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The team: ordinary flying folk

John Pulling

According to Tiger Club lore, the tenor of the Turb Team was set way back in ‘61, when a nine strong team displayed on the public days at the Farnborough Air Show. “Do you come to Farnborough often?” one of the team members was asked by a show-goer. “Only in the formating season,” he replied. And, really, that’s all you need to know about the team: we take our flying and the audience’s entertainment very seriously, but never ourselves. Instead, the Turb Team prides itself on being amateurs in the very best traditions of the word: practiced, enthusiastic, and dedicated to sharing the fun of flying. Anyway, come on in and say hello; we’ve got the kettle on...

 

Lead Pilots
Mike Kemp Richard Meredith Richard Pearson Dave Hall
Display Pilots
Jon Bastin Dave Brothers Richard Vary Andrew Monk Alex Reynier
Ground Crew
Alan Fuller Chris Owers Mike Le'mmon
Alumni
Alan Garside Julie Garside Glyn Richards
 

Pilots

Mike Kemp -Team Manager, Team Engineer and Formation Leader

Mike Kemp.

Mike started out as an aero modeller at the age of 14 before taking to the air himself a few years later. Like Alan and Julie, he learned to glide first, joining Kent Gliding Club in 1975, where he became an instructor, followed by a six-year stint as chief flying instructor. He holds the FAI Gliding Gold C badge, to which he added his third diamond with a 500km flight. In 1977, Mike gained his PPL through a gliding conversion, and has since logged more than 3500 hours, a good number of them with the Turb Team, with which he‘s been flying since 2002. The Turb displays, says Mike, have given him a whole new flying challenge - one that allows him to practice his precision flying. But once a glider pilot, always a glider pilot, it seems: like Julie and Alan, Mike’s hooked on mountain flying, and regularly takes his glider soaring in the Pyrenees. That said, you‘ll still find him flying models when he gets the chance!

Richard Meredith - Head Coach and Formation Leader

Now that Richard has retired from teaching he is able to spend more time doing what he loves best - flying vintage aircraft. To date he has over 4,000 hours on tail draggers. Like many of the Turbulent Team, he started out on gliders at the age of 16 but his intended RAF career was cut short by poor eyesight. It would then be seventeen years before enough cash was accumulated for him to take his PPL. He joined the Tiger Club in 1992 and has since owned and displayed a Jungmann and a Pilatus P2. For Richard, flying is a passion and his presence here today is “a dream come true”. He flew his first display at the PFA Rally in 1997 and he has since been a regular team participant. He has bought his Turbulent - the red and white G-APIZ dating from 1956 - and this is used a great deal for training and occasionally in displays.

Richard Pearson - Bookings Manager and Formation Leader

Richard Pearson

Richard is another team member who started flying on gliders, going solo at 16. He joined the Tiger Club in 1970 according to the initials and date that were carved into the bar of the old Redhill clubhouse - which means he’s been around long enough to have have flown aerobatics in the club’s Stampe before it was replaced by our CAP10C. Richard managed the Turb Team for 10 years, and still found time during the week to be a financial director. Since retiring from high office, he lets his hair down at weekends either by ‘Turbulating’ with the team, or checking out new members on the club’s aeroplanes. In the winter, he’s a keen off-piste skier, and it’s only a matter of time before he puts that together with flying…

 

Jon Bastin- Display Pilot

Jon – a semi-retired oil industry geoscientist in real life – has been flying since 1976 and accumulated over 4500 hours in powered aircraft and gliders.

Flying from Lasham in Hampshire, the world’s largest gliding centre, he is an accomplished cross-country and mountain glider pilot having competed at National competition level. His longest distance flight to date has been over 500 miles in thermal air-currents and he’s clocked over 22,000ft altitude in lee wave systems on several occasions above the Yorkshire Pennines, Scottish Highlands and Austrian Alps. In 1997 he was National Glider Aerobatic Champion (Sports Class). As a towplane pilot at Lasham he has now launched gliders more than 4800 times.

Having always been interested in aviation history and wanting to widen his range of flying skills, Jon joined the Tiger Club at Redhill in 1988 and then the Turbulent Team in 1998, flying his first display with them the following year. He has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the air display scene for over 20 years now and the “Turbteam” contributes a lively and truly unique display routine, appreciated equally by hardened airshow aficionados and family members of all ages. The Turbulent’s low power makes it a challenge to display in a way that is both dynamic and exciting but still safe – especially at low level. The objective of the Turbulent Team is to keep the barn-storming spirit alive and ensure that flying remains fun!

Dave Brothers- Display Pilot

Dave Brothers

Dave first flew as Display Pilot with the Turb Team in 2018, following three years as ground crew alongside formation training. David is a Chartered Aeronautical Engineer having worked in aircraft & missile flight test, aircraft management, aviation maintenance quality and regulation and enjoys tinkering with vintage aircraft in his spare time whether it’s fixing ‘things’ or cleaning them! He has restored several aircraft in the past but mainly now helps to maintain and service the Turbulent Team aircraft and enjoys the camaraderie of keeping the Turb Team alive for future generations. When not flour bombing he also instructs tail wheel training at the Tiger Club in the vintage Tiger Moth and Piper Cub aircraft. David’s enthusiasm for all things aviation is boundless.

 

Dave Hall - Formation Leader

Dave Hall

Dave gained his pilot's licence soon after learning to drive, but it took him another fifteen years to discover the joys of both vintage and aerobatic aeroplanes. He was a member of the Turb Team's ground crew from 2012, and in 2018 flew his first display with the team, at Blackpool Airshow, then working up to become a formation lead which he achieved in 2021. When not flying with the team he flies competition aerobatics, having flown medal-winning performances at every competition during his first season at the Sports category. He also holds an aerobatic display authorisation.

 

 

Richard Vary- Display Pilot

Richard Vary

Richard started flying microlights at Popham before buying into a Piper L-4 Cub group at Slinfold in 2010. He came to the Tiger Club to do the conversion training, and he's still here. Richard became hooked on formation flying and after a few years learning and ground crewing he flew his first displays with the team in 2019. In real life he's a patent lawyer and part-time judge, has two children and a very tolerant wife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Monk - Display Pilot

Like many Tiger Club pilots, Andrew began his journey with aviation learning to glide with the Air Cadets. He carried this on to become a professional gliding instructor and is now an airline pilot flying the Airbus A320. He joined the Tiger Club upon their move to Damyns Hall and enjoys the pure ‘stick and rudder’ flying that the Tiger Club is known for. He joins the Turb Team in 2019 as ground crew and in 2021 gained his CAA Display Authorisation with the team.

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Reynier - Display Pilot

Alex has had a passion for aviation since attending his local air shows in his childhood, with an ambition to one day become a display pilot. He joined The Tiger Club in early 2017 at Damyns Hall to expand his tailwheel experience and begin his journey into vintage aviation. In 2018 he checked out on all the aircraft at The Tiger Club, obtained his aerobatic rating and started his formation training with The Turb Team. During 2019 and 2020 he helped the ground crew for The Turb Team at various events, accompanying the team by air in 5 or 6 ship formations, while continuing his formation display training. He was lucky enough in 2019 to be selected to ferry a 1942 Boeing Stearman, an America open cockpit biplane from Headcorn, England to Al Ula, Saudi Arabia; A 3,600 mile journey which took 21 days, flying through 14 countries and landing at 19 airfields along the way. He achieved his CAA Display Authorisation in 2021 and completed his first display that year, at old Buckenham.

Ground Crew

Alan Fuller - Head of Ground Crew

Alan Fuller

When he’s not modelling daft hats or making use of his own flying licence, Alan is our head of groundcrew. It’s his team that quite literally puts the show on the road: they’re up early to drive to the display site; they hold the limbo poles; they detonate the bangs for the flour bombing; and they release the balloons for the Turbs to burst. At the end of the day, they pack everything up ready for a long drive home knowing that the pilots will down the pub long before they are! Who’d volunteer for this sort of work? Not Alan! Instead, he was hanging around Headcorn’s model flying site one day when someone said, “Just hold up these poles while we fly some ‘planes under the bunting.” Foolishly, he made such a good job of it that he was asked to head up the ground crew, and he hasn’t had a summer’s peace for the last nine years! It has its compensations, though: “At one show, a spectator came up and started shaking hands with the ground crew. ‘That was the best display I’ve seen in years’, he said. When you get a reaction like that, it makes running around all over the country worth while!”

Chris Owers - Ground Crew

Chris Owers

Chris has had a love of aviation from a young age, after listening to stories from his grandad about life in the RAF in WWII. As a teenager he joined the Air Training Corp and had his first air experience flights in a Chipmunk and started helping his Dad restore aircraft at Duxford every weekend, which his Dad had been doing since the 1970s. After helping to restore a Fairey Gannet, a C47, a Percival Proctor and an Avro York, (not forgetting some time on a Swordfish), Chris went off to University, followed by a round the world trip, before settling down to a life working in the City of London for the next 20 years. The odd flight in something vintage happened now and again, a Tiger Moth, a Harvard, a Stearman and a Dragon Rapide to name a few, but for the most part, his feet were firmly on the ground, attending airshows regularly. Now with a teenage daughter and 12 year old son, his love of anything to do with aircraft has been rekindled with the Tiger Club locating just down the road from his house. Seeing a Tiger Moth flying over one day, he couldn't resist going to investigate and shortly afterwards, following an aerobatic flight in the CAP10, became an associate member, along with his son. Wanting to get more involved with the club, Chris has now taken the next step into the unknown and volunteered to be a member of the Turb ground crew. With a hectic work and family life, Chris has always struggled to find time for aviation but ultimately, Chris would love to get his PPL and fly some of the wonderful vintage aircraft at the Tiger Club and fulfill a life long dream.

  Mike LemmonMike Le’mmon - Ground Crew

Mike, who’s about to start his sixth season with the Turb Team, leads a double life. In one - which is fully furnished with a wife, two kids (one of each model), and a dog, rabbit and goldfish - he works as a driving instructor. In the other, he competes at national level flying radio-controlled helicopters and aerobatic aircraft. “My pride and joy,” he says, “is a 30% scale replica of Nick Onns unique Sukhoi SU26m” - a model that’s as big as one of the Turb’s wings, in fact. Mike’s lifelong interest in aircraft very much took a turn for the full-size, however, when he was invited to join the Turb Team groundcrew. “Now, if there's a spare seat in an aircraft up for grabs, I'm there! Will I go on and obtain my pilots licence? Probably.”

Turb Team Alumni

Below are a few of the bios from past members of the team – we feel that once you have been part of the Turb Team, you’re always a team member!

Alan Garside Alan Garside

Alan started flying in 1972, when he joined the Kent Gliding Club, going on to become a gliding instructor, and later the club’s chief flying instructor. Alan now holds the FAI Gliding Gold C badge with three diamonds, and he and Julie (see below) regularly take their glider mountain flying in Spain.

Not content, it seems, with flying gliders, Alan gained a PPL in 1979 and for many years exercised its privileges by towing gliders before forming a group and buying a 1946 Cessna 120. In 2000, he then joined the Tiger Club, which recognised the promise in his incendiarist tendencies, and welcomed him into the Turb Team.

Julie Garside

Julie garside

Julie – who you won’t be surprised to learn, is married to Alan, spent many years as Team Manager, and was responsible for all planning and admin to which the rest of us were unequal. However, she handed over the duties of Team Manager to Mike Kemp for the 2015 season and beyond. She started flying in 1981, also with the Kent Gliding Club, became an instructor in 1987 and holds the FAI Gliding Gold Badge with one Diamond.

She earned a PPL in 1999 and, uses it to fly glider tugs as well as other light aircraft. She owns shares in a Cessna 120, Grob 109B motor glider and a Duo Discus glider (along with hubby Alan). One of the Team’s many secret histories is that, in real life, Julie used to be a costume maker in the world of film and theatre. So, if you get the chance, ask her about the bottle of wine, Oliver Reed and the costume fitting . . . .

Glyn Richards

Glyn Richards

What can be said about Glyn that hasn’t already been said on the BBC's The Antiques Roadshow? He’s an unusual design, a bit cracked, and completely priceless. The story is that he once walked into a flying club, slapped 5000 hours of glider flying on the desk, and announced that he needed a PPL before the week was out; within the week he left with his licence. That was, ooh, ever so many years and flying exploits ago.

Between then and now, Glyn has followed roads all around Britain and Ireland in his Nord; had a Turb, G-ARBZ, rebuilt so that it could fly with the team once again; and become the manager of the Tiger Club for a number of years.