If you search for " Pizey" +aviation, using Google, (8-28-06), you will find about 230 links, several of them relevant and very helpful. The one cited immediately below, which was also suggested to me by Matthew H. G. Bryan on January 15, 2006, is most informative.

The Round Britain Race
The Daily Mail £10,000 Prize
22 July - 7 August 1911
     On this page you find a fascinating story of the race, illustrated with many photographs and including some important links. It presents a list of the 30 entrants into the race, including F. Conway Jenkins, (No. 22), along with their aeroplanes and country of origin. Eight of them are also to be found on my website at this time. (1-14-06)
  H. J. D. Astley (2)
E. Audemars (13)
G. Blanchet (11)
André Beaumont (1)
Gustav Hamel (24)
C. Howard Pixton (19)
S.F. Cody (20)
James Valentine (14)
Jules Védrines (9)
C. Compton-Paterson (7)
Olivier de Montalent (23)
C.P. Pizey (17)
C.T.Weymann (28)
Lt. Reynolds, R.E. (25)
Lt. H.Bier + passenger (30)
B. C. Hucks (27)
Lt. R.A. Cammell, R.E. (12)
       If time permits, I am sure you will want to read the whole interesting story of this historic event. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.  

Portrait of Collyns Pizey
     This page on the Aviation Heritage section of the Transport Archive website offers a beautiful portrait of Pizey, a copy of which you see at the top of this page. In addition to a complete description of the photograph, you will find a brief, but very helpful biography of him. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.
     If time permits, you will find a wealth of information is available on the history of transportation, including a section on aviation history, on this valuable resource.

Collyns Pizey
Mr. Collyns Pizey, of the Brooklands Bristol School, and
his cousing, Mr. C. H. Pizer, in the passenger's seat. 1912
from Aviation Archive: Aviation Heritage

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Admiral Mark Kerr
Product Details
Publisher: LONGMANS, GREEN & CO.;
First edition (January 1, 1927)
Used copies are occasionally available.
  Chapter X, Greece 1913-1915
Contrbuted by Christos Zafiropoulos, 12-16-10
"Eventually they allowed me to order three 'Sopwith' seaplanes for training, and great was the '9'4 joy of my flying officer, Collyns Pizey[1], one of the most charming men and excellent pilots that I have come across. In due time the three 'planes arrived, and were looked upon as toys for me to play with, and not as serious vessels of war. I think Mr. Venizelos thought that if he gave me these aircraft for my amusement he would easily persuade me to forget that the Greek Navy required submarines and destroyers !

The first difficulty was to get volunteers for the Pilots' Course, and only two names came in, Moriatinis and another. I suggested to Pizey that I should take my ticket to encourage the others, who would not think that flying was a dangerous pursuit if a person of my age could become a pilot. Pizey was delighted, and in continent I set off the next day to commence operations. Eleusis Bay is one of the most beautiful spots in the world, and the large bay, completely land-locked, made an excellent training-ground for sea ships and airships of all sizes and descriptions, though eventually we were driven from the place, "by the flocks of malarial mosquitoes," that attacked the airmen and mechanics when summer came, to set up our sheds in old Phalerum.

I found but little difficulty in learning the rudiments of flying, because of three advantages which I possessed. First, I had done a great deal of riding, hunting, polo, and racing, and I found that good hands on a horse meant good hands with a 'plane. Second, I had done a great deal of boat- and yacht-sailing, and the handling of a tiller with delicacy of touch is a very similar affair to lightly working the controls of an aeroplane. Third, I had for several years been flying as a passenger, which was an enormous advantage to me when starting to take my own certificate. Consequently I did not give Pizey much trouble. My tuition consisted of three flights with dual control, after which I did three solo flights, the six flights occupying eighty-two minutes. And then Pizey considered that I could make a bid for my International ticket.

The test in those days was not very hard. It consisted of getting into the air, climbing to over three hundred feet, making eight figures of eight in the air, and making a glide and a landing without the engine, and also to land within fifteen meters of the mark. I got through the test all right, and received the Royal Aero Club's Aviators' Certificate No. 842 of July 14, 1914.

The experiment was entirely successful: a lot of young fellows put in for the Naval Air Service, and I had the satisfaction of being able to fly practically every day, and often twice a day. The Greek is very quick to learn. The difficulty with him is that when he has learnt a little he wishes to do too much. He would like to cut out the middle of all training, and jump straight from the beginning to the end. This premature jumping to conclusions caused a certain amount of disaster to the machines, and the mechanics were kept pretty busy.

During the Great War some Greek pilots were flying with the Allies at Salonika and Gallipoli. Moriatinis, who was the first Greek pilot to take a certificate (he held No. 2, for I held No. 1 of certificates given in Greece), performed many gallant actions, and received, the D.S.O. for a fine performance in the Dardanelles. He was a very fine pilot, and it was a great loss to Greek flying when he lost his life on a flight from Salonika to Athens, after the war was over."

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