Monday 7 December 2020

John Goddard. R.I.P.

 John James Goddard

16th January 1940 - 29th November 2020

Photo shows John about to test fly the Simmonds Spartan ZK-ABK at Wigram on 12-01-2009.

A memorial service was held in Christchurch today to farewell John.

A long time member of the Canterbury Gliding Club.
Private owner
Competition pilot
Tow pilot.

Canterbury Aero Club instructor
Canterbury Aero Club manager

Air Traffic controller

Accident investigator

Balloon pilot
Helicopter pilot
Microlight pilot
Test pilot

Lover of classical and jazz music
Accomplished musician

Camera collector and photographer

Classic car and motorcycle lover

Plus many other fine attributes

Safe flying John


  1. I did a gliding check flight with John and got myself into a bit of bother - while we were flying I imagined him writing an accident report (the crash was inevitable after the student failed to do X-Y-Z)
    fortunately I didn't bend the aeroplane and passed!

  2. I did my Instrument Rating training with John while i was flying for the opposition (Central Flying School)in the 60’s. He was an excellent instructor. I also have enjoyed many a session mailing music with John both in Christchurch plus in more recent times at the Waitaki Summer music camp where we swopped many a tale of our similar career pathways.