Air Traffic Control Evaluation Unit, later Air Traffic Management Development Centre), Bournemouth Airport

The ATCEU tie


the measuring scales representing evaluation though scientific methodology, measurement and analysis

The ATCEU succeeded the former Air Traffic Control Experimental Unit.

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ATCXU had been located at Heathrow whilst the ATCEU located into the new facility at Hurn that also accommodated the School, later College, of Air Traffic Control. The ATCEU had numerous roles including both real time and fast time airspace simulation, air traffic control procedures and software development and ATC radar calibration. The large real time simulation facilities were frequently used for training too, including pre validiaty training for LATCC West Drayton and North Sea Sector relocation.


although labelled LATCC in the archive this is almost certainly the ATCEU operations room in use for LATCC pre-validity or “Mediator” training.

Below is a slide show of the upstairs ops room in use for a large scale CCF simulation

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1988 Oct, final Mediator course CATC Copy

EU2a from Dave Wilton

This was taken during the final LATCC Mediator Course at Hurn.  On the left are Ross Lawson and Trace Carvall, in the centre are myself (seated) and Bill Hastings (standing).  Of the others to the right, the only names I can remember are Jane Wagland (in rugby shirt) and Bill Pell (standing to her right).  1988 was a vintage year in that I was treated to two free meals by LATCC management, one in Watton celebrating the closure of Eastern Radar and the other in Bournemouth for being on the last Mediator Course!!

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the data preparation area in the Ops room printing flight progress strIps and loading the flight progress strip holders for distribution onto the sectors

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Trevor Hocking and Geoff Arch designed, and Geoff built this fps strip loader at ATCEU


pseudo pilot input to the simulator

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the ATCEU computer ops room

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Operational Controllers assist with the development of the new £21 million Central Control Function (CCF) during a simulation exercise at the Air Traffic Control Evaluation Unit. Using prototypes of the new vertical control suites, the ATCOs are carrying out trials of the new procedures and of the system that is planned to handle the increases in air traffic in the 1990s.

EU9 – this is an APC (TC) picture – small strips. John Baker

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a VIP visit to the ATCEU upper operations room which is configured for CCF trials. Centre is the minister Cecil Parkinson, on the right, facing left is the CAA chairman Christopher Tugenhat. Boss of the ATCEU Paddy Pollock is in front of and to the left of the Chairman. The three controllers are all ATCEU controllers, from left to right Mike Bowler, Alistair McLean, John Levesley.

and some more views of the ops room configured for CCF trials

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in the blue shirt on the left is Kevin Glanville. Is the guy standing with the white shirt Rob Herron?


EU10a John Levesley flying the mahogany (well oak actually) bomber as project manager for trial EU694/2 CCF5 in January 1990


EU10b one of the ATCEU scientific team that provided the range of required specialist analytical and human factors skills, Richard (?)

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The crew chief is Pip Stolle (?)

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Steve Thorogood is the radar man to the left of Dennis Sergeant (in jacket) from the LATCC training section. Glo Thorogood

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These photos were included in the ATCEU file but the equipment fit and room features suggest they are at West Drayton after  pre-validity training was transferred back there.

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In the new downstairs ops room was the simulator built to support the New En-Route Centre (NERC) project ATC development simulation programme. ATCEU ATCO project manager Peter McKinnon explains the system and functions to visitors

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John Levesley testing the interface on a feed sector.

ATCEU brochure 1988

ATMDC Brochure 1996

Following NATS privatisation the CAA Chief Scientist’s Department was transferred to NATS and some of the work carried out in London and at RSRE Malvern was relocated to Hurn and to acknowledge the wider brief of the site it was renamed the Air Traffic Management Development Centre.

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the old ATCEU had acquired a new North Wing and as part of that redevelopment a new expanded Library was provided

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here is Christine Tucker the Chief Librarian

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Peter Pennie in the reading room

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on the right, Ron Pearsall one of the team working on Automatic Dependent Surveillance


Chris Townend (foreground) with visitors to the ADS room at Hurn. Gary College (standing) second from left.


EU25a another view of Chris (Kit) Townend working on the ADS project

below is a picture of the ADS surveillance monitor

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two aircraft are being tracked in real time from Bournemouth, a British Airways flight over the Sahara and an Air France flight south of the Caspian Sea.

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Below ATCEU and ATMDC hosted a NATS radar calibration team.

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here is Brian Crouch

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Chris Lewis and Archie MacIntyre

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and some of the track plots used to evaluate the radar’s performance

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the radar calibration team on Field Trials at LATCC (West Drayton)

Brian Crouch on left – John A Baker

ATCO course photos

If anyone in these photos would like their faces obscured and/or their names removed just ask, its easy to do.

Whats New in November 2021: 27 course first day

These course photographs are mainly reproduced in numerical order. At the end of this post are some anonymous course photos. If you recognise yourself please let us know which course it is.

There are some older course photographs from the old School of ATC in the post on that unit. Click on the photos on that page to get a bigger version. You’ll find them here

School of ATC group photos

As an ex Nine Course ATCO Cadet I’m exercising a sort of “droit du seigneur” to post that course first. The Nine Course photos are also unusual in that they are group photos taken at Marshalls of Cambridge in 1967 during our PPL training not the usual “all stood and sat in a group outside CATC” format.

This also a “Style” page – fashions through the ages, not just clothing but shoes, hairstyles and indeed facial hair.

 other half of nine

9-1 No 9 ATCO Cadet Course via John Faulkner

L to R:  Richard Dawson, Keith Thompson, Tony Grellier, Graham Bell, Pat Blant, Joan Tozer, John Faulkner, Vaughn Orchard, Jeff Hull, Roger Home, Clive Eglinton

small half of nine

9-2 Also No 9 ATCO Cadet Course via John Levesley

L to R: John Levesley, Paul Jennings, Chris Swinn, Dave Innes, Ray Oldfield, John Newman, Geoff Lovatt, John Welsh, Ian Irwin, Alan Jack, Terry Gale

and here is half of No 12 ATCO Cadet Course from Malcolm Hemming

No12 ATCO Cadet Course

12-1 Cambridge, May 1968;  Colin Chisholm, John Byrom, Trevor Goodson, Beverley Turner, Adrian Bowyer, Judith Lowe, Malcolm Hemming, Christine Lofthouse, Nigel Green, Brian Jones, William Armit

and from Dave Smith, the other half of 12 Course

No 12 Cadet Course part of 1968

12-2, names from Dave Smith and Malcolm Hemming

back row left to right

Richard Faris – Steve Gibbs – Martin Emery – Paul Bowen – Ron Bilson – Dave Smith

Front Row

Dave Mirams – Alwyn Lewis -Ian Linton – Kenneth Smeaton – Tim Prince

and from Tim Prince No. 12ers at the Stansted FTU and wondered whether it might be of interest?


It is not the best quality but from right to left: Christine Lofthouse; Ian Linton; Judith Lowe [later Chisolm]; Malcom Hemming; me.  1969

No 2 Cadet Course at Oxford 1963 from Peter Wilde


Left to right it shows

Keith Allen, Dick Bentley, Chris Barrows, Paul Dickinson, Jim Westgate, Steve Learoyd, Gerry Bond, Peter Wilde, Gordon Gault, Liz Woodley, Monty Evans, Dorothy Kemble, Ann O’Donnell, Gillian Knapper, Dave Robinson, John Nordbo, Keith Williams, Bob Ochonski, Gordon Doggett, Bill Pye, Chris Swan, Tom Toy, Dave Carney, Peter Bailey and Alan Vogt.

No 3 ATCO Cadet Course  via Peter Hargreaves


No 3 ATCO Cadet Course photo taken in early December 1963.  The course ran from 25th November 1963 to end February 1967.  It started as a 4 year course but, after the Radley Report, there was a reduction in stages to 3 years. The names are:
Front row – seated – left to right:  Penny Hares, Janet Bell, Eric Parker (Instructor), George Dickinson (Chief Instructor – Procedural), Roger Frank Bulstrode (Superintendent School of ATC), Paddy Holt (Instructor), Alan Smith (Instructor), Trudi Hollis, Gillian Campbell.
Centre rows – left to right – George Curran, Alan Hickman, John Smith, Angela Warren, Leo Marriott, Charles Benton, Chris Fitch, Jack Roffey, Colin Ward, Terry Malone, John Russell, Roger Ball, Ron Peel, Andy Hamilton, David Martin, Grant Riddick, Peter Holcroft, Michael McCann, Peter Hargreaves.
Back Row – left to right:  Stuart Barnes, William Clark, Eric Melvin, Ian MacIntosh, James Sands.
No 4 Cadet course – from Ian Haskell
11b No 4 atco cadet flying
Taken at Cranfield

Back row:  Mike Grove, Steve Berry and Al Carter.

Middle row: Paul Eite, Chris Prentice, Geoff Godwin, Dave Rushton, Willie Devlin, Dave Anderton, John Sweeney, Chris Harris, Bob King and Johnny (Jake) Russell(he was from 3rd Cadet Course)

Front row: Howard (Ted) Tilly, John Reid, Chris Perry, Hugh Burns, Geraldine Hodgson, Penny Norton, Val Cook, Terry Shears, Pete Taylor and Dick Smith.

Anderton, Reid, Perry, Norton and Shears were early departures

thanks to Al Carter for the definitive version.

No 6 ATCO Cadet Course

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6-1 Part of Number 6 Course February 1966  at Cambridge via John Bennett.

Names left to right are Dave Coxon, Phil Kirby, Iain Finlay, Piers Butler, Geoff Dennis, Ian McConnell, Paul Mossman, Rob Herron, John Bennett, Phil Barry, Dave Hough, Alastair Campbell, John Marley, George Ballantine, Maurice Farley ( Instructing Staff seated )

6 at FTU

6-2 from Dave Coxon left to right; Ian Finlay, John (Jock) Hutchinson, Dave Coxon, Russ Randall, Alan Shaw, Rob Wadley, Geoff Strutt. Photo taken at Stansted Field Training Unit 1966.

No 8 ATCO Cadet Course

No 8 course 50 years on



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and the way they were………….

Campbell No8 Graduation


Here’s a couple of photos of No8 Course from Mike Inglis. In the graduation photo, his brother-in-law, the late Campbell McAdam, is directly behind the lady in the front row with the white top. In the lower photo, he’s the tall one in the middle.

Looking at the top picture that looks like Leo Murphy just right of centre at the front and standing tall at the middle back is Dave Brown. I also think that’s Peter Metherall  4 rows back and 3 in from the right- atchistory

Campbell No8 Squadron

8-2 they are a bit too far away so here below is a closer shot to help identify faces.

small Campbell No8 Squadron


Paul Funnell has sent in more on 8 course

8 course EGSC flying


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No 8 Cadet Course graduation pictures HH Times 2 May 1969

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George Hutton has provided the names of all those who graduated from 8 Course.

In alphabetical order:-  Alan Bailey, Don Binks, Dave Brown, Roger Budgen, Graham  Campbell, Vince Cockett, Dave Cook, Adrian Enright, Paul Funnell, John Gilbert, Chris Holland, Dick Hughes, George Hutton, Fred Johnson, Alan Jones, Pat Lawrence, Campbell (Tarry) McAdam, Peter Metherall, Maurice Minshall, Leo Murphy, Ray Petty, Robin Pierce, John Rodgers, Dave Smith, John Smith, John Summers, Jim Turnbull.

Hurn Eric PARKER mit wig

8-9 Eric Parker

No 11 ATCO Cadet Course from Bob Pearson


11_1    from Brian Welford

to the left of the aircraft, Top Row and all left to Right
Martin Trickett, Ray Plant, Jim Coulter, Bob Pearson, Graham Knight and Dick Ackland
Seated – John Mason, Pete Rose, Jane Sawyer, Janet Walsh, Graham Sweet.
To the Right of the aircraft – Top Row
Dave Taylor, Robin Baker, Dave Millet, John Jameson, Roy Langridge, Brian Welford
Seated – Hugh Brown, Pauline Webb, Hilary Baker, Shirley Christie, Roger Bartlett

Brian reminds us that courses 11 and 12 were the first Student Cadet courses whereby those who weren’t class to class were given ATCA training and, I believe, some ATCA practical experience.



No 13 ATCO Cadet Course


Brian Waterston and other colleagues recognise the guy on the far right of the line up.  He is Warwick Nixon.  He died a few years ago and was ex Oceanic and before that ScATCC Airways.

Warwick also worked at Ulster Radar – atchistory .

14 Cadet Course courtesy of Pete Bish

Number 14 ATCO Cadet Course 13.9.71 (2)

Here’s the end of course picture, taken on Pete’s camera, but he cannot recall who clicked the button ! 16 of the 22 starters finished the course as follows.

Left to right:
John Collier (LATCC then resigned to Jersey), Paul Smith (LATCC),
Charlie Millar (ScATCC, LATCC), Gerry Hewitt (Cardiff, Heathrow, TC West
Drayton), Harold Shaw (OACC), Mike Bennett (LATCC, Swanwick. Deceased),
Pete Heath (Manchester), Paul Louden (Heathrow, Edinburgh, GM Swanwick),
Archie MacIntyre (?,ATCEU. Deceased), Pete Brewer (LATCC, Swanwick), Stu
Lineham (ScATCC ?), Nigel Warner (ScATCC), Pete Bish (Heathrow, TC West
Drayton). Hiding behind Stu is Jim Morrison (LATCC).
Absent from the picture are Vince Lawson (?, Sumburgh, ?) and Pete
Withers (LATCC. Deceased).

No 17 ATCO cadet course

17 initial

names from Roy Bradbury

Names Back Row L-R

Arthur Budd, Stuart Weatherley, Chris Thomas, Steve Garner, Charles Duncan, Phil Lister, Martin Strachan, Claus Suttie, Roy Bradbury, Jim Christie, Brian ??

Front row L- R

Glen Bryant, Eric Pyrodgrotski ?, Dan Docwra, Bob Robinson, Keith Young, Cecilia Hamilton (married Womersley), Denny Johns ( married Bradbury), Mike Ingrouille, Les Allwood, Peter Marks, Robin Gunter, Brian Edwards.

Most, if not all are retired. Cecilia died and I believe Phil Lister, who left to fly may, also have died. Charles Duncan, Dan Docwra, Brian ? and myself did not make the finish line and I was the only one to remain in ATC. Claus went to Eurocontrol and Mike Ingrouille returned to his native Guernsey. Most finished up in the great LATCC MEDIATOR muddle and did nothing for over 12 months after completing the course. Denny became so disillusioned she married me and came to Luton in protest !! Bob Robinson and Arthur Budd were the stars and were posted to Heathrow.

(I think Claus Suttie subsequently instructed at CATC- atchistory)

Les Allwood says he believes the missing name is Brian Blackman. He was hospitalised after a serious car crash during our Aerodrome course, and was re-coursed onto 18, although he did not graduate.

By the time of our graduation in September 1972, we had acquired Lesley Austin (another car crash victim) and Pete Helier from 16 Course. We were the first course to graduate following the formation of the Civil Aviation Authority, and our licences were presented by Lord Boyd-Carpenter, the first chairman.

We had the “luck” to be the first course to be ear-marked for LATCC following the introduction of the Mediator system. A few escaped this fate – Arthur Budd to Heathrow, Pete Marks to Sopley Radar, Martin Strachan to Aberdeen, Jim Christie to ScATCC, Eric Pzygrotski (?) to Prestwick, Robin Gunter and Brian Edwards to Manchester and Bob Robinson to Eastern Radar. Those of us without friends in high places just resigned ourselves to strip-bashing at LATCC. As it turned out, the wait for radar training was not as long as we had feared.

and just in from Roy Bradbury

17 course

The line up above is left to right  Glenn Bryant, Robin Gunter, Steve Garner, Chris Thomas, Phil Lister, Denny Johns, Les Allwood, Cecelia Hamilton, Roy Bradbury, Martin Strachan, Claus Suttie and  Dan Docwra.

No 18 ATCO Cadet Course from Howard Thomas

18 1969

18-1 1969

Back row l to r:  Richard Hawkin, Brian Smith (dec’d), Phil Wildey, Gren Paget, Al Ibbotson, ??, Mike Walton, Dave Smith (dec’d), Bob Coney, Roland ??, Phil Lawless

Front row l to r:  Ray Redford (dec’d), Jim Nairn (dec’d), Mike East, ??, Howard Thomas, ??, ??, John Ketchen (dec’d), Ian Davies, John Pearson.

Grenville Paget added “Next to Al Ibbotson is Eric. Ian Davies is Davy; I think next to Howard is Tony? “.

18 Nov1972

18-2 1979

Back row l to r:  John Pearson,  Al Ibbotson, Brian Smith (dec’d), Bob Coney, Richard Hawkin, John Ketchen (dec’d)

Front row l to r:  Mike East, Jim Nairn (dec’d), Phil Lawless, Howard Thomas, Ray Redford (dec’d), Phil Wildey, Dave Smith (dec’d).

18 Cavern bar

18-3 Cavern Bar, Bournemouth, most of the course plus Alan Rackham, Maurice Smart and  John Townsend.

No 19 ATCO Cadet course


Malcolm Hemming starts the ball rolling with some names and  Bob Golding  filled in the gaps

Back Row: Mike Legg, Andy Barff, Pete Misselbrook, Mike Gunston, Dick Gallop, Ken Karran (IOM), Bob Neville, Stuart Patching, Pete Carter, Bob Peacock, Colin Atkins, Mike Caston, Roch Albury, Roger Bigmore.
Front Row: Billy Nielson, Bob Golding, Tony Watkins, Geoff Wild, Liz Jordan, Tony Paintin, Bob Gregory, Paul Lucas, Chris Cosgrave.

No 20 ATCO CADET COURSE from Dennis Crabb via Steve Balfour

Standing from L to R
Roy Wareham? John Davison , Stew Jessop  Coilin Jessup , Ian Stracey?,Verna (later Woodruff) ,Pete Pitman , Dave Fletcher ,Stewart Mitchell , Geoff White , Simon Jackson , Dave White , Steve Sherratt
Sitting from L to R
John ….? , Stew Collier , Tony Croft , Ray …?, Dennis Crabb , Mike Deeoray , Tony Brewer , Alister Benny , John Bowron

No 21 ATCO Cadet Course assembled at CATC Hum on 23 Nov 1970; graduating 23 Nov 1973. from Ray Draper (anyone got a better ie non photocopied 1970 phot0?)


21_1 Back row left to right: Ross Wood, Andy Petch, Rod Jackman, Ian Alexander, Martin Pettit, Andy Drain, Bob Stevens, Tim Mills, Greg Dollerson, Phil Harris, Phil Layton, Mike Dean, Tony Merton-Jones.

Front Row left to right: Geoff Greavey, Allan Foney, Phil Witcher, Ray Draper, Patience Aylieff, Maria Quinn, Rich Gardner, Barry Wells, Paul Davies, Bill Maffey.

Those underlined were lost during the 3 years and did not complete the course.

During the period, 21 Course was joined by John Brough, Mike Walton and Alasdair Benny. Also, we added Jim Hogarth, Alan Kennedy, Mike Bunn, along with Kemal Douadi and Chabane Al Arafat from Algeria, for No 181 Approach Course.


21_2 The later course photo at CATC shows the survivors in their original places. Maria Quinn is holding the course mascot — Poffrey Badger — which went flying with us at Denham and White Waltham, and was last known mounted on the wall of the tea-room at CATC.


21_1 The group shown standing includes John Brough and Mike Walton and was probably taken during the graduation day. L to right are: Tony Merton-Jones, Martin Pettit, John Brough, Geoff Greavey, Rod Jackman, Maria Quinn, Mike Walton, Tim Mills (at rear), Allan Foney, Andy Petch, Ray Draper, Phil Layton, Greg Dollerson, Ross Wood, Ian Alexander.

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No 23 ATCO Cadet Course


23-1 names from Malcolm Ross

23 Course photo is the starting line up, Sept 1971

Back Row L-R John Woodside, Roy Gregory, Nigel Smith, Nigel Wilshaw, Tony Mason, Malcolm Ross, Jim Ward, Graham Hayward, Ian Mackinnon, Colin Scarse, Pete Weller.

Front Row Mike Baggaley, Dave Gallop, Gordon Bain, Kenny Alexander, Mick Baxter, Alan Barnes, Terry Clark, Dave Brindle, Bob Gosling, Steve Clark, John Gardiner.

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23_2 Graduation

Back Row L-R Bob Gosling, Ian Mackinnon, Steve Clark, Malcolm Ross, Ron Paris, Dave Brindle, Pete Weller.
Front Row L-R Jim Ward, Gordon Bain, Mike Baggaley, Kenny Alexander, Nigel Wilshaw, Tony Mason, Terry Clark, Dave Gallop, Alan Barnes.

23_3 Football team

23_3 Also during the long Aerodrome course we managed to field a football team!  Seem to remember playing the EU and RAF Sopley amongst others. I managed to break a finger playing whilst on the Terminal course and the licence presentation photo has me in plaster and bandaged!

No 24 ATCO Cadet Course

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January 1972 Initial Course

Back Row Standing :    Tim Marshall,  Dave Rosher,  Paul Spencer(Dec’d),  Stu Brighton,  John Wildman,  Geoff Bailey (Tels),  Clive Gell, Mike Vale,  Barry Fryer,  Phil Rattlidge,  Harry Homan,  Bert Hayes.

Front Row Seated :     Andy Hay,  Pete Stastny (Tels),  Steve Sharpe,  John Paton,  Christine Goodwin(nee Thorburn),  Janet Firminger,  Jim Shaw,   Gerry Newman,  Rick Morton,   Chris Batstone.

No 25 ATCO Cadet Course

Initial Course
Back row L – R:
Graham Parkin, Jon Cox, Terry Humber, Steve Cox, ?, Steve Harkins, Tony Nelson, Chris Chapman
Middle row L – R:
Barry Hodge, Paul Wilson, Tony Tuxhill, Brian Jacobi, Mike Parkes, Ian Mason, Pete Denny, Phil Clarke
Front Row L – R:
Pete Hulse, Robin Lodge, Roger Wannop, Brenda Poll, Linda Johnson, ?, Bob Rowland-Rouse, ?

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Back Row L – R:
Roger Wannop, Ian Mason, Barry Hodge, Paul Wilson, Steve Harkins, Pete Denny, Terry Humber, Tony Nelson, Bob Rowland-Rouse
Front Row L – R:
?, ?, Robin Lodge, Linda Johnson, Brenda Poll, Pete Hulse, Jon Cox

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thanks to Bob Rowland-Rose for the photos and names.

No 26 ATCO Cadet Course

No.26 course

26-1 Steve James, Bob Allen, Paul Ravenscroft
Stu Jones, Ron McNab, Veronica McHugh, Malcolm Cottle,
Chris Clarke, Dave Mobbs, Pete Clarke, Pat Flynn, Colin Taylor,

Trevor Hughes, Stu McDonald, Simon Peel, Gordon Frampton, Steve Sanghera, Paul Templeman (Luton), Oliver Smith, John Trigg.

NO 27 ATCO CADET COURSE from Richard Dyett.


The first day at CATC, 13.11.72


Steve Robinson, Clive Hicks,  Pete Coe,  Alan Shearer,  Jez Cooke,  Derek Rham,  Bill Clarke,  Al Smith.


Richard Dyett,  Jim McCaughrain,  Pete Allsop,  Norman Wood,  Colin Cordery,   Eugene Thomas,   Jim Rowland,  Ed Brett,   Chris Palmer.


Colin Hicks,  Pete Cromarty, Nick  Brookes, Gill  Mack (Gomez),   Colin McClelland, Gerry Nicholas,  Paul Johnstone,  Paul (Martin-)Bishop.

No 28 ATCO Cadet course

28 course

28-1 Thanks to Phil Harris and Clint Gurry for the names

Back row, left to right.
Terry Huckle, Robin Elder, Peter Young, Ian Weston, John Platt, Ian Barber, Clint Gurry, Graham Lake, Brian Tennent, Willie Muir, Pete Parsons, Barry Winch.

Front row:
Steve Hobbs, Bob Hills, Gary Powis, Brian Middleton, Bridget Platt, Wendy McDonald, Mickey Baker, Bob Parry, Keith Cockayne, Tony Culley, Martin Barrell, Ivor Sims.

1972 Direct Entry inc class to class Course


Malcolm Hemming reckons he can see the following gents:

Ken Hanley, Pete MacDermott, Malcolm Ferguson, Pete Humphrey, Derek King, Terry Thomas, Bob Trott, Mike Martin, Martin Alder, Brian Race (?) and Graham White…

Pete Humphrey and Derek King were a year ahead of me and I was on the November 1973 entry. I think Chris Bryan was on the course but Bob Trott I’m sure was 6 months ahead i.e. May 1972 along with Gerry McColl and maybe Mike Martin and Chris Clark.  Brian Wildey

From Bob Trott, All Malc’s suggestions are correct, but Brian has a few things wrong.

There are a few other names I can add. It was a combination of ex RAF and Army non-comms, Royal Navy Officers, and some Class to Class individuals and I think started Sept 1972. Pete Terry, Tony McAndrew, Tony Burke, Chris Lewis, Bill Walker are some of those missing. It was quite a stir up of the CAA ATC admin at the time – all the Officers went to Airfields, all the remainder went to LATCC. Graham While was ex Merchant Navy who knew Ted van Dort from those days and got in touch when his Aerodrome famil was not to his liking (I think Inverness but certainly Scotland) and got it changed. Unfortunately, he had told me about the plan but it was myself his post was swapped with (mine was Farnborough) and after much management wrist wringing, it was changed back again!

Some extra names of the Non-State people have leapt out at me! Eric Gibson who went to Filton, John Haffendon who was Shoreham and I think eventually became SATCO and then Airport Manager there. There was another from jersey whose name has yet to surface.

No 30 ATCO Cadet Course – Graduation photo Dec 76 photo and names courtesy of Geoff Nash


Names are . . .

L/R rear row :Alan Mitchell, Chris Hyett,  Julian Andrews, Steve Hall, Ian McBean, moi Geoff Nash, Keith Richardson, Richard Ness, Dave Moffat.

L/R front row : Mike Mothershaw, John McKay, Bob Hillyer, Mike Male, Martin Sutton, Bob Hoskins, Graham Wilson.

No 31 ATCO Cadet course

First photograph of ATCO 31 Course


Back row left to right: Edward Wallace, Alan Hossack, Steve Slight, Dave MacMillian, Dave Shaw, Dave Pitman, Don Gilham, Andy Price, John Baker, Pete Pennie, Steve Lambert, Chris Herbert and John Mulholland.

Front row left to right: John Campbell , Maurice LaLanne (Seychelles), Derek Gilbertson, John Abdo, Doug McLean, Keith Thom, Margaret Thomson, Pete King, Paul Glasby, Steve Oakes and Colin Rodgers.


graduation photo via Derek Gilbertson

Back row left to right: Edward Wallace, Chris Herbert, Steve Slight, Alan Hossack, Dave Shaw, Pete Pennie, Paul Glasby, Don Gilham, Steve Lambert, and John Baker.

Front row left to right: John Campbell, Andy Price Derek Gilbertson , Margaret Thomson, Doug McLean, Steve Oakes, Pete King and John Mulholland

No 32 ATCO Cadet course September 1974 via Martin Smith


Front row: Left Mike Inglis, 4th left: John Siddell, 6th left: Brian Warrender
Middle Row: 2nd left: Ian Smith, 4th Left Me (Martin Smith-when I had hair!), 5th left: Keith Miller
Back Row: 4th left: Graham Pask

Mike Inglis has sent more on 32 Course


32-2 here is an alternative version of 32-1

32Cadet1974Names. Names in brackets refers to their ATCA station prior to the cadetship – D.E. = direct entrant.


32-3  These were the survivors at the end of 32 Course


and here is Mike getting his licence from Bill Woodruff in 1977

No 33 ATCO Cadet course

Thanks to Peter Hamer for the photos and details
Start photo is on 18th November 1974
33 Cadet Course, 18th Nov 1974
Back row left to right
Andy Mc Gregor, Chris Pope, Pete Le Gros, Tony Denchfield, Paul Miller, Mark Lawes, Martyn Craib, Dave Midgley, Dave Knight, G Bushell, Pete Hamer, Mark Flisher, Nigel Mc Endo.
Front row, L-R
John Oram, Dave Kennedy, Martin Cowley (Isle of Man), Wendy Millat, Pete Viney, Steve Donnelly, Richard Sanders, Derek Seely, Dean Ayres.
The survivors photographed in November 1977 having received their licences from Jack Banfield.
33 Course
Back row L-R
Dean Ayres, Chris Pope, Paul Miller, Tony Denchfield, Mark Lawes, Martin Cowley (IOM), Pete Hamer
Front row L-R
Pete Le Gros, Martyn Craib, Richard Sanders, Dave Kennedy, Derek Seely, John Oram.

No 34 ATCO Cadet Course

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34-1        Back row L-R Kevin Keohane, ?, Bob Curtis, Keith Green, Les Spevock, Frank Byatt, Tony Norris, ?, ?, ?, Bob George, Rob Marshall

Front row L-R Dave Porteus, ?, Nigel Sylvester Thorne, Robin Hill, ?, ?, Carolyn D’Ambrosio, ?, Sandy Sanford, Jeff Berryman, ?   – names from Rob Marshall

and from Alan Grove 

Back Row filling the gaps L-R Nigel Knife, Bill Thirtle, Nigel Ostler, Alan Grove
Front row filling the gaps L-R Brian Williams, Anjim Sheik, Des Hadley, Pete Hill, Lesley Halloway (Sue Button)

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34-2 In the centre above and below is Air Marshal Sir Ian Pedder. To Sir Ian’s left above is Keith Green (Malcom Bradbury). Rob Marshall adds that “the handsome chap on the right receiving the award is me. I got the golden headset for Aerodrome, Approach Procedural and Approach Radar and Keith Green got it for Area and Area Radar”.

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34-3  Names from Malcolm Bradbury, Brian Wildey and Rob Marshall.

34 Cadet Course Back Dave Porteus, ?, Sandy Sanford, Bob Curtis, ?, ?, Keith Green, ?, Tony Norris, Bob George, Frank Byatt, Keith or Kevin ?

Front row L-R Jeff Berryman, Nigel Sylvester Thorne, Sir Ian Pedder, Pete Hill, Carolyn D’Ambrosio, Bill Thirtle, Rob Marshall, Les Spevock, Robin Hill, ?, Amjin Sheik (‘scuse spelling)

and filling in the gaps from Alan Grove

Back row gaps l-r Brian William, Nigel Knife, Nigel Ostler, Alan Grove, Kevin Keohone
Front row gap Des Hadley

No 35 ATCO Cadet Course

35 names

Ian Douglas

Jeff Salter sent in this photo of Ian Douglas from 35 course. It was taken in the coffee room at the College at Bournemouth. It shows Ian with the prop of G-AYNG a PA 28 that he “modified” during our flying training at Carlisle. We went to the trouble of driving it all the way to Bournemouth with a view to donating it to the college to hang on the wall. (previous courses had left course mascots – mostly cuddly toys – which were displayed in cases ). For some unfathomable reason the College management refused it.! They said it did not comply with the ideals of ATC, or something like that.  We thought it was much more relevant than a teddy bear!

Ian, if you see this and you want a higher resolution copy of the photo use the comment tab above to contact atchistory

No 36 ATCO Cadet Course

36 ted

36 celebrate their course leader, the famous H J (Ted) Tilly.

anon 1

Steve Aylott, Martin Griffin, Steve Moody, Chris Lawson, John Sallaway, Alun Evans, Rich Almond, Dave Paskell, Pete McCulloch, Dave Rogerson, Danny McCaig, Steve Wilson, Brian Jackson, Billy McGonigle, Billy Roger, Pete Williamson

Pete Burgess, Pete Manton, Hugh Brodie, Martin Jefferies, Graham Davies

Phyl Kitch, Trev Davies, Linda Grainger, Mick Walker, Graham Ward, Paul Crickmore, Helen Elliott, Mark or Ian Patterson, Ian Wilson, Paul Worrall, Keith Meakin, Dave West.

thanks to Trev Davies for an update on the above names

anon 2

No 37 ATCO Cadet Course

thanks to Graeme Bennie for these

37 COURSE (1)


This is when we started as No4 UK technical course…23/4/1979 till 22/7/1979

Names as follows and initial postings

Back row L to R

S Forster- Heathrow; R V Graham-Aldergrove; G c Coombs-ScATCC; W Focktarve-Seychelles; G Rumbles-Aberdeen: A Fleming- Glasgow; C Ware -Resigned

D Thomason- Not sure of unit; K McMahon-Prestwick; P Evans-failed; D Grace-LATCC; R Cummings-Aldergrove; S Prout- LATCC; A Lowther-Aldergrove;

R Biggs-LATCC; G Woolfe- Failed; N Whale-LATCC; R Roode-LATCC; M Grace-LATCC

Front Row L to R

A Capper-Liverpool; J Eagles- ScATCC; P Foster-Failed; R Lawson-LATCC; G Bennie-Prestwick; J Evans-Manchester; V Smith-ScATCC ; G Heath-LATCC;

H Mooney-LATCC;G Dinning- Glasgow; D Barrett-LATCC; N Blackhall-failed; K Deasy-Edinburgh; H Leather- Failed; B McInnes-Cardiff

37 COURSE (2)


37 COURSE (2)

The second photo shows the “survivors” on the Terminal Course in July 1981

R D Cummings                   Award Winner, R Lawson                              Award Winner

D W Barrett, G A Bennie, R Biggs, A J Capper, G C Coombs, K B Deasy, G Dinning

J H A Eagles, J R Evans, A J Fleming, S W Forster, D W F Grace, M J Grace

R V Graham, Miss G Heath, M J Lewis, A A Lowther, K McMahon, Miss H T Mooney

R W E Rood, G Rumbles, Miss V M Smith, N D Whale

No 38 ATCO Cadet Course

1981 Dec, 38 Course graduation - Copy 1

38-1 Derek Pake provided the original photo above taken in Dec 1981, Dave Wilton has added the names Bryan Brough provided the info below

38 Course Graduation : the programme and listing of those present

1979 Aug, 38 Course start - Copy 1

38-2   Bryan made a start of putting names to faces in this picture taken in Aug 1979 . Dave Wilton has provided an updated version of the picture names.

38 Course presentation

38-3 Bryan gets his yellow peril

No 39 ATCO Cadet Course

my thanks to Alastair Campbell for much of the information here (and my apologies to him for losing his credit details for providing material on 39 Course). Steve Balfour has now added even more below

39 ATCO Cadet Course

39-1 is the official course photo taken towards the start of the Technical Course.  It was taken on the 24th January 1980 about 3 weeks in to the 16 week slog.

Back Row L-R

Jim McBrinn, Anthony Smoker, Pete Shallcross, Robbie Tod, Nigel Slann, Geoff Carter, Phil Cropper, Dave Park, Bernie Curphey, Paul Robinson, Steve Balfour, Phil Tucker, Chris Brain, Art Smythe, Kev Gothard, Mike Ham, Steve Hazeldine, Chris Kelly (Isle of Man) Bill Coombs, Graeme Fowler, me, Nigel Seal

Front Row L-R

Paul Keeble, Andy Wilson, Rob Osbourne, Nigel Shirlaw, Heather Wintle, Angie now Slann, Alison now Cropper, Steph Simmonds, Gary Gray, Steve Toal, Jim Creegan, Graeme Hamilton



39-2 cast list with postings is:

Back Row L-R

Nigel Seal (LATCC), Graeme Fowler (ScATCC), Art Smythe (ScATCC), Jim McBrinn (AA), Nigel Slann (LATCC), Chris Brain (LATCC), Tony Smoker (LATCC), Alastair Campbell (PF), Steve Hazeldine (PB), Phil Tucker (AA), Bernie Curphey (AA), Phil Cropper (PD), Dave Park PD), Robbie Tod (ScATCC), Chris Kelly (IOM), Geoff Carter (CC), Dave Lamont (LL)

Front Row L-R

Steve Balfour (CC), Andy Wilson (LATCC), Paul Keeble (FF), Jim Creegan (ScATCC), Heather Wintle (LATCC), Gary Gray (LATCC, Area Top Cadet), Bill Coombs (PB, ADC Top Cadet), Steph Simmonds (PK), Alison Stevens (KK), Steve Toal (ScATCC), Kevin Gothard (LATCC), Rob Osborne (SS).

Chris Kelly had been ‘attached’ to us since the start of the Technical Course.  He was sponsored by the Isle of Man and wasn’t a NATS (CAA?) employee but followed our course, including the PPL.  Can’t imagine that nowadays.  Jim Creegan was doing a ‘cadetship’ to get a CAA licence having been an ATCO in Dublin, I think.  He went on to ScATCC (as it was then).

In front of the course is a control tower populated by animals (gonks).  The course nickname was ‘The Animals’ bestowed upon us by Mr HJ Tilly.  He’d made the mistake of putting various stationery supplies at the front of the classroom (out in the huts) at the start of the Tech Course.  He was almost crushed to death in the ensuing rush to claim them!  ‘Animals, you’re all animals’ was the cry!  This Tower was presented to us during our graduation by the instructors and was in a display cabinet in the old CATC.  The shovel, used in The Golden Shovel award, presented to the APR Cadet who dug themselves the biggest hole during the week, was also at CATC up until they moved to CTC.  I was its first recipient due to having 2 technical losses of separation BEFORE clocks on.  The blade was spray painted gold and one of the more ‘arty’ members of the course used to write the names onto it!



The 39 Course Airport Survivors are L-R:

Steve Balfour, Dave Lamont, Jim McBrinn, Steph Simmonds (with camera), Paul Keeble, Steve Hazeldine, Phil Tucker, Chris Kelly, Rob Osborne, Bernie Curphey, Dave Park, Me, Alison Stevens (it came back to me), Phil Cropper, Geoff Carter, Bill Coombs (Top Cadet).






39_6 Paul Keeble’s socks flying from the College Flag Pole

and Steve Balfour’s first assessment test, marked by John Brooks


and three of the Cessna aircraft used by 39 Course at EGMH for PPL Training

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The Ted Schaeffer archive

Ted Schaeffer

I’m very grateful to the Schaeffer family who passed to atchistory the collection of course photographs that belonged to Ted Schaeffer, and also to Ian Dennis who acted as the courier to get them to us.

ted schaeffer course

I don’t have course number or date for this photo but is after the new building came available in the early 60s and before it was renamed the College. Ted Schaeffer is in the centre row, third from left and is that a young Alan Binning next to him. Centre in the front row is Frank Bulstrode, the Superintendent, and the right of him is Eric Parker. Lots of other names to be filled in but is that John Dancer extreme left? In the back row 2nd from right is I think Dave Gorst and in the centre row 5th from right is perhaps Ian Hislop. Please use the comments link at the top of the page to pass on names.

and now the courses that Ted managed and whose photos he put away in his own collection

No 40 Course

40 cadet




No 41 Course41_1






No 42 Course

Thanks to Dave Shepard for these



Dave Shephard,  Bob Ruffle (Shoreham),  ? Newcastle ATCO, Terry Wheeler, Mike Holdstock (Luton), Mike Sweet, Andy Kemp, Mike Fochs, Tim Johnson, Jim Clark
Pete Williams, Steve Blake, ? Seychelles ATCO (Freddy Karkaria?)

Front row L-R
Jim Cozens, Adrian Hay, Di Cornwallis, ? Seychelles ATCO (Millie?), ? Lyn (Teesside), Jane Wheeler
Mandy Medley, Dave Court, Martin Cirne



Dave Barlett, Terry Wheeler, Andy Kemp, Mike Sweet, Dave Shephard, Martin Cirne
Jim Clark, Jim Cozens

Front row L-R

Jane Wheeler, Adrian Hay, Mike Fochs, Steve Blake, Dave Court, Tim Johnson, Di Cornwallis

No 43 Course – from Peter Stephens

No43 ATCO course Jan 1981 Hurn

43-1 Peter has made a first go at names in the document below, he himself is on the right hand end of the front row.

No 43 ATCO course 1981

here is the 43 course full lineup from Bob White (to the best of his recollection).

Back row from left; Duncan Kennedy (to CC), Tom Meikle (withdrawn), Paul Whitcombe (to PD, now HI), Bernie Kisby (to SS?, now TC)

Middle row from left; Pete/Steve Davidson (ex KK ATCA), Gary Beaton (unit not known), Mark Levy (now BA skipper), self – Bob White (to AA, then AC, then TC), Pete McWilliams (ex ScATCC ATCA), Mark Willis (to BB, now TC), Chris Nutcher (was Midland skipper, now exec. skipper).

Front row from left; Alan Kinnear (ex PD ATCA, went back there), Dave Smellie (to PF), Gary McCourty (to PF), Helen Brown (to BB), Mark Vidler (to SS, then TC), Amelia Winton (to KK?), Neil Urquhart (withdrawn), Tom Coffey (to BB, then AC), Pete Stephens (from & to Marshalls, SC).

(The AC & TC refer to Area & Terminal control respectively, not Belfast City & Cranfield, but you probably got that!)

No 44 Course

Course 44

44_1 thanks to Brian Waterston for the photo and names

Back Row L to R

Mark Boddy (Bristol), Kevin Young (LATCC, CATC, LATCC), Keith Domone (LATCC), Mike Dynes (ScATCC), Shaun McConnell (LATCC, Saudi Arabia, USA, Italy, [possibly now in Middle East but not sure]), Rob Peel (LATCC), Stuart Mitchell (LATCC), ……………. (failed), Martyn Rowlands (LATCC), Brian Stuart (ScATCC), ……………. (non CAA), Robert Grant (ScATCC failed to validate)

 Front Row L to R

Mark Hooper (LATCC, ScATCC), Kevan Hibbert (MACC, LATCC), Martin Batterby (failed), Judy McKechnie (LATCC) (now Judy Hubble) (Germany, LATCC), Brian Johnston (ScATCC), Gary Oswald (LATCC), Brian Waterston (ScATCC, Oman, Bahrain, ScATCC), ……………. (non CAA) (Carlisle)

No 46 Course Graduation from  Simon Thompson via Malcom Hemming

46 graduation

Here's 46 Course on the last day of our graduation course, Friday 8th June 1984. All 18 in this picture validated at either Scottish Centre or West Drayton. 

BACK ROW L-R (All W Drayton unless specified)
Pete Alderson, Alistair Murray, Martin Hill, Chris Hunt, Ian Stock, David George, Simon (Tommo) Thompson, Nick Marsden, Gregor Graham (SCATCC, and then the Middle East)

Jane Smart, Pete Longley, Danny Goldwater (behind P Longley), Clare Liddiard, Derek Pake (SCATCC), Sarah Settle.

No 47 aerodrome course.

anon 5

identified by Aidan Trotter

No 48 Course

anon 4

48-1 Thanks to Neil Hughes for identifying the Course

No 49 Course

49 tech aerodrome

No 51 Course

51 cadet tech and aerodrome

No 52 Course


the names are faded but front row left to right is

Dave Smith, Pat Wieland and Jaz Simmonds, Sharon May and Graham Skilton

Jim Young, Gerry Brittan, Steve ???,Laurence King, Gordon McKenzie, Phil Jones, Steve Whybro, Kevin Moore?

Thanks to Dale McLoughlin for identifying Phil Jones and Al Beattie for identifying Laurence King .



No 53 Course


53-1 (Course Start Date 10 January 1983) names from Callum Dodds

Back row, Steve Clarke.  John Shaw.   Malcolm Judge.   Alan Foley.   Graham ?   Ian Revell.   John Whittaker.  Callum Dodds

Front row, Kate Badger.   Chris Rowden.    Lynn Springall.    Jim Haran.    Barbara MacConnell.   Jerry Hobbs


53-2 Callum Dodds sent in these names

Back row, John Whittaker Paul Freeman. Alan Foley. John Dale. Ian Revell. Callum Dodds

Front row, Chris Rowden. John Shaw. Lynn Springall. Jim Haran

No 54 Course


No 55 Course


No 56 and 57 Courses



Photo 56-1 is of 57 course at the start of the APP radar course, Paul Adamson






56-4 is the joint 56 and 57 graduation Paul Adamson

No 58 Course

58 course




No 59 Course

59 course




No 60 Course

60 course

No 61 Course

61 course

No 62 Course thanks to Martin Swain

small 62 Course Starters

62 Course Graduates

63 Course from Andy Wall


Back row- Andy Wall Gary Black Wendy Winnard Dave Coles Scott Shepherd Tracey Brickles

Front row- Julie Smith Carol Mitchell (now Jones) Vanessa Bowell Paul Nobbs. 

64 Course, photos from Andy Wall, names from Jon James

new 64 start

64_1  names and current postings (2016) as follows:

Back Row (l-r):  Nigel Fairbairn   EGNX, Matthew Flood  LACC, Colin Turvey  EGSS, Jon James  LACC, Gary Elson  EGJB, Mark Ambrose  (briefly EGBB, now BAW A320 Captain), Glen Davison  (Believed working in Middle East), Stewart Dewis  LACC, Andrew Morrison  (Believed EGHH), George Smith  PC

Front Row (l-r): John Harker  Unknown, Jane Cook  (was Euro-control but since left ATC), Anthony Whitehead  LACC, Julie Morrissey (top Cadet)  was SRG North, possibly retired? David Montgomery   (EGAA, now BAW  A320 Captain)


64_2   a Graduation Photo with names as follows:

L-R: Julie Morrissey, Jon James, Colin Turvey, Matthew Flood, Stewart Dewis, Gary Black, Gary Elson, Vanessa Bowell, David Montgomery, George Smith, Anthony Whitehead, Kathy Talbot (nee Barsh), Glen Davison, Tracey Brickles,

65 Course from Alison Seaman

65_1 course Sept 1987




 65_2 Course Sept 5-11 1987 Brathay Hall

65-2  Sept 1987 Brathay Hall



(BRYAN PARSONS returned to RAF ATC, SIMON PLIKINGTON & JON JONES became a pilots with BA, DAVE C went to Canada, KEVIN HUNTER no longer in ATC)

65_3 course  Graduation May 1989

65-3 Graduation May 1989 (with 66 Course)





66 Course

66 ATCO cadet

66-1 names from Graham Burfield

Back row:
Nick Curtis,  Paul Copeland,  Graham Burfield,  Peter Banks,  Chris Walsh,  Andy Rooney,  Antony Badduns,  Jon Taysum

Middle row:
Max Rahman,  Andy Bowden,  Andy Birch,  Trevor Stone,  Jeremy Brewin,  Ken Fowler

Front row:
Glenda Bailey,  Andrea Seale,  Kathy Bourden,  Sue Wood

Apologies for any spelling mistakes. It was a long time ago!!

anon 11

66-2 From Alastair Campell – Anon 11 on the right is Colin Andrew, on the left is Ken Fowler (from Mike Inglis) don’t know when.  66-3 has Colin in the middle at the front. .

anon 12

66-3 Alan Binning, Ted Schaeffer and Mike Edwards are in the front row.

anon 13_2


66 Course with the late Glenda Bailey at far right on the front row. Max Rahman is standing behind her and 2nd from left in the back row is Jeremy Brewin. Information I have is that the picture is taken at their graduation sometime in 1989. from Alastair Campbell

anon 16 (4)

67 Course 


This is 67 Course Graduation 1989 back row left to right Jon Boon, Lee Boulton, Nick Bennett, Russ McClymont.
front row Dave Mort, Jane Gilliard (BA Captain now) Nigel Finch. Thanks to Damien Murphy for the info.

68 Course info from Erica Phillips

small 68Course

68 Course started on 15th June 1988. Top picture :

Back l to r: Andy Bright, Dave Westwood, Steve Sinton, Simon Reed, Dan Foster, Andrew Boyd, Mike Turner, Neil Wishart, Glyn Connick, Iain Rose

Front l to r : Spike Bainbridge, Senga MacLean, Erica Thirkettle (now Phillips), Marcia Dunnet, Kim Hatherill, Alex Beattie.

We graduated on 6th January 1990 with some from 69 course:

L to r Dan Foster, Chris Walsh, Mike Turner, Andy Birch, Neil Wishart, Steve Sinton, Trevor ?

Andy Bright, Spike Bainbridge, Erica Thirkettle, Marcia Dunnet, Sue Wood, Glyn Connick, Alex Beattie.

71 Course

anon 10

identified by Derek Pake

No 72 ATCO Cadet Course

72 OB_2

Outward bound course, memories of rowing along Lake Windermere in the middle of the night! David Kirkwood

David Morrow was on 72 course and the following are the names of Course members in the Brathay photo sent by David Kirkwood (it was taken on 25/08/89):

Back Row: Mick Witney, Ian Ralph, Alan Campbell, Chris Peregrine, Gill Andrews, Bill Backus, Lawrence Lafferty, Keith Chadwick, Graeme Black.

Middle Row (bit complicated this, almost 2 rows!): Brathay employee, Helen Pipe, Brathay employee, Ann Kilfedder (white top), Alison McNab (behind Ann), Brathay employee (black top), Ruth Guest (behind), Gillian Cowell, Brathay employee (in front of Gill), Stewart Settle, Sue Eddie, David English (with beard), Carolyn Smith, Mark Smith, Nick Bennett (in cricket sweater), Mark Downes (behind Nick), myself (in rugby top), Paul Haggerty (behind me), Gerry McLean.

Front Row: David Kirkwood, Dan Schuler, Billy Craig, Alan Williams, Finlay Smith, Roger Clark, Guy Tutin, Rohan Glynn, Simon Powley.

David Morrow also sent the two photographs below. David Williams (missing from the Brathay photo) is 2nd from the right of the whole course photo.

1989-08-23. 72 Course. Heathlands Hotel, Bournemouth. Half course.1989-08-23. 72 Course. Heathlands Hotel, Bournemouth

No 73 Course



Back row fourth from left John Barwell second picture also 6 from left second row – Dave Richards





No 75 ATCO course

anon 14 (4)

75-1 names from Dave Richards

Back Row left to right

Dave Richards (LFMU, Leavesden and Eurocontrol), ????, Jon Wall, Dave O’Brian (also Eurocontrol for a while)

Next Row

Stumpy (Nickname ?), ???? , Dave Redford (LFMU, Eurocontrol), ????, ????, Roger ?.

Next row

Don’t remember their names last man was an ATCA at CATC (possibly Ian Keith – Jim Smith?)

Front row

???? from Newcastle, ???? , John Leddy, ????, Kumi Jones dcsd I think we were both A watch LATCC assistants before this.

anon 14 (5)


Thanks to  Quillon Fox

No 76 Course

76 course (1)

76 course (2)

from Sharon Duffy

No 77 Course





anon 3

77-3   Jim Smith suggests the above is 77 course around 1991

Dave Dick says this was my course.
Back Row >, Matt Darling, ??, ??, Dave Dick (Me), Adrian Chudhury, Ivan Stanger,??

Mid Row – Nothing

Front Row ??, ??, ??, Fiona ?, Jane ?, Debbie Minnear, ? and Guy ?

Sorry I can’t remember the rest of the names but it was 1991

78 Course via Andy Wall


Andy says these 2 photos of 78 course are courtesy of Veronica McClune (formerly Smyth). Veronica is middle of the front row on the graduation photo & left middle 2nd row in the earlier photo. He will leave others to identify the rest!

79 Course

79 course

from Christine Goodwin

No 81 Course, from Andy Wall

new 81

No 85 Course thanks to Brian Duxbury for the info

85 start_2

Back Row L-R: Richard Langley, Richard Stutchfield, Rob Davies, Paul Collier, Richard Newns, Brian Duxbury, Paul Kitchen, James Adams, Craig Overton, David Kennedy, James Harper, Dean Marriot

then: Mark Asquith, Stephen Little, Tony Pincott, Paul Hodgson, Matt Riley, Steve Robinson, Jason Osgood, David Stewart, Colin Sadler, Steven Yeowart
then: Mark Sparkes, Tracey Isaacs (now Fox), Duncan Scott, Huw Jones, Adrian Holloway, Martin Ruddy, Robert Atkinson, Mike Boden, Joe McGlynn, Stuart Edwards, Linzi Douglas, Paul Toal, Tansy Graheme
Front Row: Mandy Jamieson, Margaret-Ann McGrath, Chris Haycock, Barbara Quinn, Shona Chalmers, Derek McKenzie, Michele Russ (now Robson), Tracey McShane

No 88 Course


Back Row. L-R Adam Crawford, Graeme Kaney, Andy Comber, Paul Madden, Stuart Lynch, Jim Simpson, Chris Barron, Kev Connolly, Mark Lande

Bottom Row. L-R Steve Medlock, Kate Parslow, Steve Kendrew, Sarah White, Steve Maxwell, Mel Whitby, Rob Hibbert

from Rob Hibbert

No 84 Student Foundation Course

84 student foundation.jpg

90 Course

90 Course from Steve McNamara

Course ran Jan 94 to May 95

Approx date of photo Sep 95 at graduation; for the ladies their names are their maiden names that they were using when the photo was taken.

Rear Row (L to R): Cath Harraway, Steven Maxwell, Nigel Bradey, Kevin Osborne, Mike Reed, Colin Green, Mike Sheridan

Centre Row (L to R): Paul Russell, Bill Leipnik, Tim Vollam, Matt Cornwall, Gary Baldwin, Steven Burke, Trevor Sweet.

Front row (L to R): Justin Moseley, Steve McNamara, Alison Lee, Kim Strongman, Important NATS/CAA chap, Debbie Lewin, Angie Donoghue, Paula Brisley.

94 Aerodrome Course November 1969 from Ian Jones


Back Row left to right as you look at it
John Pettigrew EGLL ATCA (chopped); John Newman North Denes non CAA;
Ted Bunn EGSS; Bunny Gunston EGBB; George Nesbitt EGCC; Ian Jones
EGKK; John Dann EGHH; Ian Cran (chopped); Brian Grey EGPF; Alan Shanks
EGPK; Bruce Gifford EGCC;
Front Row left to right
Robbie Morris EGAA; Fred Bass EGKK; ???; Andy Martin Lindholme; Ian
Marr Australia; Maurice Whippy EGFF Terry Fennel EGSS?; Dave Radford
EGAA; ??? Alderney.

96 Course (plus some 95 course at a joint graduation) from Fran Slater

96 course

Name list wise I can do most of 96 course I think:

Top row left to right:

Andy Legge, Colin Riach, Jane Peters?, Nicola Askell, Jon Oakey? Alan? Lisa Jobson, Loretta ?, Tracey Course, Fran Slater, Louise Woods, Paul Waite, Stu Lindsey

Bottom row left to right:

Chris Gerrard, Gareth ? Chris Reiken, Glen Bilborough, David Corbett, Nic Fewkes, Paul Jacklin, Lachlan ?, Iain Brown, Mike Prince.

That was our starting course photo.

95 and 96 courses graduation

On the graduation photo there are a lot of 95 Course!!! I’ll get working on names and get back to you.

99 Course


photo and details from Simon Barry
Top L-R Derek McDade, ??,  ??, Andy?, Cav?, Rob Eckford?, Jimmy Woods, Dave Allan Wayne?, Dave Brain, Ed Bott, Mike?, Craig? Mike?
Seated L-R Stephen Pember, Nick Matthews, ??, Karen?, Clare Baxter (was Matthews), Emma Barry nee Quade, Kerrie Chalmers, Rob Antell, ??, Simon Chang?

100 Course

100 CouRse

Back row L-R: Sally Lovett (nee Tredray), Stuart Rose, Nick Cavanagh, Alex Crawford, Simon Draper, Justin Warwick, Mike Ramsbottom, Steve Smulovic, Jason Wharton, Lee Martin, Wayne Dixon, Caroline Lowman, Andi Pressler, Emma Barry (nee Quaid), Lou Ellis (nee Buffrey).

Front row L-R: Steve Cockram, Gareth Lewis, Chris Pearson, Rob Lewis, Tracey Croudace, Rod McBoyle, Adrian Hill, Ben Lippiatt, Geoff Budd.

from Geoff Budd

101/102 Courses



Course 101:
Back Row L_R Phil Hogg, Emma Allsopp?, Martin Hardcastle
Middle Row L-R Matt Burman, James Ross, Paul Geary, Jason Cooper, Steve Cockram, Dave Brain
Front row L-R Shane Wickett, Surj Deol, Steve Gallagher, Bill Semple, Simon Barry, Paula?, Rob Lewis


101 and 102

Course 101/102 combined:

Back Row L-R Phil Hogg, James Ross, Steve Gallagher, Surj Deol
2nd Row L-R Shane Wickett, Simon Barry, Adrian Smith, Graeme Ward, Ali Hambly, Fran  Hanlon, Andy Proctor, Steve Cockram, Emma Allsopp, John Cameron
3rd Row L-R Dave Brain, Jason Cooper, Jamie Skyes, John Evans, Ed Hunt, Chris Bridgewater, Ron Langham, Julie Hanbury, Alex Gibson, Martin Hardcastle
Front Row L-R Rob Lewis, Paula?, Andy Willatts, Gareth Lovett, Simon Hughes, Bill Semple, Garry Lewis, Natalie Steers, Steve Reed, Paul Geary, Matt Burman

Anonymous Courses

anon 14 group – as we identify various courses we’ve opened up new entries for them above. For better view of each panel in the mosaic click on it for a bigger view.

Andy Edmunds and Mark McCloskey identified the lowest Anon 14 picture (6) as  74 course, started 14th Feb 1990. Course split at Approach/Area phase, some went to Bailbrook for their Area

top right is 67 graduation – Damien Murphy

the two across the middle are 75 course – Quillon Fox (75 now has its own entry above with names)

the Anon 14 top left photo is the Anon 16 photos are either 69 or 70 course (David Morrow)

anon 15 Group photos with Air Marshall Sir Tom Stonor. In the middle on the left is Paul Reid (from Alastair Campbell)

The names for the group lower right above are we think

John Swift, Angus Kennedy, David Westood, Simon Gardner, Simon Reed, Ian Ellis, Chris Anderson

Sinead McCloskey, Kel Kirkland, Anthea Weir, Paul Reid, Mayor of Bournemouth (?) Sir Tom Stonor, Darrell Brindley, Martin Stratford, Senga MacClean, Marie Hocking

Malcolm Hemming adds that in the top right picture on the right is Neil ‘Spike’ Bainbridge

anon 16 Group photos with Brian Trubshaw(?)  are either 69 or 70 course;


The (civil) School of Air Traffic Control, Bournemouth Hurn Airport 1948-62

The Start ……………

In 1937, Britain was the first country in Europe to establish training courses for Air Traffic Controllers – setting up a ‘one room’ training facility in the Post Office building at Goodge Street, in London. Courses consisted of a dozen students learning wireless telegraphy and its application to Air Traffic Control, flight rules, instrument flying, meteorology and navigation. A year later they moved to rooms over ‘The Hoop and Toy’ public house by South Kensington station in London.

Apart from major advances in telecommunications and radar, the 1939 –45 war also generated a need for local control in the airspace around busy military aerodromes. The UK was also responsible for the organisation and management of complex airspace and air route structures such as those set up between Southern England and Northern France after the invasion of Normandy in June 1944.  With this experience, in Europe Britain gained a unique lead in ATC procedures. Many former corporate members of GATCO such as Marconi, Plessey, Decca, Ferranti and Cossor were central in developing the technology that enabled and supported these advances.

By late 1944 some RAF Airfields were surplus to requirements and two, Aldermaston and Hurn, were transferred to BOAC to use as training and engineering bases. The official view seems to have been that there was some synergy in aircrew and ATC training and presumably because it was closer to London, Aldermaston hosted the forerunner of the present College.


US Army Air Force Federal GCA MPN-1

After the war, the rapid increase in civil aviation highlighted a further need for advanced ATC training and, in 1947, the Aldermaston School was training radar controllers to use the Federal MPN-1 GCA (Ground Controlled Approach) Units using equipment purchased from the USAAF. In 1948, the Aldermaston unit was relocated to Hurn along with other elements of ATC training. As such, the School of Air Traffic Control was formed in 1949 with a teaching staff of six: occupying an assortment of temporary accommodation, including wartime huts!

scatc 1948SA2

Site of School of ATC at Hurn in 1949 

oxford photo GCA courseSA3

GCA course with the Airspeed Consul target aircraft in the background.

On the back row, left to right are understood to be

1. Tom Sawyer, 2. Norman Whitelock, 5. Lou Parton, 6. Fred Mountain, 7. Billy Boyes, 8. Dougy Woods, 9. John Waddell, 11. Bill Hewyer, 12 Bill Blott, 13 Wally Wallis, 14.Roy Norfolk

On the front row left to right
  1. John Gilbert, 2. Dennis Brown, 3. Brian Pegden, 4. Adrian Wright, 5. Dave Scot-Martin,

Lou Parton, Billy Boyes and Dougy Wood were instructors, Wally Wallis was the Chief Instructor Procedural and Roy Norfolk DFC was the Superintendent.

In 1950 the first new entrant ATCO course ran and also in that year the first of the School’s Foreign and Commonwealth courses. By the end of 1950 the School had trained 234 UK and 16 overseas students. Over the next 10 years the staff rose to number 20 under a Superintendent and in 1959 the School trained 386 UK students and 86 overseas students. These achievements were recognised by the GATCO, who presented the School with the Guild’s highest award, the Hunt Trophy.

 bulstrode centre groupSA4

Typical course photo from the 1950s

Back Row
1 Alan Mile, 2 Billy Boyes 3 Al Dixon 4 Pete Reavley, 5 Doug Shoulder, 6 Lou Smith 9 Dickey Stokes (instructor) 12  Phil Martin, 14 Frank Blackaby, 16 John Gilbert, 17 Brian Pegden.
Front row
3 Lou Parton 4 John Griffiths (instructor), 5 R F Bulstrode (Superintendent), 6 Wally Wallis 10 Les West

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1956 Area Course

The reason for the Mortar Boards and Garden tools remains a mystery

Back row

1 Billy Boyes, 2 Brian Pegden, 3 ? Monk, 4 Tom Newton, 5 Tom Shaw, 6 John Clarke, 8 Dicky Stokes, 9 Tom Harrison,10  John Waddell, 13 Johnny Mes, 14 John Gilbert.

Front row

1 Towers-Perkin, 2. Lucky Craven 4. Wally Wallis, 5. Dougy Wood, 6. Lou Parton.

Tom Newton, Tom Shaw, John Clarke, Johnny Mes and Tom Harrison were all on an airways course due to the closure of Bovingdon.  John Gilbert thinks the year of the photo was 1956.  

The following two group photos have been sent in by Malcolm Hemmings

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No 33 Area Course 1959

School Superintendent Frank Bulstrode centre front row

centre rear row is Adrian Wright, next right and slightly behind is Eric Parker. Fifth from left on the back row is Freddy Frost

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75 Radar Course, 1958

School Superintendent Frank Bulstrode centre front row. Freddy Frost is on this one too, at the back 6th from right.

Back row 3rd. from left is Peter Hemming – Christopher Hemming

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SA5c  John Faulkner sent in this new group, his late father-in-law, Harry Foster, is No 8 from the right in the back row, immediately behind Frank Bulstrode.  John doesn’t have a date for the photo; Harry subsequently worked entirely overseas, in West and East Africa.

(In the very back row 4 from the left and to the left of the little tree is John Holland and some others are hauntingly familiar. Please let us know who you can spot – atchistory)


The old buildings were somewhat restricted in their (non-radar) simulation facilities. This was a limitation for the Schools own students and a real problem for the many “non state” controllers who didn’t attend the School’s courses but who would be examined on the same airspace and procedures. So that they could familiarise themselves with the practical exam environment a number of remote units were set up, called Field Training Units, which provided simple aerodrome and approach control simulators and instruction. They were located in or near the towers at Aberdeen, Stansted, Birmingham and Hurn. The School was quick to use the FTU facilities for its own students too, continuing long after the new building opened in 1962. Birmingham FTU became a centre for radar simulation training too.

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Hurn FTU

Tower simulators were very basic, with aerodrome layout drawings showing the circuit pattern too. These drawings were over-layered with Perspex and drilled through at critical points around the map. Aircraft were represented by map pins, which were inserted in the holes. It sounds basic, but it worked and even the much later light driven aerodrome simulators were only updated versions of this simple concept that originally mirrored the then contemporary military ATC tower control techniques.


The School possessed a link trainer (and early instrument flying simulator) presumable to help with teaching navigation, R/T or instrument procedures.

Edward Jones (ex Manchester) said that he is in the bottom right hand corner, with Jock Kerr in the link, and they were demonstrating RTF phraseologies in 1959 as they both had previous experience as Aerodrome Controllers – it was an instructor in the back corner. The remainder of the course (behind the camera) were all ex pilots and navigators.

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Radar simulators were yet to appear and much of the practical training with carried out under supervision using dedicated live traffic controlled from School utilised facilities within Hurn tower. Long after radar simulation became available in the 60s students still did some live training at Hurn. The target aircraft were from the Civil Aviation Flying Unit originally with Airspeed Consuls later with Doves and then contracted-in Twin Commanches. The most extreme and popular version of this external training was when the area radar training facilities at nearby RAF Sopley were utilised for joint military/civil area radar courses to help overcome a shortage of civil area radar simulation capacity in the 60s.


 The old School had at least some comfortable accommodation, except perhaps in mid winter

Retired ATCOs can still recall those ‘training times’, remembering the Rabbits who had took up residence under the radar training classroom and the hut used for Technical Staff Courses which needed a row of buckets to catch water every time it rained! The relationship with the airport was much closer in those days. It had yet to be transferred to local authority control so all the airport staff facilities were available to the School. This included use of “The Club” a snug well furnished wartime Nissen hut where a light lunch (well a cheese or ham roll, pork pie or sausage roll usually) was available with mustard or pickle and a glass of beer and crisps on the side.

During its first 10 years the School of ATC grew steadily and by 1959 its staff had risen to 20 and students to 472, of which 386 were UK and 86 Overseas.  Clearly, the ‘arrangement’ of wartime huts was totally insufficient for the training task and, as such, the decision was taken to build a new establishment on an adjacent site.

Acknowledgement. John Gilbert, without whom many of the faces above would not have names.


SA 9  a group photo of 91 Radar course in 1960 provided by John Douglas. The instructor top right is Paddy Holt.

The College of ATC and the new 1960s building.

Anyone who had any occasion to visit the old 1960s building that hosted the College of ATC at Hurn will remember two items of decor, the wall mounted naive mosiac in the entrance hall and the display of flags of those nations who had been trained at CATC and its predecessor the School of ATC (see CA11a and CA12 below). Before NATS vacated the site there had been some discussion about the wall mounted mosaic, described by those with arts and craft interests as a rare example of a 1960’s naive mosaic of artistic merit and value. Nothing was ever determined as to its merit before closure.

atchistory was able to visit Parkfield school the new owners of the former NATS site. We had queried the status of the mosaic and shields in the new building and John Levesley was invited to visit the site to see the situation.

The mosaic has been retained to remember the previous use of the site. It is in good condition, some minor repairs have been made. A small section top left had been lost to a conduit. The school also has all the plaques from all the different nations that sent students to Hurn. The Schools intention is to remount them on the stairwells as a reminder of the history of the buildings they now occupy.

About 20% of the College and 40% of the old EU are as yet unused though by the time the school reaches 400 pupils it will all be brought into use again. The old centre block has gone, and has been replaced by a new swish indoor sports facility, the cinema is now a dance studio and all those bits of the site that are in use and have been rebuilt are decorated and fitted out to a high standard.

CATC brochure 1984

Steve Balfour tells us in the brochure in the picture of EGCC VCR are, L-R, Dave Waugh, GMC at present unknown, Marilyn Murphy front desk ATSA, John Brooks on Air (nearest to the camera), and Dave Close standing with the bins.
The photo of the LATCC style suite in the brochure has Brian Collins standing on the right. On the College radar display it looks like Cliff Hudson top left and Alan Grummitt bottom right.

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the final NATS site with both the ATCEU (extreme right) and CATC (top left) extensions

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1980s aerial view of the NATS site at Hurn

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CATC 1969

CA4a CATC 1969 Alastair  C Campbell

The College, was built in 1962 at a cost of £505k and construction of the new  facility was not without incident.  Intended to house both the College of ATC and the ATCEU (Air Traffic Control Evaluation Unit), the first delivery of bricks turned out to be a revolting shade of yellow and all misshapen – they were promptly rejected and replaced by the present well shaped red ones.  During construction, weeks of delay were caused by the disappearance of all the internal  steelwork.  This had left the factory by rail but all trace of its whereabouts lost!  It was finally located in a siding at Herne Bay in Kent !

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                                     Frank Bulstrode 

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The then Superintendent of the School, Frank Bulstrode, later commentated that “When we finally moved to the new building it was heaven !  To be in purpose built accommodation, properly lighted and heated, with new furniture for staff and students – it was quite fabulous”.  Heating in those days was oil fired and, amazingly and expensively, it remained so until closure !!

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Eric Mather explains the idea behind using the  flat top or pedestal mounted area radar display. 

(These were rumoured  to be ex Royal Navy displays from an aircraft carrier and were in fact slightly domed which caused problems using the “shrimp boats” (clear plastic labels with chinographed callsigns that you pushed along next to the blips). One nudge and you lost all your idents. They were certainly is use at CATC for area radar training in 1969)

Eric Mather succeeded Frank Bulstrode as Superintendent and recalls the ‘hand over’ tour of the College during which “We passed one room without comment and, later, I discovered it housed not only members of staff but also a variety of dogs which these worthy employees could not leave at home all on their own !”

The new building and its up to date equipment – including a cinema – were key to a rapid increase of both UK and Overseas Training  and, in 1968, these efforts were internationally recognised when the School was awarded the title and status of College of Air Traffic Control.  Statistics for those ‘initial’ years show that by 1963 the School had a throughput of 568 students and by 1970, as a College, the figure had risen to 909.  A throughput which even by to-days standard would be considered remarkable!

Trainers and Trainees…………….

In the early days, the majority of UK trainees were recruited from aircrew and personnel leaving the armed forces.  But as the military was gradually ‘slimmed down’, so the potential number of ATC trainees was also reduced.  As a consequence, the Ministry of Aviation introduced an ATCO Cadet Training Scheme and in 1962 the first course embarked on an ambitious three year training programme.  Often described as the Rolls Royce of ATC training, these early Cadet Courses exposed trainees to all aspects of Aerodrome / Approach and Area Control, along with flying training to PPL standard and acting as Safety Pilots in the ‘live’ targets operated for radar training by CAFU (Civil Aviation Flying Unit). The Cadet scheme is still a major element of NATS training, although the participants are now known as Trainee Air Traffic Controllers and the duration and content of initial training radically reduced to embrace just a single discipline. Sadly, there is no definitive record of the number of trainees who have passed through The School / College of ATC. But one thing is certain – it is numbered in thousands !!

Similarly, the early school  / college instructors tended to be controllers with military backgrounds and operational experience of civil ATC.  In the main they were ‘true professionals’ who delivered a high standard of instruction and, in return, expected high standards from their students.  They promoted team-work and encouraged each course to develop an individual identity  – which was not difficult given the mix of personalities involved !

Many individual instructors and College managers were, themselves, colourful characters and became quite legendary !

Without doubt, Frank Bulstrode, Superintendant of the College from 1956-69 ,  was a perfect example.  Totally dedicated to the profession, Frank had been a pre 1939 civil flying control officer and a wartime ATCO in the Royal Air Force. He was responsible for setting up an allied ATC unit to facilitate the Yalta Conference.  With his one glass eye, a penchant for riding other peoples motor-cycles and his reputation as one of the UK’s foremost authorities on Swiss postage stamps, Frank really was some character ! The Bull, as he was inevitably known, was a charming gentleman, who cared a lot about the students, and who always came to “do’s” just long enough to drink one half of beer, chat and leave. He however had a disconcerting throw away line when asked about the ATCO training programme and recruitment criteria, saying “he liked ATC to recruit half wits, then the training programme would add the other half”.

The ‘chalk and talk’ techniques of the classroom were gradually replaced by modern techniques and lecture facilities.  Teaching these techniques even became part of the College programme with the introduction of instructional technique courses.

Many still recall the college instructor who used a well worn OHP slide to introduce himself to overseas students.  Specialising in teaching RTF techniques and phraseology, this particular instructor had asked a student to write his ‘intro’ in Arabic script and, then, could never quite understand why it was received with tumultuous laughter and great applause !!  One could only guess what had been written !!

And fond memories of the instructor who ‘blew up’ a beautifully crafted model of a civil airliner with working nav lights – the focal point of his carefully prepared lesson !  Not to mention the Flight Planning Instructor, mid 1960’s, who had a tendency to light the filter tip of his Woodbine, which usually caught fire and threatened his knitted cardigan !

As early as 1950, other countries quickly recognised the need to develop a structured ATC service and began to send their students to learn the UK’s exclusive techniques. And that year was notable for the first of the Foreign and Commonwealth courses which had just 16 Overseas Students !  To date, students from over 150 countries have attended training courses at Bournemouth and CATC can rightly boast to have set a ‘bench mark’ for ATC training and airspace management throughout the world. All aspects of the profession have been taught – from Initial / Primary Instruction to Advanced Radar Techniques to Terminal / Approach and even a series of courses enabling experienced Israeli Controllers to practice emergency situations  ….  which often resulted in the ‘student’ demonstrating a unique solution to the ‘instructor’ !

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CATC mosaic


the 1960s naïve mosaic about ATC, on the wall of the College entrance.

CATC flags

CA12 – John Faulkner


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The flag tally of the many nations trained at the College Laurie Shields on the left, John Rose in the centre, Eileen Gazzard on right.

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The library

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36 ATCO Cadet Course doing a formation impersonation of course manager H J (Ted) Tilly

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Flying with the C.A.F.U.

I think the cadet is Pat Lowrence,

“The pilot stepping into the CAFU Dove is “Ben” Gunn, ex Navigator who went on to become an Examiner (examining Students wishing to gain a commercial pilots licence) as well as becoming an HS748 pilot flying the Navaid Inspectors on their calibration duties of both en-route and landing aids.”

info on Ben Gunn is from Jim Fuller who runs a CAFU web site at Jim has also written a book on CAFU available through Amazon. The book is Safety Was No Accident: History of the UK Civil Aviation Flying Unit CAFU 1944 -1996

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CA17a Pete Clarke says

This photo should be instantly recognised by many cadets. The last course to fly in the De Havilland Dove were No. 26 Approach Radar course in 1975.
For those that missed the experience, the aircraft would be brought to Hurn to enable trainees to have a chance at handling a real aircraft and positioning it onto the approach for the airfield. A couple of trainees would be taken over to the approach radar room in the tower and a third would head out to the aircraft for a flight in the right hand seat. The captain would often hand over control of the aircraft after a (very) brief familiarisation to let us fly it around. I remember it being great fun.
I flew with one mischievous pilot who would drop down low over the bay to hide below radar so the trainee could not find us. He then suggested we had an engine failure so called “mayday” to see how the trainee would react. – He didn’t just simulate it, he actually shut it down for a while!
Finally, he would call “field in site” while on approach then dive off the approach path for the old disused wartime airfield of Stoney Cross and suggested we see how low we would get before the trainee realised we were heading for the wrong airfield.
Those were the days!
P.S. The aircraft is now on display at East Fortune Aviation Museum near Edinburgh.

CA17b  John Hallett thinks this may be to mark the last live training at CATC using the Dove.  Ron Olsen is in the centre , to the right are Bill McColl, Graham Waterton and John Hallett. The other are not known, do you recogise them?  John thinks aircraft was G-ANUT.

Pete Clarke

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CA17c This is my son’s Playmobil jumbo jet. He was only four when I was at the College as an instructor and thought it funny that his dad would pinch his toy to use during lectures.
Any course there in the late 1980s (87-91) will remember it. I used to walk into the room pulling it behind me on a piece of string. It certainly got their attention. I then produced coloured discs, suitably bent and with double-sided sticky tape to give the “Blue Peter” lecture on aircraft lights.
After leaving the College I bumped into students who recalled those lectures so it worked.

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John Levesley providing ATC Careers advice

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Jock Mouatt running a procedural approach control session, in this case at the Hurn FTU


The staff restaurant

John Pilling comments ” CA20 has mostly 55 course in view, namely :- queuing up are Andy Trayler, Joe Nicol, Phil Jackson. Table just behind them, Tony Picton, Andy Badham and I think Graham Riches. Lady with hand on hip in striped top and partly cropped from picture is I believe Claire Horsfall with Ali Parrot also in shot partly obscuring Clare”.  “And the Cadet sitting nearest the camera on the left is Mike Doyle, later Manchester and Heathrow” …… Tony Doyle

CATC passes

CA20a   from Dave Smith dating from 1966, two essential items in a CATC staff or student’s possession. anyone got a picture of the old Club in the Nissen Hut?

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Instructional  technique training Ken Thompson right, Roger Druce left

Major changes to the College accommodation, simulation equipment and examination techniques have been routinely undertaken to cope with operational / licence demands.

Area radar training, in the 60’s, relied heavily on a large analogue computer with each input position simulating just one aircraft !  Today’s input operator manages a digital system with multi-target capacity.  The modernisation of the UK’s ATC System / MEDIATOR, in the late 60’s, was quickly reflected in all aspects of the College’s Area Training Programme as increasing numbers of graduates moved to the newly operational LATCC at West Drayton.

And similarly, over a period of years, ADC students have ‘progressed’ from a wall mounted light board / aerodrome display to a sophisticated layout of computer monitors, replicating a whole series of chosen scenarios !

Another ‘Milestone’ occurred in 1991 when a large extension to the College was completed and opened for use. This significantly improved the accommodation for simulation staff and, immediately, provided increased space for classrooms / ops rooms.

But of equal importance, the 1990’s were marked by major changes to both the arrangement of training courses and examination procedures.  Courses were ‘slimmed down’ to accelerate the College training phase and prepare students for a single discipline – rather than a ‘broad exposure’ to all aspects of ATC.  Likewise a system of ‘assessment exercises’ was introduced to replace the traditional ‘sudden death’ practical examination at the end of each course.  Similarly, the fearsome Oral Board with three / four examiners was gradually replaced by an equally stressful one to one oral exam !!

Cadet training courses were constantly under review and attracted a number of innovative phases to reflect the current needs of the profession and ‘business’ – including a highly popular ‘Airline Awareness Course’ which was conducted by BA !

Rob Peacock has sent in some photos of the College interior in  later days. that I’ve set up as a slide show.

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Alan Binning running a session on the aerodrome simulator, upgraded to a light display . It would take a bit longer for an all electronic system



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 classroom exercise for approach procedural control   CA33

On the left is Dick Gallup (identified by Malcolm Hemming), Dave Moffat is on the right. This is a classroom exercise teaching flight progress strip marking for the procedural approach course. A map of the fictional Hurn Zone used on the course is displayed on the board to the right of Dave Moffat.

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standing is Charlie Millar and  seated is Jim Morrison (on 14 Course?) thanks to George Hutton for the idents.

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NEW approach radar simulatorCA37

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The man in the blue shirt is Ian Platt –  Malcolm Hemming
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Think is this Judy Hunt


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The scribe in the middle is Lionel Chennell. The real name of the instructor at the far end with the moustache and waistcoat escapes me, however he was known as ‘Precious Pup’ – Malcolm Hemming

This is the original Area Procedural training facility in the “new” building.  The view on the left is from the “Flying Bridge” which was a raised area at the north end of the centre block.  This area of the block hasn’t yet been partitioned. In the photo are Brian Pegden and John Gilbert, the students are in the background on the flight progress strip boards on the lower level. John Gilbert was responsible for setting up something known as the “Jack Field” for each course, very archaic and complicated (explanations on a postcard please).




A later view of area procedural training when it had moved to a temporary building across the car park known less than affectionately as the Cowshed. A throwback to the now long demolished pre 62 accommodation.

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CA44 Greg Dollerson (standing), Chris Swinn (seated) (Alan Grove)

area procedural 2CCA45 Dave Hough (jacket on chair) Think his student is Ian McMorran (Alan Grove)  also in CA45 above and CA47 below Alan Grove instructor sitting (short sleeved white shirt) John Baker
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Chris Swinn standing John Faulkner

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CA48 Instructor standing with dark jacket is Dixie ‘where’s your separation’ Dean (Alan Grove)


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A typical Mediator suite at Hurn, an early version of those used at West Drayton from the 1970s, again with flat top radars.

This photo was also included in the ATCEU file (these suites at Hurn changed ownership between the College and EU several times. The equipment fit and room features suggest however they are at West Drayton after pre validity training was transferred back there. I think that’s Denis Sergeant from the LATCC training section on  the right in the jacket.

2nd from left Steve Thorogood. Hand out writing on strip. John Baker
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CA50 Second from left Kevin Morgan, third from left John Nias-Cooper (Alan Grove)

RADAR SIMULATOR INPUT (ACPs AIrcraft Control Positions)


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Kevin Binning? (Alan Grove)


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Irv Leonard on left, John Dimond standing

RAF Shawbury ATC and the Central School of Air Traffic Control

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a Bell 412EP , known as the Griffin HT.1, at the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury

In the beginning….      from John Douglas, a lovely historical perspective from 1952 “introducing” the modern concept of ATC to Military pilots.

Central Navigation and Control School article.   CN and CS 1952_JD

 Air Traffic Control Training in the Royal Air Force

Barry Davidson has just sent in a brochure about Air Traffic Control Training in the Royal Air Force at the Central School of Air Traffic Control that also includes the tower and its interior. Anyone like to estimate the date of publication and indeed contribute more stuff on Shawbury activities generally?

and a second brochure about the station as  a whole

EGOS Shawbury Brochure

and a third item, a CATCS brochure


and a fourth item, a 1970s (?) information handout

RAF Shawbury brochure 1970s

Barry is also scanning in some notes from the ARTS Course 1980-82 that we’ll produce in sections and also to follow a 400 page set of the Joint Air Traffic Control Course circa late 60s-70s.

CATCS Shawbury ARTS Course Notes 1980-82

Section 1

ARTS intro       ARTS Notes 1 and 2         ARTS Notes 3 and 4        ARTS Notes 6

ARTS Notes 7   ARTS notes 8 9 10          ARTS Notes 11                  ARTS Notes 12 13 14

ARTS Notes 15 16 17 18                 ARTS Notes 20             ARTS Notes 21

ARTS Notes 32                                 ARTS Notes 33-36

Section 2

ARTS 2 Notes 1-10

Section 3

ARTS 3 Notes 1-9

Section 5

ARTS 5 Notes 1-6

Section 6

ARTS 6 Notes 1-9

Section 7

ARTS 7 Notes 1-3

Section 8

ARTS 8 Notes 1-10

Section 9

ARTS 9 Notes 1-9

Section 10

ARTS 10 Notes 1-6

Section 12

ARTS 12 Notes 1-5

Section 13

ARTS 13 Notes 1-8

Final Section 14

ARTS 14 Notes 1-4

Also from Barry Davidson

Shawbury 1

Dutch C-130 G-781

Shawbury 3

Mystery 10 Possibly CFS

Westland Whirlwind XP341 E W at Shawbury ?

also from Barry, a first day cover and postcard

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RAF Shawbury


and a photo of one of the Vampires (XH274) used to help train controllers. Some of these were converted night fighters.

Bruce Williamson has now added to the above with a history of the Central Air Traffic Control School that he wrote a few years ago for the Shawbury station magazine. Bruce says that “It’s a bit out of date now, but gives a flavour of the general history of the place.”

from Bob Pearson, a photo of his GCA/PAR Course
shawbury-gca-courseBob tells me that Flt Lt Howells later gained a civil licence and worked at Boscombe Down. This photo was taken sometime in the winter of 1970/71…
Rhys Davies has sent in photos of his grandfather at Shawbury.

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SAC F Viner ATC Course Shawbury

“First group picture my Grandad, SAC Frank Viner is sat 4 from right front row next to the Sgt.

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The second group picture, he is front row sat far left. I believe these pictures are 1959. He left Bawtry as a steward in 1958 sometime and was posted to St Mawgan after the transfer to ATC in 1960 ish.”

Military (later Joint) Air Traffic Control Area Radar School at RAF Sopley (1960-74?)

We’re scanning in a large archive of photographs of RAF Sopley that belonged to the late Squadron Leader Brian (BC) Jones that were bought on e-Bay. Some are from the pre ATC days and may be passed on to the RAF Sopley website. Others are of the unit generally or of the activities of the Air Traffic Control Squadron and will feature on an updated RAF Sopley/JATCRU Southern posting on this site. There was also an area radar training school at RAF Sopley used initially by military controllers but also later by civil controllers too including some cadet courses whose area course radar component were split, half at CATC at Hurn and half at Sopley.

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Flt Lt Al Barnet

Flt Lt Al Barnet

Flt Lt Bill Baggaley

Flt Lt Bill Baggaley. (The equipment lower left is we understand a SSR/IFF training aid. The models of a  Gloster Javelin and de Havilland Comet help date it).

Flt Lt Brian (B C) Jones

Flt Lt Brian Jones

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Brian Jones again with (possibly) Flt Lt R C Ives

Flt Lt Colin Rutter

Flt Lt Colin Rutter

Flt Lt George Rollings

Flt Lt George Rollings

Flt Lt John Broadbent

Flt Lt John Broadbent

Flt Lt Mac McDonald

Flt Lt Mac McDonald

Flt Lt Phil Phillips

Flt Lt Phil Phillips

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John Dougan, Chief Instructor dated 4th October 1965

two more pictures of John. On the left John in July 1970 to mark his new appointment as Chief Instructor Area at the College of ATC at Hurn. On the right John in September 1969.

Lou Parton civil liaison officer

Lou Parton, Civil Liaison Officer

Sqdn Ldr Dave Emery, the C.O

Sqdn Ldr Dave Emery, Commanding Officer

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Phil Phillips has confirmed that this is the OC RAF Sopley and that it is Wing Commander Peter Wood. The photo is dated 7th December 1973.

Group photo of No 16 JATCAR course from 1962, photo from John Douglas

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Course photo No 50 Joint Air Traffic Control Area Radar Course, 7th August – 16th September 1967

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Con Lee lecturing

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Flt Lt Max Pemberton demonstrating the SSR teaching aid

Simulator pseudo pilot operators

these are believed to be of the school and are scanned from small contact prints., It so looks like the former Fighter Control plotting room (marked 5) was in use as a classroom or exam room.

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a civil student undergoing live training in Cabin 1, airways.

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Below, a large and comprehensive collection of photos showing TEE activities, sadly not dated.

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John Baker point out that this is the “carcass” of a Mediator suite

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visit to TEE by CAA chairman Christopher Tugenhat, 27th April 1987

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Aston Down was a RAF airfield in Gloucestershire which still operates a gliding club. For many years it was the home to the central stores that supplied the Ministry of Aviation and its any successors. Here was the home of watch logs, movement logs, notam forms, flight progress strips,  MOTNE pads, met observation forms and the entire logistical underpinning of the air traffic services.

The archives include a good selection of photos. The photos were all taken on November 8th 1985, is it an open day, official visit or retirement? In stock control there are some monitors, I’m assuming early computers but maybe they are microfilm or microfiche readers.

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presumably the two photos above are stock control

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AD14 this 1957 photo just came in from Barry Davidson entitled 1957 “Airfield Devils Churchyard: Cherington Tetbury, “. Cherington is only a couple of miles from Aston Down.

EGPK Prestwick Airport

Barry Davidson sent in this print and photo of the original 1935 Civil Tower, a colour shot of the Orangefield Tower and several others inserted further down the post dated between 1942 and 1960




PK0_1a  The Tiger Moths appear to be G-ADWO, G-ADWJ and G-ADWA

EGPK 1941

PK0_1b from Barry Davidson and dated 1941. Still flying the civil air ensign and civil registered aircraft are present,

Prestwick, RAF Volunteer Reserve Flying Centre

PK0_2 from Dave Smith Prestwick, RAF Volunteer Reserve Flying Centre. Blenheim Mk1 K-7557/5




PK02b USAF C-69 Constellation


PK02c USAF Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter



Thanks to Malcolm Hemming for this photo of the original RAF Watch room on the old Orangefield house 1943-62

Prestwick Tower 1944 American visitor in background
In the control tower at Prestwick. The Royal Air Force controllers in the tower had an American visitor at the time of the photograph. White Coastal Command Liberators can be seen in the background. 1944

PK0_4 and from Dave Smith

Prestwick in 1944. An American visitor is in the background and two Coastal Command Liberators can be seen. I note that the windows are angled, quite an innovation at that time even though the Beehive at Gatwick had them in the 1930s. The only other one from WWII in the UK that I know of was Langford Lodge where they even had angled windows on the loos!

Prestwick C-47

PK0_5 from Dave Smith, Prestwick C-47

also from Dave two film showing Transatlantic Air Control and Prestwick tower

Atlantic Air Control and Prestwick

and the 1944 expansion of Prestwick showing some ATC

Prestwick Airport Expansion 1944

Dave quotes from Air Britain’s RAF Training and Support Units….
“Transatlantic Aircraft Control (TAC) – Formed 15.8.1941 in No 44 Group at Powbank Mill, Prestwick to assume control of the local area, being located in the Air Defence HQ; 21.10.41 to Redbrae House; Control of TAC, Approach and Tower handed over to Min of Civil Aviation 1.5.46.”
CCC RAF Prestwick 1943
PK0-7 dated 1943, at least 48 aircraft visible
an article on Ferry Command ATC
RAF Prestwick_ Orangefield House 1943-1962PK1

three more photos, this time from Ray Draper

PK tower on orangefield hotel


PK inside Orangefield

PK1b inside the RAF Prestwick watch room above. Looks like a USAAF visitor on the right.

RAF Prestwick 2

PK1bb from Barry Davidson

EGPK3 1942

PK1c 1942


PK1d 1950

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PK1e (postcard from Barry Davidson)

Prestwick tower after pre-war fire

PK1f lastly and sadly, Dave Smith sent in this photo of the remains of “the old Orangefield terminal tower” destroyed by fire. However Ray Draper commented that the building more closely resembles the original tower/terminal building.


PK1g from Barry Davidson. SAS Cloudmaster landing. Note GCA radar trucks in the centre of the image.


PK1h EGPK GCA Bill Bain closest to camera photo Heather Bain

On the back it has “Talking Down” an aircraft at Prestwick. In a caravan parked ..of the main runway, this controller is watching on a radar screen the progress of an aircraft landing in fog ad direct … over the radio telephone. This is the Ground Control. “

Part of it unclear. The Picture is Bill Bain and Morris Bennett and was sent to Bill from George Mundell Oct 1967 who found it after the NATCS display at the air show. Georges comment in a letter to Bill “taken in the old federal truck when you had a little more hair than you have now.”

More historic photos came in from Barry Davidson, a set of commemorative postcards, issued by Scottish Aviation, of Prestwick Airport 1935 – 85.

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Pk tower today

PK1g  the new tower

Layout plan of Prestwick Tower  egpk-tower-drawing-1958

EGPK towerPK2

EGPK tower and radar headPK3

EGPK BD 2 21


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 EGPK VCR 1978 2PK5


from Tim Marshall

The controller in PK6 is Tony Riome, who worked at Croydon (really!!) in his early years! Alive and well living in Ayrshire (2016)

HUrn tower 5


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EGPK VCR 1978 1PK8

on the left is supervisor John Rogers, who was a keen aviation photographer. If anyone has a contact for him he probably has plenty of Prestwick pictures. Jon Wornham

ATSA on far right (sitting) is Mick Land John A Baker


PK8a is this the met observers post? (Barry Davidson)

EGPK aerial view of airport on a busy dayPK9


PK9a this seems to be taken just before the new terminal and apron opened. The initial home of ScOATCC, at Redbrae, seems to be still standing

EGPK apron on a busy dayPK10

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PK10a Air Atlantique’s G-AMHJ in service with the DoT pollution control service with Apron Control in the background.

EGPK1 1960


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PK10_2 Viscount G-AMOG

EGPK Approach and approach radar control 1970PK11


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three photos from Jon Wornham in the late 90s

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PK12d (via Colin McKeeman)

a series of photos just entitled Prestwick and dated 22nd March 1963

prestwick 22 march 1963 (6)PK13

prestwick 22 march 1963 (5)PK14

prestwick 22 march 1963 (4)PK15

prestwick 22 march 1963 (3)PK16

prestwick 22 march 1963 (2)PK17

prestwick 22 march 1963 (1)PK18


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PK19 by Barry Davidson

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