A retired chartered civil engineer who retired in 1995 from the water industry, working latterly in management services as the engineering representative on an interdisciplinary management team developing a new computerized Integrated Capital System to control a multi-million pound capital programme of works.  At this time he also obtained a qualification in systems analysis and database design at the OU.

 

He built his first model aeroplane when 11 years old and has been building and flying ever since.  David's first venture into radio control was as a sixteen year old in the mid 50s when he built a single channel soft valve set and installed it in a Radio Queen and watched it disappear on its first flight due to radio failure!  After that David stayed with control line and free flight gliders, rubber and i/c sports models until the 60s when family demands intervened

 

In the 70s he built his first fully proportional R/C set and came back to radio flying, but David's main interest was building (currently on model 208 – an electric version of a model he built in 1954) ranging from park flyers, through ducted fan scale models to large thermal soarers and this has culminated in a ‘Highly Commended’ at the International Model Engineering Exhibition in 1995, followed in the next year by a bronze medal. At this time David was secretary to the Fenland Model Club at the time of its formalisation as a BMFA affiliated club.

 

 

In 1998 he started editing the BARCS Soarer magazine and continued to do that for the following 6 years. David's current interest lies almost exclusively with silent flight as a member of South Lincs Soarers, although he maintain an interest in all the other disciplines.  David competes regularly in local competitions, and was placed third in the 100S BMFA Nationals back in 2004.