Stirling Flying Syndicate history

Stirling Flying Syndicate history. The group takes its name from Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Archibald David Stirling, DSO, OBE who founded the British Army’s Special Air Service Regiment in the Western Desert in World War Two. The group’s founder was a serving member of this regiment with some of his work mates. With just about 100 hrs flying experience in the logbook, the aircraft was purchased from Swanton Morley, East Anglia on 14th April 1984 from Adrian Leslie Hall-Carpenter. PA28G-ATON was collected using PA28 G-ATOR where the two aircraft flew back to Shobdon in formation. Back then, G-ATON was in a red and white colour scheme. Whilst original syndicate members were all serving in the military, this soon gave away to civilian membership.

Back then, buying an aircraft was a bold move given the nature of military postings. Also, online booking systems were not a thing so ringing around to book the aircraft would have been commonplace. The group entirely comprises civilian members nowadays.

Previous Owner Stirling Flying Syndicate PA28-140 aircraft
Previous owner
PA28-140 G-ATON previous colour scheme
Previous colour scheme

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PA28-140 Stirling Flying Syndicate previous owner's logbook
Logbook entry for day of ownership


OwnerDate Delivered
CSE Aviation Ltd.3rd February 1966
CSE (Aircraft Services) Ltd.30th March 1967
Rimmer Aviation Ltd.31st March 1969
James Richard Dawney21st August 1969
Rimmer Aviation22nd May 1970
Lewis Wright18th November 1970
Robert Petrie Shanks18th October 1971
Frederick Atkins Knight6th May 1977
Newcastle upon Tyne Aero Club Ltd.17th July 1978
Adrian Leslie Hall-Carpenter15th April 1982
Stirling Flying Syndicate8th May 1984