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Our 2023 Speakers

Learn a little more about our 2023 speakers as they are confirmed for

the Convention. 

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Peter Reoch

Head of Air Operations - RIAT

Peter’s first professional involvement with the Air Display industry was during the summer of 2013, when he worked as the Flight Operations Officer for Air Atlantique, working at Newquay Airport, where he oversaw the participation of their classic jets in a number of displays.

 

He studied Aviation Management at Coventry University and for his final year dissertation conducted a critical appraisal of the current state of the UK Airshow Industry. Peter was previously involved with the RAF Cosford Air Show, employed full-time as the Air Show Operations Manager from 2015-2019.

 

In January 2020 he joined the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, as their Head of Air Operations, and is responsible for the safe and effective delivery of all air elements of the Royal International Air Tattoo and other Air Tattoo Events Services activities. Peter is also a keen aviation photographer, travelling around the globe in search of rare aircraft, including a visit to North Korea!

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Les Garside-Beattie

FDD World Defense Show

Having joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, Les went onto fly several types of fast jet, most notably the BAe Harrier in various marks.  He completed a tour with the RAF Aerobatics Team, The Red Arrows as Red 10, the safety supervisor and commentator. Les retired from the RAF in the rank of Group Captain (Colonel), becoming a consultant in the aviation world. 

Les offers a broad understanding of many of the cultural implications of operating in various parts of the world but specifically Africa, the Middle East and India. He has proven skills in many aspects of flying and ground training. He is an experienced Flying Supervisor, Display Pilot and Mentor. Les is also a highly qualified Flying Display Director who is actively involved currently with the Jersey, Farnborough, Bahrain and the World Defense Show in Saudi Arabia. 

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Gary Elson

BADA Committee Member

Gary is an operational ATCO based on the island of Guernsey.

He has nearly 30 years experience in the ATC environment (working for National Air Traffic Services 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 SATCO, responsible for all the Air Traffic provision for the show. 

Additionally, Gary is heavily involved in numerous aviation events in Guernsey and Alderney, and also carry's out work on behalf of BADA, researching and collating their annual review of the Air Display Industry.

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John Cudahy

President, ICAS

John will be a familiar face to many of the convention as the President of the International Council of Airshows.

John Cudahy first joined ICAS as the organization's president in June of 1997. He has worked his entire 36-year professional career in association management, including more than two decades as the chief executive officer of ICAS. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Cudahy holds a private pilot certificate and is married with two adult children.

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Graeme Muscat

Red 10 - RAF Red Arrows

Graeme joined the RAF as a Communications System Analyst (Voice). In 1998, he became Non-Commissioned Aircrew as an Air Signaller and progressed through training to eventually join 51 Squadron, RAF Waddington, on the Nimrod.

Five years later, and having taking part in frontline operations and numerous exercises, Graeme was selected for a Commission and pilot training, starting Initial Officer Training in 2004. He subsequently flew the Tutor, Tucano and Hawk respectively, before the Tornado GR4 operationally with XIII and IX(B) Squadrons.

More recently, he has flown the Hawk T2 as a Qualified Flying Instructor. Musky joined the Red Arrows in 2021 as the teams safety supervisor and commentator.

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Manolis Karahalios

EAC Board Member & Athens Flying Week 

Manolis Karahalios was the Hellenic Air Force’s F-16 Demo Team “ZEUS” Display Pilot for the 2010 to 2012 display seasons. He joined the Hellenic Air Force Academy in 1996 and graduated as a distinguished graduate in 2000.

 

Upon graduation he spent 2 years as an operational A-7H Corsair pilot and then he joined the 340 Squadron, flying the F-16 Block 52+.
Since 2014, Manolis is a civilian instructor pilot, while in 2018 he took over as the Flying Display Director of the Athens Flying Week International Airshow (AFW).

He has been undertaking his PhD in Aviation safety focussing around airshow safety and development, inspired by the work of the late Maj Gen Des Barker. We are pleased that Manolis has continued to study airshow related safety incidents, which he will present, reflecting on the 2022 season. 

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Helen Webb

International Airshow Marketing

Helen is a marketing professional, with a specific interest in airshow's and aviation events.  Having spent several years as the Director of Marketing for the Royal International Air Tattoo, the C19 pandemic led Helen to change direction and focus on the wider airshow industry. 

In 2022, Helen started International Airshow Marketing, which will steer Airshow Organisers, Display Participants, Aviation and Military Charities to build robust and professional customer led marketing strategies to ensure profitable income generation by delivering exciting aviation experiences.

Helen will also be leading the Marketing Seminar on Saturday afternoon, focussing on attracting sponsors through B2

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Tim Tibo

SkyTexter

Tim is a current commercial pilot, flying with Germany's national Airline, Lufthansa. He will be familiar with many having formally flown the Pink Skyvan, a favoured mount for many air to air photographers. 

In his spare time, Tim is the leader of a unique formation team, Sky Texter, a formation team made up of differing aerobatic aircraft, flown by highly experienced competition and airshow pilots. The uniqueness of the 5 aircraft comes with their sky typing, often creating 3km long messages for events, sponsors and marketers, giving a very clear message high in the sky. 

Sky Texter are also keen on sustainable aviation, with an offsetting programme in place to compliment their brand and work. 

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Marc Corpataux

AlpinAirPlanes / Pipistrel Textron

Marc Corpataux is a Swiss aviator and engineer, with innovation at his heart. With sustainability pressures mounting across the globe and particularly in his home of Switzerland, Electric flight development is at the heart of Marc's work. 

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Dennis Sprenkle

United States Air Force

Dennis joined the USAF Aerial Events Team in July 2022 with responsibility for USAFE, having had a wide and varied career across various government and air force departments, as well as education. 

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Geri Krähenbühl

EADS

With over 6500 hours, across 65 different aircraft types, it is perhaps easy to see why Geri is the Chief Test Pilot for Eurofighter. 

Geri was heavily involved with the introduction of the Boeing F18 Hornet into service with the Swiss Air Force during the 1990's and more recently has been involved with the recent Swiss fighter aircraft replacement competition for EADS. His work with Airbus has seen him display the Typhoon across various shows, demonstrating the aircraft's capabilities to potential buyers and the publics alike.  

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