THE AIR-BRITAIN TRUST - Objects
The objects of the Trust are:
For the public benefit to advance education in UK and internationally by :
(a) promoting the history of aviation and improving public awareness, knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of aviation, aeronautical literature and aviation history;
(b) acquiring and maintaining archive and reference materials and to identify, preserve and produce materials which record and promote the history of aviation;
(c) publishing journals, books, pamphlets, articles and information on aviation literature and maintain scholarships and provide grants, prizes and financial assistance to students and writers and others with a view to promoting knowledge of aviation and aviation history and writing of aviation literature.
THE AIR-BRITAIN TRUST - Trustees
The trustees of the charity are :
Dennis Clement - Membership Services Committee Chairman
Dennis Clement 'bio' to follow ASAP.
Nigel Dingley - Company Secretary & Publishing Committee Chairman
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.
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.
Immediately on joining Air-Britain in 1964, Paul Jackson contributed to the monthly Digest’s Readers’ Logs and military and civil aviation news sections. He was a founding member of the Humberside Aviation Society and editor of its newsletter, also finding time to contribute to the now long-defunct Blackbushe Movements and South-East Air Review, notably on foreign military aviation subjects. After semi-professional contributions to Aviation News and Air Pictorial in the 1970s, and a series of books for Midland Counties Publications, he became a full-time aviation writer in 1979 — both in professional market research and intelligence, and enthusiasts’ publications and part-works. He joined the compiling team of Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft in 1988 and was appointed the book’s editor in 1994, filling that position to this day. He continues to submit information to sections of Air-Britain News and contribute technical drawings to the society’s books. ‘Hobbies’ exclusively concern aviation photography and flying an Aeronca Chief.
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.
Phil Kemp - Deputy Chairman & Fly-In Director
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.
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.
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.
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 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.