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Management Team

Background Information

The following Members provide Training for Club members and VATSIM Pilot Rating Tests. Where there is a blue @ icon you may send an email by Clicking it, otherwise send a Personal Message in the forum.

@Peter Dodds - Chief Executive Officer

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. 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. Peter created the club web site and was Webmaster until September 2008. From September 2008 until June 2009, in addition to his other roles, Peter took responsibility for the Club´s Photo Gallery. In February 2014, he retired as Chief Flying Instructor after 10 years, to concentrate on new initiatives within the Club, to maintain its recognised position as an almost unique "Flying Club" environment 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..

Melvyn Kirk - Qualified Flying Instructor

Now retired, Mel was an Electrical Engineer. He was an auxiliary Coastguard for over 20 years. The last 10 of these as Auxiliary in charge of his local station at Donna Nook, which is situated at the mouth of the River Humber. He is married with two sons and two grandsons. He says: "Our family doesn't seem to be able to produce girls." He is a keen motorcyclist and gardener. He discovered Flight simulation only in 2009, when his grandchildren presented him with a copy of FSX as a Christmas present. Following a successful trial period as a "new member settling in" instructor and latterly a VATSIM P1 examiner, Mel was promoted to a full QFI (Qualified Flying Instructor) for Single Engined Piston Aircraft (SEP) in September 2011. Mel is an active member of the 2-4-CIX Display Team, leading the Chipmunks section.

@Len Henning - 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.

@Ken Greer - Qualified Flying Instructor

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 simming has mainly been 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 CIX 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.

John Lygo - Qualified Flying Instructor

John is now retired having spent 22 years in the Royal Air Force as a Photographer/Photographic Technician, leaving with the rank of Sergeant at the age of 47. He then had a similar post in the University of Cambridge which he held until retirement at the age of 65. It wasn't until 1995 that Flight Sim got his interest, although at the time, not greatly. Things changed when he bought FS98 in about 1998 and played around with that for a few years, managing to take off, but failing to land! It was about 2002 that he got more seriously interested, joined a VA and flew for them until 2009, amassing some 1000 hours. It was all 'Big Tin' stuff but the VA finally died in 2009. Before that he was beginning to tire of the jet stuff and was looking for something different when he was informed of a low 'n' slow flying club. So it was that in 2008 he joined the CIX VFR Club. Although initially somewhat reticent, he soon discovered that the Club members were all very friendly and helpful, and he started to learn the art of VFR flying. Eight years later and he's still learning, hoping to pass on some of that knowledge to his students.

Dan Cooper - Qualified Flying Instructor

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 then…”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 and in 2015 discovered CIX VFR Club and, in no small part due the help of its members, truly re-kindled his passion for flight. He is a VATSIM P3 Pilot, Club AFISO/AGO and Club QFI.

Neil Ryans - Qualified Flying Instructor

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 .

@Dennis Hardy - Qualified Flying Instructor

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 GA 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 choppers. 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 rating shortly after. 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.

Neville Munro - QFI Radio Procedures

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.

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 never since has been able to, afford to take lessons. When the PC´s came along, he got FS2002 and played flying jets around San Francisco. This eventually went on the "back burner". After he retired, he saw FSX:SE advertised and decided to purchase. The Internet directed him towards the CIX VFR Club were he received flight training and the P1 and P2 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 and is currently training for tower on the VATSIM network.