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Glamorgan flying club Rhoose airport

Old 11th Sep 2009, 07:12
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As I recall, the 747 incident was CP Air. The marshaller responsible dropped his bats and ran apparently - never to be seen again!
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Old 13th Sep 2009, 05:26
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definate CP air, I was with WD and not one of our aircraft,

spent many a good time in the flying club, when working in aviation was fun old IEA days etc
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Old 20th Sep 2009, 18:35
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Hi Guys, good memories of the club flooded back along with all those names from the past. I was with Air |Wales Mk1 in those days and later Dovey Aviation. John Morgan used to fly the Aztec foe me in those days, fond memories.
I saw Mike M in some far flung hotel o verseas when he hailed me as I was stepping into a lift - just goes to show how small a world it is.
Sad to see so many of the old faces are no longer with us but those special memories linger on - good days
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Old 21st Sep 2009, 11:18
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Glamorgan Flying Club

Hello fogmaster

I happened by your message, in which I (tall one with the beard, mostly at or near the bar) got a mention. Am slightly amazed by your long memory - they were obviously very `formative` days for you. Your memories of the Nightfighter and The Broom may not be as good, depending on your tolerance to alcohol at the time. I do recall someone`s parents having a few tears on the patio. I also recall someone (and I hope it wasn`t you) falling onto a lit three-bar electric fire following a session with the Broom, and thereby suffering (minor-ish) burns.
Did you drink rather a lot of vodka, mixed with Ribena, from a teapot, or am I thinking of someone else?
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Old 22nd Sep 2009, 10:16
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Glamorgan Rhoose Flying Club

Hi All
Used to fly the Cessna 404 Titan for RRW night mail each night from CWL to LTN around 1980 s. Cliff Hubbard also flew same route using Exec Express Titans...Went on to fly with Gill ex CWL-LPL night freight then IEA B737/757.... Ended up 20yrs later with Go/EZY left seat B737.. Many fond memories with IEA...is Bob Seed still around?? Please pm if you have any info...thanks.
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Old 22nd Sep 2009, 11:45
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Does anyone go back a bit further to the days of Auster G ANFU? I did a bit of flying as a passenger in her. The most notable flight was with the late Marcus Edwards to the Lockheed aerobatic championships at Bagington (grass airfield in those days) . I was given the job of navigator based on the dubious fact that, as an ATC cadet, I knew the theory. Well, we did get there and back but it is a good job that there was a lot less controlled airspace around Birmingham than there is now and it really was much prettier to return over the Cotswolds. Basis of most of my errors was that none of us noticed that the ASI was in mph and not knots.

Another character I flew with was, I think called Dave? Morgan, who went on to fly with Cambrian. How he managed that I don't know because he rapidly got bored with s&l flying. Last time I flew with him we chased a motorbike down the runway at Llandow. Guy nearly fell off when he looked over his shoulder to see an Auster a few yards behind and above him.

The CFI in those days, I think, was Barnard who I last met in about 1970 at Bournemouth when he tested me for my RT rating.
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Old 22nd Sep 2009, 19:18
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Some of the Cardiff Flyers still meet up every Thursday night at the Red Lion Bonvilston from about 845pm
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Old 24th Sep 2009, 19:34
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GFC

Hi Landtraveller, You remember well the good old days too. Do you remember the drives to the spotted dog and the spinning drives home... Airbrakes out. (doors open). ?? What about the night stuck in the airport lounge due to the snow. ? had to break into the kitchen only to find 500 bloody cornded beef sandwiches. !! So many to remember hey.
send me a pm with some contact details and we will talk.

I am still flying (commercial jets) and having a ball still. !

Get in touch soon ok
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Old 24th Sep 2009, 19:44
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Good god WARE. !!!!

Well well well... Nice to hear from you CW. You might remember me...
17 year old lad fair hair who loved to emmulate Bob thursby ! (even got a flying jacket the same as his. Bob called it.... Son of yellow flying jacket) !! I wonder if still has his ? I remember you very well CW. many nights at the bar with all the singing and drinking... usually initiated by Bob and Nigel. ! PM me your e mail / tel and i will surprise you with a lot more memories from the good old days.
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Old 1st Dec 2009, 19:28
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Does anyone remember the famous 'fancy dress party'? When Bob Thursby and about six others put on a wig, a pilots shirt and a packet of B&H in their to pockets. When asked what they came as they all replied Dave Thomas!!
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Old 10th Jan 2010, 20:36
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Friends I will never forget

Where do I start?

By chance today, a friend and old pilot from the Glamorgan day's called me here in Canada. After a short while we drifted onto the aviation topic, and he told me about this link.
So many names mentioned, and all I remember. Some are no longer with us, but many are. Of those that have posted ahead of me I recognise only 2 maybe 3. I know who's parents had a restaurant, and of course MJF I recognise you.
Acft are mentioed like the Rockwell Group. I assume we mean G-CRIL? One day about 20 years ago I had to fly a C414 (G-BTSG - Dovey Aviation) into Luton for a paint job. Rather than rent a car and drive to Cardiff, I talked Dave Andrew's (Who had bought his share from Graham Jones) Into following me down and I would cover the AVGAS. Just out of Luton the cockpit went dark and an old Camberra bomber went off to the North. I would estimate seperation of less than 100' vertically. G-ARRP, Did we not fly to Tattenhill to collect G-BNNS? "Mike".
Well if I havent sent you all to sleep already, I'm still in touch with Graham Jones and Barry Mahoney But would like to hear how the following are doing.

Steve Mathews
Neil Hazell
Pauline Owens
Geoff Wadham
Nigel Hughes

Regards
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Old 10th Jan 2010, 21:00
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Cardiff Wales Flying Club

What happened to Mr David Howell's?
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Old 11th Jan 2010, 11:39
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Hi Mike,

After 2 crashes, and with his family on board both times it may have been the right decision to call it a day.
It's kind of weird that both of these acft appeared in my log book on the same day.
One evening whilst sitting in the Cambrian Bar (Niall had sold to dai Jones) Steve Mathews asked me to ferry the newly repaired C172 G-BFGD back to it's owner at Biggin Hill.My very fitst flight in a 172. And in return he would check me out on the Arrow G-BMKE on the return to CWL. Sue Jenkins accompanied me in the 172 to Biggin and looked terrified when I told her it was my first 172 flight also, but she did go on to buy G-OVFR another 172.
Back to Dave, and I have to admit that short time later I did smash up his newly aquired Tomahawk G-BPPD.

Ian
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 11:57
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Cambrian Flying Club

I learned to fly in the days of Mike Mylan's Cambrian Flying Club. My trial flight was on 23/10/1982 with John Cartwright in G-BGKX who later became my instructor. Many years of fun ensued ( if only those bedroom walls could talk!!! ). At one point bought John Boyd's Grumman AA1 ( G-AYLO ) and later an old Cessna 310 ( G-ASYV ). Finally ended up joining the Rockwell Group ( G-CRIL ) in the days of Ken Price, Steve Norris, John Reynolds, Alan Lidster, Graham Jones etc. After the demise of the Club in its various names and guises became a founder of the Private Flying Group and ultimately Cardiff - Wales Flying Club. Worked part time as an instructor for many years before joining what was then Manx Airlines on the Jetstream 41 at Cardiff in 1997. Left the airline in 2008 after ten years and worked for a Corporate operator until March 2009 when unfortunately the Company went into liquidation. Still looking for work but the industry is dire at the moment.
If anyone out there knows me and would like to get in touch please PM me. Query to an earlier post : was the Llantwit restaurant called Quaintways or am I getting confused with someone else ?
Happy New Year to all. Let's hope 2010 is brighter than 2009 !
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Old 15th Jan 2010, 11:24
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Ah, would that be the famous trouserless barman?
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Old 15th Jan 2010, 18:37
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Don't know about barman but was very often trouserless!!!!!! (DSJ)
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Old 16th Jan 2010, 12:12
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Sounds like I'm 'different generation' but pleased to have found this thread.
As a youngster my dad paid for my first flight, C182 G-AXEC at Cardiff (16/8/80). I was hooked!
Dad quite rightly wouldn't stump up for more rides. I sold what very little I had that was worth anything at all to the second hand shop, went back and paid for a 20-min pleasure flight in PA23 G-BBRJ 25/8/80. Only told Dad about that about a year ago. Anyone here fly those trips?

no more nite flights wrote: Hi All
Used to fly the Cessna 404 Titan for RRW night mail each night from CWL to LTN around 1980 s. Cliff Hubbard also flew same route using Exec Express Titans...Went on to fly with Gill ex CWL-LPL night freight then IEA B737/757.... Ended up 20yrs later with Go/EZY left seat B737.. Many fond memories with IEA...is Bob Seed still around?? Please pm if you have any info...thanks.


Circa 1979/1980 (by Bill Donaghue): Some 12 year old local lad thrilled to bits to be airside amongst the aircraft and taking pictures...



...who didn't know at the time he'd save enough for 40 lessons and have a ball learning to fly ten years later, in the very same G-BGXB. Thanks Terry!

During the training I flew as pax in G-OVFR with Sue Jenkins to Goodwood (where FR is now based); C172 G-ARUZ with M White ferrying C Gosling to Hurn to collect G-BPRV; in the P68 G-BFVO that was being used for multi engine training, and front left seat pax in G-OIEA PA-31P to Lulsgate, which was a fabulous if rather short ride!

Still learning, still flying - sadly no longer into EGFF, much as I would love to (Signature prices see to that). Still, lots of happy memories!

(P.S. it was CPAir, I remember the sound of breaking glass...)

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Old 16th Jan 2010, 14:52
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Glamorgan Flying club / Caediff Wales Flying club

I did my PPL at GFC 1984/5 (Camrian Aviation) when Niall was running it, my instructors were Steve Mathews, Bob Brenon, Lyn ??? she was a captain later with Air 2000 on 757s I think. I was a founding member of the 'Dreaded PFG' which ultimately became CWFC, which brought about the demise of Cambrian Aviation. Some of the names mentioned I remember some I don't. Still in contact with Barry who recently retired, and see Bob occassionaly at EGFF or at the Red Lion.
I do remember the Cessna 172 incident at Usk, G-BMKE as mentioned by MJF.
Sadlyall gone now and I fear never to return. I still fly from EGFF.
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Old 16th Jan 2010, 15:49
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Would that be Leighton of Beagle Pup fame ?
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Old 16th Jan 2010, 20:29
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Lynne is back at CWL with BMI. Not seen Steve Mathews for several years, Bob B is still living locally. And yes, I did my instructors course on 'XB and others with Cliff in Jan 83. Tony Hubbard, AKA Radar is a 767 skipper for Thomsonfly at LGW and living near Goodwood.

Six Bells for a pint anybody?
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