It was with great sadness that we learned of Michael Barratt’s death in May last year.
Michael had been fighting cancer for the previous 2 years and seemed to have been making great progress with his treatment. Michael loved flying and whilst he had to work incredibly hard to get his licence, he developed into a very competant PPL. He achieved his great ambition when he acquired a brand new R44 G-WEAT in 2009.
Michael was very popular with our other customers and particularly with the staff. Duncan often had to fight off both Ian and Ali to be Michael’s safety pilot on the many happy trips to some wonderful places. These were great occasions as we invariably got fed, Michaels preparation was always extremely thorough and we always had great fun.
Michael epitomised the enthusiastic PPL determined to make the most of his opportunity despite his failing health. He was only 59 but during the short time he had G-WEAT, he certainly stretched himself to gain as much experience as possible.
We all miss him greatly.