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Paddy Tighe (ex Elstree)

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Old 2nd Aug 2009, 09:54
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Paddy Tighe (ex Elstree)

Does anyone know where he is? He was F.I. in Elstree who taught me how to fly.
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Old 2nd Aug 2009, 19:02
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Last I heard he was driving taxis in Watford. He was a much better drinking instructor than flying instructor, but great fun at the bar in the Three Horse shoes, and after in the bar at the Aeroclub. He once dropped his fag on the downwind leg and was rummaging around on the floor trying to find it. I made a comment, and was told to fly the the so called aeroplane (G-CGHM aka the Brick) and not to worry about the potential inferno. The sentence was interspersed with about twenty F's !!!!

If you're out there Paddy, I'll buy you a beer any time. (Even though you still owe me 350 !!!!!!!)
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Old 2nd Aug 2009, 19:24
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I also remember Paddy from Elstree although I doubt he remembers moi
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Old 3rd Aug 2009, 10:33
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One of the nicest Irishmen I've ever met. Did my CPL with Paddy at Elstree in 1965! Others on our course were Brian Graham, Larry Evans, Mark Clark, Hans Bauman, Mike Borman, John Phillips (The Emlyn Gremlin)
I have a photo of Paddy on his wedding day (Yeovil?): we all attended, including Geoff Warnes (RIP), but not being computer literate I don't know how to download it!! (Never did get to fly by wire; probably just as well!)
No money for food, and scrounging beers from the rich PPL's in the clubhouse!
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Old 3rd Aug 2009, 15:15
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Paddy Tighe

Thank you everyone for your inputs. Nouchat
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Old 6th Mar 2010, 15:49
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Paddy Tighe (ex Elstree)

Hi all. Does anyone by chance have further current particulars about my former F.I. Paddy? Where is he now? What does he do? How can one reach him? I owe him nothing except thanks for his effective instruction and he owes me nothing. He gave me a lasting love of flying which at my canonical age I am allowed to satisfy by flying only in the right seat. He also made a pilot out of my wife, but that's another story. Thanks.
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Old 7th Mar 2010, 19:02
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I used to be a F/I colleague of Paddy's, at EGTR, in the very early 70s.
The last I heard was that he had left flying and was 'cabbing' in Watford. That information is pretty old tho'.

You might try asking on Private Flying forums perhaps?
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Old 9th Mar 2010, 12:08
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Info on Paddy seems pretty scant ! I did hear that when 'Wings International' (always loved that one !) went belly-up, a few people were taken for money (including some who you wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of !)

As for me, the 350 is written off !

If you're out there Paddy, get on here !
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Old 29th Mar 2010, 10:18
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Many thanks for latest updates
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Old 10th Apr 2010, 09:04
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Ahhh! Paddy (aka Paddy Landklammer, skier extroadinaire), do an 800' circuit, tell the student its safer, (saves a few quid on fuel) who needs an office? I've got an old car in the car park (few more quid) 15-20 minutes is the ideal time for a lesson (back in the bar a bit quicker)(your shout). Once dumped the ashes of a departed Elstree guy from the "Brick", ashes returned to the aircraft via the DV window, poor chap spent many months behind the bar in the vacuum cleaner.
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Old 10th Apr 2010, 18:23
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HaroldsDad, did you know Roly Stallard ? I did my flying scholarship there in August 1965. Roly and a guy called Hans were lodging in the same house as I was. Roger Dyer was my instructor, don't remember Paddy.
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Old 11th Apr 2010, 14:03
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Many thanks Gentlemen. Lots of memories but no sure trace. He owes me nothing. I owe him my PPL. Just want a word with him about something personal. Let it be, let it be.
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Old 11th Apr 2010, 15:11
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Anyone remember a couple of 16/17 year olds - 1960-62/63 - we washed and fuelled aeroplanes in the hope of the offer of a trip. Chris Westerman went off to Canada to be a geologist and oil propsector, sadly killed a few years back in a helicopter crash in S America. I went on to a Flying Scholarship (Sywell), RAFC Cranwell and a short flying career on Canberras before a sticky eardrum put paid to that. Went back in the RAF later as an administrator, but managed to do quite a lot of flying - so thank you Elstree, for getting me started.
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Old 19th Apr 2010, 08:59
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Hello Hobo,

Yes, I do remember Roly Stallard. If I remember correctly, he had a beard, blinked a lot, and used to race motorbikes round the I.O.M.TT! Very nice bloke as I recall, but haven't heard of him since I left Elstree in the Spring of '65 with my shiny new CPL in my hand! The only Hans I knew was Hans Bauman (?). I think he went to fly for Lufthanser.
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Old 25th Apr 2010, 11:15
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As far as I know, Roly Stallard went to BEA as a Trident pilot. I seem to recall bumping into him many years ago in T1 at LHR but I have heard nothing of him since then. I am sure he must be well retired by now as he was somewhat older than many on his course.

He was a customs officer in Northern Ireland before he flew.

Regarding his beard, he spent all the year of his course growing the thing but at the party following the final examinations, his caring course mates shaved half of it off! (Can't remember whether it was port or starboard!). Roly wisely removed the remainder PDQ.

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Old 25th Apr 2010, 14:15
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After Elstree Roly Stallard flew Bristol Frighteners (I think) for Silver City before joining BEA on Tridents in 1971. He then went to BEA Airtours/then BA mainline at LGW on 737's and gained his BA command there in ~ 1990. He lost his licence in ~1996 ish on med grounds. I know he had a house in N Ireland and I'm almost certain he retired there with his second wife. He is one of aviation's gentlemen.

The old rambling house I lodged in at Elstree in 1965 was to the West of the field, owned by one of the Instructors (??). They had a huge Scalextrix layout in one of the downstairs rooms - the buggers wouldn't let us play with it. One of the other trainees I was at Elstree with went into BA via Hamble (like me) and another went to the RAF as a Doctor. Apart from Roger Dyer, there was an instructor called Ray (?). Another memorable thing, apart form the Blue Spitfire, was Jock's (hangar engineer) black dog which used to walk round all day with about 20 large pebbles in its mouth.

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Old 3rd Apr 2018, 08:51
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Anyone got any news on Paddy ? Did hear something at the weekend via the jungle drums.
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