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Yak 52 down Nr Boscombe 8/7/2016

Old 10th Jul 2016, 20:11
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Yak 52 down Nr Boscombe 8/7/2016

Though it happened two days ago it appears that it was being used by ETPS and I am surprised it hasn't been mentioned, hence this post.
Sadly one has died

Yak 52 down nr Salisbury. 1 fatality

RIP and thoughts are with the family and friends at this time.

Only thing at Boscombe a little out of the ordinary at the minute is a YAK-52, G-YAKB, which is working with ETPS. It is blue and yellow though, not silver.
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Old 10th Jul 2016, 20:39
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Two threads already running on it - one in "Accidents and close calls", one in "Private flying"
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Old 10th Jul 2016, 22:05
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Per Ardua. So very sad.

RIP fella
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Old 11th Jul 2016, 00:17
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The poor chap who died was a very experienced serving pilot in the RAF. Spent many enjoyable hours flying with him around the world, including an impromptu light aircraft vs. car 'Top Gear' challenge between San Diego and 'Vegas a few years ago. A good friend who'll be missed by all who knew him and flew with him. Had a few glasses of our favourite 'detachment wine' in his honour on Saturday night. RIP mate.
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Old 11th Jul 2016, 07:44
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Yes, RIP to a great pilot, captain, skier, hockey player, keen GA/glider pilot and Cambridge graduate. Outstanding individuals like him are only made once in a while and he is a great loss to his family, friends and his country.

I have deliberately not mentioned his name until it has been formally released. I know that tributes have been flooding in via private social media and email all weekend.

Ad Astra old chum.
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Old 11th Jul 2016, 13:22
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Official obit and valediction on the MOD website:

RAF Pays Tribute to Pilot Killed In Civilian Air Accident
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Old 11th Jul 2016, 13:41
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Shocked, hugely saddened and devastated for his family and all his many, many friends.

RIP mate. A tiny consolation is that you died in the pursuit of your passion, but you'll be sorely missed my friend.

Per Ardua old boy.
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Old 11th Jul 2016, 14:28
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Very sad to hear the news. A nice guy, good pilot and one of the best senior students CUAS has had. Very sadly from the same CUAS course as Kev Whyman.
Best wishes to all left behind

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A top top man in every sense. Will be sorely missed and all my thoughts are with his poor family. Am shocked to say the least, he was one of the nicest, most welcoming, inclusive aviators I have had the pleasure of meeting.
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Old 11th Jul 2016, 17:22
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RIP Alex. A top aviator, skier and such fun to be around. You lived up to the 8 Sqn motto:

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My condolences to your family...

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Old 11th Jul 2016, 17:46
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Ah bugger. Alex was a great bloke, always had time for a chat with the squips.. Thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
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First met Alex at CUAS in '94 where, to my mind, he had the correct focus on flying and having a good time; regrettably his college tutors didn't share this enthusiasm.

The T&E world brought us together again and he had lost none of the humour or talent and I always enjoyed flying with him.

I am gutted by his loss and the Service will be a poorer place without him. My thoughts are with his family.
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Old 11th Jul 2016, 19:43
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Tragic to read.

The second RAF loss in small civilian aircraft of late. I lost a serving RAF colleague in a accident in a small SEP and another ex-RAF one, too.

Just goes to show that small aircraft can bite just as hard as large military ones.
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The world was a better, more fun place for Alex's presence. RIP, and condolences to his family.
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May I add my sincere condolences to this very very sad loss. First met Alex as he had flown the Bulldog on the CUAS and he kindly later invited me to display at the Bulldog at Waddington 2006. Loved life loved flying. Wishing strength to all his nearest and dearest. A gentleman aviator that will be sadly missed.
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I know this isn't the place to post detailed information, Alex's funeral will take place next Friday, July 29th.
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A fine tribute today to a great man, father, test pilot and husband. Holding up traffic in central London for his funeral was exactly the sort of thing that tickled his humour. As was the 6-ship of RAF be-medalled No 1 wearing RAF officers on 'Boris Bikes' riding to his wake at the RAF Club as they had missed the bus from St Clement Danes!

Per Ardua Ad Astra, Alex, old chum...

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The report of the Service Inquiry into this accident has just been released.
This is the military inquiry - the AAIB Investigation is still listed as 'under investigation'.

A sobering read.
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Literally breathtaking. If you step back far enough, you begin to see a very worrying picture of Airworthiness post-Haddon Cave. This report contains pages and pages of descriptions about risks, ALARP, insurances, Government Contracting and Sub-Contracting arrangements, operational pressures, AWC Audits and a whole host of "protections". But despite all that guff, a service pilot got airborne in an aircraft that had fundamental serviceability issues with a non-service pilot whose qualifications were never fully established by the Board. When the aircraft developed problems maintaining power, the most basic of airmanship principles appear not to have been applied in recovering to a forced landing, resulting in the tragic loss of life.

My point is quite simple, have we become lost in our own Byzantine safety culture to the detriment of applying the most basic supervision and airmanship principles?
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Just. Staggering.

Agreed with Twos In.

It's like a military course. One day, packed into 8. How is it they have come to writing a report that almost attempts to muddy the waters with words like 'risk', 'supervision' and TLAs like ALARP strewn around like confetti.
Cut the BS. They got airborne in an unairworthy aircraft. It crashed. A service pilot died. A certain organisation is liable. End of.

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