About the founder

John Grahame Hoyte

Chairman & Founder Aerotoxic Association Ltd.

 Former BAe 146 Training Captain & Aerotoxic Survivor

John was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1955. He lived briefly in Ceylon and was boarding school educated at Town Close House, Norwich, Norfolk & Woodbridge School, Suffolk, UK. John studied chemistry, physics & maths and initially trained as a North Sea Gas Measurement & Pollution control officer for Phillips Petroleum at Bacton, Norfolk in the 1970’s.

Norfolk & Norwich Aero Cub

After retraining as a pilot in 1976, John was Operations Manager for the Norfolk & Norwich Aero Cub at RAF Swanton Morley and then a full flying instructor for the Staverton Flying School, Gloucestershire for two years. He was next employed by Howard Avis Aviation at Old Buckenham, airfield, Norfolk as an Aerial Crop Spraying pilot where he first became aware of the fatal dangers of organophosphate exposure as published in the CAA Operations Manual and always took H&S precautions to avoid any exposure.

He flew in the UK (Norfolk, Suffolk & Shropshire), Kenya, & South Australia for seven years, where he also successfully pioneered Aerial Fire Fighting over three challenging fire seasons.

BAe 146 TNT

After getting married and believing low flying & chemicals to be fundamentally dangerous, he retrained to fly DC 3 Dakotas and was employed by Air Atlantique on day/night ad hoc freight in 1987 and also flew Maritime Pollution reconnaissance aircraft for two years which included the Piper Alpha & Ocean Odyssey oil rig disasters. John retrained in 1989 to fly the BAe 146 four engine jet for TNT on overnight parcel delivery on permanent night flying and racehorse (Istabraq 1998) delivery around Europe.

BAe 146 Training Captain

By 1998 he was ready to quit night flying as a result of his permanent exhaustion, so joined Jersey European/British European/Flybe for Air France code share and others with passenger flying, still on the BAe 146. But he still experienced ever worsening multiple chronic neurological symptoms, which other pilots have described as being ‘permanently inebriated’. John became a BAe 146 Training Captain in 2001 in order to avoid line flying in order to eventually fly a ‘BAe 146 Simulator’. Despite almost daily exposure to visible oil fumes over 16 years from the BAe 146 Auxiliary Power Unit or APU John experienced his first and only ever logged and recorded passenger oil ‘fume event’ in 2002.

Deteriorating Health

Due to rapidly deteriorating health in 2004, he walked off a challenging flight, rather than endanger or risk his passenger’s lives, and was diagnosed with PTSD by Prof Gordon Turnbull of the CAA resulting in him going part time after a short break from flying. By mid-2005 John stopped BAe 146 flying altogether, like a zombie and suicidal at losing his career at the age of 49. Captain Tristan Loraine of BA & BALPA (British Airline Pilot Association) contacted John in early 2006 as he was organising some ‘Toxic air testing’ with University College London (UCL) and needed recently grounded and flying pilot volunteers to be tested. John had been formally diagnosed with ‘Chronic Stress’ by Professor Michael Bagshaw, a paid industry doctor, but John felt this was not the case, so agreed to be investigated by UCL along with other pilot colleagues. He was extensively assessed along with 26 other BAe 146 & B.757 BALPA pilots with a near 100% hit rate in early 2006.

John finally made a Statement on 22nd May 2006 about his discovery of organophosphate exposure, feeling it was in the public interest that his evidence be made public and he had seen enough evidence to confidently include the key words of ‘Criminal and covering-up’. John also discovered from Google that there had been an international BALPA Cabin Air conference in April 2005, which had concluded published black & white group conclusions of the supposed ‘Truth’.

Aerotoxic Syndrome

In June 2006 John first became aware of the hidden term ‘Aerotoxic Syndrome’ from Captain Tristan Loraine, a medical term which had been first defined and published on 20th October 1999 by US doctor Harry Hoffman, a French forensic scientist Dr Jean Christophe Balouet and Australian toxicologist Professor Chris Winder after many years of research of the human illness caused by exposure to the fundamental design flaw of unfiltered, unmonitored bleed air in the 1990’s.

John founded the Aerotoxic Association Ltd. Charity on 19th March 2007 and launched successfully at the UK Houses of Parliament, London on 18th June 2007 to support other survivors and campaign for the known, and available, technical solutions.

Campaigning For Others

John still strongly feels that it is his public duty to raise public awareness of this H&S issue and help other survivors. He has attended 15 annual GCAQE (Global Cabin Air Quality Executive) Cabin Air conferences since 2006, becoming a reluctant expert in the inconvenient mass public illness where a published 2017 Dutch survey estimated 1,000,000 frequent flyers & aircrew with Aerotoxic Syndrome in Europe alone.

Since 2007 he has helped countless other aircrews and passengers globally understand a possible cause of their acute and chronic ill health.

John also began networking and corresponds with many other international advocacy groups such as Swiss based AerotoxicTeam, Global Cabin Air Quality Executive and many international aerotoxic medical, legal and scientific experts.

Both John and the Aerotoxic Association featured in “Welcome aboard Toxic Airlines a now feely available factual documentary film in 2007 and helped to fund “A Dark Reflection”  later known as “Flight 313: The conspiracy” a fictional aerotoxic aircrew produced effort predicting the known and now available aerotoxic solutions in 2014, which is also now free to view.

Since 2007 he has helped countless other aircrews and passengers globally understand a possible cause of their acute and chronic ill health.

Aviation Networks

John also began networking and corresponds with many other international advocacy groups such as Swiss based AerotoxicTeam, Global Cabin Air Quality Executive and many international aerotoxic medical, legal and scientific experts.

Both John and the Aerotoxic Association featured in “Welcome aboard Toxic Airlines a now feely available factual documentary film in 2007 and helped to fund “A Dark Reflection”  later known as “Flight 313: The conspiracy” a fictional aerotoxic aircrew produced effort predicting the known and now available aerotoxic solutions in 2014, which is also now free to view.

John has mostly recovered from his severe neurological symptoms but in 2011 the UK NHS scored him cognitively at ½/10 but the NHS retested him in 2019 when he scored 7-8/10, an excellent recovery. John regained his Class 2 Aviation Medical in 2014, 2019 and 2020 and Flying Instructors rating in 2014 and briefly returned to flying and teaching.

John then discovered and pioneered Simulator Flying for public entertainment with Sim-Fly Norfolk from 2015-2019 with a simple novel flight simulator system & Combat flying for groups in Spitfire & Messerschmitt cockpits; but he decided to rededicate his efforts to Aerotoxic in April 2019, as human health is always paramount.

In September 2017 Michael Rawlinson QC stated publicly at the 11th annual Cabin Air conference in London that “Aerotoxicity (a newly created term by some lawyers of the published term: Aerotoxic Syndrome) was at its ‘tipping point’…” which is of significant public interest.

From September 2019 to March 2020 John freely toured Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and The Netherlands meeting many of the key Aerotoxic experts and finding out that French lawyers had at that time 100% evidence and that Aerotoxique Syndrome would be formally accepted by France as an Occupational Disease within two years.

On 30/31 January 2020 John attended the first EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) ‘Cabin Air’ workshop in Cologne, Germany with other Associations/Unions, Airlines, Manufacturers, Researchers & Regulators. John was elected to present the Associations/Unions ‘wish list’ to EASA for some of the 1.5 million Euros of EU funding available for ‘further research’ into Aerotoxic Syndrome.

Toxic Fumes Warning

BBC News interviews Capt. John Hoyte 22nd February 2015