To encourage, promote and advance Safety and Standards in British Air Displays’
In 2009 a meeting of a few airshow organisers was held at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford to discuss some of the problems faced by organisers and compare notes. Having recognised the benefits of the meeting an invitation was sent out to the wider airshow community, resulting in over 80 attending a meeting at the 2010 MoD-sponsored post-season symposium at RAF Northolt.
It was the consensus of those attending that an organisation representing the air display industry as a whole in the UK was needed. A working group was appointed who set about looking at the format, articles of association, membership and administrative details required and in April 2011 a Launch event was held and the prospective membership voted to form BADA and appointed the board. Coincident with that decision, the Air Displays Association (Europe) disbanded and its committee confirmed its support for the new Association, encouraging its membership to join BADA.
- Through a Code of Practice, promote safety and professional standards throughout the air display community.
- To be the national representative association for all matters relating to the British Air Display community.
- To encourage high standards of performance for Air Display organisers, Display Directors, Flying Control Committees and Participants.
- To provide a forum for the exchange of information between members.
- To provide an interface between the civilian and military regulatory authorities and members.
- To provide a programme of training and mentoring for new members of the Air Display community.
- To maintain a liaison with other UK aviation related associations and organisations.
- To maintain a liaison with other international Air Display organisations.
- To promote the Air Display community to the media and the public and provide a focal point for information, discussion and informed comment.
- To be a focal point for expert advice on Air Display matters.
- To provide subject matter experts on Air Display issues.
Membership is open to all involved in the air display industry, whether as an individual or corporate body. The aim is to build a membership over time that encompasses all areas of the industry – display pilots, Flying Display Directors, Flying Control Committee members, air traffic controllers and air/ground operators, event organisers, dedicated enthusiasts and supporters, photographers and any others committed to the safe development of the air display community.
At the same time it is hoped to build relationships and affiliations with the UK CAA and MoD, the European Airshow Council and other national and international related associations with the aim of establishing BADA as the focal point for all UK air display-related business.
Code of Conduct
The Association has produced a Code of Practice which can be viewed by clicking here.
Through its Committee and invited members, BADA has a number of working groups looking at Training, Confidential Reporting, Annual Reviews of the UK Air Display Industry, a Centralised Generic Information Database, Air Operator Training, UK Air Display Regulations and Public Relations
The BADA Awards
Each Year, the British Air Display Association recognises those who have made exceptional contributions or achievements within the airshow world. These are awarded at the BADA Annual General Meetings.
The BADA Trophy, sponsored by Hayward Aviation is awarded to an individual or organisation that demonstrates the aims of the association ‘To encourage, promote and advance Safety and Standards in British Air Displays’
The Miss Demeanour Trophy, Gifted by Jonathon Whaley, is for the year’s “unsung hero” – this can be an individual or organisation that ‘went the extra mile’ to deliver a display or event.
The British Air Display Association Committee is made up of eight members and two officials elected annually by the membership. The Committee represents a cross section of the UK air display industry with each having many years of experience in their particular field.
Chairman – John Turner
In the 1980s, John flew Phantom F4s with the Royal Air Force in Germany, instructed on the Hawk, graduated from the Empire Test Pilots’ School, and commanded the Experimental Flying squadron at RAE Farnborough.
In 1990 he left the RAF to join BAE Systems as an experimental test pilot where he flew Tornado, Hawk, Eurofighter, MT-003 gyrocopter, Nimrod MRA4, ATP and BAe146/RJ and was a Cessna 421, ATP and BAe146 Captain for the company’s airline. He became Chief Test Pilot Nimrod & Strategic Aircraft in 2003 and Director Flight Operations in 2005, with responsibility for the governance of all flying activities conducted by or on behalf of all the parts of BAE Systems plc and BAE Systems Inc. word-wide as well as overseeing and acting as ‘pilot’ for the first flight of the large twin-engine Mantis UAV.
He displayed the Hawk 1992-95 and the Eurofighter/Typhoon at RIAT in 1995, Farnborough in 1996 and at Berlin and Farnborough in 1998. He also displayed the BAE System’s Blackburn B2, an Avro C19 (Anson) and deHavilland DH60 Cirrus Moth and the Shuttleworth Collection’s vintage aircraft. He has served on Flying Control Committees at East Fortune, Farnborough, Clacton, Samlesbury, Southend on Sea, Southport, Margate and Warton and has been Flying Display Director at Farnborough since 2014.
In 2010 John set up John Turner Aviation Consultants Ltd, providing a source of independent and expert advice on aviation matters. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Liveryman and Director of Aviation Affairs of The Honourable Company of Air Pilots, a member of the A|D|S Flight Operations Committee and a Non-Executive Director of Farnborough International Ltd. He became Chairman of the BADA Committee in 2014.
Vice Chairman – George Bacon MBE TD
George holds a Commercial Pilot’s Licence/Instrument Rating and he has accumulated almost 4000hrs on around 20 different aircraft types. He is also a Civil Aviation Authority accredited Air Accident Investigator, Crew Resource Management Instructor, Flying Display Director and Event Commentator. By day, he is also the Manager of the Army’s Blue Eagles and Historic Flight Display Teams and selects Pilots for the Army Air Corps.
Geoff served in the Royal Air Force as a fast-jet pilot, primarily on Lightning and Phantom aircraft. He was the last Station Commander at RAF Wildenrath and also served as the UK’s Senior Military representative in Oman. Geoff was the Lightning display pilot at the International Air Tattoo in the 1970’s before joining the IAT volunteer team as Flying Display Manager. Since then he has served on the Flying Control Committee and as Flying Display Director at RIAT and on the FCC at numerous other airshows including Sunderland, Eastbourne, Duxford, East Fortune and Al Ain.
John completed a full career as a pilot in the RAF as a Test Pilot, Instructor and Staff Qualified. He then joined CAA in 1988 where he was responsible for regulating General Aviation flying, which included being responsible for issuing Permissions/Exemptions for all Flying Displays and associated events in UK. This included the inspection of Airshows throughout the summer months.Since 1995, he has worked independently as an FDD/FCC member at numerous events in UK and at Belgian and Dutch civil and military Airshows. He is also the civilian FCC representative for the RAF Waddington Airshow. John joined the ADA(E) in 1995 and was its Chairman for the last 8 years during which time he has directed numerous European Display Director Workshops.
Rod has been displaying civil aircraft since 1984 when he retired from the RAF after 21 years of service.
During his RAF service Rod spent his whole time flying on operational squadrons of training units, principally flying the Hunter and the Jaguar, but also the Jet Provost, Meteor, Gnat and Chipmunk. He left the service as a Squadron Leader as well as a Qualified Flying Instructor and Qualified Weapons Instructor.
Rod spent ten years as the Business Manager of a flight simulator training company before joining the Civil Aviation Authority. Leaving the CAA he joined the team of Farnborough International Ltd as the Flight Operations Consultant (and Flying Display Director during the Airshow) for Farnborough International Limited, the organisers of the Farnborough Airshow.
Rod has flown a wide variety of World War II and immediate post-war piston fighters such as the Mustang, Corsair, Wildcat, Sea Fury, Bearcat, Hurricane, and Spitfire. Vintage jets flown include the Meteor, Vampire, Venom, T33, F86 Sabre and the Hunter. His CAA Display Authorisation covers all these aircraft and he is fully qualified to lead formations of any size.
Rod is also a CAA Display Authorisation Evaluator and has recently been appointed the flying display director of the popular annual RAFA Shoreham Airshow.
Ben works at Richmond Event Management, one of the UK’s leading outdoor event management companies, where he delivers a range of event management solutions for clients across the country, notably as Event Director of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta – Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon event. The Balloon Fiesta attracts 500,000 visitors each year and is one of the UK’s 5th largest events.
Outside of work Ben has a range of charitable interests. He is a Past President of the Bristol Junior Chamber, a member of the West of England Initiative, a member of the Anchor Society and Chairman of Young Bristol, a city wide youth organisation. Ben is also a Director of Bristol Festivals.
Chris Murray OBE
Chris Murray, OBE, served in the Royal Air Force for 35 years, retiring in 2007 as a group captain. Chris filled a wide range of appointments in the field of finance, project management, management planning, performance measurement and personnel administration during postings and operational tours in the UK, Germany, Sierra Leone and the Middle East. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2001.
Chris joined RAFCTE in 2007 as Company Secretary and Deputy Director Ground Operations; he was also Secretary to the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. He became an Executive Director in 2009 and his current responsibilities include both air and ground operations. He is experienced in management planning, performance measurement and project management (PRINCE II) and has successfully managed a number of event-based projects. He has experience as an assessor for the European Foundation for Quality Management. He is customer focused and has considerable experience in event programming, showground design and infrastructure, bringing together the air and ground displays to deliver an all-round entertainment package.
Barry joined the RAF in 1963 as an RAF Halton Aircraft Apprentice and graduated on a cadet-ship to the RAF College Cranwell. Awarded his commission and pilots’ wings in 1968 he went on to a full RAF career specialising in air-to-air refuelling (AAR) (Victor K1 & K2 and VC10 aircraft, and KC-135 & KC10 aircraft on exchange with the USAF). He was an AAR Instructor and a USAF Instructor Pilot, and was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air for AAR operations in the 1982 South Atlantic Conflict. His last 7 years in the RAF were spent in flight/aviation safety during which time he gained a Certificate in Aviation Safety Management from the Southern California Safety Institute (Safety & Risk Management, Aircraft & Incident Investigation, and Human Factors), and was the UK representative to the NATO Flight Safety Working Group. He also monitored military aircraft participation in civilian flying displays and, in 2003, became an Air Display Association Europe (ADAE) certificated flying display director. On retirement from the RAF he founded, and is Managing Partner of, Aviation Safety Associates llp, an aviation safety consultancy specialising in safety & risk management, human factors, and flying display safety. He was the display advisor for the 2000 Royal Military Tattoo, London, and the 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Visit to the Armed Forces, Portsmouth. He has been flying display director at Guernsey (currently), Plymouth and Elvington, and on flying control committees at Guernsey, Kemble, Babbacombe and Dawlish (currently). Barry is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a former member of ADAE and a founder Member of BADA.
Mike joined the RAF from school having gained his PPL through a Flying Scholarship. He trained on Chipmunk, Jet Provost, Gnat and Hunter before posting to the Canberra for two tours. After a spell as the Hawk test pilot at Brawdy he spent 10 years flying the Tornado GR1, and GR1a during Gulf War 1. The majority of his career was in flying appointments and he completed his service as a Squadron Leader and QFI. It was during his first ground appointment in Flight Safety, some 17 years ago, that he first became involved in Air Displays. He has served as FDD or on FCCs at Cosford, Jersey, Windermere, Perth, Plymouth, Newtonards, Enniskillen and Manston.
Dave has been around “aviation” and air displays all of his life, being the son of an RAF pilot who also volunteered for IAT at Greenham Common. He started his own aviation career in Recruitment where he was an account manager for the UK’s largest crew leasing company responsible for several overseas contracts including a major simulator training project and a VVIP Royal Flight.
Following a brief period travelling the world, he joined the full-time staff at the Royal International Air Tattoo, as the Aircraft Participation Manager responsible for attracting and supporting the hundreds of visiting aircraft and crew that attend the annual event.
During this time he was involved in staging 5 RIATs where his involvement included flying and static participation, movements planning and charter flights, as well as developing an aircraft participation and movements database with a software company. He also assisted with the planning, and subsequently became the Flying Display Director, for “Airbourne”, the Eastbourne International Airshow. Leaving RAFCTE in 2007 Dave joined Ray Thilthorpe and Ian Sheeley in forming TSA Consulting Ltd.