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.

Objectives

  • 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.

The Membership

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.

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.

President

Sir Gerald Howarth

Sir Gerald Howarth

President

Still flying with the RAE Aero Club at Farnborough, Sir Gerald is also President of the Historic Aircraft Association, a Trustee of the Vulcan to the Sky, the British Forces Foundation and joint Patron of Aerobility – the British Disabled Flying Association. He became a Freeman of the Honourable Company in 2004 and was elected a Liveryman in 2012. Click Here for full profile

The Committee

Matt Wilkins

Matt Wilkins

Chairman

Matt Wilkins is the Event Organiser of the Old Buckenham Airshow. He is the CAA Accountable Aerodrome Manager of Old Buckenham, also managing all non-aviation activities and buildings, as well as the airfield’s Authorised Person; Training Officer of Rescue Fire Fighting Services and a CAA ROCC Examiner. Click Here for full profile

George Bacon TD MBE

George maintains flying currency holding a CPL and DA having been operating for several decades with the Military and PBN Ltd. He was also previously an active EO at Middle Wallop, an accredited Air Accident Investigator and Crew Resource Management Instructor and remains active as both a Flying Display Director and Event Commentator. Click Here for full profile

Darrell Hunt

Darrell spent 7 years based at IWM Duxford airfield with Plain Sailings Catalina PBY “Killer Cat", flying in the aircraft during the display season. Darrell am currently negotiating with landowners in the southern counties for the use of their land for, potentially, three new airshow events. Click Here for full profile

Helen Webb

Helen joined the Royal International Air Tattoo® as Head of Marketing in 2008 and is a customer focused marketing professional with over 23 years experience. As marketing and customer experience lead Helen’s role is to develop and implement the strategy to promote the Air Tattoo. Click Here for full profile

Peter Reoch

Peter was previously involved with the RAF Cosford Air Show, employed full-time as the Air Show Operations Manager from 2015-2019. In January 2020 he joined the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, as their Head of Air Operations. Click Here for full profile

Charles Skiera

Charles joined the R5 team in 2017 as a Director. Charles is also the Executive of the European Airshow Council, the representative body for the airshow industry and community in Europe. He also brings knowledge of Police operations and Emergency Service and security through his roles within the Police Service. Click Here for full profile

Gary Elson

Gary is an operational ATCO based on the island of Guernsey. He has 20 years experience in the world of air display controlling, both at the Guernsey Air Display and, since 1998, RIAT where he is currently the SATCO. Click Here for full profile

Ben Dunnell

Ben is the editor of Aeroplane magazine, and an experienced commentator on the UK and international airshow circuit. He is currently the lead commentator for the Royal International Air Tattoo, the IWM Duxford airshows and many other events around the country. Click Here for full profile

Doug Maclean

Doug has spent more than 40 years as a professional in aviation. He is a Air Traffic Controller by training and worked for the CAA and NATS at 7 airports and also the NATS en route centre at Prestwick. Click Here for full profile

Vice Presidents

Ian Sheeley

Ian Sheeley

Vice President

Ian’s love of aviation and air displays began at an early age growing up as he did near Biggin Hill, where he gained his PPL, but it was during his 24 year career in the RAF specialising in Air Traffic Control that his involvement in airshow organisation really began. Click Here for full profile

John Turner

John Turner

Vice President

John 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. Click Here for full profile

Barry Neal

Barry Neal

Vice President

Barry 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. Click Here for full profile