We imported the first Russian aircraft to the West in 1987 and have now sold more Russian aircraft, well over 450, plus more than 400 engines, to more people in more countries than anyone else.
With 44 years of experience of flying, competing in the World Aerobatic Championships in the British team (1978 – 84) and having performed over 1600 public aerobatic displays, Richard Goode and RGA offer an unequalled level of knowledge, access and service to those who fly and own Russian aircraft and the engines that power them.
Our business began in 1987 selling new Sukhoi aircraft, having bought the first one sold to the West. This led to us buying other Russian aircraft; both new and used and exporting them from Russia. In addition, we put the 18 T aircraft back into production at the Smolensk factory; with an American partner we instituted the production of new Yak 3 and 9 fighters in Orenburg; we helped Vedenyeev to develop the M 14 PF engines. We established a spare parts and maintenance business at White Waltham airfield in the UK.
However, over the years, our business has inevitably changed, and while we do all we can to help owners of these aircraft with any issues they might have, our principal business today is with our partner, Aerometal, in the overhaul and production of M 14 and AI 14 families of engines. A lot more detail of this work is elsewhere on this website.
Richard Goode has published his biography. This is an extraordinary story, beginning with a bare-foot colonial childhood, and indeed not speaking English until he was four, yet ending up at Cambridge, ultimately dealing at the highest levels of the Russian aviation industry. Richard Goode’s life has been a fascinating series of activities, both social and business, dealing with an incredible range of people from the notorious Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, to whom he was selling banknotes (legally) to a car dealer who was embroiled in the Brinks-Mat gold robbery (illegally); dealing with Russian spies at the behest of MI5; international corporate headhunting and aerobatics at the highest levels. And all this with a huge zest for living life to the full. Read more and how to buy the book.