Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:03 am
Shocking news indeed !
I didn't know the guy named in the newspaper article , but certainly knew the second person in the aircraft.
Also a massively experienced pilot/instructor/engineer and to perish in this manner is a stark reminder that , 'there for the grace of God'.
I first met DH when I moved my aeroplane into the hangar straight across from his maintenance shop at Deanland.
We were both a bit guarded towards each other at first , but it soon became apparent that my attitudes and opinions and his attitudes and opinions were very much in alignment and once we had established that we were both as grumpy as each other , we continued on like a house on fire.
One place you never found David was sitting on the fence , but despite his soft spoken manner , he had a great way of bringing people down a peg or two if he thought that they came across as 'a bit up themselves'. And that included CAA Auditors too . Although I believe he was very highly regarded by many at Aviation Hse, LGW.
One aspect of DH that is probably lesser known though , was his uncanny sixth sense in sniffing out keen and motivated youngsters to train up in his workshop and he had no qualms whatsoever in imparting his massive knowledge, skills and experience to them in all areas . Including rib-stitching /fabric work , woodwork , tin-bashing . mag. timing ,,,,,in fact , everything required to progress on to a successful career as a licensed aircraft engineer . And I know several young men who went out into the big world of aviation with knowledge way above their years , thanks to David .
He will be sadly missed . But his legacy lives on .