Will Curtis, managing director of London Biggin Hill Airport, will receive a Fellowship from the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in recognition of his contribution to the development of business aviation as a professional pilot and as a senior management aircraft operator, whose skill and experience of 20 years standing has more recently turned to benefit the management of the leading business aviation airport at Biggin Hill.
Curtis was appointed managing director at London Biggin Hill Airport in October 2013 and as a board member Curtis has shared responsibility for the management of a full public consultation regarding an extension to airport operating hours, which gained overwhelming public support among the local community.
Similarly, Curtis has assisted the development of a full business and investment plan for the future of the airport operating company, promoting London Biggin Hill as: the fast-track gateway to Greater London for global business and corporate aviation; a home base for London-based business aircraft; and a key location for aircraft support and service organizations.
The board also have future plans that include the creation of an Aerospace Technical College, a high quality hotel and the gradual development of the airport as a Strategic Outer London Development Centre leading to increased inward investment and an additional 2,300 jobs and apprenticeships by 2030.
Commenting on the Society’s award to Curtis, Martin Broadhurst, RAeS president, said that it is timely to appoint an acknowledged leader in business aviation into Fellowship: “Fellowship (FRAeS) is the highest grade attainable and is only bestowed upon those in the profession of aeronautics or aerospace who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession, attained a position of high responsibility and have had a long experience of high quality in the profession. Fellowship is highly regarded in the aerospace and aviation industry and it is fitting that Will is being recognized forhis contribution to our industry.”
Curtis will receive the award at a ceremony at the Society’s headquarters in central London later this year.
October 13, 2015