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What Has Happened To Capt Mike Bannister  
User currently offline757767lover From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 340 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 11026 times:

I was woundering what has become of the former Chief BA Concorde pilot. Is he still flying, if what?

also any news on Steve Fossett

Thanks in advance

Simon

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User currently offlineAwthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 498 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 10807 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.


User currently offlineDispatchguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1253 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 10789 times:

This past weekend, they were supposed to have ground-teams explore some other locations that were identified by USAF satellite imagery.

I havent heard if they found anything; US National News has been quiet.



Nobody screws you better than an airline job!
User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4358 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 10721 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?
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12594 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 10588 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?

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 10523 times:

I am fortunate to have former Concorde Chief Pilot Mike Bannister as a friend.

Mike is very well. He retired at age 55. He is no longer flying, at least not commercially.

He spends his time taking care of his family, golfing, travelling with his wife and daughter, lecturing about Concorde and contributing his time to charity events. He is busy as ever!

He has certainly not lost interest for aviation. He likes the A380 very much. In fact he would love to fly the Big Plane!


Photo copyright Mike Bannister/Airbus



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 10273 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.


User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12594 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 10201 times:

Good luck to him! What a career!

User currently offlineDavidkunzVIE From Austria, joined Mar 2007, 431 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9857 times:

This thread implies that Bannister has vanished the same way as Fossett...  Wink


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User currently offlineBellerophon From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 585 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 9857 times:

Ryanair737

...now the retirement age is 60 with BA...

The compulsory retirement age for BA pilots is 65.

Regards

Bellerophon


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