James M. K. Black
For the last 45 years James Black has been a display pilot, display director and organiser of aviation events. His first display at Old Warden was in 1967 flying a two seat Zlin Z226-TS – then Britain’s leading aerobatic aircraft.
A member of British Aerobatic Team 1966-76 & ’83, his first World Aerobatics Championships were in Moscow in 1966, flying a Stampe SV4C – he was grateful to come 53rd out of 60.
He flew Zlin Z526s in the World Championships in Magdeburg (1968) and RAF Hullavington (1970).
He finished in the top 10 of the World Championships at Salon de Provence in France In 1972 flying a Pitts S1-S.
British Aerobatic Champion 1969, James was also a co-founder of the British Aerobatic Association with the late Manx Kelly.
He was Secretary and President of the International Aerobatics Commission of the FAI between 1971 and 1986 and since then has been its President of Honour.
James is currently a Board Member of the European Airshow Council.
As an aviation consultant, with his home and office in Hatfield, he specialises in general aviation operations and safety, and also European aerial work regulations.
James has been involved with operations of the Antonov AN-2 including flying displays, parachuting and club flying for nearly 20 years. He has flown HA-MKF all over the British Isles, including the Channel Islands, and also in France and the Netherlands.