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King-Air Flying Club. Biggin Hill (Late '70's)

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King-Air Flying Club. Biggin Hill (Late '70's)

Old 1st Aug 2006, 14:09
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Cyril was my PPL instructor in 1984 - excellent trainer, often because of what he didn't say than what he did!

Your comment about his Old Holborn brings back many memories; I'm very sad to hear of his passing.
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Old 16th Sep 2006, 14:21
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What became of Alan Carter ?
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Old 17th Sep 2006, 19:11
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Didnt TONY BEALE fly there
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Old 20th Sep 2006, 07:49
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Tony (do you mind if I smoke whilst teaching you how to land) Beal.I worked at BHSF with him.
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Old 27th Nov 2007, 21:34
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Location: Leighbridge, Headcorn, Kent TN27 9PD UK
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I, too, did my IR with King Air. With Gordon in the Apache, and George doing his crossword while I wandered all over the virtual sky in the sim!

Lots of fun, especially with Gordon's home-made IFR approaches back into Biggin when the wx was a bit limiting.
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 01:51
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I believe Gordan passed away a few years ago and Richard Elles as well,

For those who have not visted the airport of late, The King Air,Civil Air (Including Joes bar) and BHSF club houses are all being pulled down to make way for some super hangar,

Joes closed down early September but the members have been allowed use of the Biggin Hill squah club in Jail Lane if your intrested

Hopefully in the new year we may be able to get a club house/bar of some discription back on the airport.

PS Joe has now retired to Spain and his son Gary is now a skipper with Sleazy Jet
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Old 30th Nov 2007, 16:29
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There was an Alan Carter who worked for AirUK/KLMuk/Buzz until around 2000ish. I know he lived somewhere near Gatwick.
I don't know what he is up to now but he did attend the last AirUK reunion at the start of September.
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Old 5th Dec 2007, 21:36
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Is this the Alan Carter who (allegedly) managed to lock himself out of his car with the engine still running, in a carpark at LGW and had to summon his father from home with the spare key?
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Old 1st Apr 2009, 11:01
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AirUK Alan Carter retired from flying due ill health a few years ago. Something to do with the alleged fumes on 146 flightdecks I think.
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Old 1st Apr 2009, 18:20
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Alan is pictured here.

Air Uk Reunion 2008 / DSC_1472.jpg
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Old 18th Jun 2010, 03:38
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Air Touring Club

Hello. I had flying lessons at Air Touring Club in 1976 when Kevin Hills was the CFI.
Dave Turner was my flight instructor. It was a great experience and I remember my first solo in vivid detail. Unfortunately I did not follow up with my training. However I would love to hear from anyone who was at the Club in those days. I am now living in Palm Springs, California.
Regards, Alan Collins
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Old 18th Jun 2010, 12:28
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Join Date: Jun 2004
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Wurzle, Kevin Hills is my uncle and is now flying 777's for Lauda/Austrian Airlines. Dave Turner now lives in South Africa. You may well remember my grandmother, Evvie, who used to work behind the bar/restaurant, also my mum Doreen, dad Norman and aunt Barbara. Happy Days !!!
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Old 19th Jun 2010, 04:10
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Airgirl, thanks for the reply, Wow . from a MS880 Rallye Club to B777, Kevin's a lucky guy. I do remember Barbara, and I also remember the bar where I had a straight scotch trying to stop my knees shaking after my first solo, lol. Maybe it was your grandmother that served me. Everyone at the club was very helpful, and a great place to hang out. My regards to Kevin when you next see him, although I doubt he will remember me. Fond memories. All the best.
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Old 19th Jun 2010, 20:12
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Hi Wurzle, glad you remember Barbara. It probably was my nan that served you with your scotch, either that or my mum. It is a huge change isnt it MS880B to 777 !! I will pass on your regards to kevin next time we all get together, I am trying to finish my PPL at Biggin so keeping up the family tradition!!
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Old 21st Jun 2010, 00:15
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Hi Airgirl, glad to hear that you are keeping up the family tradition. I read your thread about believing in yourself. Some great advice there. So many of the stories are in line with my experience on my first solo. It will happen when it's supposed to. Good luck, I will be watching for your post telling us all how exciting it was for you. All the best.
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 12:16
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Wurzle, thank you so much for your support. The solo will come soon I am sure, it is just me not believing enough in myself. I am very lucky to have a very supportive, long suffering instructor. Will keep you all posted when the Great Day comes!!
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Old 25th Jun 2010, 14:39
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Where are they now

Bill and Eileen,Bill used to refill the Aircraft from the old Bowser,and Eileen used to serve behind the Bar...when Silvia allowed her to. lol
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Old 25th Jun 2010, 14:57
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Cool King Air F/C

I joined King Air,when they were in the old prefab building,east of the present Club House of Cabair.That was in 1972,and the price of 1hr in the Cessna 150...JW or BC or JX was 6.50,yes it really was.......I flew first with a David Coxhill,then Richard Ellis,once or twice with Cyril Knight,but most of the time with Gordon King...i wasted a lot of my time on "Jollies",flying over my mothers flats in Bermondsey and wing waggling.....I did manage to 1st Solo on a lovely Sept evening that had a funny date 27th sept 72(Same Backwards).On Runway 110..i could see columns of smoke in the fields going straight up into the sky,and there was Gordon King,pretending to fiddle about with the Hatch on JV...then Congrats from the Tower on a "Greaser",and nice Whiskey from Gordon,(I didnt Drink)but welcomed it.I can remember being the only one in the air that evening.I never did actually PPL,moving to the iow,,but managed to log up 50 hrs,and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.All PPL's will know that you Never Forget That First Solo...oh and i have the King-Air Certificate to prove it ...Best wishes Bill Killick
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Old 29th Jun 2010, 11:32
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Geoffrey Darling

Does anyone remember Geoffrey Darling from KAFC ? This would have been 1974. We used to frequent a Club there called Runway 29. The others I went with were Claire Moore, John Lester and some I can't remember names of now.

Would love to now what Geoffrey was doing now. He was a Pilot back then, I believe, or at least had almost finished training.

Used to be a flight attendant with good old Dan-Air London and so did Claire Moore at one time!
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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 11:01
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Bill and Eileen Barnes

Eileen Barnes is alive and, not so well, coming up to 90 years old husband Bill Barnes died in 1986 Gordon and Lilian both died Lilian King in 1987 before she died she wrote to Eileen and said "who would have thought it would end like this" sorry that this is sad news. Being at Biggin Hill was a way of life for them all Bill was flying every week untill it tailed off in 1975 to the bare minimum to renew his license to 1980, Eileen kept everyone fed in the clubroom and watered with Lilian behind the bar, Gordon and Bill flew all over the place just to be in the air not to arrive at the destination. Bill Barnes was a keen home movie maker and recorded all the flights and the Airfairs from 1965 Bill and eileen took plenty of photos as well
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