It is with great sadness that we report the death of Arthur Creighton on 16 December.
Arthur trained as a RAF navigator and served on Canberra and Valiant squadrons before attending the Staff Navigation Course in the mid-1960s, remaining on the staff of the College of Air Warfare as an instructor.
On retiring from the RAF, he became an airline pilot, with both pilot and navigator professional licences, and completed 23 years of command experience on multi-engined aircraft, including time as project pilot for Monarch Airlines.
Arthur contributed much to the Institute, in particular from the late ’90s, when he became Chair of the General Aviation Navigation Group and oversaw the TopNav Competition; additionally, he introduced the concept of aviation reverting to true, rather than magnetic, bearings and headings. He also served on the Institute’s Awards Panel, Technical Committee and Council and, for a handful of years, directed his technical and graphic skills to helping with our meetings and presentations.
In later life, Arthur was also a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, and became a respected presenter around the country of professionally-presented and researched talks on military and aviation experiences that had so filled his life.
Arthur succumbed to leukaemia on 16 December. His funeral will be held at North Herts Memorial Crematorium, nr Hitching, at 1300 on 15 January.
We pass our deepest condolences to his wife, Stefania, and family.
Arthur H Creighton 24 February 1940 - 16 December 2019