The Royal Aero Club Trust

The Royal Aero Club Trust was established in 1998, with HRH The Duke of York KG GCVO as its Patron.

In 2012, the ownership of the Royal Aero Club’s collection of trophies, pictures and artefacts, together with the Club’s archives, was formally transferred from the Club to the Trust. The main effect of this change is that the Trust is required, by its status as a charity, to provide the best possible access to the Collection, and especially to the archive.

When the Trust was first established, generous donations from Royal Aero Club member associations, from the Royal Aeronautical Society, and from several individual benefactors funded the initial expenses. The Trustees continue actively to raise funds, both to conserve the Collection, and to help young people to take part in air sports and recreation.

If you love air sport and its history, there are a number of ways in which you can assist the Trust in its tasks – these include Gift Aid Donations, Legacies and Covenants.

Trustees and Officers

Chairman of Trustees:
• David Bills

Post vacant

Vice Presidents:
• Lord Cruddas of Shoreditch CRAeC
• Gavin Murphy - MD of Breitling UK

Honorary Treasurer & Honorary Secretary:
• Peter Crispin

Bursary Administrator:
• James Hughes

• Kieron Shaw

• David Bills (Chairman of Trust)
• Peter Crispin (Trust Treasurer & Secretary)
• Andrew Dawrant
• Richard Dilworth MVO
• Sir David Hempleman-Adams KCVO
• Dick Poole
• Kieron Shaw

Committee Members
• Beth Crocket - Barrister
• Steve Slater MBE - Royal Aero Club Representative
• Gary Haines - RAF Museum Representative
• James Hughes - Bursary Manager

Company Details

Royal Aero Club Trust Limited.
A company limited by guarantee.
Registered in England No 3346344.

Registered Office:
Chacksfield House
31 St Andrew's Road

Contact us


The Trustees would like to thank the following advisors for their professional support of the Trust:

• SDS Heritage at for their work in scanning, digitising, and indexing the RAeC Minute Books; for providing a fully functional search engine for the Minute Books; and for developing and hosting this web-site.

• Adworks Design Limited at for their work on the interface design of the web-site.

• Bonhams, Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers at for their advice about the value of items in the Collection.