Frank Skilbeck : Fleet Planning Manager / GM Ground Ops
Frank sadly passed away on the 15th September 2022 following an operation in hospital in Bangkok, which was where he lived. He passed peacefully with his son at his side. My sincere condolences to his son Steve, the family, friends and former colleagues.

Frank started in flight scheduling, rising to Fleet Planning Manager before be based in the Far East, Hong Kong, before moving to live in Thailand.

Frank was also the General Secretary of the Wingspan when it moved to next to Caledonian House.

Photo - Frank with Shirley Bassey in 1984
Service details

Frank's service was held on 20th October 2022 at the Church of St James The Apostle in Hartlepool,

Frank was remembered after the service with a gathering at  Seaton Carew Golf Club

Frank's order of service can be viewed here as a pdf file : Click here
Frank Remembered

From Brian Culver

Frank was a good friend, a great boss and someone who always had wise words.I first know him when I was a young Ops Officer in Flight Watch and he was next to us in Crewing; that was in the era of BUA. He moved on and after a few years became my boss in Fleet Planning, a role I assumed from him when he moved to GM Ground Ops. He was an inspiration to all who knew him

From David Groom: Sad news. RIP Frank.

From Hasu Jethwa: RIP

From Roger Warren: RIP Frank

From Sandie Kubiak: So sad. RIP.

From Tony Cocklin
This is indeed very sad news. Frank was a wonderful colleague and a top class manager. I remember Frank well, especially from his time at the helm in Dubai and Hong Kong. After he retired and settled down in Thailand, Frank kept in touch with many of us old BCAL friends. He will be missed, but very fondly and respectfully remembered. Sincere condolences to Frank's family.

From Dick Holder
Another great Aviation man bites the dust, Frank was a true gentleman, I worked directly with him after the merger in 1970, we concocted many many survival plans during the tough days in the early 70’s one of them obviously worked! RIP Frank, sincere condolences to Jazz and the whole family.

From Phil Bowell
He was a good man, a great boss when I was in BCAL Operations and grew to be a wonderful friend. When I was based in Hong Kong recently and spent more time in Asia in recent times, we saw each other much more often. I would add business trips, especially those of the annual IATA Meetings on Handling, and we would use the opportunity to enjoy each others company. Jazz was a wonderful wife and looked after him well. I used to enjoy our golf trips together and the Junk trips around Hong Kong harbour. I send my condolences to Jazz and the entire family. RIP Frank - Fly High

From Ricky Cuss
I’m so shocked, I was only chatting with him a few days ago via WhatsApp! So sad… he was my boss, and my respect for him was immense.

From David Hicks: RIP Frank. Lovely man.

From Trevor Boud: My sincere condolences to his wife and family.  A solid and well respected manager of BCal.

From Sally Ann Beischer: So sorry to hear this news. May he rest in peace.

From Sally Simmonds: So sorry. RIP Frank.

From Jim Will: My sincere condolences to family. rest in peace Frank.

From Pauline Bowell
So very sorry to learn this shocking news. RIP Frank, dear kind man, from one of your ‘Skilbeck Sunbeams’ from 1977-78
So terribly sad. Condolences to the family who must be stunned

From Cos Shiels: RIP Frank

From Anthony Cutting
So sorry to hear this, I got back into conversation with Frank a few days ago. My sincere condolences to his family and his many friends. a sad loss

From George Banks
So sorry to hear this, Frank was always supportive of myself and very professional and pleasant when I knew him. My condolences to his family. RIP Frank

From Terry Storer
I got to know Frank well when I became responsible for expanding and improving BCal's Far East telecommunications network. A very interesting and enjoyable project and that for me was when Frank the colleague became Frank "The Legend" he knew so much about the areas and organisations that I desperately needed to get involved with. The introductions to system providers were invaluable, needless to say that project was a total success. Thank you Frank! My heartfelt condolences to his family.

From Charles Powell
I was very shocked to read of Frank's death. I met him on my first day in the Commercial Planning department of BUA in 1969 and worked closely with him many times throughout my time in BCAL most notably when we both General Managers in the Operations Division between 1979 and 1984. Working with him was always a pleasure. He was truly a professional manager and I also regard him as a strong personal friend. He was well known in the company and always attracted very wide respect. Truly, Frank, you deserve to rest in peace.

From Fee Flee: So sorry, Fly Free Frank

From Kerry Coles: R.I.P. Frank

From Jeff Youtan: So sorry to learn this news. RIP Frank.

From Sheila Williams Tyson
So sad to hear this news. Frank was a lovely person and knew him at LGW in the old days. RIP Frank.

From Una Allman: My thoughts are with his family. So sad to hear.

From Peter Oliveira: Sorry to hear this sad news, my condolences to his family.

From Jenny Holland: RIP Frank

From Ron Thomas
Frank and I started school together, in the last few years we exchanged emails regularly interspersed with lots of jokes and funnies. I will miss him, and offer my condolences to his family. See you some time Frank.

From Coreen Wilcox
So sad to hear this. My sincere condolences to his wife Jazz and son Steve. Rest in peace Frank

From Colin Varty
I knew Frank from my earliest BUA days when he was responsible for long range fleet crewing, right through to when he became my boss as General Manager Ground Ops in BCAL. Always positive, dynamic and supportive, he inspired loyalty and enthusiasm in all endeavors. But my greatest memory is that Frank gave Carey her job in BCAL where of course we met, she also is deeply saddened as he was very friendly to us both.

From David Clark: RIP Frank. My condolences to your family.

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Condolences have been extended by:

Dave Thaxter, Jenny Thomas, Janet Willis, Nick Ridley, Alan Reeves, Caron Phillips, Julie Hourigan, Linda Collyer, Kris Massie, Stella Bassett, Frances Taylor, Jean Bagnell, Tina Harvey, Biddi Geoghegan, Lindsay Smith, Peter Durran, Dave Surry, Riaz Butt, Nick Washington-Jones, Christine Jegu, Andrew Wilkins, Sylvia Murphy, Ian Plumridge, Graham Waters, Jackie Hebert Hayes, Pat Cresswell,

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