Hangar Talk

Comment on historic aviation by the chief executive of the UK’s Light Aircraft Association

This month’s column is personally close to my heart. As the CEO of the Light Aircraft Association, I am looking forward both to an eventual escape from our COVID-19 lockdown and a series of events later this summer to celebrate our 75th anniversary as the UK’s leading powered sports flying association.

On 22 October 1946, an inaugural meeting was held at a flat in Euston Square in London, belonging to the brothers Maurice and Ian Imray. Maurice became the new Ultra-Light Aircraft Association’s secretary, while technical negotiations with the Air Ministry were led by Gp Capt Edward Mole, an RAF staff officer and ex-test pilot.

Another who was present that evening was regular Aeroplane contributor Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume, then rebuilding a prewar Luton Minor. He described himself as, “the youngest of the team by a good margin.”

Arthur defines Maurice Imray as “an unsung hero”. It was Imray who got down to the hard and unspectacular business of founding the organisation, commenting, “A well-organised and efficient movement will be in a far better position to approach the Ministry of Civil Aviation than any single individual, however enthusiastic he or she may be.”

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