is all about the implementation of GNSS approaches for General Aviation. It is expected this will contribute significantly to the safety of General Aviation in the decades to come.

Best Aerodrome; Blackbushe Airport; Chris Gazzard and Rebecca Cornthwaite

Award: Blackbushe Airport. Like many smaller airports in the UK Blackbushe has had its ups and downs. However, by all reports Blackbushe is now definitely on an up with its new management team in charge. By all accounts the facilities at Blackbushe have improved as has the welcome for GA. The vision and strategy for the sustainable and viable future of the airport as a centre of excellence for general aviation and a key contributor to the local community is outlined on their website. A model for other smaller airports to take a serious look at if the UK is to keep its airfields for aviation and not housing.

Instructor of the Year; Simon Atkins (Head of Training Booker Aviation)

Award: Simon Atkins. Head of Training at Booker Aviation Simon continues to work in General Aviation when a career in Commercial Aviation would have been an easy step for him. His outstanding knowledge of the GA sector and its rules and regulations together with his continued support has earned him widespread respect through the UK GA community including the CAA who value his knowledge.

Friend(s) of AOPA; Roger Kimbell, Paul Layzell (and Mike Smart who unfortunately cannot attend in person)

Award: Roger Kimbell, Paul Layzell and Mike Smart. Roger, Paul and Mike are founder members of the AOPA Maintenance Working Group from its earliest days in 2009 and, at that time, owners and operators of general aviation maintenance organisations. Over the past 10 years, they have applied their specialist knowledge in the provision of valuable advice on a wide variety of AOPA members’ engineering problems to the ultimate benefit of those members.

 Our Individual Merit Award; Arthur Williams (Flying Across Britain Channel 4) will be awarded at a later date.

Award: Arthur Williams. Arthur became a Royal Marines Commando in 2004. In 2007 Arthur had a car accident which left him paralysed from the waist down resulting in him leaving the Marines in 2009. After leaving the Marines he fulfilled a childhood ambition to learn to fly. He learnt with the disabled flying charity Aerobility, for whom he is now an Ambassador. Arthur is also a patron for Help the Heroes. As a television presenter or guest. he has now presented many aviation documentaries. However, it was his personal journey in his own Piper Cub in the series Flying Across Britain which brought him to the attention of the GA community. In his own words Arthur gets to celebrate the resilience of the human spirit with disability sport but he’s also combined his love of flying with his enthusiasm for broadcasting, providing an inspiration to others

Our Contribution to the Community Award will be presented at a later date to Edith and Luc Dufour

Award: Luc and Edith Dufour. For over thirty years Luc and Edith have run the restaurant at Cherbourg Maupertus Airport in Normandy, Le Coucou de Forchette. They have provided an unfailing welcome and assistance to the Brits who make Cherbourg their first or last stop to clear Customs and Immigration when flying to and from the Continent. Luc and Edith are retiring at the end of this year. We wish them the very best for their retirement, they’ll be missed.

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