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Last updated on 22 November, 2021 at 6:29 PM


84th Entry

84th Entry blazer badge. RAF Roundel. Apprentice Wheel. Also used for Boy Entrants. RAF Roundel. 84th Entry blazer badge. Apprentice Wheel. Also used for Boy Entrants.


Len Hodby


Len’s Thesis was judged to be good enough to warrant the award of a prize so one was introduced with the co-operation of RAF Halton. Len was the first recipient of the Best Set Task or Thesis Prize with a mark of 95%.


Len explained in 2021:


The penciled remarks were made by various departments when the Thesis was sent to the MD of Heathrow and passed to them for comment. The pace of change in avionics has been vast. Whilst the information was correct when I researched it, the ongoing advances have been rapid. I grew up within sight of Heathrow when the boundary was a single wire barely 2ft high and could easily be stepped over. The flashing green Pundit has now gone. The expansion of Heathrow and also of Greater London has resulted in a name change to London (Heathrow) to incorporate London (Gatwick) & London (Stansted). So, even the title of my Thesis has not escaped!  The ‘phenomena of the expanding radius’ is now a real problem with aircraft movements. It caught my father in law out when flying Dakotas and earned him a ‘severe dig’..The comments are just a gentle reminder of how rapidly technology is changing all the time.

Photos Thesis Letter Prize Certificate