Nick Turvey

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Roland Archer Nicholas Turvey
Nickname(s) Nick
Born (1931-11-16)16 November 1931
South Africa
Died 26 March 2006(2006-03-26) (aged 74)
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch South African Air Force
Other work Air show pilot and aerobatic champion.
Founder of Avex Air company

Roland Archer Nicholas "Nick" Turvey (16 November 1931 – 26 March 2006) was a champion aerobatic and air show pilot in South Africa.

Flying Career[1][edit]

Nick Turvey earned his flying wings in the South African Air Force in 1955. He later became Chief Instructor of the Johannesburg Light Plane Club, a popular flying club of that era. He was awarded Springbok Colours for aerobatics in 1965 and represented South Africa at the World Aerobatic Championships four times. In 1981, Turvey survived a crash in his red Pitts Special, ZS-ZAP at the Aviation Africa airshow, using his skills to avoid crashing into cars and spectators. He won the National Aerobatic Championships eight times.

Turvey was also a committee member of the South African Air Force Association (SAAFA) from 1963 until shortly before his death.

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