2013

Two meetings were held in 2013.

Spring Meeting:    Saturday 2nd March 2013, London.

Venue:  The Ballroom, Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London.

Chairman: David Hillam, BMPA President
Registration and coffee
President’s welcome and opening remarks
Peter Saundby, Medical Advisor to British Gliding Association
“Air Sport Pilots: What is the medical problem?”
Stephen Gibson, General Practitioner and Occupational Physician
“EASA – Where are we now with LAPL medicals?”
Coffee
Prof Mike Blundell, Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Coventry University
“Recent research on helicopter design to prevent injury in the event of a crash”
Lunch
Chairman: Liana Middleton, BMPA President-elect
Stephen Gibson, General Practitioner and Occupational Physician
“Alpine Gliding Safety”
David Joyce, Consultant Gynaecologist (rtd.), Europa Builder and flyer
“Ditching – how would you cope?”
Coffee
Glen Friswell, Aerosafe
“Sea Survival Equipment”
Discussion
Close of meeting

Autumn Meeting:  6th to 8th September 2013, Cheltenham.

Venue:  The Cheltenham Chase Hotel, Shurdington Road, Brockworth, Cheltenham.

Programme

Friday 6th September 2013
Arrival at hotel and evening meal
Saturday 7th September 2013
Coach left the hotel to visit Hercules Propellers at Brimscombe.  This small company specialises in making wooden propellers for vintage and other aircraft.
Departed Hercules Propellors for a short visit to The Rococo Gardens, Painswick, where we also had lunch.
After lunch we departed for Gloucestershire Airport to visit the Jet Age Museum.  This is a new museum, not open to the general public at the time of our visit but is now fully operational.
We reverted to our previous custom of having the AGM prior the black tie dinner.
Pre-dinner drinks and dinner at the Chase Hotel, Brockworth.
19.30 Black tie dinner at Chase Hotel (Avon & Abbey dining room).
Sunday 8th September 2013
Coach left hotel for The International Centre for Birds of Prey near Newent. There are over 200 birds to see here; falcons, hawks, buzzards, eagles, owls, etc.  and we enjoyed a wonderful flying display.