Name and Objectives
1) The Association shall be called the British Medical Pilots Association.
2) The objectives of the Association shall be:-
a) To improve the knowledge of aviation medicine in the medical community with the aim of enhancing flight safety.
b) To promote academic and social interchange between members.
c) To foster friendship with, and support for, other medical aviation societies.
Membership and Voting rights
3) Full membership of the Association shall be open to:-
a) Medical practitioners, dental surgeons, veterinary surgeons and nurses, who hold, or have held, any flying licence.
b) Students of any health care professions who hold a flying licence. They will not pay a subscription until they qualify.
c) CAA Authorised Medical Examiners.
d) Those belonging to other paramedical professions, whose eligibility will be decided individually, either by the Executive Committee or at a full meeting of members and will be reported to the next AGM.
e) Retired members of groups a, c and d are also eligible for full membership.
4) Honorary membership may be awarded to any person who has rendered outstanding service to the Association, or as a special mark of privilege. Honorary members are not required to pay a subscription fee and may not vote.
5) Associate membership is available to domestic partners and relicts of full members. They pay a reduced subscription and may not vote.
6) All fully paid up members shall have equal voting rights.
7) Proposals for honorary membership and membership under para 3d that the Executive Committee think necessary shall be notified to the members at least 14 days before a General Meeting.
The Executive Committee
8) The management of the Association shall be by an Executive Committee consisting of the Association’s President, Treasurer, Secretary, immediate Past-President and President-elect. The committee shall have power to co-opt additional members for specific purposes. In the absence of the President the immediate Past-President shall preside.
9) Election of Officers. The President-elect, Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected at a General Meeting of the Association. Nominations, accompanied by the consent of the nominee, shall be given to the Secretary not less than 28 days before the meeting. The term of office of the President shall be two years and those of the Secretary and Treasurer four years. Members of the Executive Committee shall be eligible for re-election.
10) The Executive Committee may convene a General Meeting of the Association at any time by giving at least 14 days written or e-mail notice to members. The Committee shall call a General Meeting at least once a year (usually at the time of the autumn meeting).
11) The accounts of the Association shall be presented to the members at least once a year. The members will appoint one of their number as Auditor.
12) Any change to these Articles, or the rate of subscription, shall only be made at a General Meeting. Proposals for such changes, or other matters for discussion at a General Meeting, shall be given to the Secretary at least 28 days before the meeting. The secretary will include such proposals with the notice to members.
13) Other meetings of the Association may be held at the behest of the Executive Committee.
14) Members flying privately to meetings shall be entitled to have their landing and parking fees paid by the Association.
15) The Secretary shall have his/her in-meeting expenses paid by the Association, but not those of a domestic partner.
16) The Executive Committee may expel any member against whom charges of conduct or practice prejudicial to the interests of the Association are deemed by the Executive Committee to be proven. The decision of the Executive Committee will be presented at a General Meeting.
17) Any member who, despite a reminder from the Treasurer, is in in arrears with his/her subscription for more than 24 months, shall be deemed to have resigned from the Association.
18) If the Executive Committee decides that it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the Association, it shall call a General Meeting of the Association with at least 21 days’ notice. Such notice shall state the terms of the resolution to be proposed. If the proposal is confirmed by a two thirds majority of those present and voting, the Executive Committee shall have the power to realise any assets held by or on behalf of the Association. Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to the objects of the Association as the members of the Association may determine or failing that, shall be applied for some other charitable purpose as agreed by a two thirds majority of those present and voting.
This Constitution and Articles of Association were adopted at the AGM held on 24th September 2020.