FFC Committee (2017)
Chairman and Secretary
Having first learned to fly on C150s at Perth with the Air Cadets in the 1960s I flew a Jodel D117 at Inverness for a few months but then let my PPL lapse. However I came back to flying at Fife and revalidated my licence in 1996. I rent Club aircraft, preferring the Warrior. Over the years I have flown to Islay, Oban, Plockton, Inverness, Fishburn nr Durham, Kirkbride and several places in between. I've recently retired so I have more time to get involved in the Club ..... and I’m keen to get more airfields in my log book!
Started flying in the late 1980s on Beagle Pups, then 172s and 152s. Had a break and got back to flying in 2005. Bought the TB9, G-BKUE, in 2006 with some other Fife fliers and have gone on to get an Aerobatic rating on the Grobs, a complex conversion and the IMC rating. Working on a tailwheel conversion just now, and fly the parachuting plane at weekends. Love flying, and love sharing the experience. Happy to take any FFC member flying in the TB9 in return for a mug of tea and a bacon roll!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always looked forward to flying on commercial aircraft when going on holiday, but never gave piloting an aircraft a serious thought. That all changed in June 2014 when I decided to attend the Fife Flying Club Summer Fly-In and take a short flight in G-BIIT, a Piper PA28 Cherokee. After the 30 minute flight, I knew that a Private Pilot License was what I wanted. I graduated university in July 2014 and began working full-time. It was in August 2015 that I took my first training flight with Tayside Aviation at Fife. Now, I’m taking lessons as often as weather/finances permit and love the experience. I’m hoping that being a member of the committee will allow me to meet and learn from other aviators and be more involved with GA, along with helping to run the club’s various events over the course of the year.
Born and raised in Edinburgh, I've had a variety of jobs too many to mention, my longest being a Police officer, retiring a Sergeant.
I was absolutely petrified of flying, until I was given a A.E.F. at Edinburgh, that was it. I was hooked and cured of my fear of flying.
I gained my N.P.P.L. in November 2009 when I was 65 and I am a syndicate member of the lovely wee 152, Tango Foxtrot, but I am biased. Moved to Glenrothes from Edinburgh in 2011, to be nearer my son, just happens to be near the airfield.
With my father having been in the RAF I’ve always had a fascination with aircraft but, despite this, I came to flying relatively late in life. After a career in farming and training National Hunt (jumps) racehorses I decided at the age of 46 that perhaps I would like to learn to fly after all. It was then suggested that I could get a job in aviation and so began the long slog of training for my Commercial Pilot’s Licence – studying for the ATPL ground exams was certainly a shock to the system almost 30 years after having left school! This was followed by MEP, FI, Aerobatic and, most recently, Instrument Ratings. I have been instructing at Fife since October 2015, still farm just outside Cupar and never want to take another exam again!