Southern Centre, Heathrow North Side

some new to us photos from Pete Garrard of the unit in 1970 at the end of its operational life

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The second London Air Traffic Control Centre, preceded by Uxbridge and succeeded by West Drayton. Malcolm Hemming has provided the colour aerial view of SATCC and a treasure trove of black and white pictures of SATCC which are reproduced below, plus an early London airways map and an A Watch staff list. Malcolm also provided links to two pages in the Flightglobal Archive relating to London area control in the early 1950s.


(from the GATCO Journal; Spring 1955)

Since the end of the war, Air Traffic Control for civil aircraft over Southern England has been exercised mainly from the Air Traffic Control Centre at Uxbridge. With the increasing density and complexity of civil flying and particularly of national and international scheduled flights, the civil element of the Centre has had to expand from the original ‘man and a boy’ with a WT set and a piece of perspex to a complex organisation which, at the beginning of this year, employed five flight-progress boards, five VHF R/T frequencies – four of them on the ‘multi-carrier’ system – and, at any one time, twelve Controllers and six Assistants. Nor was this the total amount of expansion. Since the introduction of the Airways System in 1951, radar has played an increasing part in the work of the Centre. The radar unit – London Radar – is part of the Air Traffic Control Centre but has, until now, been geographically separated from Uxbridge. Its expansion has followed that of Uxbridge and, at the beginning of this year, employed at any one time six Controllers and eight Assistants.

This expansion brought with it problems of accommodation and space and further expansion became almost impossible. More important, the physical separation of the procedural and the radar elements gave rise to operational and administrative limitations. The solution to these problems was obviously to bring the two elements together in new accommodation. The Southern Air Traffic Control Centre, which came into operation on 20th March, represents this solution. It has been built on the London Radar site at the western end of London Airport. Further expansion has taken place and in the operations room are six flight-progress boards, six MEW long-range radar displays and three short range cancelled radar displays. When all positions are manned there are 25 Controllers and 18 Assistants on duty. Nine VHF R/T frequencies are in use.

The biggest problem in bringing radar and procedural controllers together arises from the fact that the procedural controllers need good light for their work whereas the radar controllers need to work in semi-darkness. Unfortunately, daylight viewing tubes are still some years off. This problem has been solved by the use of trichromatic lighting. The flight-progress boards are illuminated by light which is deficient in yellow. The radar tubes are covered with orange filters so that very little of the yellow deficient light gets through the filter and on to the tube face, but the yellow ‘blip’ passes through the filter and is seen against a dark background. Reflections from waIls, ceiling and the surfaces of the equipment in the room have been reduced to a minimum by the careful positioning of equipment, the adjustment of angles of reflecting surfaces and the choice of non-reflecting colours and textures of paints.

A demonstration of this lighting system was given last November to which the Guild was invited and gave their comments on the system.

here is a contemporary report from Flight from Barry Davidson that includes a floor plan of SATCC.


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and a second view of the Radars. Two views of a mobile Type 13 height finder and a back to back search radar (a Type 14?)

plus an article with a nice photo of the centre in 1955 together with some photos of its radars southern centre radars

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Number 3 is Bob Moore, Number 4 Cliff Anderson-Taylor, 7 is Ted Van-Dort, 9 might be Johnny Gilbert, 9 looks like Bernard ‘Taff’ Morris, 10 is Roger Swift, 11 might be Denis ‘Bunny’ Austin, all names from the A-Watch ATCO III radar watch list (4-watch system).

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Operations Room. General view showing Supervisor’s and Assistant’s Desk in foreground with three ‘A’ Controllers positions in background. South bank A-Side. Charlie Harvey, Geoff Bennett, Freddie Frost August 1959

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Operations Room. View showing Supervisor’s Teleprinter (soundproofed) position with three ‘A’ Controllers positions in background. August 1959. Top left Charlie Harvey. Right – Ron Chisham on N-Bank A-Side

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Operations Room. RAF MLS and Civil Flight Checker’s Desks, with Supervisor’s Radars in centre. ‘A’ Controllers positions in background. August 1959.

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Operations Room. Detailed view of ‘A’ positions on Flight Progress Boards. August 1959. Charlie Harvey, George Fotheringham.

SATCC Photo No 6  Charlie HARVEY

SC6a Charlie Harvey (via Paul Funnell)  General view of all six ‘A’ positions on Flight Progress Board

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SC6b presumably the D side (Barry Davidson)


SC6c  Malcolm Hemming says  “I’m pretty certain that that is Jack Saynor on the right. Sector 1 (Amber 2, Blue 3, Amber 30 etc), 127.1 M/cs”.

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Operations Room. General view showing ‘D’ Outbound position in foreground with ‘D’ Controllers in background. August 1959. DO = Arthur Hurrell, D5 – Peter D. S. Mealing, standing, Derek Manley r. of P.D.S.M., AO = Derek Hale, Johnny Johnson (?) and Doug Bishop left.

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SATCC. General view showing sector Radar Controllers in foreground and ‘D’ Controllers in right background. Assistants on ‘A’ Outbound position to left. August 1959. D5 – P.D.S.M., D6 left of PDSM, = Tony Vidler, Right of PDSM = Ken McDuff, ‘Lucky’ Craven, Alan Dixon.  Bottom left = John ‘Duff’ Cooper.


SC8a photo from Les Tranter

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SC8b Legend to photo above



SATCC – Operations Room. Detailed view showing left to right, Twin Radar, Edge – Lit Traffic Display, Sector Radar and further Traffic Display. August 1959.

The beacons on the edge lit board include Hurn, Hastings, Dunsfold and Seaford and above them Woodley, Epsom and Mayfield. the far information board has info on Gatwick and Heathrow.

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SATCC – Operations Room. Detailed view of ‘D’ Controllers positions at Flight Progress Boards. August 1959.

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SC10 – SATCC Pete MEALING on right early 1960s Detailed view of ‘D’ Controllers positions at Flight Progress Boards


SC10a 1950s

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SATCC – Operations Room. Detailed view of ‘A’ Outbound Controllers position in foreground, with Assistant’s position to his left and ‘D’ Outbound Controller in the background. August 1959. Derek Hale, Barney Reid (?)

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Early sixties. D-Side, North Bank, Jock Cummings, John Cooper (Validation board?), John Nias-Cooper, Ted Elliott.

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1967/68 Edge–lit boards. In the foreground with the nice shiny Chelsea boots is Ray Plant. Middle of the picture on the boards is Mike Gale ‘D’ Watch In the background is Alan May who went to ‘A’ Watch.

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SATCC, prob c.1963-ish

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SC14a SATCC D controller sectors 2/9 (subsequently became the SFD/WOR/HRN sectors)

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SC14b  SATCC D Outbound Controller , Thanks to Richard Dyett and Malcom Hemming for help identifying these – they were previously thought to be at Redbrae.

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looking at this it may be even more appropriate to the Uxbridge post.

to read the A Watch list click on SATCC – A Watch 1962

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Rubber FPS holders – best thing ever for clearing ice of your windscreen

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Radars from left to right include( I think ) a type 14 low, a 264, a 232 and possibly a type 14 high

Sited at Heathrow North side SATCC continued to rpovide radar services until West Drayton opened fully in the arly 1970s. SATCC was the typical black hole, as radar displays were not good with high ambient light levels.SC18

Sited at Heathrow North side SATCC continued to provide radar services until West Drayton opened fully in the early 1970s. SATCC was the typical black hole, as radar displays were not good with high ambient light levels.

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Looks like John Page doping D man duties?


John Page (centre) on the phone, It’s Sector 5 ‘A-Side’ – Malcolm Hemmings. John Page tells us that on the right is Harry Davies and on the left is Adrian Wright

Alan Gilliland

SC20a (via Pete Garrard)  Alan Gilliland

Helen Pennock- (Hicks) Leon Rob Rix

SC20b (via Pete Garrard) Helen Pennock-  (Hicks) Leon Rob Rix

Roy Bogourd Tony Hearn

SC20c (via Pete Garrard) Roy Bogourd Tony Hearn

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SC20a 1960s equipment room – MARS Voice Recorder, photo Les Tranter

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SC20b  possibly David Thompson who became Director of Projects in the late 1980s (photo from Les Tranter, dated 14t March 1963.

The photos below were sent in by Alan Dodson

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SC21    The first is Alan in the Plot Extractor Maint Base  c1988. The room was apparently sometimes known as the battery room

Add on It is a plot extractor and test equipment cabinet ( TEK)

SC22  plot extractor and test equipment cabinet ( TEK)

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SC23  equipment room LARS

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SC23a equipment room LARS

plot extractor monitor of an SSR return with processing signals, probably QV ( quantized Video0 and one other.

SC24  plot extractor monitor of an SSR return with processing signals, probably QV ( quantized Video0 and one other).

the target generator part of the plot extractors test equipment cabinet

SC25  the target generator part of the plot extractors test equipment cabinet

the wirewrap side of a plot extractor board

SC26  the wirewrap side of a plot extractor board

Val Jackson waiting for Alan Dodson to go off to some site

SC27  Val Jackson waiting for Alan Dodson to go off to some site



The interior shots below are the basement equip Rm which was  bare at this time and the Ops room. The Ops room has had its ceiling removed as it was found to contain asbestos, and staff had been playing badminton in for years before anyone found out  (the old empty ops room was used apparently as a badminton court for years!).







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 June 2021: 46 course Graduation

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

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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
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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 )

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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


No 8 Course EGSC flying training


No 8 Course lads flyinf training EGSC


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No 8 Cadet Course graduation pictures HH Times 2 May 1969

8-8 No 8 Cadet Course graduation pictures HH Times 2 May 1969

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.

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.

23_2 graduates

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

2424-1 names from Tim Marshall and Christine Goodwin

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 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

anon 7

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)

anon 8

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”.

anon 9

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;



Military radar unit based at RNAS Stretton (HMS Blackcap) used by civil controllers in late 1940s to provide an ATC service over NW England. (RNAS Stretton was also a busy aerodrome see RNAS Stretton Tower. These two radar systems were both mobile aerials used at Antrobus.

Type 15

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Type 57

antrobus Type 57



AN3  Airways Sector 1 and edge lit flight display. Left hand radar display has a  strip clock (1959) Leslie Tranter

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AN4  left to right; Zone, Common Reference Display, Airways Sector 2 with edge lit display beyond (1959) Leslie Tranter

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AN5  Common Reference Display, and Airways Sector 2 radars with CR/DF above latter.  (1959) Leslie Tranter

Stretton 2

AN6 disused Stretton tower

RAF Wyton


 Phil Williamson says “Here are a couple of Photos of Wyton Tower from around 2002 ish when VT Aerospace were running the place.  The controllers featured are Sally Belshaw and John Hudson. I include a copy of the cheat sheet I devised for QGH approaches !”


QGH approach see Chapter 10, page 29 on this link and here is a video

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