Like many of his generation, Peter built his first model – a Keil Kraft Dolphin – at age six under his father’s supervision. At 14, he discovered Control Line (CL). He spent three years at Halton as an RAF apprentice and began flying single channel RC model aircraft. He soon taught himself to fly multi-channel RC. He graduated from Halton and spent a further 12 years in the RAF. In his spare time he built his own proportional radio and flew RC & CL for some years but then concentrated solely on CL and competitive CL at that.
His first National Championships was in 1964 when he flew F2C (the international class of Team Racing) and his first “Nationals” win was in Rat Race in 1967 with Tom Jolley. He began flying F2A (the international class of Speed) in 1969 and he has been a member of the British F2A team in most years since then (winning 20 individual and team medals over 22 years) as well as winning “the Nationals” many times.
From 1970, he built his own IC engines including a .40cm3 engine for F3D (the international class for Pylon Racing) and designed the super-quiet “mouse silencer” for the Q series of Irvine Engines.
He was a founding member of the first BMFA Specialist Body – SpeedCom – in 1976 and has been the SpeedCom representative on the Control Line Technical Committee (CLTC) since then. He has been SpeedCom Chairman since 1980. He was first elected to the CLTC in 2002 and has served in an elected position ever since.
He has a seat on the CIAM (FAI Airsport Commission responsible for Aeromodelling) F2 (CL) Sub-Committee and is the Chairman of the F2A Working Group. He attends CIAM Technical Meetings and Plenary Meetings and is invited to attend CIAM Bureau meetings when his special expertise is required.