Born in 1951 and married with 2 grown-up children and a grandson. After sponsorship through university and nearly 400 hours of flying training I served for 26 years as an RAF Engineer Officer, retiring as a Wing Commander in 2004.
I now work as a Civil Servant at RAF Cranwell. My interest in modelling started in 1960 with catapult-launched plastic toys and quickly progressed to the all sheet rubber scale models from Yeoman and KeilKraft. I built my first single channel R/C model at the age of 12 and progressed through galloping ghost to a self-built proportional set bought with my first RAF pay packet in 1970.
On joining the RAFMAA I became the Officer I/C Model Aircraft wherever I was posted to before taking on the role of Competition Secretary and, later, Chairman of the Association for 11 years, which included a seat on the BMFA Areas Council. During that time I competed in all disciplines flown by the RAFMAA as well as the BMFA Scale Indoor and F/F Nationals. I was National Champion in CO2/Electric in 1989 and in Peanut in 1992.
I have judged R/C Scale flying since 1979 and, on retirement from the RAF, I was co-opted onto the Scale TC to organize the Indoor Nationals. Since election as a permanent member I have held the post of Treasurer and have served also served as Chairman and Delegate. I was elected Vice Chairman of the BMFA in November 2014.
Although my own major competitive involvement remains Scale Indoor I enjoy all forms of R/C flying including scale, aerobatics, slope and thermal soaring and an ongoing dabble with helicopters. In recent years I have become progressively more drawn towards electric flight but I look forward to having the time to build a competitive F4C model!