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Old 7th Jan 2019, 17:12
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Derek Piggott

Derek Piggott died yesterday, 6th January 2019, following a stroke. I'm sure a great many people here have met him, the lucky ones flew with him.
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Old 7th Jan 2019, 17:49
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Flew with him when I was a member at Lasham and he was CFI, then got to know him better when he submitted several articles to Today's Pilot. An amazing pilot, lovely bloke and a life well lived.
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Old 7th Jan 2019, 20:28
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Flew with him back in the 1970ís. A full and fascinating life. His books (autographed) and read many times have always had a prominent place on my aviation book shelves.

When I was a kid he WAS gliding. I bet he wasnít scratching for lift on his way to heaven!

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Old 8th Jan 2019, 06:36
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He sent me off in the Olympia at Lasham in ‘57.Happy times. We met again on the display pilots committee. Very quiet chap, but a fascinating guy if you could get him to talk about his experiences which wasn’t easy.
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 16:03
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My initiation into flying was with Derek Piggott at Lasham in 1958 in a T21; in among every other gem he imparted, he taught us to fly accurately. Careless turns would earn an instant rebuke; "Keep the ball in the middle!". (Or was it the string on the pitot tube? Did the T21 even have a T&S indicator?). So would a failure to judge an approach so as to touch down precisely where he wanted it, a lesson that later came through in successful field landings, as well as unwanted forced landings (2) in powered aircraft.

It's a sad closure to an era.

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Old 11th Jan 2019, 18:32
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How sad to hear, 96 is a good innings though.
Derek sent me for my first solo gliding in the early 1980s. Read a couple of his books avidly too.
Condolences to his family.
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