People

 

Andrej Cepko - a pilot who is keen on aviation history. He started flying gliders as 15 year old boy. Recently Andrej works as flight instructor in a renowned Air School and as a corporate pilot on charter flights. Whenever there is such chance he would swap Cessna or Piper flight deck for a cockpit of aeroplanes adherent to the Czech aviation history. To let his child dreams come true on classic machines just like Tiger Moth or Magister- training legends of the WWII. It feels quite symbolic for a professional flight instructor to saddle an open historic airplane that used to be the very first bird for the majority of RAF pilots to solo on.

Andrej Cepko airborne flying a T.34 Mentor - nowadays considered a vintage aircraft too

 

Ivo Kardoš - a fighter pilot of the Czech Air Force by profession. Apart from fulfilling all operational and training missions as any other elite pilot of the 211th tactical squadron he had displayed the supersonic JAS-39 Gripens on local and remote airshows in 2017-2020. Czech Gripens are based at Caslav AFB. On the way to Hradec Kralove where he lives there is Podhorany Airfield with Aviation Museum Hangar in one corner and few ancient airplanes in here. The contrast between the ultramodern combat aircraft and a historic biplane is ultimate. Ivo handles both virtuously and both he takes for honour to fly. Such combination is a guarantee that one can't guess any easily what is joy and what is work to him.

  

 Ivo Kardoš  after his Gripen display on SIAF airshow held at Sliač AFB , Slovakia, in September 2017

 

Jan Karabec – We've chosen Jan for he is donatious, flexible, sensitized and skillful pilot. In his (young) age were the majority of Czechoslovak pilots embarking a duty with French and later Royal Air Force at the outbreak of WWII. In return their training was quick and efficient as was proved many times while with combat squadrons later on. His flying career was initiated the way it should- on an aeroclub airfield where he started on gliders aged 15. Thereafter he continued in the flying school on powered aircraft. Recently he studies Aviation at the university, builds his time at controls and expands his qualifications. He's always dreamt about flying especially on vintage aeroplanes. It's an honour, unbeatable experience and joy to him to ride an open cockpit warbird. 

August 29, 2020: A snapshot from the mini/veteran gathering held to substitute the postponed III. Filed Concert. Jan Karabec is the fourth from the left and so from the right i.e. right in the middle (marked with an arrow to make his identity perfectly clear). (Jiří Sejkora).

 

Jan Auersvald- Honza se naučil létat v místním aeroklubu a nejen to. Od samého začátku se aktivně účastnil i ostatních činností, bez kterých by žádné létání nebylo, zejména pak údržby a oprav techniky, kde se ukázal jako velice šikovný a pečlivý mechanik. V našem týmu tomu není jinak. Kromě vlastního létání se stroji z naší sbírky má často zanořené ruce v nějakém motoru, nebo pod přístrojovou deskou. Aktivně létá kluzáky, ultralighty i větší motorová letadla. V civilním zaměstnání je Honza avionikem leteckých simulátorů. Mimo aktivit v RAF Station a místním aeroklubu pak sám ještě provozuje klasické ULL Straton D-8 a kluzák VSO-10, které si dal postupně se svým tátou dohromady.

 

Richard Santus - Founder of R.A.F. Station Czechoslovakia. A professional pilot, Royal Air Force enthusiast and proud promoter of historic heritage of Czechoslovak exile airmen. As a civil job he runs Aeropartner Charter Airline. His efforts in the field of vintage aircraft acquisitions are focused on particular aircraft with documented historic connection to Czechoslovak WWII airmen in RAF, preserved in original condition, painstakingly restored while still safe for flying. 

Nedílnou součástí činnosti RAF Station Czechoslovakia je osvěta. Aby se dostalo zejména mladým lidem svědectví o statečnosti a příkladu nezkažené morálky válečných hrdinů. Když už nejsou mezi námi tak alespoň prostřednictvím našich strojů při veřejných leteckých vystoupeních (R. Santus a žákyně ZŠ generála Františka Peřiny na Aviatické pouti 2023).