The Light Aircraft Association (LAA) has a new chairman – Tim Hardy.
Hardy, who lives in Bedfordshire, has had a life-long interest in all forms of aviation and previously owned a Vans RV-4, which he rebuilt.
More recently, Tim constructed the first UK example of the Sling 2 and has become the UK agent for the type. He was also a part of the team which constructed a Sling 4 aircraft in seven days at the 2016 LAA Rally.
Tim is also the co-chair with John Brady of Airspace4All, formerly known as FASVIG, the Future Airspace Strategy VFR Implementation Group.
Steve Slater, CEO of the LAA, explained the role of chairman: “The chairman’s prime responsibility, as head of the Board, is to ensure that the Association takes the correct strategic direction and he also has a key role in setting objectives for the CEO to fulfil. He’s assisted in that by the Governance, Strategy and Process Committee which he chairs, and is made up of other key directors including the CEO.
“As both the agent for an aircraft kit manufacturer and a co-chairman of Airspace4All, Tim is aware of the potential for conflicts of interest and he took the role on the understanding that he would defer some responsibilities to the vice-chairman, David Mole, when it is required.
“Brian Davies will be a hard act to follow, but I’m looking forward to an excellent working relationship with Tim, who has already brought his management skills and analytical approach to the Association as its vice-chairman in recent years.”
Tim spent more than 20 years working in airport operations and held senior posts at various London airports including Heathrow.
He has also been closely involved in Air Traffic Management and in particular, the research, development and deployment of emerging Single European Sky technologies and protocols.
Brian Davies will remain in close contact with the LAA Board, as a vice-President of the Association along with John Brady.