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Old 11th Sep 2017, 17:54   #1 (permalink)
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Hector Taylor East Midlands Airport

Hi, I flew many times with the great Hector Taylor during the seventies at the East Midlands airport, does anyone know, or can tell me when and at what age did he die?
Any other stories of Hector, do have a bun.
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Old 11th Sep 2017, 19:58   #2 (permalink)
 
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84 years - Hector was my dad!
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Old 12th Sep 2017, 18:00   #3 (permalink)
 
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I only had a couple of lessons from Hector, the last one being on the 23rd June 1972 (heck that's 45 years ago) in C150 G-AVGV. I only wish he had been my regular instructor (dear boy).
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I'll check his logbook!
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Fireflybob .... Out of interest how old was Hector when he stopped examining, because I feel sure he was in his late seventies or early eighties when I last flew with him on FI renewal and how many hours did he log? I got the feeling in the eighties that the CAA were trying get rid examiners over a cetain age, such as Hector and my impression is Hector kept passing his medical to the CAA's anoyance.

My recollections of Hector, was being advised by my instructor to take a bucket and sponge, earl grey tea and cream cakes for the debriefing. This got you off on a good footing with Hector. The bucket and sponge, as he liked to see the windshield cleaned before flight. Taxing, he always told me to taxi slower, and he did not like term 'OK', for example 'oil pressure had to be sufficiant not ok.

Then on my initial FI test, he decided to demonstrate a barrel roll, from memory the entry speed was 130kts he entered at 80kts, I was to do the patter, so I told him had entered the barrel too slow, he said whats going happen then, I said he would run out of speed, yet he completed perfect barrel roll. Another thing is that if he asked you a question, if you didn't know the answer it was best to say so. I remember Hector asking me a question about the entry into the hold, I told him it had slipped my mind, and he said it had slipped his mind, so we looked it up.

I knew a instructor who thought Hector would be a push over, but far from it, he made the mistake of bluffing the answers to Hector's questions, apparently Hector sat there and let this instructor digd himself into a deeper hole and then failed him.
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Fireflybob .... Out of interest how old was Hector when he stopped examining, because I feel sure he was in his late seventies or early eighties when I last flew with him on FI renewal and how many hours did he log? I got the feeling in the eighties that the CAA were trying get rid examiners over a cetain age, such as Hector and my impression is Hector kept passing his medical to the CAA's anoyance.
Homsap, I think you have it one there - I believe he was still examining when he was 81 up to when he lost his medical
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I'll always be grateful to Hector for passing me on my first IMC instructor test thus allowing me to become a full instructor. I was less grateful however for his inviting some random guy from the club house along for the ride!
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Hector was one of the old school who would help anyone. He was a great instructor and a true gentleman he did my afi and fi tests as well as helped me to achieve my ambition of becoming a professional pilot. RIP Hector
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Old 24th Sep 2017, 20:32   #9 (permalink)
 
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Hector Taylor

I had the privilege of working with Hector for about eighteen months in the early eighties. He was a charming and gifted man who encouraged young Pilots like me to further their careers in aviation.
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Old 25th Sep 2017, 00:10   #10 (permalink)

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I agree. I never flew with Hector but at "Castle Donington" in early 1974 he said some very complimentary things to me after I had transferred from Ipswich, flew some revision trips with one of his FIs and successfully returned from my qualifying cross country flight. I'm sure they weren't completely deserved, but I found them very encouraging. I've now been flying for a living for forty years.
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It was about 1972ish that I made my first foray to see the East Midlands School of Flying at Castle Donnington to see about getting an instructor's rating. A certain John Maltby appeared to be in charge and I was ushered into the tea lounge. It seemed very organised - they even had an old guy sitting behind the little bar making the tea!
I was introduced to the other students - some on PPL courses and some doing AFI courses which was what I wanted to do. "We've all finished for the day now," I was informed. So I thought, I've met the other students, I've met the "manager", but where is this Hector Taylor? Eventually, realisation dawned and my attention returned to the "old guy " who was making the tea.
"Have a bun!" he replied and that was the start of a friendship which lasted for muchof the remainder of his life. After he retired - or failed his medical he was still to be found at Tollerton, drinking tea and talking aviation and I can remember having many further fascinating conversations.
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Old 29th Sep 2017, 10:31   #12 (permalink)


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I did my Assistant Flying Instructor course with Hector Taylor in April and May of 1978 at the EMSF mainly in G-BCFR.....great days, great bloke!
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Old 29th Sep 2017, 19:59   #13 (permalink)
 
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First met Hector when I were a lad with a shiny new ppl, went over to ema to do some aerobatic training in a Cessna. He demonstrated the manoeuvres in a calm precise way and i had my go and generally fell out of every one. I had done all my flying from a smallish airfield and on the approach to ema he said tell me where you intend to touch the wheels to make the exit for the school, no point landing on the numbers and having a long taxi, I missed my aiming point by a fair margin and looked at him confused, he looked back grinning, pointing to the flap switch which was in the up position. My fault must have caught it with my knee dear boy
Years later he examined me for instructor, upgrades and renewals and was always up for a long chats on any topic on the many occasions we met.
As been said a great chap.
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