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BristolScout 3rd Mar 2022 13:51

Ancient Instructors
As I engage in my annual, and increasingly expensive, battle with the doctors to renew my medical, I'm wondering how many of us are still active instructors on the far side of 70. Any takers here?

rudestuff 3rd Mar 2022 14:21

My IR instructor was 84. Best instruction I've ever had because he wasn't exactly in it for the hours...

Kemble Pitts 3rd Mar 2022 16:54

My old CFI, Bill Ison, was instructing on Tiger Moths into his mid-eighties.

Whopity 3rd Mar 2022 20:35

No matter how old you are, you'll always find someone older.

MrAverage 4th Mar 2022 11:02


BristolScout 4th Mar 2022 13:07

Very true. One of my fondest memories was doing my test for the then AFI rating with Hector Taylor back in 1979. He must have been well into his seventies then. Over a coffee afterwards, I asked him what he'd learnt to fly on. He smiled and said 'The Avro 504'.

Glevum 4th Mar 2022 14:14

John Preece is still listed as an instructor on the Cambridge Aero Club website.

He joined the RAF in 1954

TheOddOne 4th Mar 2022 23:15

I'm still a young and sprightly (except when recovering from Covid, like now) 72. Our examiner is 80 next year. We managed to pull a couple of aircraft out of the hangar together this morning AND remember how to fly them!


condor17 7th Mar 2022 09:14

BS , big 70 next year . Active at the mo. with fingers crossed for next medical ... Celebrated 50 yrs of flying last summer with a trip back to Marshall of Cambridge , where it all started . Summer '71 before John Preece's time there .

rgds condor .

hobbit1983 9th Mar 2022 11:23

Recent CFIs at Old Sarum & Thruxton kept going well into their 80s. I'd have called them active.

Dave Gittins 9th Mar 2022 13:48

Did my BFR in Jan 2020 at KFLY with Rudy Welch .... he was 93. ... Sadly not with us now.

My "hour with an instructor" in 2021 was with an FI who admitted to 72.

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