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Airport Managers

The following are Managers of the Club's Base Airports. Many of our activities are centred round these three very different airfields. Gloucestershire. Email addresses are encrypted for security and require active JavaScript and a default email program to work. Where there is a blue @ icon you may send an email by Clicking it, otherwise send a Personal Message in the forum.

Gloucestershire EGBJ

Mike Pike

Mike is a VATSIM qualified C3 Air Traffic Controller and ATC Instructor. He has been manning Gloucestershire Approach on VATSIM ever since the founding of the Club, and this was a major factor in the Club choosing Gloucestershire as one of its original bases. Gloucestershire has continued to be one of our base airports, so when the Club replaced the Events Manager position with three Airport Managers, Mike was the immediate and natural choice to take on Gloucestershire.

Shoreham EGKA

Tomas Linnet

Tomas´s interest in flying machines started early, with his Father bringing him to a local airshow 30-something years ago, now Tomas´s son happily travels along too, making it a 3 generation outing. After seeing a YouTube video starring Melvyn Kirk instructing club members, and Flight Sim Youtuber and Club member Peter Matthess. Tomas became a member in late 2013, starting his own training with the club some months after that. Tomas now holds VATSIM P1 and P2 ratings, full club RT training and has completed the Club SEP training. Being a Warbird enthusiast, his favourite aircraft in FSX is the fast, furious and beautiful A2A P-51D, but he also has a considerable number of hours in normal GA types. In real life Tomas lives in Denmark with his wife and their two children and he is working as a CNC maintenance technician, traveling to customers all over Denmark.

Sherburn-in-Elmet EGCJ

John Lygo

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 that 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 Virtual Airline (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.