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Peter Ash - RIP

Old 26th Nov 2021, 19:58
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Peter Ash - RIP

Sad to report that Peter Ash ("Pash") has left us for the hangar in the sky. Ex RAF, RSAF and SOAF/RAFO, great pilot/QFI, and great mate/ fellow all round ! Sadly missed but at least cracked 90!!

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Old 28th Nov 2021, 16:12
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Hi Bill, I knew both you and Pete when I was with Airworks at Seeb working on the Skyvans in the 90s. Such sad news. As you say, Pete was a good chap and absolute gent. Please convey my condolences to Pete's family.
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Originally Posted by Bill Macgillivray View Post
Sad to report that Peter Ash ("Pash") has left us for the hangar in the sky. Ex RAF, RSAF and SOAF/RAFO, great pilot/QFI, and great mate/ fellow all round ! Sadly missed but at least cracked 90!!

Bill
Hi Bill, sorry to hear about Peter. I flew with him in Oman, as part of CFS exam wing visiting team. Not only an excellent pilot but a gentleman to his fingertips. Remembering happy evenings spent with Peter and Edna in their previous home in North Yorkshire
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Old 2nd Dec 2021, 14:35
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Very sad news. Pete was at CFS with my Dad and was my instructor at Church Fenton on the Chipmunk! Had many a cold beer with him and met up again in Oman. A quiet man with a wicked sense of humour, especially in the bar! I shall raise a glass to him this evening.
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Old 10th Dec 2021, 16:26
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What sad news. I wrote about Pete in my Blog a couple of years ago:

"The days duties would be displayed on a flying programme. In the case of “A” Flight, to which I had been assigned, the flying programme was a template showing individual activity for instructors and students and time of day. The template was covered with a large sheet of transparent Perspex and details were recorded in “chinagraph” (wax) pencil (easily erasable). My Flight Commander, the hugely likeable Pete Ash (his opposite number on “B” Flight was the equally personable Stan Witchall), had constructed a flying programme for the day. In the first box on one of the lines was my name, in the next box an aircraft tail number which had been allocated to me and then, ignoring a number of boxes marking time slots, a long arrow terminating at 1700 hours that day. This was definitely not micro-management and I very quickly learned how to make the best use of the day’s weather with my new student charges. For example, there was no use giving formal pre-flight briefs to your students whilst the sun shone if the forecast was for grotty later in the day. Get airborne, brief whilst walking out, and catch up later. And which student to fly with first? Bloggs 1 needed light wind conditions whilst he mastered landings whilst Bloggs 2 would hardly notice wind whilst he struggled with the early upper air exercises. And do you know, nobody said a bloody supervisory word to me? I know, in retrospect, that they were watching but they, gloriously, let me get on with it and I relished the responsibility and the challenge. Before long, I was juggling my 3 or 4 students through a busy flying day, and not wasting any of it."

Later in the same post, I wrote about his unobtrusive supervision:


"But as a newly qualified instructor, a B2 QFI, the principle restriction on my competence was authorising first solo flights. One way of progressing would have been for the B2 to get his students to a certain stage and then formally present them to a more qualified instructor for a first solo check. There are all sorts of things wrong with this approach, not least of which was putting the poor student under undue pressure. For me, one day, apparently at random, Pete Ash the Flight Commander told me to take the day off, muttering something about not much going on. On my return from a day out in York, I found that both my students had completed Exercise 13 and that I was to resume their training in circuit consolidation. The sense of confidence I achieved was just as significant as the sense of achievement felt by my students for I had learned a vital lesson – I now knew what standard a student should reach before he was fit for solo. At the same time, my flight commander had just exercised a highly effective quality check on the standard of my instruction."

I owe Pete Ash a great deal.

My blog is yorkshiremushroom.com should anyone wish to read more.
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Old 10th Dec 2021, 17:25
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Would this Pete Ash have been a Chipmunk QFI in Kenya in the early 60s?
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Old 10th Dec 2021, 20:34
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Certainly in Kenya at that time and on single pistons (inc. Beaver)
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Old 14th Dec 2021, 08:21
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Ah, so was my father. I've sent you a PM.
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Old 14th Dec 2021, 19:44
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Funeral at 1415, Friday, 17 Dec 21. Isle of Wight crematorium (there is only one!). I shall be there.

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Old 3rd Jan 2022, 15:35
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Hi Bill

After many hours of trying to findout what had happened to Peter, I discovered your and others memories of him. Since you went to the funeral I should really like to talk to you. My sister & I are old friends of Peter's from North Yorkshire, but I now live in Oxford so if you are able to meet up sometime I would really like to talk to you.

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Old 4th Jan 2022, 13:18
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Bill, I was a friend of Peter's in Yorkshire and would like to meet up with you and hear about the funeral. I am not sure if I am allowed to post on here, but if you get this please contact me on [email protected].
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