Martin Rutty and Simon Lichtenstein

It is with great sadness that CIG has been informed of the tragic loss of two British pilots in a helicopter crash in the South of France on 9th December 2010. Martin Rutty and Simon Lichtenstein were a highly respected team competing at the highest levels of World and Open Championships for more than 10 years.

Both had been flying helicopters for many years and highly experienced.

Martin and Simon were family men. The Commission’s condolences, sympathy and support go out to the family’s in their tragic loss.

Martin and Simon continually went out of their way to help, encourage and welcome new and lesser experienced crews. They will be sorely missed by the Helicopter World and in particular the Helicopter Club of Great Britain.

David Hamilton
CIG President