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cats_five 7th Jan 2019 16:12

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.

DaveUnwin 7th Jan 2019 16:49

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.

Sir Niall Dementia 7th Jan 2019 19:28

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!


rotorfossil 8th Jan 2019 05:36

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.

old,not bold 11th Jan 2019 15:03

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.

alfalpha 11th Jan 2019 17:32

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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