Lau­rie Price

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Lau­rie Price passed away on 7 Septem­ber af­ter an eight-year bat­tle with cancer. His friend and long-time fly­ing com­pan­ion Richard Hey­wood writes: “Avi­a­tion was in his blood, his fa­ther hav­ing been the Di­rec­tor of Birm­ing­ham’s Elm­don Air­port. A mem­ber of 1069 (Wim­borne) Squadron of the Air Train­ing Corps he qual­i­fied for a Fly­ing Schol­ar­ship and learned to fly at Hurn (now Bournemouth) Air­port. He main­tained very close links with 1069 Squadron through­out his life.

“Start­ing as a grad­u­ate trainee with Bri­tish Cale­do­nian Air­ways, Lau­rie be­came the air­line’s youngest gen­eral man­ager at the age of 35 and de­vel­oped and ran the Air­link he­li­copter oper­a­tion be­tween Gatwick and Heathrow. He was in­stru­men­tal in strate­gic plan­ning and in the op­er­a­tions of BCAL’S North Amer­i­can routes. Af­ter twenty years with Bri­tish Cale­do­nian, and sub­se­quently with BA, Lau­rie went into con­sul­tancy be­fore join­ing Mott Mcdon­ald and be­com­ing Di­rec­tor of Avi­a­tion Strat­egy un­til he re­tired.

“Out­side of his daily work, Lau­rie was avi­a­tion ad­viser to the House of Com­mons Trans­port Se­lect Com­mit­tee from 19972005, then an ad­viser to the All-party Par­lia­men­tary Group on Avi­a­tion un­til 2015. Grant Shapps, who in­vited Lau­rie to be Chair­man of the Red Tape Chal­lenge Panel be­tween 2013-2015 and then ad­viser to the All Party Par­lia­men­tary Group on Gen­eral Avi­a­tion, paid trib­ute thus: “Lau­rie was an ex­tra­or­di­nary man, whose judge­ment I trusted com­pletely. I will miss him greatly.”

Al­most thirty years af­ter the demise of Bri­tish Cale­do­nian, Lau­rie still cared deeply about the air­line’s ethos and spirit. At his in­sti­ga­tion and with his per­sis­tence, two light air­craft now fly in BCAL liv­ery with its golden lion on their tails. One, Shore­ham-based Piper War­rior G-CHIP, will be named Spirit of

Lau­rie as a last­ing trib­ute to him.

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