John Kenneth Clayton

 - Final Glide -

25-Oct-30 to 02-Nov-12




Sep'11: "JC" (at left) being congratulated by Caboolture Gliding Club President Lindsay Mitchell on the day that John clocked up 3,000 hours of gliding flights.

Sadly, Caboolture Gliding Club has lost its most senior instructor ... "JC" suffered a sudden heart attack on Thursday night from which he could not recover.
John had held the GFA position of RTO-Operations QLD for 14 years from 1990 through to 2004 when he was honoured by his gliding fraternity peers as the recipient of the GFA's prestigious Hoinville Award for outstanding services in the field of Operations.
He was a founding member of the Caboolture Gliding Club (and of its predecessor the Brisbane Valley Gliding Club) and had been a great mentor to generations of student pilots, pilots and instructors at Caboolture.
He had been an active Level 3 Instructor for 30 years.
John's glider flying started in Mount Isa in 1971 and the following year he went to Kingaroyto attend an instructor course where he met Gus Mauch.
While in Mount Isa, John became Club President and, because of the isolation and remoteness of the area, he did most of his early cross country training and flying with Maurie Bradney at Waikerie.
In 1975 John moved to Brisbane and, having already known Gus, he joined the Southern Downs Aero & Soaring Club at Warwick.
John was later involved in establishing gliding at Moura and Caboolture and to a lesser extent at Casino. He had been awarded Life Membership of the Gliding Clubs at both Warwick and Caboolture.
He had also served five years as a GFA Councillor, AGM/ACM and other advisory positions within the then Queensland Soaring Association.
"JC" flew his last glider flight on 29-Sep-12 at Caboolture and had indicated on that day that he wouldn't be flying for a few weeks as he was having some eye surgery.
"Bless you my son!"

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