Edwin ‘Ted’ Gordon Turner
From the General Botha Old Boys Association Muster List
Edwin (Ted) Turner was born in Claremont and came to the General Botha via Wynberg Boys’ High School.
On leaving the Botha he joined Clan Line and served in the CLAN BRODIE, KING ARTHUR and UMTATA.
Ted left the sea in 1959 and, after marrying Natalie Watt of Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA, emigrated to the USA and joined the US Army. He saw service in New Jersey, Ludwigsburg in Germany and, finally, in Georgia, USA.
In 1964 he attended the National Aviation Acadamy in St. Petersburg, Florida. He graduated with various flying qualifications and commenced a career as a General Aviation Instructor with various flying schools in Florida and California. He added to his Commercial/Instrument Pilot’s Certificate by obtaining a Cessna 500 rating and becoming an instructor in that rating as well.
In 1968 he joined Western Airlines as a Pilot Instructor, teaching systems on Boeing 727-200, Boeing 737-300 and 300s, and McDonnell Douglas DC 10s. In 1978 Western Airlines merged with Delta Airlines and Ted was transferred to Atlanta, Georgia, where he continued training pilots on Boeing 737-300s and 500s. He then trained on the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 in Long Beach, California, and developed a new Computer-Based Training (CBT) programme for Delta.
Appointed Senior Instructor on the MD-11 by Delta, he taught and trained other instructors to teach on this aircraft. He also oversaw the design and development of a Flight Training Device (FTD) in Montreal, Canada. This FTD was incorporated into Delta’s training programme, shortening pilot’s time in training. It was also extended to cover training on the Boeing 737-800.
In 2006 Ted and Natalie retired and moved to Englewood, Florida, where he formed a company known as Pixel Maniac, which is involved in photography and website develpment. He is also actively engaged in spurring economic growth and assisting local businesses in downtown Englewood in updating their facilities.
Ted and Natalie have two sons, Robert and Matthew and two grand-children and all are resident in the USA.
A daughter, Megan, was tragically lost in a motoring accident in 2000.