David Roberts, a BGA vice president, has been awarded the prestigious FAI Silver Medal for 2018.
The award citation notes;
David Roberts has dedicated much of the last 20 years to defending the rights of the Air Sports community throughout Europe.
He has served terms of office with the European Gliding Union, as a Chairman of the British Gliding Association and as Chairman (and now Vice President) of the Royal Aero Club of the UK.
David joined the Board of Europe Air Sports in 2003 and was elected President in 2009, a role which he fulfilled until standing down in March 2018.
In early 2012 he initiated a challenge to the European regulators to adopt a different approach to the regulation of recreational and sporting aviation and was a leading member of the small team, under the leadership of the French CAA (the DGAC) that wrote the European General Aviation (GA) Safety Strategy paper in 2012, and which led directly to the European Commission’s “GA Roadmap” which is now being implemented.
David has been a vital contributor to the development of European Regulations, ensuring representation for the interests of the European Air Sports Community at the highest level.
The BGA joins the wider Air Sports community in thanking David and congratulating him on this highly deserved recognition by the FAI.