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Rogers Aviation, Cranfield...late 70's early 80's anyone?

Old 5th Apr 2013, 17:45
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"RCCL was sold to Norwich Union when the Colmans bought a B200 and NU re-regd it as NUIG."
What about G-BKIP?
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Old 7th Dec 2013, 20:12
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Bill Beadle

I remember Bill well. He sent me off on my first solo in ZP having to land on 18 with that Trident parked on the threshold. I have no idea what happened to Bill but I have very fond memories of the hours I spent aloft with him.
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Old 10th Nov 2014, 16:04
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Bob Walker, Ron Campbell, Pam Klein


I spent many an hour mooching about Cranfield and Rogers at weekends because my parents worked there - Bob and Audrey Walker (in the office) - also my uncle Ron (later to marry Pam Klein).

Bob died in December 1999, Ron died in 1996 but both wives are still living. Pam until recently was still doing work for AOPA.

One of many obits for Ron is here:
Page Not Found - AOPA).

Both Bob and Ron were ex RAF.
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Old 17th Jan 2016, 17:56
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In approx 1981 Bob Walker took me for my GFT in G BFRV, also flews there in G BRNO and G BKFT

Cliff Chandler was my instruction and went to fly with Cathay Pacific
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Old 25th Jan 2016, 17:37
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I would be interested to read obituaries for Ron Campbell and Bob Walker. Can anyone help?
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Old 25th Jan 2016, 18:42
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Ron Campbell obit

From AOPA site:-
Chairman of AOPA-UK Dies

Ronald D. Campbell, long-time executive chairman of AOPA of the United Kingdom and technical coordinator for the European Region of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations, died on January 7.
Campbell learned to fly in 1938. He served in the Royal Air Force, where he flew many missions in Handley Page Halifax bombers during World War II. He later spent many years as flight director of Bedfordshire Air Centre at Cranfield Airfield. He published numerous training books and safety articles and served until recently as a flight instructor examiner for Britain's Civil Aviation Authority.
According to David Ogilvy, executive vice chairman of AOPA- UK, Campbell was forced to give up active flying for medical reasons early in 1995. "He doggedly fought against steadily deteriorating health, continuing his work for both AOPA-UK and IAOPA until a few days before he died," Ogilvy said.
"Ron's most valuable service was the energy, commitment, and leadership he provided to international general aviation," said Steven Brown, IAOPA general secretary and AOPA senior vice president of government and technical affairs. "Ron provided IAOPA much of its substance, credibility, and visibility as a worldwide force. We have lost a remarkably talented professional colleague and a close personal friend. I will always remember Ron for the strength of his character, deep integrity, quick smile, and sage advice."
Campbell is survived by his wife, Pamela, a flight instructor and former air traffic controller. Mrs. Campbell worked closely with her husband and has agreed to continue in an active support role with IAOPA and AOPA-UK.
On March 22 a public service to recognize Campbell's aviation achievements will be held at St. Clemant Danes, Central Church of The Royal Air Force, in central London.
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Old 27th Jan 2016, 21:47
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Thanks Olympus. I hope more than that was written for him?
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Old 27th Jan 2016, 22:08
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Originally Posted by Zebedie
Thanks Olympus. I hope more than that was written for him?
Me too but that's all I could find with a quick search. I renewed my instructor rating many times with Ron at Cranfield and I am interested to know more about his flying career particularly during WWII and just after.
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Old 18th Dec 2016, 04:32
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I get my CFI from rogers aviation
Ron do the GFT for me he is very nice man also his wife and his son
Bob also so gentleman and very knowledgeable pilot i was there in 1980 i spend 40 days there it the best time i lived
I am very sad to know that Ron and Bob passed away
the will never passed away from my memories
please if any one know his son e mail send it to me
best regards for every one

mahdi j. mohammed
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Old 20th Dec 2016, 15:53
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In 1983 I needed to do the Performance A exam. The dreaded purple book, (Cap 293 or something like that?). Cass College in London had a two week course to do it but I had just missed the start of it. A week later I phoned up Rogers Aviation who said they had a retired Laker navigator called Harry Cowsill who reckoned he could teach me Perf A in 2 and a half days. so I turned up on Wednesday at midday.

The Rogers Aviation staff were charming and Harry Cowsill was perfect for me with his one to one tuition. By Friday afternoon I had some understanding and having studied on my own at the weekend I took the exam on Monday and passed. I was extremely pleased. It was my only experience with Rogers Aviation and it was a very positive one and good value.

PS I remembered watching from their offices Robinson R22s doing practice autorotations. The last minute recoveries with tail rotor inches from the ground looked very hairy and stuck in my memory.
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Old 1st Jan 2017, 21:40
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Was the Cooper mentioned above perhaps the same "Cooperman" I knew, along with his wife, at the Osprey Flying Club, Cranfield in the mid '80s? Had a dog called Earwig?
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Old 15th Jan 2017, 07:59
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Did my flying scholarship at Rogers in 1983. Some of those names are familiar, especially Bob Walker, who was so full of enthusiasm. And had a habit of offering you a polo whilst doing something difficult.
Also flew with Cliff Chandler, Lowman, Blake.
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Old 23rd Oct 2017, 18:04
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Did my Flying Scholarship in 1963. Can't find my logbook but as it is written on vellum it should have survived all my moves as a RAF pilot! Had a great time at Cranfield.
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Old 10th Jan 2018, 10:31
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Re Tony Dobson

Originally Posted by Goldryder View Post
I used to go up to Cranfield every weekend and spend my weekends at Rogers...was introduced to the then CFI Ron Campbell by freinds of the family who knew I loved all things aviation in 1976.

A few names that have stayed with me from those days...

Bob Walker & his wife - instructor (who did the Michael Crawford filming famous for his love of Polo mints)
Tony Dobson - instructor
Cliff Chandler - student pilot
Bill Southwell (the Ford Capri maniac & pilot)
Mike Dyson - instructor who then became CFI when Rogers went to Cabair IIRC
Keith Pickett - CFI
Stan - head engineer in the hangar
Bob Crowe - aircraft sales

The planes that I went flying as a passenger in many times.....

G-BEZO - Cessna 172
G-BFRV - Cessna 152 Aerobat (used for Crawford scenes)
G-EXEC - Seneca

Also flew in a couple of Austers, Cessna 150's and went on airtests as an observer aboard Golden Eagles, Citations, Centurions and a couple of HS125's.

We would often fly to Wellesbourne Mountford for a bacon sarnie...or down to the IOW.

I am pretty sure that Bob Walker, his wife & Ron Campbell will have passed on by now, just wondering what happened with the others.....they were a lovely bunch of people, who I remember very fondly....especially trying to play golf in the snow (Tony & Bill)...the filming of Some Mother's do 'Ave 'Em, filming the scenes for the Redcoat Britannia....it was all loads of fun back then..especially for me as a very young teenager...truly wonderful days
Hi Goldryder,
It's been a very long time since you posted this so I don't know if you'll get this reply.
I was prompted to search Rogers Aviation after today watching an episode of "Dangerfield" from 1994 which featured G-BEZO at the start and have therefore registered so I can reply.
I trained at Cranfield during the '70s and was around during the Some Mothers filming.
Tony did the flying where Michael & Michelle are buzzed on the runway.
I struck up a very close friendship with Tony whilst he was there and we became best friends.
He packed up instructing when he was offered a job at Fiesta Canopies in Bedford and often used to pilot them to Schipol on business.
They eventually transferred the business to Filey and so TD moved to Hunmanby where he met his wife Pam.
Being a photographer I photographed his Wedding in 1984.
He became Godfather to one of my daughters.
Tragically the husband and wife owners of Fiesta were killed in car crash and so the business closed. For a while after, being a qualified SRN, he worked at a local Care Home but Tony then started his own business, Dobson Photographic, in Filey.
My family spent very many happy holidays with his - he and Pam had twin girls in October 84.
I'm sorry to have to say that Tony died very suddenly on July 3rd 2008 from a massive heart attack whilst at home with Pam in Marlborough where they had moved to a few years before.
He had packed up his photo business, although he still did some, but also did 'Handyman' work locally.
Best regards,
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Old 10th Jan 2018, 13:29
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I'm sure I recall a Capt Keith Pickett at CAAFU in the early '90s?

Mike Dyson moved to Trent Air Services which were later bought by Cabair, also in the early '90s and became CCAT. He rented out accommodation to residential students in a fleet of caravans near the Trident IIRC and liven in one of them himself during the week. Mike later went to OATS at Kidlington and I understand he was there when they were bought by CAE in 2012 where he was still instructing on the FNPTII's.
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Old 19th Jan 2020, 20:52
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Originally Posted by jaybob777 View Post
That would be G-NUIG if memory serves me.

Anyone remember the infamous Ted Cooper flying the company C404 G-VWGB back and forth to Kassel?

Chris Follows in the Vickers Citation 500 and Townsend Thoresens C500 G-FERY.

Would like to recall the names of the AA crews who regularly brought in their fleet for maintenance: Cessna Conquests: G-AUTO, G-BMOA, and Lear 35 G-GAYL. Nice guys.
Seven years later . . . . Quite by chance, having previously sought news of Ted Cooper on this forum, I happen upon this post.

Jaybob, if you're still about, I remember the "infamous" Ted Cooper very well indeed. I flew with him many times on the Calden/Kassel runs, starting with VWGB's first a/c, the BN2 in which we nearly lost our toes to frostbite! This was followed by the DH104 which, like most de Havillands, was a delight to fly. I got into a furious row with RR (who had assumed responsibility for DH engines) after one of the Gipsy Queens swallowed an exhaust valve over the North Sea. Then came the Titan which I liked very much less - I never trusted those Tiara engines. I've not seen him since the 404 moved to Cranfield and would love to get in touch with him again.

In those days, maintenance was done at Fairoaks.

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Old 22nd Jan 2020, 06:24
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I am surprised nobody had mentioned Ian Mackie. I did the majority of my FIC with him and the the late, great Ron Campbell. Ian was CFI @ Compton Abbas later then flew Falcons. Great guy, great fun and great instructor. Became a personal friend although lost touch.
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Old 22nd Jan 2020, 18:17
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Aaaah ... 14 Feb 1970 - C150J - G-AWUS - Ian Mackie - Type conversion - 1.20.

He must have been good, because an hour or so later I passed the 1179 with Tony Holloway in C150J G-AWUV.
(or Tony, being ex-Navy, was being charitable)

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