Ian’s love of air displays began at an early age growing up as he did near Biggin Hill, but it was during his 24 year career in the RAF specialising in Air Traffic Control that his involvement in airshow organisation really took off.
His last command tour at RAF Brize Norton not only saw him shouldering the responsibility for the Approach Radar facility of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) which was staged at nearby RAF Fairford, but also led to his appointment as the Flying Display Manager for the event.
On retirement from the RAF Ian joined the full-time staff organizing the RIAT where his wide ranging responsibilities encompassed the Emergency Services, Security and Contingency planning for the event; concurrently he was the Flying Display Director for 2 of the large seafront airshows staged annually in the UK.
After 4 years he left the permanent staff and became a freelance Display Director and Aviation Consultant. In his new guise, business grew and led to forming a partnership with Ray (Thilthorpe – Sheeley Associates), and ultimately with Dave, as TSA Consulting Ltd was formed. He did continue his association with RIAT for several more years as one of the volunteer group managers. However, after 14 years, he has now left the RIAT team to focus on his other activities.