Tribute paid to Westgate pilot and businessman Simon Moores

Pilot Simon Moores

North Thanet MP Roger Gale has paid tribute to Westgate pilot and former councillor Simon Moores who was tragically killed in a plane crash this week.

The 62-year-old was flying a G-OARI – Piper Arrow 3 PA28R on Wednesday when it went down near Errezil in the north of the country during thick fog.

Mr Moores  and plane owner David Hockings, who ran aircraft maintenance company Cristal Air, were reported to have been flying from the Portuguese town of Cascais to San Sebastian when the plane crashed at about 2pm, killing both men.

Pilot and former councillor Simon Moores

Dad-of-two Mr Moores was the Managing Director of Zentelligence (Research) Ltd, advising huge firms such as Microsoft.

As an experienced commercial pilot Simon worked  with the BBC, Sky News and Channel 4 News. He was also involved in professional air display work in the summer months and a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University as well as a keynote speaker on big data and cyber security with Speaker’s Corner.

The former Charles Dickens student was a Conservative district councillor between 2007 and 2011. He also taught briefly at St Augustine’s College and was a tennis coach in his earlier years.

Sir Roger said: “Simon Moores was a good friend who served with distinction as a Thanet District Councillor. He was also an accomplished aviator. He lost his life tragically young but doing what he loved most – flying a light aircraft.

“Simon will be missed by all who worked with him, by those who enjoyed his company and by the community that benefitted from his experience. Our thoughts and our prayers are with his family.”

1 Comment

  1. I agree totally with the comments made by Sir Roger Gale and the sentiments displayed in the final paragraph of this article.
    Now is not the time to re awaken recriminations and unfounded accusations against Simon they causing a great distress to Simon his wife and family Both Simon and his wife gave a great deal of time and energy not only TDC but to Westgate and was always willing to help where ever he could. RIP Simon

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