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Groundloop 26th Oct 2017 12:26


Perhaps those who persist with reiterating the same old story
But isn't that exactly what TCT does?

Sam Rutherford 26th Oct 2017 15:43

I've been hearing a little more of the damage being caused to my reputation - some of which from people who should know better.

By better, I mean people who should/could ask me if what they have heard is correct or, as is generally the case, incorrect.

So, if anyone is busy being rude about me behind their back - they can feel free to post their thoughts here, in public (even anonymously) and I'll respond - publicly, openly and honestly.

I have only ever had one version of this story. One. It has been, and is, entirely correct and accurate.

Ms Curtis-Taylor has seen fit to issue FOUR "clarifying" statements over the last 18 months - each one different from the one before.

I'm sorry if my actions have embarrassed certain people or organisations but I felt forced to choose between 'team-player' for a team that wasn't exactly playing by the rules or 'whistle-blower'. I kept silent for many months, but when awards started being handed out I was forced to act (initially with a simple private request that she just politely refuse further honours). After a second request was also ignored, my hand was called. The rest is history.

Safe flights all, Sam.

Chris Martyr 26th Oct 2017 21:14

I'm happy to support Sam on this !
He is after all, the person who brought the whole of this into public view in the first place.
He isn't some low-life internet troll, but actually an intelligent professional man who operates a very specialised aviation service.
Had he not been in this position , then a whole load of inexact claims to fame could well have slipped through the media and fooled many . And it has to be remembered that the TC-T entourage have probably done very well out of all this anyway, despite having been well and truly rumbled.
Why can't they just hold their hands up to their shortcomings and let it all die a death , instead of placating some and not others.
I say again : Nobody could put this one to bed quicker than TC-T herself !

BEagle 30th Oct 2017 14:27

The Aviatrix
 
On BBC Four at 20:00 this evening:


The Lady Who Flew Africa: The Aviatrix


In 1928, Lady Heath became the first person to fly solo from Cape Town to London. Eighty-five years later, Tracey Curtis-Taylor sets out in a vintage biplane to retrace her flight.

Her extraordinary eight-and-a-half-week journey from Cape Town to Goodwood is nearly 10,000 miles long and takes her through 15 African countries. From the beauty of the wilderness to the challenge of flying through war-torn nations, Tracey faces many of the same challenges as her aviatrix predecessor.

With aviation fuel scarce and with a top speed of only 95 miles per hour, her progress is slow and at times frightening. Tracey will need the same courage and single-minded determination of Lady Heath if she is to make her lifelong dream come true.
:hmm:

airpolice 30th Oct 2017 17:46

We should all complain to the BBC about our Licence Fee, which we are legally obliged to pay, being spent on this fraud.

sharpend 30th Oct 2017 19:15


Originally Posted by BEagle (Post 9941273)
On BBC Four at 20:00 this evening:



:hmm:

I shall watch this program. I met the lady once and was totally unimpressed. That was prior to me reading these pages. Even less impressed now. Better the BBC screen my wife's epic 'The Lady who flew across Gloucestershire - solo!'

Haraka 30th Oct 2017 19:22

Does anybody else remember the days when BBC reporting standards were actually respected world-wide as a bench mark ?

It seems so long ago now.................................

Steve6443 30th Oct 2017 21:29

I've been watching the program and must say I'm shocked by her total lack of professionalism. In particular the fact that she admits to flying whilst suffering from a cold..... What part of IMSAFE does she not understand?

I s the pilot suffering from any illness or symptom of an illness which might affect them in flight?

M edication - Is the pilot currently taking any drugs (prescription or over-the-counter)?

sharpend 30th Oct 2017 22:05

Yes, i have just watched that crap. Quite interesting really and well staged. For example the Steerman took off with just one pilot, then, miraculously, later in the flight, a second pilot appeared. She also mentioned flying alone, but for goodness sake, who/what took all those aerial pictures? One thing I also noticed was the film director's policy to push her so-called image... those who watched the program will know what i mean. She has gone down in my estimation...

newsjunkie 31st Oct 2017 11:44

I am interested to know more from G-Kest about how TCT makes "efforts to inspire" girls and young women "through pursuing the STEM elements of the school and university syllabi". What exactly does this mean? I know she has done talks (for which she was paid) to some private schools. What are these "efforts"?

SATCOS WHIPPING BOY 31st Oct 2017 13:56

STEM
That will be:

Suggest a fanciful endeavour
Take the money
Embellish what actually happened
Move-on to the next gullible benefactor

That is the only inspiration I can see from BiaB. This will drag on, she will reap the rewards and we will be seen as bitter and twisted.

There are too many questions left unanswered dating back to the very start of this sham. So far only LAA have taken the right steps; others remain with their heads in the sand hoping it will blow over.

Danny42C 31st Oct 2017 14:12

I watched the programme. It was a masterpiece of clever editing, giving the completely wrong public impression (that she had been flying alone), without ever using the word "solo". And that she stowed all her kit in the PT-17, whereas the bulk of it was in the 'chase' aircraft which supported her and carried the camera crew.

Tried, without success, to see someone in front, but sharpend (#3917) must've better eyes than my tired old ones !

Truly, a "work of art" ! (or artifice ?) But nice to see the old Stearman again !

Forfoxake 31st Oct 2017 14:30

You could often see a head in front of hers on the shots from the rear, and someone was definitely in the front cockpit on landing at Goodwood. Wonder who?

Jonzarno 31st Oct 2017 16:44


Tried, without success, to see someone in front
I only watched the second half. Unlike a previous poster I wasn’t about to give up University Challenge for this :p

During the second half, in the shots taken from the back of the aircraft and behind Ms Curtis-Taylor, you can clearly see the back of a second head moving in the front cockpit. Also, in the final landing back in the UK, the only time during the time I was watching that the aircraft is filmed from the side and close enough to see, there are clearly two people in it.

I agree about the editing, it is a masterpiece: probably deserves a BAFTA for that if for nothing else... :rolleyes:

brakedwell 31st Oct 2017 16:54


Originally Posted by Jonzarno (Post 9942522)
I only watched the second half. Unlike a previous poster I wasn’t about to give up University Challenge for this :p

I did record it, but Midsommer Murders come first ;)

creweite 31st Oct 2017 17:21


Originally Posted by brakedwell (Post 9942529)
I did recorded it, but Midsommer Murders come first ;)

Amen to that! We like to watch these on streaming video in Florida, but no new episodes. Love to see shots of English villages as I remember them from my youth.

B Fraser 31st Oct 2017 19:24

Was that the owner of the aircraft seen diagnosing the misfire ? There was no explanation of who he was so one can only presume that it was Ewald, the on-board directional consultant.

http://i.imgur.com/ivtfYFe.jpg

Mike Flynn 31st Oct 2017 23:04


Originally Posted by Jonzarno (Post 9942522)
I only watched the second half. Unlike a previous poster I wasn’t about to give up University Challenge for this :p

During the second half, in the shots taken from the back of the aircraft and behind Ms Curtis-Taylor, you can clearly see the back of a second head moving in the front cockpit. Also, in the final landing back in the UK, the only time during the time I was watching that the aircraft is filmed from the side and close enough to see, there are clearly two people in it.

I agree about the editing, it is a masterpiece: probably deserves a BAFTA for that if for nothing else... :rolleyes:


The Goodwood clip was repeated at Sydney.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vMjBuu10l2w

Tracey Curtis-Taylor finishes UK to Australia biplane flight - BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35271182

brakedwell 1st Nov 2017 20:29

Two heads are visible from the rear after departure from Mersa Matru.

BossEyed 1st Nov 2017 23:45

You guys do know that this was the same programme as originally transmitted in 2015, don't you?

That is, the moans at the beginning of the thread are still going to be valid and there's no need to go round the buoy again.


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