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Paramount Airways..

Old 10th Apr 2005, 19:39
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Paramount Airways..

Where are all the Paramount Airways pilots, cabin crew and managers? Anyone know where our ex MD J.F. is?
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Old 17th Apr 2005, 20:11
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paramount

Are you talking about the paramount that used to operate out of Bristol ?
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Old 18th Apr 2005, 14:44
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Yes, that's the one. They operated MD83s and also had bases at BHX and CWL.
The MD took a long holiday afterwards at Her Majesty's expense!
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Old 18th Apr 2005, 15:48
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I flew with Capt Graham Jones in 1995 based out of JED on a corporate Bac 1-11.

Would love to know where he is now.

Cheers

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Old 18th Apr 2005, 18:54
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The fate of the 4 MD-83 aircraft:

http://www.md80.net/yabbse/index.php?topic=1875.0

Jan-Erik @ www.md80.net
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Old 18th Apr 2005, 21:48
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Wasn't Keith Barrington with Paramount at BHX ?
Good guy - what happened to him ?
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Old 20th Apr 2005, 19:57
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Anybody know what happened to the 737-300 G-PATE, I went to Seattle to bring this back to Bristol. The last time I saw this A/C it was taking off from Bristol for Australia with a palm tree painted on the side.
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Old 21st Apr 2005, 08:58
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Anybody know what happened to the 737-300 G-PATE
Now PP-VOR with Varig as pictured here last month
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Old 26th Apr 2005, 21:11
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I flew with Capt Graham Jones based out of JED in 98/99 on a F900. He retired end of 99 and returned to the UK. To my knowledge he lives near Southhampton.

A real Gentleman and a pleasure to fly with.

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Old 27th Apr 2005, 03:41
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g5 tom: he is indeed a gentleman. If you ever find out an email address for him, please let me know. Many thanks.

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Old 27th Apr 2005, 17:48
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Does anyone recall which of the Paramount MD83s was involved in an incident in the late 1980s whilst operating a private charter from LGW to NCE? It copped a load of snow into the engines on rotation and only just made it into Filton (for long runway) at the second attempt.
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Old 27th Apr 2005, 21:15
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I have to put my hand up to that
I was the contoller on my own at the time.
Yes he took off but it was ice ingestion that caused problems.
They got to 15000ft but were losing power on both enginges.
They were heading south,but I told them to start heading west.
Our spare engines were at Filton,and yes it does have a long
runway.Lulsgate was closed in snow,Filton not great but the
snow wasn't settling.Anyway the crew did an amazing job,and
everyone came out safe.

To change the subject slightly.

I am half way through a book.And yes it's about Paramount.
It's fiction but anyone from the ex compamy would be really
welcome if you have any good or bad memories.The front page
shows a Paramount 757 taking off.Yes we didn't have them.
but wait until you see the cover.
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Old 28th Apr 2005, 08:42
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Thanks for the info, prb46. I had many friends on the MD83 that detoured to Filton, and they were not in great shape after the experience. It was an event that could have turned out very differently, as sadly it did for a SAS MD83 in Sweden in almost identical circumstances not long afterwards. I have never been able to locate any official report on the Paramount incident, even though I am sure that one must have been produced; do you know of one?
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Old 29th Apr 2005, 20:03
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I am sure I have that incident on video gathering dust in my cupboard. I must dig it out that will bring back some memories.
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Old 2nd May 2005, 21:22
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Sorry for the delay........been away.
Seven or eight pilots joined Virgin Atlantic and a couple are still there.
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Old 6th May 2005, 12:13
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I flew G-PATE on many occasions in Australia where Paramount crews operated under the Ansett Airlines banner during a pilot's strike in 1989. Paramount finally went broke. I actually joined Amber Airways (acquired later by Paramount) from a previous job with Air Nauru. Amber Airways had a 737-200 on wet lease to Dragonair in 1988 and after getting my Brit ATPL organised, I was sent to fly with Amber in Hong Kong with Captain Mike Kennett who ran the wet lease there.

I found Paramount (and Amber Airways) a wonderful bunch of chaps to fly with. Pity about the unwelcome reception that one received at the hands of the Dragonair pilots union at the time.

Is Mike Kennett still around?
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Old 15th May 2005, 12:59
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I hear that Gerry Evans is a captain with Thomas Cook.
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Old 23rd May 2005, 19:00
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I have just spoken with Keith Barrington. Please send me a PM and I will send you his mobile number if you are still interested!!
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Old 12th Jun 2005, 13:09
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Have heard from one of our new pilots that Ian McLean is teaching CRM in Jerez!
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Old 14th Jun 2005, 11:21
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I joined Paramount (initially Amber Airways) from Australia in February 1989 on the 737-200. Mike Kennett gave me the job after I met him in Hong Kong while he was there with a Amber Air British 737 on lease to Dragon Air, and I was over-nighting with an Air Nauru 737.

There was a knock on my hotel door and it was ex Air Nauru pilot Stu Harris, now with Amber Air, asking if I was interested in a job. The chief pilot Mike Kennett happened to be a few doors down and I was offered a job after a half hour chat over bacon and eggs. All I had to do was to get myself to England and obtain a British ATPL.

One month later with a hot ATPL in my hand I started flying with Paramount.

Names in my log book are Henry Phyo, Paul Hegan, Mike Mylan, Dusty Rhodes, Stu Harris, David Parsons, Dave Wilmott, Jock Watson, Tony Scott, Songer, Lee, Al Hambley, Gary Rafferty, Ben Bosworth, Bob Baker, Mike Ross, John Foster, Steve Kylie, Neil Heather, Jim Graham, Simon Wheeler, Terry Easterbrook, Steve Moody, Jim Ellis, Norm Tregaskis, Dick Felix, Dave Lloyd, Alan Stout, Tony Trent, Rob McCaw, Ian McClean, Tony Unwin, Les Hounsome, Uncle Tom Cobley and All. And who can forget that true English gentleman Capt. Brian Morgan. And Vivian Rigby his secretary who was so much help to me.

Lots of wonderful memories of merry overnights and ever so friendly people - cabin staff, admistrative staff and aircrew alike.
I would have stayed there forever except the airline went broke eventually. I flew the very last revenue flight which was in 737-300 G-PATE from Hobart in Tasmania to Melbourne. Soon after the aircraft was ferried somewhere overseas - I don't know where. A sad day indeed for us all.

Whoops! Just realised I had earlier posted something about my involvement with Paramount. Sorry if I seem to have doubled up on info. Old age I guess!
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