Alan Cassidy MBE is one of Britain’s best-known and most highly experienced aerobatic pilots. He won the British National Aerobatic Championship in 1998, 1999, 2001 & 2003.
As a member of the British Aerobatic Team he has taken part in seven World Championship competitions. Alan has over 5,000 hours in the Pitts Special and has flown numerous other aerobatic types including all the Russian Sukhois & Yaks and German Extra & Xtreme aircraft.
He has been a full-time aerobatic pilot and instructor since 1991. Alan competed in the World Aerobatic Championships in Cape Town (1995), Oklahoma (1996), Kansas (1997), Slovakia (1998) and Toulouse/Muret, France in August 2000.
In September 1999 Alan was part of the British Team flying in the European Unlimited Championships at Cordoba, Spain. He has since flown for the UK in the 2001 World Air Games at Burgos, Spain, and at the 2002 Unlimited European Aerobatic Championships in Lithuania, flying the CAP-232. In 2003 he flew in the World Championships in Florida, USA in a Giles G202. Since 2006 Alan has flown in 3 more World and one European Advanced aerobatic competitions, winning an individual Bronze Medal in the Second Unknown sequence in Finland in 2007 and a Team Bronze Medal in Oregon in 2008, where he flew the MX2 for the first time, and an individual Silver Medal in the Known Programme in Radom, Poland in 2010. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 Alan was the UK National Champion in the Advanced category.
Born in Ringmer, Sussex in 1949, Alan attended the Royal Grammar School, Guidford from 1960 to 1967. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in Mechanical Sciences prior to joining the RAF in 1970. His Air Force career as a professional aeronautical engineer lasted 20 years and included maintaining and flying in Harriers among other more mundane tasks in Staff appointments and weapon system procurement. Alan’s flying experience also includes commercial air transport operations, and he holds EASA CPL/IR/FI/AR and FAA CPL qualifications.
Alan is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and sits on the Council of the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom.
Alan is a vice-president of honour of the International Aerobatic Commission (CIVA) of the FAI. He is a member of the Commission’s Rules Sub-Committee and Chairman of the Catalogue Sub-Committee. He was Chairman of British Aerobatics from January 2006 to 2016. In 2009 Alan led British Aerobatics in organising the 25th FAI World Aerobatic Championships at Silverstone. The event was very well received and CIVA has subsequently recognised the efforts of the BAeA by awarding Alan and his team the Leon Biancotto Diploma for 2009.
In 2002 Alan was awarded the Paul Tissandier Diploma of the FAI, in 2003 the Silver Medal of the Royal Aero Club, and in 2009 the FAI Air Sport Medal, all in recognition of his dedicated work for the furtherance of sport aerobatics in the UK and abroad. In 2010, Alan was made an MBE for services to aerobatics. Alan was awarded the Lennox-Boyd Trophy by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to light aviation and pilot standards. He also studies butterflies.