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Fairflight Biggin Hill

Old 1st Dec 2007, 16:35
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Location: Leighbridge, Headcorn, Kent TN27 9PD UK
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Great to see lots of good ol' boys still sitting up and taking notice (along with their Cocoa)

Does anyone remember a story of Fred testing his outboard motor, clamped to the kitchen table in Bramis House - I never did know it that was truth or rumour.

Anyone remember the 'Wrong' brothers, building their pedal-powered helicopter in the back of the hangar?

I expect everyone will remember some motorsport events that may (or may not) have taken place after dark. D**** P***** having to explain to parents the unfortunate accident to their camper!!!

Remember - if it's not fun, you're doing it wrong.
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Old 2nd Dec 2007, 12:06
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GHNRY. Are you GSF? If so, send me a PM. 763jock.
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Old 2nd Dec 2007, 13:03
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John Dias

John is doing well with his software program, infact I may be buying it my operation www.247jet.biz. Sadly Mike Coppen passed away 5 years ago from diabetic complications same as my Dad Fred who went in1994 RIP. You can find John thru Fay at Avtech in Biggin Hill.
One of my P&W JT15 being OH by H&S end of the month, are you involved with that?
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Old 4th Dec 2007, 03:40
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Hi Robin, Rhys here, you can get me on
[email protected]
Sorry to hear about Mike

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Old 5th Dec 2007, 22:21
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Just found this thread.
Some of my BH memories-1975, meet Alan Bramson at Surrey & Kent for my AFI test which I pass. Later, I visit all the clubs armed with my new AFI rating looking for a part-time job. Kevin Hills at ATC gives me a weekend job instructing on Rallyes (and I'll be forever grateful to him). Some names I remember from ATC - Eddie Asquith, John Casselden, John Quayle, Colin Corp.
1976 pass IMC instructor test with Hector Taylor (at E. Mids).
1977 I pass my multi-engined GFT (on G-ARED) with Garry Studd after instruction over two days from Dr Dickie Stanhope.
1982 and now armed with a CPL, John Dow Smith gives me a weekend instructing job at BHSF; this lasted less than a year due to 'a clash of personalities'! Some names from BHSF - Rod Boath, Gerry Nock, Lee Roach, Jerry Andrews, Peter Dallosso (he was CFI and I think ex-Laker DC10). I got my FIC approval whilst at BHSF and took a T67 to Shoreham for my flight test with a reputedly gay BAC1-11 captain who was the examiner. I have a still-vivid memory of said examiner placing his hand on my thigh and saying 'now show me a loop, my dear chap'!
From 1986 until very recently I was gainfully employed as an airline pilot.
And finally, Rhys Perraton checked me out in B121 G-AXHM (Pup) in Oct 1972 at Denham - THIRTY FIVE years ago!
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Old 7th Dec 2007, 19:23
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Hi Rhys

Good to hear from you, I will be in touch soon.
I can be contacted on [email protected].

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Old 8th Dec 2007, 18:37
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PM for you.
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Old 23rd Dec 2007, 16:30
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Hi Folks

I am simply amazed that the thread I started a long time ago is still going!!!

Keith - I have sold the fibreglass 308 GTB - am now looking for a 246GT Dino - getting expensive....

Where is Eddie Asquith Dave Brown and Dick Stanhope???

I spoke to Dave (ex ops) a little while ago - now has 6 kids - he did
not work night shifts....

Keep the info coming in.. Happy Xmas and a GREAT 2008 to you all..

Very Best Wishes

Mike Gray

White Rose Aviation
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Old 17th May 2010, 21:55
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Eddie Asquith

Old thread, but Eddie Asquith was a great instructor who got me through the PPL.

Would be great to hear from him, and the other Air Touring crew, again.
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Old 17th May 2010, 23:15
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Hi there, just found your post. I last saw Keith in Geneva. I think he was flying a private jet. Right up his street I'd have thought. Roger Brown was a Captain with BA via B. CAL as was I eventually, though via Dan-Air so definitely second class. Me, bitter, surely not. I haven't heard hide nor hair of the others, though Peter Higgs ended up with BA I think. Who are you? Drop me a line.

Barrie Lawless
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Old 20th May 2010, 14:51
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Hiya Rhys, I finally stopped flying the jets and will be keeping my hand in with the Tiger Club on the Moth if I ever get the time off work! Do quite a bit of training & examining in the sim (737 & 75/76) plus training TRIs and TREs etc. Presently in Botswana on a recurring consultancy mission and sailing my old boat round the Med in between.
Good to see a bunch of the old names being bandied about, I arranged to meet Mick a few months ago but he went to the wrong pub!! I will try again next time back in Blighty.
Rgds to old mates, Jim
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Old 21st May 2010, 06:48
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There was a girl working in the office in 1986-87, She was called Tamsin I think. Anyone know where she is now?
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Old 15th Jul 2010, 08:52
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Barrie Lawless Rip

I have sad news that Barrie passed away in France on 12 July 2010. He fought so courageously over the past two years and now he can finally stop.

He will be cremated this Friday (16 July 2010) at 15.30 at Niort, close to where he lived in France with his wife, Carolyn. Something will be arranged later in the UK (not sure when) so that his friends and family can get together and give him a good send-off.

Please raise a glass of your best and remember him as the humorous, cheeky, loving man that he was.

Posted by Mandi Sharpe (now Meek)
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Old 6th Jan 2012, 22:33
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Just found this very old posting on google, did you here from any of the old engineers? I used work in the hanger, the good old days.
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Old 7th Jan 2012, 23:41
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Fairflight Engineers

Chap still at Biggin Hill are:
Calvin Weeden, with F1 at the old RAF side.
Miles Weeden with Jet Aviation, old Fairflight hanger.
Neil Crudguington with Rizon Jet.
Andrew Gillies with Avalon Aero.

John Diaz, living in Westerham, still doing his CAFAM stuff.


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Old 13th Jan 2012, 22:43
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Whilst I never worked for them, I used to handle their flights when I ran Air Reps (UK) at Luton Airport. Terrible with names, but I'm sure I'd recognise some crew if I saw them again.
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Old 17th May 2013, 21:34
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I just found this site. Not a pilot but... Mandy, Nikki and myself Anne Searles flew as flight attendants with Fairflight around 1980. Some names I remember, Ian Faggetter, Gary Studd, Rhys Perraton, Keith Faulkner, Andy Cherry-Downes , Ed Murton, Eddie Asquith. Dave Newcomb was in ops. Anyone out there remember me? It would be fantastic to hear from you. [email protected]
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Old 8th Jun 2013, 10:55
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Hi Ann

Hi Ann,
Talk about a blast from the past.
Don't know if you remember me, Shaun Mayhew I was with fair Fairflight/Air Ecosse 1980-1986 on Banderante Shorts 330/360 and Citation 1/2, went to B'Cal just before Ed Merton Edi Asquith, Rees went to Bruni Ian Faggerter went to BA
I am still flying, am on Global Express now having just done 10yrs in Moscow on a BBJ (time for a change) Saw Andy Cherry Downs not long ago he is on Global too
I now live in Bath and Mallorca
All the best
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Old 10th Jun 2013, 00:36
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Hi Shaun, lost your e.mail, good to hear you are still about.
If you talk to Andy C-D send my Salaams.
E.mail me if you can.
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Old 9th Jul 2013, 17:49
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Does anyone remember, or is any one, the Girl /Lady who worked i the office ,and ops, sometimes flew as cabin crew especially on charters 1984/5 ish,

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