I am very sorry to tell you that on Sunday 7th August our friend and colleague John Gaillard passed away peacefully at home. John had been strongly involved in the aerobatic sports movement in South Africa for a great many years, where his passing will be deeply mourned. He was also currently a CIVA Vice President, had previously chaired our Judging Committee for some years, was Chief Judge at a good number of CIVA aerobatic championships at all levels, and without doubt has been instrumental in guiding a wide range of CIVA policies and activities since I think back in the 1980’s. Life on the judging line, in the bureau of course and at plenary conferences will not be the same again.
A truly fine man in our sport, there are I know so many fond memories to recall. Most of you knew him well, and I have no doubt the range of anecdotes and recollections with John’s presence or influence are wide and varied.
Rest in peace John, you will not be forgotten.