It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sad passing of Tony Hooper on Thursday 30th March 2023.

Having developed an interest in aviation at an early age, he remained an aeromodeller throughout his life, serving the Large Model Association as the co-ordinator of their over 20kg Scheme (including being the point of liaison between the LMA and CAA for many years), events co-ordinator and Examiner for the LMA Proficiency Scheme.

Tony was also an experienced pilot of full-size aircraft, starting on gliders, before gaining his Commercial Pilots Licence and Instructors Rating. As a Commercial Pilot he amassed over 11,500 flying hours in over 40 types of aircraft ranging from the Tiger Moth to the Cessna Citation jet – with over 8,000 of these hours as an instructor.  He somehow managed to juggle this with a full time career in the Civil Service (for which he was awarded an MBE).

His funeral will be held on Monday 24th April 2023 at 11.00hrs at Oakley Wood Crematorium, Oakley Wood Road, Bishop Tachbrook, Leamington Spa, CV33 9QP. The venue for the wake will be announced when the location is known.

Tony was exceptionally well known in the model flying world and it is anticipated that there will be a very large turnout for his funeral.  To assist his family with their planning, could anyone wishing to attend please confirm with Rob Buckley at the LMA – by Monday 17th April.

We feel certain that members will join us in expressing our sincere condolences to his family at this sad time.