The following are the Club's Flying Instructors. Members,
or prospective members, can contact the Chief Flying Instructor
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Chief Flying Instructor
Len has had a lifelong passion for flying. His father was a WWII fighter pilot, and Len developed his love of flying on his Dad's knee. Having failed to attain the academic requirement for Flight training with the RAF, he joined the South African Navy, where he served for 32 years. In that time, he became involved in Scale model RC flying, both power and Gliding, and went on to instruct in both disciplines. At the age of 50 he decided to take up Real World flying. He started flying Microlights, and then obtained his PPL. With not many hours in his Log Book, he suffered a mild stroke, which put paid to his flying aspirations. It was this void, that led him to Flight Simulation, and the CIX VFR CLUB. It was here that he found a bunch of like minded enthusiasts, with whom he could continue his love affair with flight. Inspired by the dedication of Club Management and members, he pursued his studies, and is now a VATSIM P3 pilot and Club QFI.
Manager CIX Air Traffic Services
Neville has been an aviation enthusiast for as long as he can remember. He was in the ATC first as a Cadet, then as an Officer for 12 years, ending with his own Squadron. After retirement he became a Civilian Instructor, covering most aviation subjects as well as Flight Sim training. He held a PPL from 1990 to 2009 with nearly 180 hrs in the logbook and is a qualified Amateur Radio Operator. His first Flight Sim was FS98. He has been a member of VATSIM since 2012 and CIX VFR Club since 2013. He has VATSIM P1 and P2 Pilot Ratings, and is a VATSIM S2 (Tower) Controller. His training responsibility with the Club is to instruct and assist student pilots in all aspects of radio procedures and he manages the Club AFISO Training Facility.
Dennis has been an aviation enthusiast since getting his first
Biggles book for Christmas at the age of 10 (which he still
has on his bookcase!). Although not a qualified pilot, over
the years he has flown in a multitude of different light aircraft
from weight shift microlights to gliders and general aviation
aircraft. His most memorable experience was in a C150 aerobat
as the pilot was practicing his aerobatic routine. A flight
simmer since the mid 90s and a long time R/C modeller, he has
experience flying both R/C fixed wing and helicopters. He is
now retired from a career as a Quality Manager and Health & Safety
Officer in the pharmaceutical and packaging industries. Since
retiring he has built his own "simpit" - simulated cockpit
- based round 2 networked pcs. He joined the CIX VFR Club in
2011 and obtained the VATSIM P1 pilot rating shortly afterwards.
He obtained the VATSIM P2 Rating in 2012 and more recently
the P3 rating. His long experience has enabled him to carry
out the VATSIM P1, P2 & P3 training for the club.
Neil has been interested in aviation from childhood, inspired
by from his father, who was a RAF, and then a commercial, pilot.
Neil has been flight simming since Microsoft launched FS95.
He discovered VATSIM in 2008 and now, very rarely flies off-line.
Neil also became involved in the Air Traffic Controller side
of VATSIM, gaining his approach controller rating and then
his P3 pilot rating with the CIX VFR Club. He has always enjoyed ´getting
involved´ in his leisure activities, whether it was coaching
soccer and rugby when his daughter and son were playing, to
becoming an instructor to help others out with this CIX VFR
Club. Neil can be found providing ATC services for club group
flights, when he is not flying himself with the group.
Paul Dean - Qualified Flying Instructor
Paul has been interested in aircraft since he was a youngster.
His first experience as a "pilot" was about 10yrs of age with
a control line model, eventually in later years moving on to
radio control fixed wing and helicopters which he very occasionally
still flies. At around 18 yrs of age, he approached Sunderland
Flying Club with a view to joining for pilot training. Because
he was under 21yrs, his father was required to sign certain
forms. He refused! His uncle had been a WW2 navigator in bomber
command, a lot of the time in Lancasters. Whether or not this
influenced his father, he never found out. When he was of age,
he couldn´t, and has never since been able to, afford
to take lessons. When personal computers came along, he got
FS2002 and played flying jets around San Francisco. This eventually
went on the "back burner". However, after he retired, he saw
FSX:Steam Edition advertised and decided to purchase it. The
Internet directed him towards the CIX VFR Club where he received
flight training and the VATSIM P1 and P2 Pilot ratings. Later,
he decided that he could offer some time as an instructor and
after successful assessment, was awarded the QFI rating. He
also enjoys controlling and works tower on the IVAO network.
He is also currently training as a tower controller on the
Dan was born an aviation enthusiast when he popped out in
Southampton, with the Solent being home to the Spitfire. Biggles
had no chance when Maverick hit the screen 10 years later,
but by thenů"the pattern was full"! An Air Cadet, with
an AES at Hurn and the Farnborough Air Show down the road,
it was no surprise that by the time he left education, he had
flown both Chipmunks and Bulldogs, had completed his Advanced
Glider Training at Portmoak, and was a member of an active
Volunteer Gliding School. He successfully started his Flying
Scholarship application and had passed OASC at Cranwell before
life took a twist with the advent of defence cuts! Now an electrical
engineering manager, in 2012 he discovered FSX. In 2015
he discovered CIX VFR Club and, in no small part due the help
of its members, this truly re-kindled his passion for flight.
He is a VATSIM P3 Pilot, Club AFISO/AGO and Club QFI.
As a youngster still in short trousers, Ken cycled to Renfrew
airport and watched the aircraft there. He thinks they were
Vickers Viscounts and Vanguards. He was unable to pursue a
career in aviation, however. With regards to Flightsimming,
it was the Psion software simulator on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum
that got him hooked. Trying to keep that little white square
in the ILS window drove him nuts. His son wanted to fly, so
in 1991 went to Edinburgh University for his degree. Whilst
there he purchased a desktop pc and promptly put FS4 on it,
which both he and Ken enjoyed. Ken's son is now a captain on
the Airbus 320 family. Flightsimming runs in the family, as
Ken's grandson Thomas is now a junior member of the CIX VFR
Club. Ken's own early simming was mainly with FS2004 flying
the Dash 7 for a VA, and also the Cessna 421 twin for another
VA. He made his first flight with VATSIM on the 1st October
2001 and co-incidentally with the CIX VFR Club also on the
1st of October 2010 in the C421. He wants to share his flightsim
experience with others and so he became an instructor with
the Club in 2013.
Dragoljub - "Drago" to his friends, was born in Montenegro,
of a Bosnian mother and Serbian father, but emigrated with
his family to Sweden when he was 13. He and his brothers
learned Swedish fluently and integrated easily into
Swedish Society. At the age of five, his father (a military
man) took him to a parade where he managed to "sneak him into" a
big and loud Mi-8 helicopter carrying paratroopers, which he
watched fascinated as they all jumped out one by one. From
that moment on, he was completely hooked on aviation. In 2015,
just before leaving home to go to University to study web interface
design and development, he started fightsimming and joined
CIX VFR Club in April 2016. He has created DreamSim
Creations, released a
couple of sceneries for FSX/P3D/X-plane and is quite proficient
in web design languages. Not content with flightsimming, Drago
joined Sweden's voluntary Young Pilots Corps (part of the Swedish
Voluntary Corps) as a surveillance and Search and Rescue navigator
based at Umeå airport (ESNU). He often pilots the aircraft
himself as he holds a LAPL(S) glider pilot's licence and will
soon have his PPL. He is aiming to get his ATPL within the
next few years..
A founder member of the Club and a flight simulator enthusiast
since 1991, Peter (he doesn't much like being called Pete!)
discovered VATSIM in 2003. He was a real world PPL with some
400 hours, retiring from flying in 2010. A member of the Gemini
Simulations team which pioneered UK VFR scenery for FS4, he
has dabbled in many aspects of FS including aircraft panel
building, gauge design and aircraft painting. He was the Club's
Chief Flying Instructor until February 2014 and Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) until February 2019 when he retired from that
position. Peter created the club web site and and was Webmaster
until September 2008. He resumed that role after retiring as
CEO. A retired Technical Author, for
some years he wrote regularly for Computer Pilot magazine.
He produces most of the Club´s
documentation and training material. As CEO,
he worked to maintain
the Club's recognised position as an almost unique "Flying
for General Aviation Simulation enthusiasts. He continues to
assist with instructing, and leads the Club's virtual Battle
of Britain Memorial Flight in Lancaster S for Sugar.