Robert Marshall gains IMC Rating


Robert Marshall, Chief Operating Officer of the Marshall of Cambridge Group of Companies, and Chairman of Cambridge Airport, gained his IMC Rating* following a course of instruction with the Cambridge Aero Club at Cambridge Airport.

The Rating was gained during an Examination flight with Marshall Aerospace Test Pilot and CAA Examiner, Graham Macfarlane, yesterday (15th September 2011).

The flight took place in a Cessna 172 of the Cambridge Aero Club appropriately with the registration G-HERC, this registration noting Marshall of Cambridge’s long association with the C-130 Hercules aircraft which is Graham Macfarlane’s normal “mount” as a Marshall Aerospace Test Pilot.

Robert Marshall gained his Private Pilot’s Licence in 2010 at the Cambridge Aero Club and, since then, has amassed nearly 300 hours of flying experience which has included a flight to the South of France.

In gaining his Private Pilot’s Licence, Robert Marshall is the third generation of the Marshall family to gain a pilot’s licence, his grandfather, Arthur, later Sir Arthur Marshall, gained his pilot’s licence in 1928 and his father, Sir Michael Marshall, gained his Private Pilot’s Licence in 1949, shortly after his 17th birthday.

The Cambridge Aero Club is based at Cambridge Airport, which is gaining a reputation as one of the United Kingdom’s fastest growing regional airports, as well as a very “GA friendly airport”.  The Cambridge Aero Club has been based at Cambridge Airport since 1930! 

Graham Macfarlane said “Robert flew a very well prepared IMC Rating test flight and it is very clear that he is a very natural pilot who is following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather.”

The photograph shows Graham Macfarlane congratulating Robert Marshall after their flight.

*Wikipedia says: Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) is an aviation flight category that describes weather conditions that require pilots to fly primarily by reference to instruments, and therefore under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), rather than by outside visual references under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). Typically, this means flying in cloud or bad weather.


For further information contact:     
Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies
The Airport, Newmarket Road
Cambridge, CB5 8RX
Tel: 01223 373227 (Office)./ 07785 316763 (mobile)


About Cambridge Airport
Cambridge Airport is privately owned by the Marshall Group, a family-run enterprise. The Marshall Group activities include Cambridge Airport, Marshall Executive Aviation, and Marshall Aerospace, focused on engineering and technology.

Cambridge Airport primarily targets the east of England market with a strong focus on Cambridge and its business, academic and industrial communities with an estimated 700,000 people living within the direct catchment area and another 800,000 living within an hour’s drive of the airport.

The airport is ideally positioned as a viable alternative for easy access to the City of London with the drive to Canary Wharf being just 50 minutes by fast road connection, and 45 minutes from London, King’s Cross railway station.

A strong provider to the equine community Cambridge Airport is 10 miles from Newmarket and offers regular services for the transportation of horses.

Cambridge Airport is home to a variety of aviation service providers including charter operators, very light jet operator Ambeo, Lanthwaite Executive Helicopter services and several GA flight training operators. It is also home of the East Anglian Air Ambulance service operated by Sterling Helicopters.  A fully authorised Cessna Service centre is located at the airport.


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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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