There are  now two main trophies which are awarded annually to members for a variety of feats and achievements.

Guinness Trophy

The Guinness Trophy was presented to the BMPA by Arthur Guinness Son & Co (Park Royal) Ltd on 27th June 1970. It is awarded annually to the winner of a flying or navigation competition at the autumn meeting. A list of previous winners is given below.

It was not possible to run the flying competition for this in 1974 as Jersey is permanently IFR. Chris Linton and Derek Wilkins kept it for the following year. In 1976, at Southend, the trophy was awarded to the member whose aircraft touched down nearest to the ETA previously notified to the Hon Secretary; Brian Pickard and Jim Pembleton both touched down equally within 10 seconds of their declared times so were declared joint winners. The next year there was no one at Middle Wallop to record landing times; four members claimed to have arrived “on the dot” so the trophy was awarded to Karl-Heintz Schmidt for his long distance flight from Bonn, which terminated with his SF260 getting a bent nose-wheel leg, caused by a wallop from a sod on the field at Middle Wallop.

The 1978 fly-in was at Newcastle, organised by Mary Smith and she was awarded the Trophy. At Yeovilton in 1979 the trophy was awarded for a combination of distance flown, engine size and number of passengers. Maurice Hallett and Sheila Crute flying their Rallye from Newcastle narrowly beat Dr R Kendall in his home-built Cavalier from Sunderland.

In 1989 the president, David Rowe won it at Bournemouth by accident. He was late leaving Headcorn and go “sent round the houses” by Southampton ATC. By chance his wife Gill filmed the landing and the time recorded on the video tape – and shown in the corner of the picture – revealed that he was just about spot on his declared ETA!

Year Winner Aircraft Meetings
2019 Jonathan Brown G-SAPM Cambridge
2018 Jonathan Brown G-SHED Brize Norton
2017 Jonathan Brown G-SAPM Inverness
2016 Liana Middleton  G-AVWI Sywell
2015 Andrew Partner  G-AZWS Newquay
2014 Andrew & Sara Clymo  G-AZRK Old Warden
2013 Mike Bagshaw  G-ATXD Gloucestershire
2007 Andrew & Sara Clymo G-AZRK Winchester
2006 Roger Austin G-AXPB Cranfield
2005 Kevin & Ann Gibbin G-BVES Bagby
2004 Ian & Diane Martin N95TA East Midlands
2003 Ian & Diane Martin G-WARH Shoreham
2002 David & Malcolm Nott G-TWYN Newcastle
2001 John & Ann Busby G-MELV Bristol
2000 Michael & Penny Bagshaw G-BENJ Cambridge
1999 Tony & Diana Watson Coventry
1998 Kevin & Ann Gibbin G-AZIB Dundee
1997 Tony & Diana Watson Black Country
1996 Michael & Caroline Bagshaw G-BENJ Norwich
1995 Tom Day G-AYOZ Scarborough
1994 Geoff & Gerlinde Fearnley G-THSL Nottingham
1993 Geoff & Gerlinde Fearnley G-THSL Swansea
1992 John & Ann Busby G-BBXU Leeds
1991 Geoff & Gerlinde Fearnley G-THSL Southampton
1990 Ray & Rosemary Outwin G-ATZS Cheltenham
1989 David & Gill Rowe G-BALJ Bournemouth
1988 Dr H O Holm Cambridge
1987 Dr J M Masson AAMF Stratford
1986 Pat & Michael Fisher G-BAKJ Manchester
1985 Ray & Rosemary Outwin G-AZOA Rochester
1983 Dr R H W Hartmann Germany York
1981 Alice et Jacques Dubuisson Kidlington
1980 Dr V Nolens & Dr V P Nolens Teeside
1979 S Crute & M Hallett Yeovilton
1976 Jim Pembleton, Brian Pickard Southend
1975 Dr H O Holm Bembridge
1973 Dr C D Linton & Dr D C Wilkins St Just
1972 Bill & Inga Wilkinson Cambridge
1971 Brian & Celia Pickard Redhill
1970 Dr H O Holm Sleap

Pooley Quaich

Quaich or Quaigh (Scot.) n a drinking-cup, originally made of staves and hoops, now usually of silver or pewter. [Gael. cuach, a cup.]

The Pooley Quaich was presented to the BMPA by Bob and Janet Pooley at the 1998 Autumn Meeting in Dundee.  It  is now awarded by the President,  in place  of the lost President’s Cup, to any member who is considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the Association.

2019 David Hillam For his work on the website.
2018 Janet Gibson For her six years of service as Hon. Treasurer.
2017 Frankie Walters For her continuing sterling service to the Association by auditing the accounts.
2016 Brian Pickard  For his absolutely sterling resolution to attend all BMPA meetings he possibly can,  in spite of  all the practical difficulties  he faced in doing so.
2015 Jeremy Radcliffe For many years service as Secretary.
2014 David Hillam For organising meetings at Cheltenham and Somerset.
2013 Frankie Walters For many years service to the BMPA and acting as its auditor of accounts.
2005 Norena McAdam For many years service as Secretary.
2003 Tony Segal For aviation medical research.
2001 David Knott For a meritorious days flying to Tortworth, Kemble and Bristol  having sat his ATPL in the morning, travelled by helicopter to South Wales to collect his father and then back to Kemble for the evening
1998 Jeremy & Sally Radcliffe For winning an aviation quiz at Dundee.

President’s Cup

The President’s Cup was originally called the Sydney Agnew Cup and was awarded to the winner of a photographic competition for aviation subjects. It was inaugurated at the 1980 Summer meeting at Teeside and has been awarded to FD Trevarthen (1981, for a picture of a girl on a Tiger Moth) and Doug Bain (1982, Concour d’Elegance and lecture on survival) amongst others.

More recently, the President’s Cup was awarded at the autumn meeting by the President, for particular service to the Association during the preceding year.

Unfortunately,  in recent years the President’s Cup  has been lost.  It is thought most likely that a number of years ago it was awarded to a visitor from abroad who, due to an error of communication, did not realise that it should be returned.  All attempts to identify the recipient or the destination have so far been fruitless!