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.