Rotary flies high

With only one week to go of his successful year as President of Laurenekirk Rotary Club, Maitland Wilson, looked distinctly demob happy, as he introduced his final guest speaker of the rotary year. He welcomed Eric Dawson, a former pupil of Mearns Academy, and now a First Officer Pilot with Loganair based at Aberdeen.

Eric is the son of Jerry and Wijke Dawson and had his early education in Brunei before the oil industry brought his parents to Laurencekirk. With a bomber pilot grandfather, it was not surprising that he and his brother Colin chose aviation for careers. Eric is a graduate of the prestigious KLM Flight Academy, based in the Netherlands, and after graduation he worked in Aberdeen Airport furthering his experience in the logistics of baggage and freight before taking to the skies with Loganair in 2011.

The company was formed in 1962 by Willie Logan as a taxi service for his construction company based in Dingwall and, despite many changes of ownership, it still operates under the same name making it the United Kingdom’s oldest operating airline. Alan McNaughton thanked Eric for a hugely entertaining and informative talk and wished him continued success with his high flying career.