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Captain John Laws RIP

Old 7th Feb 2018, 07:06
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Captain John Laws RIP

I'm very sad to have to announce that John Laws passed away last night in Haywards Heath.

Late of the Royal Air Force (24 & 32 Sqns), North Air, BIA, Laker, Air UK, Gulf Air, Ryanair, Airtours, easyJet, FTE Jerez, CTC, and most recently on the Citation team at CAE in Burgess Hill.

He'll be missed.

Jonny Laws
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Old 7th Feb 2018, 09:43
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John Laws

John interviewed me for my first jet job. His interview style was memorable to say the least! He did all he could to put me at ease.

A top bloke.

My condolences to his family........
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Old 7th Feb 2018, 11:08
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John and I were colleagues in BIA and met up later when he was my Exec on the TriStar with GulfAir in Bahrain.

Stunned to hear of his passing. Consumate professional and great company downroute.

Joining some good guys and gals 'up there' John.

Keep the bar open chap ... we'll all be along at some point.

FW
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Old 7th Feb 2018, 22:07
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Sad news. Remember John from AIH days. Sound bloke and good operator.

Condolences..

Rgds
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Old 7th Feb 2018, 23:40
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John was my boss on the DC10 during my time at Airtours - A fantastic Fleet Manager, a big hearted man who took great pride in the achievements of his “boys” and their contribution to the collective good of the company - He was joined at the hip to Jacko (Chief FE) and you always knew he was focused on nurturing his team ..... He never let me pay for a pint
One of the Immortals along with the great, late Captain Victor Trimble.
Together - they were the finest individuals it has been my privilege to know
RIP and God Bless - DB
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Old 8th Feb 2018, 03:55
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John had a lot to answer for after doing most of my initial and Command training. He would warn the Passengers about the "Eejit" sitting next to him and hoped
that I had no plan to skydive out of the aircraft that day.

My SIM instructor had decided that I had had it too easy, and that the Line Trainers should whip me into shape. Enter John Laws, with a quick brief, and an eagle eye on the pub opening time after the flight was complete, the instruction was thorough but really enjoyable.

Many thanks, John, You were always a total star. RIP.
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Old 8th Feb 2018, 09:29
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Sorry to read that John has passed away, always enjoyed flying with him out of LGW with EZY. He was a gent. He was a good operator.

Jacko, Jack Brown and John are all part of some good aviation stories.

RIP John
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Old 8th Feb 2018, 20:33
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absolutely gutted to learn of John's passing..... I found out from his nephew yesterday. I owe so much to john, I doubt very much I would be in the position I am in now if it were not for John.

I was a 16 year old college student with distant ambitions of becoming a pilot with no one to guide me. On 17th Dec 1991 that all changed. I was on a flight when I met john as he invited the college group two at a time onto the flightdeck (pre sept 11th of course) asked some questions that many avgeeks would and politely thanked John and his first officer Andy and took my seat. About 10 mins prior descent into LGW, a C/C came back to me and said the captain wanted to speak with me again. Delighted at the chance of another glimpse of the MD-83 flightdeck, I practically ran down the cabin and was ushered in...to which John calmly said....."You have the jumpseat for landing!" As I say, around 3pm that day my life changed. I knew I wanted to be a pilot, and that is all down to John. He gave me his business card, and said keep in touch. Well, back then there was no internet and so I used to write letters, and within a week or two he would answer all my questions I had for him.

We kept in touch and from PPL in 1993 to commercial in 1998 I was so pleased to say I had done it. I was cheekily hoping and praying I could go from a PA34 to A320 but even John who was FM on the Boeings couldn't even pull strings for that one. I think John was so pleased when I managed to secure a 146 job with DEB and the Flightline until a phonecall on a july afternoon came through to my parents house. I was away with my girlfriend, visiting her Italian family for the first time. My dad answered the phone to John, and told him I was away and John gave my dad instructions for me to call him as soon as I could. That week away I telephoned home and dad told me to contact John. Without hesitation , called him up and he asked me how many hrs would I have by December? I knew AIH wanted 1500 but I had to say around 1300. He said, "OK, we'll overlook that and say you have around 1,500 hrs so would you like a job flying the DC10?" Obvious answer, and I can remember putting the receiver down and crying as I was about to fly a widebody at 25.... All the hard work and determination, and then John was there to provide the final piece in the jigsaw.

John and Ann came out to my wedding in Italy... I was desperate for him to meet all my family and my new family.... He is a big loss to aviation, but as you can see from the above stories, to me personally. I am on holidays at the moment, and last night we raised a glass to John here in Florida.

John, thank you for absolutely everything you have done for my career, I will never ever forget what you have done for me..

DH
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Old 8th Feb 2018, 20:56
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Always a pleasant day out with John flying with Ezy at LGW. The sort of Captain you want to be when promoted. Remember well the cans of beer for the taxi ride to LGW when the flights had finished at Luton. Glass raised downroute last night.
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Old 10th Feb 2018, 08:18
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The very chap himself. A lovely man. RIP John

https://www.facebook.com/john.laws.044
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Old 20th Feb 2018, 15:12
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Sorry to hear the news. Great guy
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Old 22nd Feb 2018, 21:52
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I am so sorry to read this, Johnathon, dad was a lovely guy, so softly spoken and had time for everyone. Lovely wife Anne and you boys. I remember once being invited to his Bungalow in Ditchling at the bottom of the hill (one of you boys had a white ford escort racer in the drive I think with Jersey plates. He had a lovely picture of a Gulf Air DC10 in his back dining room. Such a wonderful man I feel quite moved that he has passed away, he must only be 72 or there abouts. So sorry Jonathon, please send my best to mother Anne. Dad was so very kind to me, he never had a problem spending hours discussing techs. He taught me FMC inputs in seconds, jeez I'm quite upset. I last spoke to dad by email as he had his domain for years but that was about 2 years ago I guess. A man who I would say still had that RAF demeanour about him, professional to the end. Happy Flights John.
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Old 23rd Feb 2018, 19:03
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John's family emailed CAE :

Funeral Service for John :

Tues 27 February
2 pm
Oak Hall
Clayton Wood Burial Ground
( Just south of Burgess Hill between BH and Pyecombe)

Afterwards :

White Horse, Ditchling.
Everyone welcome.
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Old 26th Feb 2018, 21:40
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Originally Posted by Mr Falcon View Post
John's family emailed CAE :

Funeral Service for John :

Tues 27 February
2 pm
Oak Hall
Clayton Wood Burial Ground
( Just south of Burgess Hill between BH and Pyecombe)

Afterwards :

White Horse, Ditchling.
Everyone welcome.
I have flown in from Thailand to attend having read your post the other day with arrangements in the email to CAE, thank you for sharing the details and thank you Emirates for the Upgrade
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Old 27th Feb 2018, 21:04
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absolutely gutted to learn of John's passing..... I found out from his nephew yesterday. I owe so much to john, I doubt very much I would be in the position I am in now if it were not for John.

I was a 16 year old college student with distant ambitions of becoming a pilot with no one to guide me. On 17th Dec 1991 that all changed. I was on a flight when I met john as he invited the college group two at a time onto the flightdeck (pre sept 11th of course) asked some questions that many avgeeks would and politely thanked John and his first officer Andy and took my seat. About 10 mins prior descent into LGW, a C/C came back to me and said the captain wanted to speak with me again. Delighted at the chance of another glimpse of the MD-83 flightdeck, I practically ran down the cabin and was ushered in...to which John calmly said....."You have the jumpseat for landing!" As I say, around 3pm that day my life changed. I knew I wanted to be a pilot, and that is all down to John. He gave me his business card, and said keep in touch. Well, back then there was no internet and so I used to write letters, and within a week or two he would answer all my questions I had for him.

We kept in touch and from PPL in 1993 to commercial in 1998 I was so pleased to say I had done it. I was cheekily hoping and praying I could go from a PA34 to A320 but even John who was FM on the Boeings couldn't even pull strings for that one. I think John was so pleased when I managed to secure a 146 job with DEB and the Flightline until a phonecall on a july afternoon came through to my parents house. I was away with my girlfriend, visiting her Italian family for the first time. My dad answered the phone to John, and told him I was away and John gave my dad instructions for me to call him as soon as I could. That week away I telephoned home and dad told me to contact John. Without hesitation , called him up and he asked me how many hrs would I have by December? I knew AIH wanted 1500 but I had to say around 1300. He said, "OK, we'll overlook that and say you have around 1,500 hrs so would you like a job flying the DC10?" Obvious answer, and I can remember putting the receiver down and crying as I was about to fly a widebody at 25.... All the hard work and determination, and then John was there to provide the final piece in the jigsaw.

John and Ann came out to my wedding in Italy... I was desperate for him to meet all my family and my new family.... He is a big loss to aviation, but as you can see from the above stories, to me personally. I am on holidays at the moment, and last night we raised a glass to John here in Florida.

John, thank you for absolutely everything you have done for my career, I will never ever forget what you have done for me..

DH
Such a nice service today, I was going to say hello at the after reception but you were busy talking. Great you recited the story today to a packed chapel. Although when you spoke today I knew I'd heard this story before and of course it was from here. As John left today I just thought, it's his last sector, positive rate, gear up.

I'm going to visit Anne for a cup of tea before I head back to BKK.

Take care sir, happy flying.

Kevin
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Old 13th Mar 2018, 02:10
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Sorry to hear the news. I new John in GF. A fine gentleman
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