THE AIR-BRITAIN TRUST - Objects
The objects of the Trust are:
To promote the history of aviation & improve public awareness, knowledge & appreciation of aviation, aeronautical literature & history.
To identify, acquire, preserve and maintain appropriate materials for an archive and to produce materials which record and promote the history of aviation.
To publish journals, books & information on aviation, provide grants & financial assistance to students to promote aviation history.
THE AIR-BRITAIN TRUST - Trustees
The trustees of the charity are:
Malcolm Fillmore - Chairman
I am a semi-retired insolvency practitioner, living near Gatwick. My interest in aviation stemmed from living near Croydon Airport and under the flightpath into Heathrow. Initially a spotter, this grew into a love of lists and a throwaway remark by the late Denis Fox (in the early 60s) as to the impossibility of anyone compiling a complete history of every Tiger Moth led to my undertaking that task. This completed, it has led to my continuous expansion into other production and register databases. I am an obsessional collector of aviation books, magazines and paintings - resulting in several house extensions and the desire to help bring the permanent Air-Britain archive into existence.
Rod Simpson - Executive Committee Chairman
I edit the house magazine, Aviation World which I took on following the sad demise of John Cook in 1997. I've been a lifelong aviation enthusiast and started out as a spotter at Turnhouse (Edinburgh) in the 1950s, pedalling my bike out after school to check out any arrivals (and there were not very many !!). A visiting Auster was a red letter day. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, I moved to London - and then on to Wichita in the USA where I worked for the marketing company, AvData. Having returned to the UK to a high-powered job in a leading catering company, I kept up my aviation excitement - and wrote several books (well, more than a dozen) and contributed to magazines before retiring and moving to full time aviation journalism. I now write for about six journals including FlyCorporate, AvBuyer, Revista Aerea and Aviation News. And - continue to find great content for Aviation World.
My interest in aviation stems from attendance at an air show at Hendon in the 1950's which included a joyride in a Dragon Rapide paid for by a school friend's father. To follow the hobby of spotting I used to cycle from East London to Heathrow and Northolt.. I am a retired Lloyd's Insurance broker, and a member of the Air-Britain Board since 2006 I am responsible for a number of administrative tasks.
Nigel Dingley - Company Secretary
I work for Crossrail, Europe's largest construction project. My abiding interest in aviation was initially fired by reading my father's well-thumbed wartime vintage 'Aircraft Recognition' by Saville-Sneath back in 1961. Interest grew through the inevitable collection of Ian Allen books, then Putnam tomes, and of course Aircraft Profiles. Enthused by civil rather than military aeroplanes, my main interest is in 1920s to 1950s period. I believe that the broad sweep of aeronautical history deserves greater attention than it has received in the past. I am Chair of the Book Publishing Committee and Group Company Secretary.
Phil's got his first "CAM" (still stored in the loft) when he was 7 years old. After regularly attending Stansted Branch meetings from the age of 13, he eventually became Branch Secretary, a post I held for 20 years until 2012. Phil joined Air-Britain Council in 1997 initially as Branch Coordinator and then he volunteered to take on the running of the annual Fly-In 2001 (for three years), a role I still holds 15 years later! Phil currently serves on the Membership Services Committee and the
Executive Committee . Phil's aviation interests are diverse, predominantly civil orientated, but he has a special interest in the aircraft associated with Lloyd Stearman. He is a keen photographer and also spend many weekends undertaking airside management and marshaling at events around the UK. For a day job he is a career civil servant, specialising in project management and assurance working at the heart of Whitehall for the Cabinet Office.
My interest in aviation began around the age of 13 when, being bored at school, I noticed Carvairs, Dakotas, and Bristol Freighters, flying in and out of Southend airport. I retain interest in airliners to the present day. I became a Director of Air-Britain in around 1980. Over the years, I fulfilled a number of different roles for Air-Britain. Initially, it was managing the sales stand stock and driving the van to airshows. Since around 1984/5 (apart from a 6 year break in the 1990s) I have been Air-Britain's membership secretary. I also deal with the programming of the membership & sales websites plus the external advertising of membership and books including preparing the booklist.
My aviation interests now lie with photography of a range of more modern subjects. General aviation, especially the more esoteric, and civil aviation starting from the last days of the big pistons are my particular interests. I am not sure how and when this interest in aviation started; maybe it was the distracting sounds of USAF F-4's coming into land over my school. Flying lessons started when the opportunity arose and I was subsequently very pleased to gain my restricted PPL. I manage ABPIC and serve on Membership Services Committees.
Non Executive Members
My professional life has been spent in the aerospace sector and having been elected to the Air-Britain Council, I was then elected by the Council to serve as
Chairman through the 1980s.
My interest in aviation stretches back almost 50 years, when I moved from spotting buses to aircraft. Having always lived near Heathrow, my main interest is in airliners, but I enjoy all types of aircraft. I am fortunate to be able to travel and this hobby has taken me to many differing countries in pursuit of those exotic aircraft and interesting photos. In order to fund this activity, I am a Certified Accountant, working for a major UK Services company.
My interest in aircraft was triggered by visiting the RAF display at Farnborough in 1947. I joined Air-Britain in 1962, wrote my first article for Air Pictorial (Suez) in 1966, continued with more articles then books, of which I have written five. I undertook research for DERA in 1999 which paid well enough to justify my learning to fly. I got my PPL(A) in 2002 and fly my SportCruiser from Fowlmere. In terms of career, most was spent in NHS management, then HR consultancy and after retirement I managed the family property business.
Ian Allan is squarely to blame for my interest in aviation when they sent a copy of CAM, rather than the requested railway book. Living under the approach to 28 Left at Heathrow, I quickly discovered that I could 'get the numbers' from home after school, rather than being limited to weekends only for trainspotting. Since leaving school I have worked largely on the periphery of Aviation, mainly in data support/analyst roles. Currently I work for a company which provides aircraft management and valuations to the aviation industry.