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Royal Aero Club Awards 2010

The Royal Aero Club have announced the winners of the 2010 awards.

Congratulations to the British Microlight Team for winning the Prince of Wales Cup awarded for the most meritorious performance, feat or event by either a team or a group during the preceding year and to BMAA Council member John Moore for winning a Royal Aero Club Bronze Medal.

The award ceremony is planned to be held at 5pm on Wednesday 11th May 2011 at the RAF Club, Piccadilly, London.

The British Microlight Team won Team Gold at the 11th FAI European Microlight Championships. There were several individual medals too - see here for more details.

The citation for John Moore is as follows:

"John Moore is the originator of the ‘Spamfield’ fly-in which has been one of the most popular events in the microlighting calendar for much of the 21st century.

In the gloom of the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001, and the cancellation of the PFS Rally at Cranfield, John suggested an alternative destination on the microlight egroup. The combination of Cranfield with the internet (‘spam mail’) gave it its distinctive name, and the first event was held at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.

That first year around 40 aircraft attended, with John doing all the organisation.

The following year saw the move to neighbouring Sandown (where it’s been ever since), and the attendance rise to 100, which was probably the largest gathering of microlights at any fly-in to date.

Since then the event has become a central part of the microlighting calendar, with attendances always between 200 on a wet weekend and 450 in the good years.

It’s regularly attended by microlighters from Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium, Germany and so on.

Every year, John has been the organiser, arranging all the microlight essentials - beer, butties, bar, karaoke, marshals, beer, fuel, NOTAMs and beer.

Every year he’s been there to welcome all the arrivals and to ensure they make their contribution to local charities. It’s John’s ebullient personality that has helped in no small measure in ensuring the event’s continuing success.

Spamfield has an excellent safety record; despite being located in one of the busiest bits of UK airspace, there have been very few infringements of airspace or accidents.

John has also served on the BMAA Council continuously since 2002, filling a variety of positions including treasurer.

His contribution to microlighting has been as large as his personality, and richly deserves the RAeC Bronze Medal."


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