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Cirrus Building, 9 Marchburn Drive, Glasgow Airport
Paisley, Renfrewshire,PA3 2SJ
Loganair operates approximately 120 flights each day and carries 486,000 passengers per year on a network of 31 scheduled service routes. The routes are genuinely considered to be lifeline air services by the residents of the Scottish islands to which Loganair... more.
Rhona, whose parents Rosemary and Eddie Watt are well known in the isles, began the trip with a practice run in the van to Aberdeen to say farewell to family.Rhona's mum Rosemary, who was a primary school teacher in Shetland before moving to Aberdeen with Eddie, said this crossing had proved to be the most difficult part of the journey.She said: "I can't say I haven't been concerned but they have planned very well and have taken advice from the British embassies, and they have done everything to ensure they are safe."Rhona's adventures are a far cry from the life she led as a child attending Scalloway Primary, but her sense of adventure may well have been in the blood.Eddie, a pilot for Loganair, took his family to Kenya in 1992 where he and Rosemary worked for Mission Aviation Fellowship.Rhona, now 26, spent her youngÂer years in Nairobi, before returning to Shetland to finish her education at Anderson High School.She studied nursing at Aberdeen University and returned to Shetland for a further two years, working both in the Accident and Emergency Department at Gilbert Bain Hospital, and also as a district nurse.However, she never lost contact with the boy next door, Simon, who she met in Kenya when she was just 10.Rosemary has kept in regular contact with her eldest daughter and Simon.
Fair Isle community councillor Fiona Mitchell, pilot Eddie Watt and Loganair chairman Scott Grier shares a joke at yesterday's farewell reception - Photo: Hans J MarterEddie Watt - Local people have been great - Photo: Malcolm YoungerBut it was not only the farewell of a much respected company, it was also a very personal goodbye for pilot Eddie Watt, who has served the islanders for the last 10 years.He said: "A very emotional day with lots of mixed feelings.Mr Watt is staying with Loganair and will start his training to fly the company's Saab aircrafts on the Sumburgh to Aberdeen route, next week.
Eddie Watt, Loganair's chief pilot in Shetland, said: "Malcolm always had an easy going manner with him.Mr Watt remembered him bringing his Islander aircraft to a halt on Skerries by turning her 180 degrees at the end of the grass runway.
Pilot Eddie is a well-known figure in these parts - and as a native Shetlander, has never been lured away to the glamour of long haul flying on Jumbos - and you can see why.
He and his family are an established part of the community, where relationships are more important than being wealthy. The church plays an important part in their lives - and for some years Eddie flew with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Kenya. For the past 9 years he has been flying Loganair's Islander over some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The week that we spent with him and his family has resulted in a programme which reveals something of the life and history of this often forgotten part of the UK.
Eddie WattShetlopedia - The Shetland Encyclopaedia that anyone can editJump to: navigation, searchEddie Watt, a former plumber from Scalloway, gave himself to a Christian lifestyle and trained to become a pilot for the Mission Aviation Fellowship in Africa. On his return to Shetland in 1996 Eddie joined Loganair to fly the Islander aircraft to the outer isles, and became an accepted part of life on Foula, Fair Isle, Papa Stour, and the Out Skerries. When the inter-island flights were taken over by Direct Flight Ltd., on behalf of the SIC, Eddie transferred to flying aircraft for Loganair between Aberdeen and Sumburgh. Hopefully Eddie will decide to edit this page and give us the full story.