The Honourable Company of Air Pilots

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Stained glass to the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators, Guildhall, London

The Honourable Company of Air Pilots, formerly the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN) is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London.
The Company was founded in 1929, became a Livery Company in 1956 and was granted Honourable status by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2014.

The Company ranks eighty-first in the order of precedence of Livery Companies and fourth in the order of precedence of the Modern Livery Companies.
It is unique amongst City Livery Companies in having active Regional Committees in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and North America.

Her Majesty the Queen graciously granted Honourable status to the company in February 2014.[1]
HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh KG KT formally presented the Royal Charter to the Master of the company HH Judge Tudor Owen at a Banquet held at the London Guildhall on 19 February 2014.

The Company's motto is 'Per Cælum Via Nostra', 'Our Way Is By The Heavens'.

Company Coat of Arms

Its objectives are:

To establish and maintain the highest standards of air safety through the promotion of good airmanship among pilots and navigators.
To maintain a liaison with all authorities connected with licensing, training and legislation affecting pilot or navigator whether private, professional, civil or military.
To constitute a body of experienced airmen available for advice and consultation and to facilitate the exchange of information.
To strive to enhance the status of air pilots and air navigators.
To assist air pilots and air navigators in need through the Benevolent Fund.

The Court 2013/14:

Master: His Honour Judge Tudor Owen FRAeS [2]

Immediate Past Master: Air Marshal Clifford Spink CB CBE FRAeS Cliff Spink

Master-Elect: Dorothy Saul-Pooley LLB (Hons) FRAeS [3]


Sqn Ldr Christopher Ford MBE

Captain Peter Benn

Captain Christopher Spurrier

Clerk: Paul Tacon BA FCIS


The Revd Dr Peter Mullen BA PhD

The Venerable (Air Vice Marshal) Ray J Pentland QHC BA DPS MTh RAF Ray Pentland


  1. Slater, Steve. "Hangar Talk". Aeroplane. Cudham: Kelsey Publishing (April 2014): 15. ISSN 0143-7240.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. PPRuNe
  3. The Guild of Air Pilots & Air Navigators

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