Boards Members

Boards Members

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The Board comprises people who are all volunteers with other heavy commitments and they identified the need for someone who could be more readily available and who could undertake the executive duties to respond to the priorities set by the Board and members in promoting excellence in all European Airshows and work with the Chairman in the organisation of the Annual Convention.

 Gilbert Buekenberghs

Gilbert Buekenberghs

Founder member and Chairman

The Chairman of the Board of the EAC is Gilbert Buekenberghs from Belgium, who has been leading the EAC since the first Convention when the EAC became a formal organisation in 2000 and before that in several informal meetings in various cities across Europe. Gilbert is also one of the airshow organisers representatives on the EAC Board having successfully organised the Belgian Sanicole International Airshow for some 30 years until passing the main responsibility to his son, Geoffrey. However, he not only continues to play an active part in that Airshow but has also accepted the challenge of assisting the Belgian Air Force organise its major annual airshow at BAF Kleine Brogel. Now retired from headmastership of the largest school in Belgium, he finds time for a wide range of activities including the conducting of tour parties to various countries.

Charles Skiera

Charles Skiera

Executive

Charles is from the UK and currently runs his own company providing Flying Display Management services for events across the UK. He worked for the Royal Air Force Waddington International Airshow for 15 years, before the show finished in 2014. Charles has a vast experience of events management and Airshow Organisation, specialising around aircraft operations, Display Flying Safety and Regulation, having supported other air shows providing governance and assurance advice. Charles is 33 years of Age and has made a career in air shows since leaving University. He has flown gliders and light aircraft in the past and supported the former RAFGSA Glider Display team during the late 90’s and early part of 2000’s as both a commentator and ground support. Charles Holds a Commission in the Royal Air Force VR(T) at the rank of Squadron Leader (Major) and is also Reserve Police Officer with Lincolnshire Police at the rank of Superintendent.

Jörg Thurnheer

Jörg Thurnheer

Switzerland

Jörg Thurnheer works at the Federal Office of Civil Aviation Switzerland as the responsible inspector for all air shows and special events in Switzerland. At the same time he acts as deputy head of the section Air Navigation Services conducting audits and inspections and head of the Search and Rescue oversight in Switzerland. He started his working career with Swissair in Zürich as an Ground manager and instructor, moved on to Jet Aviation Business Jets as a Flight Dispatcher and joined the FOCA Switzerland in 1992.
Jörg is an active pilot with a MEP/IR Rating and frozen ATPL licence. He served in the Swiss Air Force during his mandatory military service. He is married and living in a small village near Berne in Switzerland. Jörg has been a Board member of EAC since 2005.

Joe Ciliberti

Joe Ciliberti

Malta

An avid aviation buff since the young age of 11, Joe has harnessed his hobby with a passion to share and encourage more and more people to join the aviation scene in whichever scenario. Observing many airshows, but primarily the International Air Tattoo from Greenham Common days, Joe felt the need for Malta to have its own airshow and went on to organise the first Malta International Airshow in 1993:it is still running it 21 years later.
President of the Malta Aviation Society for the last 29 years, Joe was also instrumental in the setting up of the Malta Aviation Museum and is a director at Medex Aerospace. Joe runs 2 companies un-related to aviation but is also involved in aviation trade in North Africa and assists with organising aerial events in other countries.
In the EAC Joe has found the perfect forum for like-minded people who have airshows at heart and has been a founding member and Board Member of the EAC since 2000.

James Black

James Black

United Kingdom

James Black is Co-Chair of the European General Aviation Safety Team (EGAST) and Board Member of the European Council of General Aviation Support (ECOGAS). He is also a Member of the FAI Safety Expert Group and President of Honour of the International Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) of the FAI. An active display pilot and organiser for over 45 years, James was a member of the British Aerobatic Team 1966-76 and British Aerobatic Champion in 1969. He operated pleasure flights and trial lessons at 7 airfields around England with vintage and aerobatic aircraft 1994 -2004. He is currently a Director of Avia Special Ltd and the Antonov AN-2 Club.
After some 30 years working in the oil industry, he has been an active aviation consultant and a member of the British Association of Aviation Consultants for 25 years. James has been a Board Member of the EAC since 2003.

Jacques Bothelin

Jacques Bothelin

France

Jacques Bothelin is the Creator and CEO of Apache Aviation. He has been a full time display pilot and team leader since 1982 (Martini, Ecco, Adecco, Breitling). In his career he has participated in more than 2800 displays in 36 countries worldwide and has accumulated 11 000 flying hours in 150 aircraft types. In the 1990s he was also an airshow organiser in France. Jacques is a French Air Force Honorary Colonel in the Reserve Citoyenne.
Jacques has been a member of ICAS since the 1980’s and is a founding member and Board Member of EAC

Pablo Gonzalez

Pablo Gonzalez

Spain

Pablo is Board Member since 2008; He is Organiser and Director of several airshows every year in Spain over 15 years, enthusiastic pilot, competitive athlete, he coordinates too with Spanish Air Force several annual actions; President of several non profit organizations dedicated to Aviation and his culture;

Manolis Karahalios

Manolis Karahalios

Greece

Captain Manolis Karahalios was the Hellenic Air Force F-16 Demo Team “ZEUS” Commander and the main Display Pilot for 3 display seasons and an operational F-16 instructor pilot assigned to the 340 Squadron, based at 115th Combat Wing. Captain Karahalios was born in Chania, Crete. He earned a nomination to the Hellenic Air Force Academy in 1996 and graduated as a distinguished graduate in 2000. Upon graduation he spent 2 years as an operational A-7H Corsair pilot. He has gained more than 1400 hours in the F-16, since 2003.
Manolis was invited to join the EAC Board in 2013.

Ed de Brujin

Ed de Brujin

Netherlands

founder member and Board Member; Ed de Bruijn is Director at Texel Airport and he also organises their Airshow. He is also responsible to the Royal Netherlands Air Force for organising their participation in airshows outside the Netherlands as well as the big military airshows in the Country. He was awarded special recognition for his work in the community by the State. Ed is a founding member and Board Member of the EAC.

Bob Dixon

Bob Dixon

United Kingdom

Executive Coordinator of the EAC since 2000 and also Board Member from 2004; Bob Dixon was a member of the Royal Air Force for over 40 years and a logistics specialist with a particular interest in transportation, fuels and explosives. Leaving the RAF as a colonel, he then commanded a Reserve Air Force Squadron before accepting the challenge of working with the EAC on a part-time basis. He was appointed as the Executive of the EAC with responsibility to the Board for all aspects of its activities and particularly the planning and organisation of annual Conventions held in Belgium. He handed over his responsibilities as the Executive to Charles Skiera in 2014. Bob has been involved in the organisation of Airshows and events at Airshows over many years in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe. Married, his wife has also been an active volunteer supporting EAC Convention administration. Bob retains his Air Force connections as Vice President of Swindon RAFAssociation and President of the two Associations of RAF Squadrons that he used to command.
Bob is now an Honorary member of the EAC Board and he is delighted to continue his close association with the organisation of the EAC.

Ireneusz Fibingier

Ireneusz Fibingier

Poland

Ireneusz “Irek” Fibingier started his aviation adventure in 1970 as a glider pilot. Following his graduation from the Polish Air Force Academy he went on to be a member of the Polish Air Force for over 30 years, serving as a flight instructor on different aircraft tapes and in different units of the Polish Air Force Academy. He was also a member of two Polish Aerobatic Teams of international reknown: ISKRY and ORLIK (1990 - 1999). He successfully organized the first editions of the Radom International Air Shows (2000 - 2003). Irek has a record of about 3000 flight hours on 17 different types of airplanes. Upon leaving the PAF as a Lt. Colonel, he continued his career working as a civilian commercial pilot and Government Air Safety Inspector of the Polish CAA. Currently he is an academic teacher of the PAFA in Dęblin and an air law consultant in the BF Flight Operations Consulting organization.

Jean-Noël Bouillaguet

Jean-Noël Bouillaguet

France

Jean-Noël Bouillaguet was an Air Traffic Controller and is an organiser and Flying Display Director over 30 years, now President of the french air display association France Spectacle Aérien

Zbynek Pavlacikz

Zbynek Pavlacikz

Czech Republic

Zbynek Pavlacikz is (to update)