John Houlder has been the operator of Elstree Airfield since 1952. He qualified for a PPL before the war and is still a very active pilot, despite suffering a damaged arm in 1942. He has over 15,000 hours in his logbooks and has owned an Aero Commander twin for 30 years. In the last few years he has undertaken some very long trips in it: to Zanzibar in 1995, to Pakistan in 1997, and across the Atlantic and round the USA, Alaska and Canada in 2000. He is 84 years old.
Cowburn & Kay Old & Bold Trophy
Light Aircraft Association