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.
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.
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.