Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > PPRuNe Worldwide > The Pacific: General Aviation & Questions
Reload this Page >

Galaxy Flying School memories at Essendon.

The Pacific: General Aviation & Questions The place for students, instructors and charter guys in Oz, NZ and the rest of Oceania.

Galaxy Flying School memories at Essendon.

Old 27th Jun 2022, 19:49
  #21 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Cairns
Posts: 1,307
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Sad to hear that Laurie passed away. Many hours flown in ECY back in the good old days. Remember hearing a funny story about Laurie doing a VMCA demo with a student in the 55 Baron he also once had and they somehow ended up upside down.

Anyone know if Alan Watson is still alive? Ex Ansett 727 skipper and excellent theory instructor.
Duck Pilot is offline  
Old 28th Jun 2022, 04:37
  #22 (permalink)  
Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: various places .....
Posts: 7,023
Received 38 Likes on 26 Posts
Dear, oh, dear .. a few memories come back with the last few posts. Haven't seen Big Al for a few years, now, but I guess he is still with us. I'd hazard a guess that he would be around 80 ? Lovely bloke, he was a bit senior to me at AN and I flew with him a few times .. actually, we did our F27 endorsements together, as I recall, he as an initial command and me as an intake FO.
john_tullamarine is online now  
Old 29th Jun 2022, 06:59
  #23 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Cairns
Posts: 1,307
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Alan certainly knew his stuff as a theory instructor, got me and many others through the CPL theory exams, some of whom Iím sure are also good commentators on this forum like myself.

I still remember some of Alanís war stories, certainly a great era to fly in, albeit tough - very unlike these touchy feely and watch your language days.
Duck Pilot is offline  
Old 30th Jun 2022, 02:44
  #24 (permalink)  
Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: various places .....
Posts: 7,023
Received 38 Likes on 26 Posts
very unlike these touchy feely and watch your language days.

Indeed, a top bloke was our Big Al. I had a lot of time for him. He took early retirement from AN with a golden handshake and then regretted it later but that's the way of life, I guess - you make your calls and wear the outcomes.
john_tullamarine is online now  
Old 29th Oct 2022, 19:54
  #25 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: woop woop
Posts: 229
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by xraylimaromeo View Post
this thread is very old now - I have heard Laurie Peppard has passed away. His 150s were DIM and KXI. I think SIDS got them both.
His old Apache ECY has also gone to god I believe. He sold that around 2004 for $50 grand I remember him telling me.

Laurie moved back to the old ANZ bank building in about 2002 or so next to Galaxy which was closed by then. Laurie had about 5 or 6 planes
at the height of his business, all parked along the road just past where the roundabout is now when you come off the freeway. He let ECY go
then WXZ and just flew the 150s for the last few years.
Thats pretty sad to hear Laurie passed, Laurie gave me my first job as an instructor there back in 1972,I took over from John Sunderland who moved on to new start up Air Niugini.
Laurie had a V12 E type Jag, lovely car,must have cost a packet to run though.

I spent a couple of years there,then went to Discover Flying,did my instrument rating with Wes Guy aviation,Doug Stott did my training, anyone know if Doug or Maurice is still with us ?

I do remember flying KXI one day on a training flt to Bacchus Marsh,took off to the north,climbed over the top of tulla airport,turned west into a howling westerly and promptly went nowhere !! I think my gs was about 10 kts,I had to give it away and go back to Essendon.
From memory he had a victa,a Fuji and later on KXI and the apache.
I think he was a keen Marlin fisherman,used to charter a boat out of Cairns.

I visited Moorabbin airport the other day,had a meal at the aero club,I see they have named the bar after John Lindsay,he was a gentleman,I well remember doing an instrument renewal with John down at Cowes I think doing the ndb app, I took along a playboy magazine to keep him entertained !
faheel is offline  
Old 30th Oct 2022, 00:19
  #26 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: china
Posts: 25
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Laurie also had KUL, another 150 on line for many years. Great times, different world at YMEN now.
12-47 is offline  
Old 30th Oct 2022, 03:35
  #27 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 1999
Location: Abeam Alice Springs
Posts: 1,110
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I spent a couple of years there,then went to Discover Flying,did my instrument rating with Wes Guy aviation,Doug Stott did my training, anyone know if Doug or Maurice is still with us ?
Don't know about Maurice, but Doug is retired on the Sunny Coast - had an Airtourer for a long time. Flew out of Darwin and Mildura on Shorts 330/360 and Dash8.

They were great times when you knew almost everyone on the airfield. Anyone recall what happened to Doug Williams or John South at Execs?
triadic is offline  
Old 31st Oct 2022, 01:43
  #28 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 1,137
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Originally Posted by triadic View Post
Don't know about Maurice, but Doug is retired on the Sunny Coast - had an Airtourer for a long time. Flew out of Darwin and Mildura on Shorts 330/360 and Dash8.

They were great times when you knew almost everyone on the airfield. Anyone recall what happened to Doug Williams or John South at Execs?
I haven't heard of Doug W for ages. I last saw Doug S at Watts Bridge pre-COVID - he sold his Airtourer to a Ppruner at Tyabb.
djpil is offline  
Old 7th Nov 2022, 11:09
  #29 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: melbourne australia
Posts: 94
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
John South went on to fly the 690 VH-EXT and later the HS125 for Coles-Myer, Shell or ANZ (canít remember which) Last heard of recently living down Mornington Peninsula way.
blackburn is offline  
Old 16th Nov 2022, 21:03
  #30 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: china
Posts: 25
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Dougy retired to Benalla a long while back. Legend.
12-47 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.