We are very sad to announce that our long time customer Phil Taylor took off on a navex for the other side last Sunday. Phil started flying fixed wing many years ago at Sywell and first flew helicopters with Burman’s before Cambridge Helicopters aka Aeromega were founded. He loved flying and tried very hard to be as good a pilot as he could be.
He will be fondly remembered for smuggling back a whole lobster from Le Touquet in an R22 and flying G-CDAW under some power lines when making a precautionary landing near Six Mile Bottom.
His father was in the RAF and Phil always turned up to SFH with his flying gear in his dad’s Royal Air Force brief case. Invariably going to Old Warden which he loved visiting.
Phil also had the distinction of being on an Aeromga Alps Trip to Megeve when the helicopters didn’t make it due to fog in the Channel. Still it was a very sociable trip but sadly Phil never managed to return to experience flying in the mountains in their full glory. Around that time Phil was diagnosed with a particularly nasty form of lymphoma. Thanks to UCL, the chemotherapy sent him into remission and it was so successful that he managed to get his aviation medical back and fly once more which was his goal.
Unfortunately the chemo was so powerful, it destroyed his immune system and eventually the illness came back. Determined to make the most of what little time he had left, he bought a vintage MG which he had always wanted. Less than 2 months ago, he went on a wonderful trip to Le Touquet in G-WEAT with his wife Jan and sister Isy. Phil bought us all a ship-full of seafood for lunch and we will have the happiest memories of the beautiful day which proved to be his helicopter swan song.
Thanks Phil for your love of flying and your longevity as a customer. You will be much missed.