The Support Team
Roger Beazley served in the RAF initially flying fighter type aircraft and for two years was the RAF’s display pilot flying the Phantom F4. He later qualified as an experimental test pilot and his final service appointments included Head of Experimental Flying at RAE Farnborough and Director of Flying [Research & Development] within the UK Ministry of Defence.
Including 12 years as Display Director at the Farnborough International Airshow, he has now been involved in the flying supervision of air displays for more than 25 years. He has acted in advisory capacities both at the Dubai International Airshow and Asian Aerospace in Singapore. He currently supports airshows at a number of venues both in the UK and overseas and has been associated with TSA Consulting Ltd since its formation.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots in the US and an Honorary Member of the Flight Test Society of Australia. He was decorated with the AFC in 1978 and was appointed CBE in 1996. He continues to fly light aircraft and has close on 7,000 hours as a pilot in some 150 aircraft variants.
Geoff served in the Royal Air Force as a fast-jet pilot, primarily on Lightning and Phantom aircraft. He was the last Station Commander at RAF Wildenrath and also served as the UK’s Senior Military representative in Oman.
Geoff was the Lightning display pilot at the International Air Tattoo in the 1970’s before joining the IAT volunteer team as Flying Display Manager. Since then he has served on the Flying Control Committee and as Flying Display Director at RIAT and on the FCC at numerous other airshows including Sunderland, Eastbourne, Duxford, East Fortune and Al Ain.
Gary is an operational ATCO based on the island of Guernsey.
He has nearly 30 years experience in the ATC environment (working for NATS at West Drayton and Aberdeen before his move to the Channel Islands in 1992).
He has 20 years experience in the world of air display controlling, both at the Guernsey Air Display and, since 1998, RIAT where he is currently the Deputy SATCO.
In 2014 Gary joined the TSA team to provide Air/Ground at “Airbourne”.
Additionally, Gary is heavily involved in numerous aviation events in Guernsey and Alderney, and also carrys out work on behalf of BADA, researching and collating their annual review of the Air Display Industry.
James began his career in air traffic control working for National Air Traffic Services at the London Air Traffic Control Centre as an aircraft control position operator on the Area Control simulator. He subsequently trained as a controller and moved to Land’s End Airport, validating as an Aerodrome air traffic controller in 2002. In 2004 he moved to London Southend Airport, which is now part of the Stobart group, where he has subsequently trained and qualified in all control positions, including as a qualified Meteorological Observer! James’ involvement in airshows began when he became the airport ATC Liaison Officer for the Southend Airshow, a role he fulfilled for 5 years until the cessation of the show. He also became an air/ground ATC operator for the event and that skill has continued with the Clacton Airshow where his local airspace knowledge is extremely beneficial to the operation.
Dave ‘Kirbs’ Kirby is a serving pilot in the Royal Air Force. Dave started his career as a Tornado GR1 navigator. After a tour in Germany and an instructional tour in Scotland he was selected for pilot training. On completion of his training Dave was posted to the C130J Hercules. He flew for 3 seasons dropping the RAF Falcons parachute display team and also flew a season on the C130 display and a further season as the C130 Captain on the RAF role demo.
Dave is currently a Tucano qualified flying instructor. He was the Tucano display manager in 2013, during which he supervised and commentated at various airshows nationwide. He became the Tucano display pilot in 2014 and flew over 60 public displays all over the UK and overseas in Malta and Madrid.
Steve has been an ATCO for 40 years and a former Manager ATC at Luton Airport.
He became involved with special events 20 years ago with the Clophill Village Fete, Dog Show and Air Display. He was then asked to join the de Havilland Moth Club and help organise the International Moth Rally and subsequently other Moth Club events, often setting up airfields at non-airfield sites. About this time, Steve also became a FISO at Old Warden and provides FIS at all Shuttleworth events.
He became a RIAT volunteer 15 years ago and is currently the RIAT Balloon Master.
Steve now helps with the planning, aircraft booking, writing safety documentation and providing ‘robust’ FIS or air/ground services at some 20 events a year.
Ray spent 27 years as an RAF pilot flying the Canberra, Gnat and Hawk, including a tour as the Manager of the Red Arrows from 1979 – 1982; it was during his time as Red 10 that Ray oversaw the team change from flying the Gnat to the Hawk. His last tour was spent as a fast – jet flying instructor at RAF Valley – but he is that old that even his protégés have now retired from the Service!
It was during that tour that he became involved in organising a new concept in flying displays – that of the seafront airshow.
By the time he left the Service, this involvement had developed into a business and, although he briefly joined an airline and flew Boeing 737’s out of Heathrow, the business took over and he ultimately stopped flying professionally to focus on airshows.
As a result of his Red Arrows ‘experience’, he was also introduced into television and radio presentation and he co-hosted the TV coverage of Farnborough International on two occasions, a QED programme entitled ‘Round Britain Whizz’, which was the forerunner of the current documentary programme ‘Coast’, and a number of other ‘aviation-related’ projects. Since he started in 1986, Ray has run almost 100 shows. Now, although he has resigned as a Director of the company, he will always be the ‘T’ in ‘TSA Consulting’!