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'Paddy' Webber

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Paddy Webber FRIN.

Paddy joined the RAF as a navigator in 1965 and flew over 2,000 hours on the Canberra. In 1969 he joined Britannia Airways at Luton as Assistant to Chief Navigator and soon found himself preparing all the necessary manuals for their newly-purchased B707-300 aircraft. Ten years later he was involved in their decision to purchase the B767-200, and he produced, edited and published the take-off performance manual; he also designed the airline's in-house flight planning system.

By 1986, he had become Britannia's Manager of Navigation Services, covering all aspects of performance and instructing pilots converting to the B-767. He became a leading representative for the International Air Carriers Association (IACA) at ICAO and was deeply involved in the regulation of North Atlantic route organisation, especially the extended diversion range permitted for twin-engined aircraft (ETOPS).

In 1998 he moved on to become Performance Manager with Ryanair at Stansted, overseeing performance data, training pilots, approving airports and providing airfield briefs. And, in 2003, he and his wife set up their own company, Webber Aviation Consultants, auditing around 250 airports for Ryanair and continuing to provide expertise until retirement in 2015.

Paddy joined the Institute in January 1989 and became a Fellow 10 years later. He was a member of the Anglian Branch and Civil & Military Air SIG.

We will miss Paddy's company and expertise. A family funeral took place on 10 June; we pass our condolences to his wife, Nikki, and family.

Patrick John Kenneth Webber            17 March 1945 - 21 May 2017

  • 15 June 2017
  • RIN

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