Edwin A Link Lecture 2017

13 June 2017

No.4 Hamilton Place, London


18:00 19:00

The Flight Simulation Group will be presenting the Edwin A Link Lecture on 13th June by Admiral P A Chivers OBE FRAeS and will be entitled "Flight Simulation - A Military Regulators Perspective". The presentation will look at the Military Aviation Authority's scope of regulation, particularly the benefits of risk-based regulation. It will also look at the increasing use of the synthetic training environment and the proposed way forward.


Speaker Details

Admiral P A Chivers OBE FRAeS, Director, Military Aviation Authority

Appointed to flying training and qualifying on Lynx helicopters, Admiral Chivers completed 2 front line tours in the South Atlantic prior to converting to the Lynx Mk 8 and returning to sea as a Flight Commander. After a period on the Mk 8 Operational Evaluation Unit he returned to the surface fleet as a Principal Warfare Officer for a variety of operational deployments. 

Promoted to Commander in 2000 and appointed to PJHQ as the maritime aviation adviser, he became the J3 Team Leader for UK operations in Sierra Leone and the UK contribution to Coalition operations within Afghanistan. Selected for Sea Command in May 2002, he commanded HMS LANCASTER with her embarked Merlin for 18 months before returning to dry land as a desk officer within the Naval Staff Directorate.

Selected for Captain in 2006, he stepped up to become the Assistant Director for Naval Strategy before returning to PJHQ as DACOS Joint Warfare Development. This was followed by a short appointment in Navy Command responsible for the generation of frigates and destroyers before assuming the position as the Chief of Staff to the Commander UK Maritime Forces. Initially employed within Operation ATALANTA (the EU operation to counter piracy off the coast of Somalia) he also supported NATO and coalition operations off Libya.

Promoted to Commodore in 2011 he commanded RNAS Yeovilton and was the Delivery Duty Holder for Lynx Mk8, Wildcat HMA, Grob Tutor and the Royal Navy Historic Flight. In December 2012 he assumed the role as Head of Oversight and Approvals within the Military Aviation Authority where he was responsible for assurance of aviation activity in military aircraft across the Services and industry partners.

Promoted to Rear Admiral in December 2015 when he stepped up to become the Director of the Military Aviation Authority with the Defence Safety Authority.


No.4 Hamilton Place, London

Royal Aeronautical Society Headquarters

No.4 Hamilton Place