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MAM Aviation 1973 onwards

Old 18th May 2010, 12:43
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MAM Aviation 1973 onwards

MAM Aviation was an HS 125 operator based at Heathrow from 1973; the name is still around today, purchased I believe by one of its former employee's and is now a small charter broker. Some of the aircraft I recall were G-AYER, G-OSAM, G-BBEP, G-BART, G-BIRU. G-BIRU was an HS 125-700B owned by Barclays Bank and leased to Esso, who remembers the day return flights to Stavanger? 0600 out and 1800 back, the pilots loved them! Coca Cola had an HS 125-700B managed by MAM (Reg Cartright and Tony Bell as pilots) I can not recall the registration, but the aircraft flew long trips around Africa many times each year.

I worked in the Flight Operations Department over at BAY 17 (where they used to run up those noisy Trident's and BAC 1-11's) from 1983 - 1985. I enjoyed every minute of it and worked with Paul Travis, Barry Hodgkinson (flight operations), Barry Fell, Andy Turland (engineers) to name a few. At the time I joined Dave Crawshaw and Dai Ree's were in charge, they went on to form Tri-Air.

The pilots, Jimmy James, Laurie Printie, Brian Hull, John Holmes, Mike Haydon, John McCallum, again I have left many out I am certain.

Hostesses, Sue Brown, Debbie Lewis, Carrie Zetter, Georgina De Graff.

MAM started at the Centre Airport Hotel, Heathrow, then moved offices over at the northside at LHR. Norwood Crescent? The aircraft were parked over at the BEALINE Base area where the Flight Operations department was established. BA Executive Handling were contracted to handle the aircraft. The passengers reported to a desk in terminal one in the days before the GAT. The aircraft where positioned over to the Delta stands in the central area and the passengers then driven out.

MAM also had a maintenance base at Southampton later became Genavco for a number of years.

Harry Goodman owned the company when I joined and it traded as Goodman Air Taxi's although the name MAM was retained. It later changed to MAMI (Marine & Aviation Management International) when Goodman purchased a Gulfstream II (G-OVIP?) and a yacht. The company then was sold to Robert Maxwell.

I am still in contact with a few people from those days, but would love to hear from anyone who worked for the company and read your memories.
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Old 18th May 2010, 15:22
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With VR-BOB (Very round Bob) & VR-BRM (Very round big Robert Maxwell)
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Old 18th May 2010, 22:13
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Smile MAM

David Crawshaw and Paul Travis still very active running a F7X for Triair,C300 for Viking and a319 CJ for Acropolis all out of FAB. Doing a pretty impressive job I might add as all 3 aircraft are airborne to a greater or lesser degree.
John Holmes still flying F7X.
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Old 18th May 2010, 22:48
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Good God (Just when u though they had all retired)

i never worked for MAM But those names mentioned reminded me of the days when GA was GA not just a load of pumped up pompous gits as it is now Pilots were Pilots and Ops were ops

I worked at Nothern Exec at Manchester 1972=2008 and delt with the likes of Young Paul Travis/Moira in ops/

Haven t seen paul or Moira for ages Hope they are in better health than I am .

Those were certainly the halaycon days in G A and will never be repeated/

Paul
if u read this please PM me wud luv to talk again same for Auntie Moira and Uncle David(Accounts man with Moira in the end)

This thread brought a tear to me eye and I dont have many of them now adays

Regards and love to everbody


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Old 21st May 2010, 05:56
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Hi,
You mentioned Jimmy James as one of the Pilots you remember from MAM. Jimmy & I were on the RAF HS125 Squadron at Northolt for a number of years, a lovely chap who taught me a great deal & it was always a pleasure to be flying with him.
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Old 21st May 2010, 21:00
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I was staying at one of the A4 hotels whilst flying out of LHR in the late 70s when I bumped into an RN mate in the bar.
He was head hunted from 32 sqdn.(?)Northolt, working for MAMs.
Anybody remember Pete Frame? Great guy, good friend - now no longer with us.
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Old 22nd May 2010, 04:29
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Hi Gerry

Re young Travis, check Air Charter - Aircraft Charter Online. Spoke to Paul some weeks ago, and yup he's with DC at FAB, and was on the run ;-)
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Carrie went on to be a Pilot's Assistant with Air Uk. She also raced a Fuji with a personalised reg. in Royal Aero Club races. Once she appeared on Wogan, it was intended that she would be on with one of the Maxwell Boys. She was looking forward to telling him how she used to serve him his drinks on his dad's aeroplane. But he did not turn up. Some Taki chap did insted.
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At the risk of sounding a San Fernando Valley girl, Oh my god! Just stumbled across this, the memories came flooding back. I know I am
over a year and a half late but was touched by people referring to me as young.

Yep great days, Gerry I heard about your problems, I hope you are doing ok. As someone mentioned in the thread the aircraft are flying loads so
I'm pretty maxxed most of the time but mostly loving it.

Moira's still running MAM with DM still in the LHR GAT I understand, Barry doing the helicopters, Jimmy, Brian and John Mac all retired, Holmes still flying the F7X with PG and we speak almost daily, Laurie still flying the former Harrods lad, MH not sure but last communcation was he wasn't well....cabin crew no idea.

The days when Heathrow slots were controlled by Gladys and Dorothy who had to pass a book back and forth to each other, Desk 73 Terminal 1,
Handwriiten plogs, flight plans filed over the phone and quotes done from
a pen on a piece of string hanging from a map with circles drawn on it.

The Hawkers of all kinds were great but no room for bags, staggering to remember what we squeezed into these aircraft and still provide a service.

A memorable line from a charter customer was that flying with MAM was always "special" and that's how I would like to remember it.

Ah well back to the Airbus, F7X and CL605.....
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Just stumbled across your article but cannot picture the author. I started my aviation career with MAM at Southampton and worked for all the companies that followed - MAMI , Goodman Air Taxis , Genavco and finally Osprey Aviation. I knew all the people you mentioned very well just cannot visualise you. By the way Coca Cola's 700 was G-BFXT.
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Old 1st Jun 2012, 12:38
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I was at LHR 1983-85 (Operations Officer) working with Paul Travis, Barry Hodgkinson, Dave Crawshaw, etc. Presently working downstairs from Paul and Dave at Farnborough on a short term contract with EJC. I have just made contact with Andy Turland (LHR engineer) now working at Gloucester airport.
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Old 21st Aug 2013, 21:42
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Wow, what an interesting thread indeed...
BAY 5 was where MAM Ops were and a/c parked inside and outside Bay 5...Pax meeting point was Desk 73 in Terminal 1 (Now long since gone!)...So very sad to report that John MacC passed away on mon 19th Aug 2013. All very sad.
BAY 5 days were wonderful with us running crews back and forth fromt he central area to Bay 5..those were wonderful days indeed....got lots of pics from those days on my FB page!! ho hum!
A few other names...Brian Hull, John Percy and a lovely guy who lived in Guernsey (name I forget....Brian someone!!))...I heard the unmistakeable voice of Al McGrath the other day At Farnborough
Yes I did work for BA Exec and after 43 years at LHR I was made redundant Aug 3rd 2012! 37 years looking after Biz jets!
Tony H-H

PS Hello Gerry...nice to see your name there matey!! fun days eeh!!

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Old 25th Aug 2013, 10:20
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I cant be sure Tony; but the pilot from GCI, was it Brian Vokes?
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Old 25th Aug 2013, 14:32
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I was in Kuwait 92-95 on the 320 but wasn't it a MAM TRE came out to renew our two 125 pilots?
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 01:45
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Polaroid Percy......wonder what happened to him ?
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Shirley Solomon did a stint as a hostie i think

she was a good pal and she went onto Mr Said's 1-11 then his 727

lost touch with her, she lived nr colnbrook
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Pete Frame

Yep, I remember Pete Frame very well. And as you said 'wot a great guy''. He was my Dad. No longer with us (rip Dad) and so desperately missed by all. An all round professional, life saver and friend to all. Love you Dad.
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MAM Ops 1984-86

Originally Posted by abf8569 View Post
Yep, I remember Pete Frame very well. And as you said 'wot a great guy''. He was my Dad. No longer with us (rip Dad) and so desperately missed by all. An all round professional, life saver and friend to all. Love you Dad.
Just come accross this forum I was at MAM from 1984 to 1986 working with Paul and Moria still in touch with paul he is managing a corporate Airbus out of farnbourgh bumped into Moria for the first time in 25 years in Goodwood last weekend she had not changed a bit just had an email from her suggesting a bit of a reunion if anyone's up for it sorry to hear of John M,s passing who remembers some of the aircraft G-TSAM 125 800 Charles Yates had a 600 that we used to look after and of course the first G2 on the British register G-OVIP the Coca Cola plane flown by Jimmy and crew I well remember the early morning esso flights opening up the ops room at 5.00 am and still there at 20.00 booking hotel rooms for Captain JOhn Great days I left when Harry H sold the company to maxwell, and as fate would have it ended up working for Harry at Air Europe after a couple of years at Dan Air now in Jersey were I have been running my own advertising agency for the last 25 years which we sold last year. Happy days at MAM my first job after college.
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Originally Posted by doubledolphins View Post
Carrie went on to be a Pilot's Assistant with Air Uk. She also raced a Fuji with a personalised reg. in Royal Aero Club races. Once she appeared on Wogan, it was intended that she would be on with one of the Maxwell Boys. She was looking forward to telling him how she used to serve him his drinks on his dad's aeroplane. But he did not turn up. Some Taki chap did insted.
I seem to recall Carrie Zetter was the heiress to the Zetter Pools Company, I think she made a pretty penny when they sold out in 2000
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Barry Hodgkinson for those of you who remember him, passed away last September (2020) in Ireland. He retired to County Mayo a few years back. Barry Hodkinson was Operations Manager from 1983-1985.
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