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Dr Raoul Tunbridge OAM

Old 2nd Aug 2019, 08:52
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Dr Raoul Tunbridge OAM

I am saddened to advise that Dr Raoul Tunbridge OAM passed away yesterday, at the age of 92.

Raoul is well known to many aviators in Melbourne as a pilot, aircraft owner and DAME who practised in aviation medicine from the 1970s until 2016.

His funeral will be held on Thursday 8th August at 10.30am at St Andrew's Anglican Church, 228 New Street, Brighton.

Pilots in uniform would be most welcome to participate in a guard of honour.
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Old 2nd Aug 2019, 08:57
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Sad news. Very capable Doctor and decent bloke. Always a pleasure to visit Dr Tunbridge.
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 03:08
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I did 25 annual medical's with Raoul, I even convinced Raoul to obtain PNG DAME approval which he did.
A great loss to the Aviation community. Owned a Piper Aztec for many years!
Rest in peace.
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 07:48
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Very sad news. Pretty sure I done a PNG medical with DR Tunbridge may moons ago. If I recall correctly he used to do the medicals at Biniís.

Anyone recall which Aztec he owned?
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Old 4th Aug 2019, 04:56
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Originally Posted by Duck Pilot View Post

Anyone recall which Aztec he owned?
Very foggy memories of flying in it, IGQ I think.
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Old 4th Aug 2019, 05:00
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Very sad news. Pretty sure I done a PNG medical with DR Tunbridge may moons ago. If I recall correctly he used to do the medicals at Biniís.

Anyone recall which Aztec he owned?
It was VH-IGQ. https://www.airhistory.net/photo/14661/VH-IGQ
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Very sad indeed, wonderful Doc, many Class 1 medicals with Raoul at Bini's, always a big smile and a warm handshake.


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One guess who was the recipient of Dr Tunbridge’s last ever Class 1 medical renewal?

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Old 5th Aug 2019, 01:28
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The finest of men.

Having done my first medical back with him many years ago, most of those in between, and the honor of his last medical only a few years back, he was indeed a "gift". I had the pleasure of running a business directly opposite him for many years, and had the opportunity to chat frequently and pleasurably. I always walked away after a conversation with him feeling enriched.

He was an advocate for many, but would have been an advocate for all of you. For those that cruised through their medicals you may not have had the opportunity to get to really know the man. If needed, I can assure you he would have been there for each and every one of you. Not because he was anti CASA. He wasn't. He was simply an advocate of facts, truth, integrity, fairness, etc.

I appreciate that his contributions extend far beyond the aviation industry, but this industry is also a lot greater for his presence, and what a presence it was. Whether he got the opportunity to help you or not, I know he would love to see as many of his fellow aviators at his service as possible. He will be looking down on those uniforms very proudly, as he indeed deserves.

Lionel Taylor has offered to accept text messages on his mobile phone which he has approved me to publish - 0413012330. If you are attending in a uniform and would like to be part of the Guard of Honor, please text him a simple message with your name. Its difficult for him to take calls. Cheers. Glen
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