Basic Commercial Pilots Licence, SEP, Night, IMC, Instructor (inc tailweel) ratings.
Graduateship Exam. Institute of Physics (Degree Equivalent)
5,000hrs including 4,200 instructional hrs, over 40 years flying experience.
Why do I instruct
After flying as a PPL for 25 years I decided to do an instructors rating in order to improve my flying having done very little in the latter 10 years. After instructing part-time for a few years I was given the opportunity to take early release from my post at Harwell and took up a full time instructor post at Thruxton. I have never looked back since – the view from my office now is incomparable with that at Harwell.
For several years I owned a PA38 Tomahawk and flew it in air races organised by the Royal Aero Club this time was most memorable but when I crossed the finishing line in the prestigious Kings Cup the feeling was especially memorable.
I started flying in 1971 learning at Biggin Hill on Victa Airtourers. Having obtained my PPL the next goal was to fly classic aircraft like the Tiger Moth and Stampe which I did at Redhill. In the mid-seventies my work moved me to Harwell in Oxfordshire and I joined a group operating a 1946 Auster at High Wycombe. This aircraft spent a lot of the time being worked on by group members which also included recovering it. With the Auster out of action a lot of the time I kept my licence “going” by flying at various airfields; Enstone, Oxford, Southampton, Popham and Thruxton where I flew a variety of aircraft . It was while at Thruxton that I decided to take the flight instructor course (see above). At Thruxton I had various roles mainly instructing but including air traffic and flying club operations. After 7 years I had become acting CFI and a CAA approved examiner but the drive there from Grove, where I live, become arduous and so I took a job at Oxford. After a chance meeting with Paul (Skipper) Fowler I started instructing for him at EFC on a part-time basis. I have always missed a real flying club atmosphere since I left Redhill and EFC provides this as well as approaching flying training in a way which the student can benefit from.