Started Free Flight in 1952 or earlier, then Control Line, both very competitively, also Indoor Duration. I was a founder of the NI Association of Aeromodellers in 1971, then NI Area in 1992, and Secretary for many years. I have flown Thermal and Slope Soaring, and now Aerobatic R/C foamies, learning to use throttle and rudder. I am Interested in all kinds of Aeromodelling and Aviation, and always learning.
Vice Chairman and Education
Started as a kid with the usual rubber powered models, but the first “proper” model aircraft I remember was a Keil Kraft Panther for Jetex when I was about 10. Bought from a model shop in Bedford England which was like an Aladdins cave! Got this built but never flown. A cox control line followed and then sport, school & university took over and I didn't fly anything for about 10 years.
Moved to the West Coast of Scotalnd to work and started flying again with a Mick Reeves slope soarer, followed by an SAS Ace. A move to Glasgow after surgery meant fewer slopes, so for a while I flew power on Lanark Racecourse with Lanark MFC. Then it was back out to the West coast and more slope soaring and some thermal flying. Technically at this point I was a member of Fife Soarers, but that was a 1oo mile drive each way. I flew at Scottish Nationals and Radioglide events in both 100S & Open classes and was part of the team that has run both Viking Races that were held in Scotland.
In 2002 I moved to Belfast to start a new job and joined NIMSA, where I've been CD and now Chairman. I helped run the NI Jetmasters and have attended many events on behalf of the NIAA. Within the NIAA, I have held the Glider Secretary & Secretary's positions and am currently the Vice-Chairman. As well as gliding, I now also fly electric models with the Buzzards MFC.
I am pleased to accept the nominated role of Treasurer for
the NIAA. For some time now I have been frequently
attending their meetings, I have got to know the committee
members and met your club representatives. For me the goal
is to stay vigilant of opportunity to raise funds, push for
grant aid and to assist the clubs were possible.
Over the past couple of years I have enjoyed attending the
open days held by your clubs across N.Ireland. I believe
that open days have a very important role for RC modellers in
providing them the means to reach out and network with others of
similar interest. I think it’s important that clubs
encourage their members to attend the open days at other clubs
and to participate in events.
More personally, my love of model aircraft dates back to when
I was in child in primary school. Having started with
building Airfix my curiosity stretched and I soon became
interested in gilders and RC aeromodelling.
I am very thankful to my parents who gifting me my first
plane when I was aged 11 years old. My Dad and I soon had
the MFA Yamamoto built and I joined UMAC in March 1993. When
possible I would fly at weekends and would soon purchase and
build a low wing Gangster with SC .53. Although, there was
a period when I stopped flying for a few years, the enthusiasm
soon rekindled and I have never looked back. .
I hold a BMFA ‘B’ Certification for Fixed Wing and very much
enjoy aerobatic style Gas and Electric aircraft. For a bit
on fun I enjoy flying 3D foamies and small indoor aerobatics
planes such as the Twisted Hobbies Crack Yak
Recently I have kindled an interest in helicopters. For
several years I used to fly a small Align 250 with fly-bar and
have progressed to flying 550 DFC which I now hugely enjoy.
Wishing everyone health to fly.
Secretary and Achievment Scheme
For as long as I can remember I have been interested in Aero modelling although I am not a prolific builder, as a schoolboy I used to do a lot of tow line gliding and control line, building all my own models I have fond memories of the Kiel Kraft Dolphin and balsa dust, dope and tissue. Much later I started in RC helicopters and remember vividly Dr Schulter flying the first one on a set out flight plan in 1970, my first attempts were with a fixed pitch Hughes 500 with a HB40 which weighed about as much as a large petrol two stroke nowadays a four channel radio just two sticks in a box not even any trims or reverse switches and the gyro was a length of string from the tail to my ankle. Needless to say it wasn't successful and it hopped as opposed to fly but it was a massive adrenalin rush.
Thankfully things have moved on I did eventually teach myself to fly helicopters something I wouldn't recommend to anyone the secret is get help. I then joined Ballymoney Model Flying Club and spent many happy years there until it disbanded. I then formed the Buzzards MFC. I have done just about every office in the two clubs and I am currently secretary of The Buzzards and a member of the Causeway Coast MFC which flys at Ballymoneys old site.
I fly helicopters, multi copters, fixed wing power, gliders have done free flight and control line in my youth, never really got on with small diesels I preferred the cox nitro engines. I am very keen supporter of the B.M.F.A. and particularly the achievement scheme and currently I am a fixed wing examiner. I will serve the Area as Secretary to the best of my ability and can be contacted at the click of a mouse button.
I also rc boat, race indoor rc cars every Thursday night in a hall in Ballymoney and I love rc yachts but don't have one currently, I am also keen on the multi-rotors and there technology but only have the odd flight at the club due to controversy that surrounds them at present.
Happy Landings to you all.
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Public Relations Officer and Webmaster
My first introduction to aeromodelling in 1955 was a Veron
Cardinal FF kit with a Mills .75 diesel engine, I'm just
finishing no3 with same engine. Flew control
line in 70's and following a lot of failures at R/C I finally
got airborne with a KK Super 60, an OS40 glow and home built
radio thanks to UMAC .In the 70's I got involved in starting a
club in Craigavon, with the help of Maurice and others from
NIAA. and I'm still there. I'm currently involved in
maintaining our facilities in the Craigavon area and where
possible taking advantage of any grant aid to improve our
As PRO I'll do my best to spread the
word about our activities and have some experience of dealing
with Council, Planning , Sports& recreation Depts and
Grant applications. If any one thinks I might be able to help,
just let me know.
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As webmaster I'll try to keep our site up to date and interesting and
I depend on you all to feed me info, gossip and images to use.
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