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EXPERTISE
Aviation
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BIOGRAPHY
John Hutchinson joined the Royal Air Force in 1955 and spent eight years in the service, flying the Avro Shackleton in Singapore and then as a Flying Instructor and Examiner on the Jet Provost. This was followed by three years in corporate aviation flying a variety of light single and twin engine aircraft.

He joined British Airways in 1966 as a co-pilot on the Boeing 707 and then went on to the Boeing 747. He gained his command on the VC10 in 1976. He joined the Concorde fleet in 1977 where he spent the next 15 years until retirement. During that time he became a Concorde Route Check Captain and a British Airways pilot selector.

Since retirement from British Airways in 1992, he has worked as a consultant to the United States High Speed Research Programme. He sits on an Air Safety committee of the Royal Aeronautical Society and advises as an Expert Witness in aviation related legal actions. He has lectured extensively all over the world to a wide variety of Companies, Universities, organisations and Aviation Museums. But his favourite has always been, and will remain, the great privilege of lecturing on cruise ships.

He is a Past Master of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots of London and is a Fellow of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Institute of Navigation.

He has flown over 70 different aircraft types and has just decided to hang up his flying helmet after one of his friends managed to land his Auster Aiglet in a field of barley. His friend was unhurt!
TALK TITLES
1. “Fifty years at the sharp end” – a pilot’s retrospective on 50 years of change
2. “Tragedy in Paris” – the Concorde crash and how it led to her untimely demise
3. “Speedbird” – the technology that enabled Concorde to fly faster than a bullet
4. “Concorde – the Icon” – a celebration of a golden age in aviation
5. “The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful” – tales from the flight deck
6. “Air disaster” – a tale of two crashes
7. "A Concorde Special" - join John Hutchinson and his crew on a flight to Washington
8. "The Garbo of the Skies" - the story of pioneer NZ aviatrix Jean Batten
9. "The lonely sea and the sky" - the story of supreme navigator Sir Francis Chichester
10. “Fatal errors in air navigation” – Impact Erebus and Korean Airlines flight 007
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Balmoral L1628 A Caribbean Discovery 32 Southampton Saturday, November 12, 2016
Boudicca D1620 Istanbul & the Black Sea 30 Liverpool Saturday, October 8, 2016
Boudicca D162012 Liverpool to Istanbul 17 Liverpool Saturday, October 8, 2016