“always be building”
Design Engineer currently in the agricultural industry.
Started flying in 1984, with a MR Snipe. What a terrible thing to learn on! Dad and I started down this hobby at the same time.
Progressed through to bigger powered fixed wing aircraft, where I got my BMFA fixed wing "B" cert at age 12. Then a few summers' worth of flying nothing but bipes has given me a soft spot for Bi-Flies and Wots-Wots, my two main hacks at the time.
Windy days meant that sloping was never far from our minds, especially as one of my early tutors took us up to some scary ridges in Derbyshire to witness what it was all about. Started visiting the slopes of Westbury White Horse (still my favourite) and the Devizes Roundway, everytime the breeze got up a bit.
Then off to uni, where I hardly flew at all, surrounded by mega hills in mid Wales! After that, back into the hobby properly, but now only really fly slope, some flat field electric thermallers, 1/4 scale gliders (inc. aerotow - where I tug a bit too), and recently FPV via quadcopters. My real passion is, and always will be PROPER un-powered gliders.
2014 saw the start of my PSS career proper, after using a HMM F4 and a Flair Hunter to varying degrees of success in my early career. The PSSA JP meet lit a flame that ended up with 5 builds being completed through the season.
My wife Shona and our two mad Sprockers love to holiday in our camper van, and hill walk altogether regularly around the UK. Oh, up a nice hill you say? Well ok - I'll just pack this little sloper then... ;)
The future? Higher and further with FPV. More PSS OD's. More travelling to slopes around the country. Probably a couple of little electric sporsters. World domination and the enslavement of all mankind to produce continent-sized Balsa tree forests. Just not on the hills.
Last online: 16/09/2019 14:12:22
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