Awthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 12162 times:
I would also like to know more. Mike was synonymous with Concorde.
The Steve Fossett situation is very strange. The last I heard was that extensive searches (using many aircraft) of the possible areas where his light aircraft could have disappeared have revealed no trace of him or his plane. Ironically they did find other crash sights from the past which had never been discovered. It has been suggested that he may never be found now because the area is so extensive and the terrain virtually uninhabited. It doesn't look good.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4442 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 12076 times:
Bannister is 58, I imagine they offered him early retirement, as I can't imagine he would feel for riding any ordinary 777.
If something major would happen to him, wikipedia should report it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Bannister
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12909 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 11943 times:
I had understood that he went on to A320s after the SSC was retired. BA captains (I believe) still retire at 55, so I'm assuming he has retired from line flying by now and may have an executive position in Flight Ops?
Ryanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 11628 times:
Quoting Kaitak (Reply 4): I had understood that he went on to A320s after the SSC was retired.
He went on to be the General Manager of the Shorthaul fleet, one of the highest positions in BA. He retired because of the (then) BA retirement age of 55. Apparently Bannister still does some GA, gliding and microlight flying.
Quoting Kaitak (Reply 4): BA captains (I believe) still retire at 55
Yes they used to a couple of years back, now the retirement age is 60 with BA but there is plans for it to be increased to 65 in a few years time.