Fearless, daring and intelligent – and I’ve got the bars to prove it
Oct19

Fearless, daring and intelligent – and I’ve got the bars to prove it

At a flying school frequented by this squawker some years ago, the wearing of epaulettes by the flying school staff was eschewed. As a ‘grass roots’ flying club, teaching private pilots exclusively, it was deemed somewhat gauche to be seen parading round the clubhouse in full piloting regalia, resembling a Bolivian Tank Commander in full dress uniform. Instructor identification was deemed obvious by the general swagger and 1,000-yard...

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Still pushing the envelope…
Sep29

Still pushing the envelope…

Whilst talking of pushing the boundaries, word reaches us that General Aviation aircraft are still setting new records – long after most of us thought there was nothing new to aim for in the field. Congratulations are due to Steve Hinton Jr and his team who have set a new record for piston-powered, propeller-driven aircraft by tearing around a 3km course in a highly-modified P-51 Mustang at an average speed of a fraction over 531mph,...

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Anyone remember the Dukes of Hazzard?
Aug25

Anyone remember the Dukes of Hazzard?

So, hands up everybody who hasn’t dreamed of flying inverted under a bridge once in a while?… Not just us, then? But, as there may be young and impressionable readers out there, FTN can only condemn the antics of one LeRoy Moore Jr. of Mount Vernon, Kentucky who apparently did precisely that, at Laurel Lake, not so long ago. Its maybe not surprising that the law took a dim view and after being charged with unlawful low level...

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Blackbushe is 75
Jun12

Blackbushe is 75

Not looking a day over, well, 50 anyway, Blackbushe Airport to the west of London is celebrating its 75th birthday and to mark the occasion an anniversary festival is being held at the airfield on the 1st and 2nd July. Although virtually all airfields of any size have some sort of story to tell, Blackbushe has a particularly rich history and a more important place in the history of post-war civil aviation in the UK than many will...

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The Mike Langley Foundation
Jun05

The Mike Langley Foundation

A fuller appreciation of our friend and colleague appears elsewhere in this issue of FTN. Suffice to say that, predictably, there was standing room only at the service to celebrate Mike’s life and to say goodbye. It was also only fitting that there was as much laughter as tears on the day and many examples of Mike’s legendary wit and sense of fun were relived amongst his friends. One of Mike’s legacies is the ‘Mike Langley Foundation’...

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Wg Cdr Mike Langley (Rtd.)(Rtd.)(Rtd.)(Rtd.)(Rtd.)
Jun01

Wg Cdr Mike Langley (Rtd.)(Rtd.)(Rtd.)(Rtd.)(Rtd.)

It was 2011 when I attended my first Mike Langley retirement party. The festive farewell took place at a restaurant in Woodstock, a couple of miles from his office at Oxford Airport, where he’d just retired as Commercial Director for Oxford Aviation Academy. Mike Langley retirement parties were always enormous fun and, as befitted the generosity of the man, numerous… But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Mike was born on February 15,...

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