Air Commodore R S Peacock-Edwards CBE AFC FRAeS FCIM has been the Chairman of the General Aviation Safety Council since 12 June 2012.
Rick Peacock-Edwards served for over 30 years in the RAF, flying Lightnings, Hunters, F4 Phantoms and Tornado F2/3s, Gnats, Hawks and many other types of aircraft and helicopters. He has held Qualified Flying Instructor, Instrument Rating Examiner and Pilot Navigation Instructor qualifications. He introduced the Tornado F2/3 to RAF service and commanded the F2/3 Conversion Unit at RAF Coningsby and the front line Tornado base at RAF Leeming. He also served as RAF Commander at Dhahran in the lead up to the first Gulf War and as Assistant Air Attaché at the British Embassy in Washington DC. On promotion to Air Commodore he became Inspector of Flight Safety for the RAF and his final tour was as Director of Eurofighter Typhoon at the MOD.
Since leaving the service Air Commodore Peacock-Edwards has worked in the aviation industry and has been actively involved in the work of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots of which he is a Past Master and current Chairman of its Trophies and Awards Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Aviation Focus Group, the Board of Trustees of the International Air Cadets Training Organisation and of the Imperial War Museum Duxford Flying Control Committee. He is Vice Chairman of the RAF Club and President of the Historic Aircraft Association.
As the Chairman of the Council, Rick is delighted to have the opportunity to take GASCo still further forward in its important work of saving lives in General Aviation.