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Luton Flying Club - 1977 - seeking FIs from that era

Old 29th Jan 2009, 13:57
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Luton Flying Club - 1977 - seeking FIs from that era

CFI Jonny Johnson - at least 75 by now.

FI Brian Bulpit, the son-in-law of the owner of the flying club, I think, was not full-time then, probably late 60s now, quite a well-built fellow!

FI Maxwell, recently ex Royal Navy surface fleet, almost certainly hour-building, probably mid-60s now.
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Old 29th Jan 2009, 15:32
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Brian was until a few years ago FI at Henlow flying club. In later years he was running ops there.
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Old 29th Jan 2009, 17:57
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Very helpful indeed - called HFC, and he's now looking after his Mum full-time, but they can pass a message for me.
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Old 30th Jan 2009, 08:43
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You know, some things in life are quite spooky. I was just thinking of starting a thread in the "Where are they now" bit about Luton flying club.

Back in the very early 70's my very first flight was out of Luton. Myself, my brother and a friend clubbed together for a pleasure flight after seeing an ad. in Air Pictorial.

The guy who took us up was a real character, and flew the trip wearing a Deerstalker hat. He let me help him take off, my brother had a go mid flight, and our friend helped with the landing. We're all a bit too big now to swap seats in a 172 !!!

Can anyone help with the name of the chap in the Deerstalker, and what he's up to etc. ? I don't suppose there were that many people wearing them. Thanx.
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Old 2nd Feb 2009, 09:33
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Dave Hughes prob no longer with us
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Old 25th Nov 2020, 23:55
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Luton Flying School / Club

Just saw this thread. The guy in the deerstalker was indeed David Hughes the CFI. When Luton Airport was expanded the flying school was forced to close as the grass runways were taken over as carparks and other airport infrastructure.

David managed to secure the use of Bourn Airfield and formed the Rural Flying Corps, flying school in 1978. The Luton Flying Club was a bar come evening entertainment facility that was next to the flying school hangar and was a popular place to spend a couple of hours after work.

It was frequented by pilots, aircrew and groundcrew from both the commercial and private operations at the airport. The club was owned by the owner of the flying school and I'm sure was more profitable than his flying operation. David Hughes sadly passed away I believe in the late 1980's at a very early age.

My last contact with Jonny Johnson was in 1977 when he signed off my annual hours. Other FI's in my log book include Bruce Gourlay, R. Sanders, Tom Harding, C. Stevens and J. Turner.
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Old 3rd Jan 2021, 19:00
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Just to clarify some information.

Luton Flying Club and the bar of the that name were one and the same and owned by Fred Pinchin (I think). As far as I recall Luton Flying Club ceased flying operations late 70s although I am unsure of the dates.

Luton Flight Training was started at Luton by Dave Lewis and his then partner (later wife) Joan Whitford in either the late 70s or early 80s. Whether immediately after the cessation of flying by Luton Flying Club or with a break in between I don't know.

Brian Bulpitt took me for my trial lesson in June 1983. He died peacefully after a period of ill health at the beginning of November 2020.
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Mickey, I learned to fly at LFC from 02/60 and got my PPL in 05/61..as I was an Apprentice at Halton,on meager pay,so I `hitched`back/forth at w/ends.D Campbell was CFI,assisted by Don Mayne,and the lovely Elizabeth Overbury...! difficult to concentrate to the `wafting `of Chanel 5` in the cockpit of an Auster at age17...
Became great friends with BB,who was an accomplished water-polo player,and his mate `Jock Taylor;both worked at Vauxhalls,I think . Others I flew with were,Olney,Baker,Middleton,Myson,Lewis ,Chew,as it seemed that anyone going on a trip would offer a spare seat to anyone in the Club...it was always helpful if you landed away,as someone had to swing the prop....
Of course,when I got my PPL,i then had a bit of a following from fellow Apprentices who wanted a trip,but they mostly wanted to fly back over Halton....Still,we split the cost,hitching ,and enough dosh for a `pint and a pie` on the way home.
​​​​​​ It took me another 20 hours and about 10 months to persuade the Club secretary,Carol,to `come fly with me`,but it may have been I had `blotted my copy-book` ,having take a couple of other girls flying in the meantime...oh, the perils of youthful romanticism in those days....!!
Sad to hear of BBs death....
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Third flight and first in a light aircraft was in 172 G-ASZW - the pilot was the wife of the airport director - she introduced herself as Mrs Collins IIRC.
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