Bar­ba­dian pi­lot re­tires after 45 years

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS -

AFTER 45 YEARS of com­mer­cial fly­ing, Cap­tain Ge­of­frey Pat­ter­son has re­tired.

A se­nior pi­lot with Vir­gin At­lantic, Pat­ter­son of­fi­cially touched down at Lon­don Gatwick Air­port for his fi­nal flight on Oc­to­ber 27.

Af­fec­tion­ately re­ferred to as “a leg­end”, Pat­ter­son was cel­e­brated last week by fel­low pi­lots and mem­bers of the Light Aero­plane Club, Seawell, Christ Church.

The 65-year-old Bar­ba­dian, was moved to tears after many of his friends and for­mer col­leagues con­grat­u­lated him on a job well done.

“Thank you so much to ev­ery­one for com­ing. It’s un­be­liev­able that my jour­ney has come to an end. I thank all of you for your sup­port and I now look for­ward to re­tire­ment,” he said.

Pat­ter­son said when he touched down for the fi­nal time he quickly of­fered up thanks to God for a suc­cess­ful and ac­ci­dent-free ca­reer.

He said it has not yet hit him that he will no longer be fly­ing com­mer­cial air­craft, some­thing he loved dearly.

He stressed the im­por­tance of train­ing young pi­lots. (DB)

(Pic­ture by Sandy Pitt.)

Re­tired pi­lot Cap­tain Ge­of­frey Pat­ter­son (cen­tre) re­ceiv­ing a model of a 767 Vir­gin At­lantic aero­plane from Vir­gin At­lantic Bar­ba­dian pi­lot Derek Haynes (left) and Denise Doyle a flight ser­vice man­ager at Vir­gin At­lantic.

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