Heard on the grapevine that Jason Scattergood is now a Capt with Ryanair, Dave Meredith and Ian Lamb both skippers with bmi Baby.
And dear old Hector did my instructor test many many years ago and scribbled a few notes whilst I was briefing him. On seeing me look quizzically at his scribblings on returning to my seat he told me it was in classical greek having studied classics at university
Confirmation from the school that EMFS is relocating within Donair
Actually, Donair are buying [some of the] assets of EMFS, and Donair will continue to operate an enlarged business from their existing location. The EMFS building is going, sooner or later. The four EMFS C152s are moving over, as are some of the staff (indeed including Gill I understand), and PA28 G-BPRY will to be loaned to the new organisation as it was to EMFS in the past. PA28 G-CDON has been bought by a group of EMFS members and won't be available to Donair, and I'm unsure what's happening to G-TEBZ.
I had my first flight ever from Burnaston in the rear seat of an Auster Autocrat - the year was 1957 and my father, Hector, was the pilot with my mother in the front also - I think she was more nervous than I was!
I also recall attending an air display there as a child when a Miles Magister flicked off a low level steep turn whilst "balloon bursting" killing the solo pilot. This happened right in front of the crowd line but it did not put me off flying but it was a salutary lesson which I have never forgotten!
Whenever I drive past the Toyota factory I mourn the loss of Burnaston!
That's what happens when airfields become too big for their boots over here. Don't know where you live, but Leicester has a great atmosphere and the real Nottingham airport isn't that bad. If it's not too far I'd head to Leicester if I was you.
The atmosphere and surroundings of Leicester are great, sitting in uncontrolled airspace, the airfield is run by the club. Social scene is also great once the days flying is complete. There is a cloud over Leicester though as the current landowners (our wonderful caring sharing CO-OP) are trying to break a lease with 12 years to run in order to build a new eco town!!!
I joined EMSF in 1973 after 2 years learning to fly Chipmunks in East Midland UAS. I well remember flying with Frank Spencer and Lesley Hardy at Castle Donnington. Incidently Chipmunk G-AMUF that I flew there is still going strong! I am still flying and have been with Monarch for the last 21 years. My amusing anecdote is that ATC had a habit of asking for Captain's name and number on board. A certain pilot had the surname Haddock so his reply was " Captain Haddock with 3 soles on board".