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Air Commodore Peter Saundby RIP

Old 10th Nov 2020, 14:04
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Air Commodore Peter Saundby RIP

Very sad to report that Peter 'Doc' Saundby has died. A great man and a fine pilot, who did a tremendous amount for Sport Aviation and, beneath his brusque exterior, one of the kindest men I ever knew. He helped hundreds if not thousands of people to either start flying, keep flying or return to flying. RIP Doc, I am honoured you considered me a friend.
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Old 10th Nov 2020, 20:11
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A great guy, I am really sorry to hear of his passing. I knew him well in the Service and, I suspect, with many others thought very highly of him, both professionally and personally. Sad news.

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Old 10th Nov 2020, 20:29
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Many years ago, my wife and I were glider pilots. When she became pregnant we asked the BGA for advice as to whether she could contine flying. We received a very helpful letter from Doc Saundby to the effect that he'd asked several mothers who flew and there was probably no physiological reason to stop flying, but "pregnancy brain" meant that it would be wise not to fly solo. Although we had some difficulty finding instructors light enough to keep within weight & balance limits, she and my son were still flying three weeks before his birth.

On a separate note, I believe that he was the son of AM Sir Robert Saundby, Harris's deputy at Bomber Command.
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Old 11th Nov 2020, 13:28
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I worked with him briefly on a project with the CAA to allow medical self-declarations for GA pilots. Awesome professional knowledge, bags of common sense, and a real willingness to find reasons for rather than arguments against. A charming and kindly soul indeed.
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Old 11th Nov 2020, 16:29
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At his 70th birthday bash a bloke stood up and explained how he'd been badly injured while a young pilot officer after ejecting. It looked like he was through with the air force. Peter had helped him return to flying status, and he'd retired as (I think, an AVM). He then invited us all to put our hands up if 'Doc' had ever helped in any way. Literally dozens of people did, as did I.
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Old 12th Nov 2020, 13:08
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Doc and I flew many hours together in a two-seat glider out of Talgarth in the 1980s, with only the odd disagreement about who was P1 at any particular difficult moment! Even during long trips, our conversation never dried up. He was one of the most knowledgeable blokes I have ever met, it seemed there was never a subject about which he knew nothing. Years ago he was was flying a two seater in a gliding competition with Bob ***** and they were getting low enough to start finding a suitable field for an outlanding. Doc asked Bob if he could spot a suitable field. "Yes" came the reply "that grass field at two o'clock with the brown sheep in it". Doc's reply was typically pithy. "They're not brown sheep, you fool, they're lions, we're overhead Longleat!".
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