It is great sadness that we have to announce the death of Trevor Egginton, who was probably the longest holder of a world speed record in avaition history.
Trevor Egginton joined the RAF in 1951, and following a short grading course flying the Percival Prentice in the UK,he was sent to the USA for flight training and combat training.
On his return to the UK he flew Sabres and Hunters with 67Sqn,222Sqn and 43Sqn. Following a ground tour in Aden,he transferred to helicopters in 1961,eventually flying whirlwinds with 22Sqn SAR at Chivenor.
He completed the ETPS course at Farnborough,graduating from No3 Rotary Wing Course. He then went to 'D' (Helicopter) Squadron at Boscombe Down testing helicopter before becoming a Rotary Wing Tutor at the ETPS for the next 4 1/2 years.
He left the RAF in 1973 to join Westlands and spent 15years there until retiring a Chief Test Pilot in 1988,though continued to fly for them for the next 2 years. During his time at Westlands, he set a new World Speed Record on the Lynx in 1986 (which still stands),and was recognised by the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain,winning the Britannia Trophy. He flew the maiden flight of the EH-101.
Notably even after his retirement Trevor continued to support the test flying community through regular lectures and assistance to ETPS visits to the Weston Super Mare Helicopter Museum. A true professional and the epitomy of all that test flying demands of its aircrew, he will be missed by us all.
It's time for another Rotary Wing reunion dinner at the White Hart in Salisbury. All are welcome even if you were one of the Bedford Boys or an exchange officer. Please e-mail me if you need more details. Simon Sparkes Chairman ETPSA.
In memoriam... Stephan Carignan: The sky was not the limit
September 16, 2014
Aerospace test pilot Stephan Carignan
It is with sadness that we learned of the death of Stephan Carignan, dedicated NRC Aerospace test pilot of almost 20 years and loyal colleague and friend, following a valiant battle with cancer, on September 14, 2014. Stephan was a valuable team member of NRC's Flight Research Laboratory, where he was much appreciated and will be deeply missed.
At age 9, Stephan had already found his calling. His father was an airplane mechanic in Bagotville, Québec, and at that young age Stephan already knew he would be a test pilot. Before he even learned to drive, he obtained his glider's license. And that is where his illustrious career took flight. He obtained a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree in 1984 from the Royal Military College of Canada and attained his military helicopter license in 1985. In 1990, he became a test pilot with the Department of National Defense where he served 15 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), including five years as a naval aviator and four years in a military test facility.
Stephan came to NRC in 1996, where he spent over 18 years becoming one of the organization's most seasoned and versatile test pilots with almost 6,700 hours of flying time under his belt, more than 5,000 of those as a test pilot. He piloted 45 different types of aircraft and took part in a variety of high-profile projects, including flights to test many advanced vision systems and augmented control laws, and the development of the flight envelope for the NRC Advanced Research System's fly-by-wire aircraft.
Stephan's contributions to aeronautics garnered him many prestigious awards. In February 2005, he received the NRC Outstanding Achievement Award for his exceptional contribution to the Enhanced Synthetic Vision System project. In June of that year, he was awarded the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Gruppo Agusta International Fellowship Award for his contributions to the Sikorsky/NRC fly-by-wire team. He was awarded The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) Outstanding Achievement Award in April 2008 for his role in the "Integrated Visionic, Sensor, and Mission Systems for Day, Night, All-Weather Rotorcraft Operations" project.
However, he received what was perhaps his most significant accolade from the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in December 2012. At a ceremony in London, U.K., they bestowed on him the RAeS Bronze Medal for his work leading to advances in aerospace as well as the coveted RAeS Alan Marsh Medal for his outstanding contribution to helicopter research, development and safety, which is recognized worldwide. The Marsh Medal is reserved for the exemplary members of international flight test crews. Stephan certainly was a team player, always humbly crediting his entire crew for the success of projects.
As we look back on the memorable career of an esteemed colleague and remember a dear friend, it becomes clear that for Stephan, the sky was not the limit – it was his playground.