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New director for Farnborough International
16 July 2013
John Turner has joined aviation event organizer Farnborough International Ltd as Non-Executive Director for Flying.
Turner has taken over from Vic Lockwood, who has stepped down from the position due to retirement.
Turner has considerable experience of the aviation business. He was previously Director of the Military Aircraft Division at working for BAe Systems, where he managed the corporate governance of the organisation, covering all its flying and airfield operations worldwide as well as the company's UK flight test activities and associated airfield operations under both UK CAA and MoD regulation.
He also has extensive experience of flight test as a lead test pilot on Tornado, Hawk, Eurofighter/Typhoon, BAe146 and Nimrod MRA4, including flying as Captain of MRA4's first flight and as the UAS pilot for the first flight of Mantis UAS.
Turner displayed Hawk and Eurofighter/Typhoon at a number of international air shows, including the first fully aerobatic Eurofighter display at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) in 1996 and for the Typhoon name launch at FIA in 1998. Subsequently, he has displayed a wide variety of vintage aircraft from the World War I Bristol Fighter F2B to the 1940's Avro C-19 airliner at Shuttleworth Trust’s Old Warden airfield and elsewhere in UK.
He has worked on air show Flying Control Committees since 1990 and as Chairman of the Flying Control Committee of Farnborough International Airshow since 2010. In his new role as NED for FIL he will advise the board on all aviation matters.
Commenting on the appointment, FIL Chairman and ADS Chief Executive, Paul Everitt, said: “John Turner’s knowledge, experience and global contacts will make a significant contribution to the FIL Board. The board is delighted that he has accepted our invitation and we are confident the future of governance, control and operation of all flying matters is in safe hands.’’
“I would also like to express the thanks and appreciation on behalf of ADS and the FIL Board for the many years of hard work and outstanding service given by Vic Lockwood."