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.
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.