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242 OMC Henlow 1970/71

Old 2nd Jan 2021, 08:18
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242 OMC Henlow 1970/71

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50 years ago we were in the thick of the OCTU experience. Anybody from the Course on this Board? How did their Service life “pan out”? I got “the chop” at the end of the Course....
Went in to civil air traffic, first at Gatwick, secondly at LATCC and finally became a Supervisor within the CFMU/Eurocontrol, based outside Paris.
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Old 2nd Jan 2021, 08:30
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Old 2nd Jan 2021, 09:53
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Thanks, Brian - and to you. LATCC and “The FIR” seem a long time ago....

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Green / Brown squadron 242 Main Course 4 March 1971

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Hello, Forumites
50 years ago we were in the thick of the OCTU experience. Anybody from the Course on this Board? How did their Service life “pan out”? I got “the chop” at the end of the Course....
Went in to civil air traffic, first at Gatwick, secondly at LATCC and finally became a Supervisor within the CFMU/Eurocontrol, based outside Paris.
Well you have stumbled uopn another ex-242 course member.
We graduated in March 1971, I remember it well, but not so much the day after. Monumental hangover !
My RAF career didn't last too long.
Chopped from pilot training at Church Fenton, then recoursed (via Biggin Hill) to Finningley to try to be a Navigator. Totally fed up with everything, I was dropped again (this time a completely self-inflicted event) and left the RAF.
I eventually went in for technology, computing, and never looked back. I became a payments expert (though some would argue about 'expert') and did more flying around the world than the RAF could ever have given me. But not as the driver, just one of the oiks in steerage - most of the time.
Now happily retired.
My time at Henlow still means a lot to me, I learned more about myself and my abilities in the time there than I realised at the time. But I used what i learned to good effect and now live a quiet, unexciting llife in retirement.
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Heavily involved in selection & training I am pleased to note that many "chopped" millbods did very well anyway. It always seemed wasteful, to me, to see people who 'passed' Officer & Aircrew Selection but then fail at an early stage of training. The whole idea of selection was to predict likelihood of success. Perhaps the Church Fenton grading should have taken place ahead of Officer Training. CAT Hamble, for example, included 10 hrs flight grading as part of the selection procedure. Last bit, of course.
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Heavily involved in selection & training I am pleased to note that many "chopped" millbods did very well anyway. It always seemed wasteful, to me, to see people who 'passed' Officer & Aircrew Selection but then fail at an early stage of training. The whole idea of selection was to predict likelihood of success. Perhaps the Church Fenton grading should have taken place ahead of Officer Training. CAT Hamble, for example, included 10 hrs flight grading as part of the selection procedure. Last bit, of course.
you seem to be confusing the concept of flying grading with primary flying training
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