Michael Leonard Green
20th December 1942 – 17th November 2017
We are all crushed by the death of Mike Green, who had worked at Helicopter Services Ltd at Wycombe Air Park for the last 15 years.
Mike started his Army career in the Royal Armoured Corps before completing the Army Pilot Course. He had tours of Germany, Cyprus and Malta and became a helicopter instructor. After leaving the Army, he joined Bristow Helicopters where he flew helicopters over the North Sea in support of the oil industry. He then returned to Middle Wallop as a civilian instructor on the Army Pilot Course.
After leaving Middle Wallop he became Chief Pilot and Chief Flying instructor for FAST helicopters based in Thruxton. His later years were spent as a freelance instructor and examiner, mostly with Helicopter Services, where his main task was advanced training of students as commercial pilots and instructors.
Mike was an extraordinarily gifted pilot, instructor and examiner, greatly respected by students and his peers alike. He was a true gentleman, a disappearing kind. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and were touched, coached and mentored by him, as there will be many pilots, both military and civilian, who owe him a huge debt of gratitude. His passing leaves a huge void not only with his family and at Helicopter Services, but also in the helicopter world.
He is greatly missed by his partner Mary, his son, his daughter and grandchildren.
On that terrible day, he was with one of his two Vietnamese Military students. Nguyen Thanh Trung will also be greatly missed by his family and community and our thoughts go out to them.
The Cessna involved was also on a training flight from Wycombe Air Park. The instructor and student both perished and our thoughts are also with their family, friends and colleagues.