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David Phipps

David Phipps

Posted on 05.07.2022 by Jennifer Curran

Dave was appointed as BMFA General Manager in 2003 and became CEO in 2005.  He has also served as the Co-ordinator for the BMFA Power National Championships since 2010.  The BMFA is the oldest and largest Association within the Royal Aero Club, formed in 1922 and currently with 33,000 members.

Dave has been a member of the BMFA since 1983 and has flown gliders, fixed wing powered aircraft, helicopters and multi-rotors.  He is a current member of the Shillito Wood Model Flying Group which is one of the BMFA’s 840 Affiliated Clubs.

He became General Secretary of the Royal Aero Club in 2009, Europe Air Sports Technical Officer for Unmanned Aircraft in 2015 and a member of EASA’s Expert Group on Unmanned Aircraft in 2016.  He is also a director of the General Aviation Awareness Council.

In 2016, he was a founder member of the European Model Flying Union along with colleagues from the German, Austrian and Swiss Aero Clubs who came together to formalise support for his ongoing work with EASA on behalf of the wider model flying community.  He was voted in for a second term as President in June 2019. The EMFU currently represents 125,000 model flyers throughout Europe.

Dave has led the UK model flying community in their negotiations at national level with the UK Government and CAA and has been asked to Co-Chair the Drone and Model Flying Committee within the All Party Parliamentary Group for General Aviation.

He lives on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire with his wife Janine.  He has two grown up children, the youngest of which is studying to be a Vet.  In his ‘spare’ time he is Chairman of his local Parish Council and Village Hall Committee.

David Phipps - CHIRP


July 2022

David Phipps

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