The current Master is Captain Robin Keegan. Robin joined the Air Training Corps at age 13 and was subsequently awarded an RAF Flying Scholarship plus Gliding Wings.
His professional career started as an Assistant Flying Instructor followed by 10 years in executive aviation. He then joined Britannia Airways where he progressed from Training First Officer to Captain then Line Training Captain, Type Rating Instructor and finally Type Rating Examiner.
He joined GAPAN at the start of his professional career and has remained a member throughout having spent many years on the Technical Committee and more recently as chair of the Aviation Careers and Education Committee. Robin is a past chair of the Air Pilots Benevolent Fund and has been a Warden of the Company since 2018.
He is married to Eileen and they have two adult children and six grandchildren.
The Master writes …
This is my first Master’s Message and is being written whilst Russian military forces are unjustly attempting to invade Ukraine and overthrow the democratically elected Ukrainian government. What ramifications this conflict might have on the Ukrainian peoples or UK and European aviation and its fledgling recovery from the effects of Covid-19 remain to be seen.
In common with most previous Masters, the looming copy deadline means I am writing this still as the Master Elect prior to the Installation at the Air Pilots AGM in March[. I am acutely conscious of the honour the Court has bestowed in electing me Master. My wife Eileen and I look forward very much to the coming 12 months although I must confess to an element of trepidation at the same time.
The Company produces a bi-monthly issue of its journal ‘Air Pilot’ edited by Allan Winn containing information on the aviation scene and Company activities.
You can download the current issue as well as past issues back to 2008 at this link.