It is with great sadness that we report the passing, at the age of 87, of Alan Cherry, an incredibly active member of the Institute for many years.
Alan joined the RAF in 1951 and trained as a pilot, later to become a qualified flying instructor. Most of his flying was associated with maritime patrol duties on Shackleton and Nimrod aircraft, with which he also undertook research and development work. He was involved in the acceptance-into-service of the Nimrod, subsequently deriving the pilot training programme for the Operational Conversion Unit.
Retiring from the RAF in 1970, he then spent over 20 years as an aircraft captain with Danair, rising to become a training captain and instrument rating examiner and filling various posts within the Operations Department. He was also an active representative to the British and International Air Transport Associations (BATA and IATA).
But Alan was also an experienced offshore yachtsman and, on joining the Institute in the early '90s, became an active member of the Small Craft Group, becoming a full-time committee member by 1996 and later chairing the Group. He was instrumental in forging links with Trinity House, serving on some of their committees and obtaining their sponsorship for joint stands at London Boat Shows. He was also instrumental in starting the Joint RIN/RMetS Weather and Sailing Seminars, which are still running. He became an active member of the Institute's Technical Committee as well as the Membership and Fellowship Awards Panel. He was awarded Fellowship in 1998 and served on the Institute's Council from 2003 to 2006.
Alan will be sorely missed by many Institute members and we convey our heartfelt condolences to his family. The funeral will be held at 1130 on 30 August at Salisbury Crematorium, SP1 3JB, followed by a reception at the White Horse Inn, Downton, SP5 3LY. Colleagues would be welcome; if possible please let firstname.lastname@example.org know if attending.
Alan Victor Cherry 5 December 1932 - 7 August 2019