The BAeA 'Buddy' System
Get some help when you're starting out!

Getting started in competition aerobatics can be a daunting affair, we know. We also know that this task is easily simplified by being able to talk to someone who knows the ropes, as in "been there, done that". There's quite a lot to get together for your first show in the aerobatic competition box, most of it second nature to a 'Buddy' who will be genuinely pleased to answer your questions, dish out practical advice and help with the administrative bits and pieces, so that you can concentrate on the fun bit - flying the aeroplane.

The people here (click on the little photo / name / number on the map for more information) are active or past competition pilots willing and able to help you get going in those early BAeA events. Pick any one, preferably suitable in relation to where you fly from, and start from there. Just one telephone call or email will put you in touch with a wealth of information, and help to ensure that the path to that all-important first competition is clear and easy to understand.

Whether you're a power or a glider pilot you can find further information about the Aresti notation we use to write down the sequences, the Known Sequences themselves, the all-important Judging criteria, our Contest Rules, the BAeA Pilots Proficiency Card, how get and to use the appropriate CIVA Catalogue - and all sorts of other aerobatic competition related material by looking around this extensive website. Most of the BAeA way doing things is explained here in some detail, but if you can't see what you're looking for then either contact your local Buddy or drop an email to the Head of Contest, Judging Supervisor or the Chairman - you'll find all the email addresses on the Officers page and you can see who specifically does what at competitions on the committee responsibilities page.

Corinne Dennis 1 - Corinne Dennis
Skipwith, Yorks
O7850 429773
Al Coutts 2 - Al Coutts
Harleston, Norfolk
07808 176623
Aidan Grimley 3 - Aidan Grimley
Alderley Edge, Cheshire
07899 808045 / 01625 586366
John Vize 4 - John Vize
Hellidon, Northants
01926 421023
David Jenkins 5 - David Jenkins
Stanton, Suffolk
07949 025966 / 01359 250393
Mark Davies 6 - Mark Davies
Melton Mowbray, Leics
07796 355330 / 01636 525318
Steve Todd 7 - Steve Todd
Astley, Manchester
07885 390702
James Brown 8 - James Brown
Frieth, Oxon
07989 443296 / 01494
9 - Kester Scrope
Ware, Hertfordshire
01920 438311
10 - Barry Smith
Redcar, Cleveland
01642 470322
11 - Alan Wood
York, Yorkshire
0771 562 2581
12 - Paul Tomlinson
Kemble, Gloucestershire
07710 797710 / 01453 884228
13 - Pete Anderson
Dundee, Angus, Scotland
07803 599192 / 01307 466200
14 - Eric Marsh
Baslow, Derbyshire
01246 582311
15 - Howard Fawkes
Bodmin, Cornwall
07803 128000 / 01208 821419



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