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Capt Alan Dix

Old 2nd Jan 2011, 00:27
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Just want to say thanks Alan

Hello.. I'm only an armchair enthusiast but Alan's DVDs have brought me a lot of pleasure and beaming smiles since they first came out.
I just found this site after googling Alan to see what he was doing now and am sorry to hear of his misfortune. Was only after reading this that I realised how long ago these were done. Am watching the 'outakes' bit as I'm typing this .. God, that's genius :-)
If anyone has contact with Alan would you be so kind as to convey my very best wishes and thanks... a true gent !
I have long been interested in aviation and, rather late in life with no formal qualifications, I have begun a BA Hons and am doing an evaluation of CRM principles and how they can be applied in my role as a prison officer in critical incident situations. Bitten off rather more than I can chew with that one really but hey-ho.. if anyone can offer any tips please do let me know. Would have loved to have chatted with Alan over a cuppa about that.
Again, my sincere thanks
John Elliott, York, UK
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Old 2nd Jan 2011, 10:13
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I just spoke to him on the 'phone to pass on all your messages. He is absolutely fine and very appreciative.
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Old 25th Nov 2012, 21:48
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How is Alan these days?

I'm sitting watching the 1st video that Alan made for ITVV and I was wondering how he is keeping.
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Old 27th Nov 2012, 16:47
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Just spoke to him at length.

He is better than I have heard for some years.

Hope to drive down and see him soon.
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Old 28th Nov 2012, 11:48
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cool dude

Alan has to be the coolest pilot I ever met. I remember sitting on the ramp at Palma, during the horror delays of the late 70's and early eighties. After a couple of hours pestering ATC with the usual calls every 10 minutes to check the slot time, I noticed a nearby BAC111 closing the doors and pulling the steps away. Thinking they had run out of duty hours, I checked with the ramp agent to see who was heading for the hotel , and was amazed to discover it was Allen taking the crew for a paella. No doubt he made his slot time with minutes to spare, Talk about a cool operator.
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Old 28th Nov 2012, 12:38
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Should have gone via 8West!
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Old 28th Nov 2012, 13:20
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If only.

I used to dream of going via 8 West. With only VOR/DME I had enough trouble finding Blighty.
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Old 28th Nov 2012, 22:00
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I did actually go to the tower and file the oceanic route, Spanish simply refused to accept the re-plan, insisted I stick to the original. (B757 and we were cleared for ETOPS).
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Old 29th Nov 2012, 08:07
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parabellum

You should have worked for an airline that was on the ball that filed via 8 West as they were up to speed on the air traffic problem

B737 with Omega Rule Britannia

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Old 29th Nov 2012, 09:49
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Back to thread then, glad Alan Dix is sounding to be in good cheer. Can't keep a good fighter ace down. Back to off the thread as it is wildly entertaining; Parabellum should be congratulated for trying anything and thinking outside of the box. I was a lowly FO with Laker, same problem but one soooper Skipper filed for Menorca. Got airborne & then told ATC that for Ops reasons he was cancelling his Flt plan & refiled an airborne plan for LGW. We( damn, sorry, I like to pretend it was MY story) he got away with it. I was tucked up in my Crawley pad long before the rest of the mob even got their engines started. Fun days in aviation & Dixey was right there in the middle showing us how to get the job done.
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Old 29th Nov 2012, 15:20
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If I had to return to Crawley I think I would have preferred to go and have a paella
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Old 30th Nov 2012, 12:26
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Omega

Your Omega would not have found it. The paella, that is.
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Old 30th Nov 2012, 14:37
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On a similar theme ... flow regulation introduced slots to the Channel Islands from all of UK except from airports SOU, BOH & EXT.

After some 4 hours of sitting on the phone listening to a ringing tone we would re-file all our CI flights, from departure points all over UK, destination SOU with designated alternates of JER or GCI and they'd all get upon, somewhat belatedly, their merry way.

At some point of the morning the LATCC Civil Supervisor would call us, to the effect, "But you're cheating" ... We'd reply ... "But we wouldn't need to cheat if your flow regulators would answer the bl00dy telephone!

Oh ... the good ol' days when things weren't taken so seriously.
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Old 30th Nov 2012, 21:47
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You should have worked for an airline that was on the ball that filed via
8 West as they were up to speed on the air traffic problem
No amount of forward planning can get you round an impromptu, previously unannounced, strike by Barcelona ATCC, (supported by Bordeaux), at mid day on a Saturday during the holiday season!

The strike was over week-end manning, pay rates etc. and sparked off when two emloyees called in sick for the afternoon shift, but we found all this out later!.
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Old 30th Dec 2012, 09:35
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Does someone have an email for Alan please
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Old 30th Dec 2012, 09:42
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Sorry. Should have said he was my boss in Air Europe & I would love to say hello
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Old 30th Dec 2012, 10:01
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Dixie never did email. Even when he had a computer he only used it for writing letters!
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Old 1st Jan 2013, 16:04
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Also recall Alan's name from my short spell with Air Europe. Nice guy.
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 15:19
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Capt Dixie

Hi Fantom, I know it's been a few years but is there any update on Alan's health and condition?
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Old 20th Sep 2019, 13:50
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Just rang his care home and he's asleep. No report of untoward circumstances.
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