Idris Francis RIP

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Mike_K
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Idris Francis RIP

Post by Mike_K » 10 Mar 2019, 16:26

I have just found out that Idris Francis passed away last month. For those that don't know, Idris was a pioneer of proportional R/C in this country and was the owner Flight Link, one of the first (if not the first) manufacturers of proportional sets in the UK. He was also an Alvis owner which was one of his biggest loves in later life.

https://alvisarchive.com/2019/02/13/idris-francis/

As a big fan of Flight Link sets, I made contact with Idris early last year and had some wonderful correspondence with him about the history of Flight Link. Even though they stopped producing R/C gear in the 70's, they continued producing the joysticks for industrial use, but especially for mobility scooters where they had a virtually monopoly of the market until Idris sold the company when he retired.

So the next transmitter I'll be converting is one of my Flight Link Sovereign in memory of Idris.

MIke

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Re: Idris Francis RIP

Post by Phil_G » 10 Mar 2019, 16:43

Thats a great shame Mike, I was only chatting with him a few months ago.
He'd been trawling the S/C site as he said he did from time to time, and
we chatted about old systems and ideas, particularly the different approaches
used by Flight Link and Staveley on their analogue systems.
He had another side that a few might not be aware of - his fearless stands against
what he saw as Orwellian oppression were convincing but ultimately unsuccessful,
and I understand cost him dearly.
I found him a really nice bloke, always willing to contribute and to share.
Its particularly sad as Idris was one of our genuine pioneers, we owe him.
Cheers
Phil

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Re: Idris Francis RIP

Post by Mike_K » 15 Mar 2019, 11:50

Every few weeks I have a swap around of the transmitters on display in my office. With the recent sad news regarding Idris Francis I decided I'd put all of my favourite Flight Link transmitters on display and thought I'd post a photo of them in his memory. Thanks Idris for some Iconic transmitters.

FLC_01.jpg

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