04.06.19 Past Master Group Capt Marcus Wills

Cambridge Flying Group awarded Conrod Trophy for contribution to flight safety


Pictured above: CFG President and Liveryman David Kynaston OBE receives the award from HAA President Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE AFC

Congratulations to the Cambridge Flying Group (CFG), which has been awarded the Conrod Trophy by the Historic Aircraft Association (HAA). This award is to mark CFG’s major contribution to historic aviation flight safety, not just in the past year but over very many years. The award was received by CFG President and Liveryman David Kynaston OBE, from HAA President Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE AFC (also a Liveryman Coachmaker and Past Master Air Pilot) at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

For the past 66 years the CFG has been providing expert instruction at Cambridge on its distinctive yellow and silver Tiger Moths G-AOEI and G-AHIZ. CFG is the only place in the world where pilots who do not own their own Tiger Moth can learn to fly them from an ab initio level (absolute beginner).

For the past six years we Coachmakers have been sponsoring the Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Scholarship, which is awarded annually to encourage a new generation of pilots – under 30 years of age – to learn to fly the Tiger Moths at CFG. We believe that learning the absolute basics of flying in a vintage aircraft can lead to a small but nevertheless very significant contribution to general knowledge of airmanship and flight safety.