Thinking back it fits in other ways too. To this day I remember the flight with Ian so clearly - in large part because of him. Despite obviously being interested in the business of flying, Ian made the experience so memorable and enthused me to carry on. By the time I went back to learn properly he had moved on - and I think it was to fly King Airs.
Unlike many of the other instructors that I got to know from those days, Ian and my paths never crossed again over the years - although he came to mind on many occasions and I wondered what became of him.
In the short time that I spent with him I learned that he did something else Ďglamorousí as his main job and a good few other things about flying Ė purely down to him being so friendly and happy to share experiences (without forcing them on you). Looking back I guess the impression he left was of someone who lived life to the full and enjoyed every bit of it. I hope Iím right.
Obviously I canít claim friendship but itís still sad to hear of the passing of someone who has left such clear memories. And it looks like I'm not the only one who will have such memories.