It is with great sadness that we report the death of Keith Hope-Lang on 16 December.
Keith had been an amateur yachtsman for many years, sailing 25-30ft boats in European waters from Scandinavia to Ireland in pre-GPS days. He was also a microlight pilot; indeed, he was first seen in Institute circles as a TopNav competitor, flying a flexi-wing microlight out of White Waltham.
He was an enormous supporter of the Institute, having been chairman of the History of Air Navigation Group since 2006. In this role he had personally produced regular high-quality newsletters and run fascinating meetings; he had also jointly arranged a handful of general history conferences. Additionally, he had generated a database of air navigation instruments and techniques, and was in the process of creating an associated web-based virtual museum.
In this role, Keith had been a member of the Technical Committee and, since 2013, he had also been a member of Council.
We will miss Keith’s contribution terribly, and his many Institute colleagues and friends will miss his company. We pass our heartfelt condolences to Keith’s wife and family.
The funeral will be held at 1315 on 8 January at Chichester Crematorium. Members would be welcome.