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Management Team

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The following are Executive Managers of the CIX VFR Club. 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.

Chief Executive and Webmaster

Peter Dodds

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. Peter created the first club web site and and was Webmaster until September 2008, when fellow founder member Tony Driver took over. Tony used his experience as a computer specialist to enhance the site and added many features which expanded and enhanced the site significantly. On Tony's retirement from the Club, Peter resumed the role of Webmaster in January 2018 and with help from Pete Allnutt and Ingar Lenning built a new website for the Club, which was completed in June 2019. 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. He has worked since the Club's formation to maintain the Club's 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.

Director of Operations

Neil Ryans

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.

Deputy Director of Operations

Dan Cooper

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.

Membership Secretary

Dennis Hardy

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.

Forum Manager

Pete Allnutt

Pete is a founder member of the club who has been flight simming since the mid 1980s starting with "Aviator", the flight sim programme for the BBC Micro, with its wire frame graphics. He didn´t take it too seriously until the formation of the CIX VFR club and his discovery of VATSIM. He is also a virtual (car) racing driver as well as flight simmer. As well as his "official" duties above, Pete also manages the Club´s TeamSpeak server and designed the club´s PIREP flight reporting system. He is quite happy to be called Pete!

Chief Flying Instructor

Len Henning R.I.P.

In June 2019, we sadly lost our Chief Flying Instructor, Len Henning. Len had been a stalwart of the Club since November 2013, supporting all our activities, particularly our comprehensive in-house and VATSIM Training programmes.  As an interim measure, Peter Dodds has resumed the role until a new appointment can be made.

Manager CIX Air Traffic Services

Neville Munro

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.

Without Portfolio

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.

John Crockatt

John held a PPL from 1961 to 1986 and finished with just under 1000 hours in his logbook. In fact he flew about 400 more hours as co-pilot, but, as light twins are certified for single pilot operation, nobody except the man in the left hand seat is allowed to log it, even though a pair of pilots operate the plane as two crew. John started as a club flier, and began to use the club plane on business. He gained UK Instrument Rating and Multi-engine Rating in 1966, and for the next 20 years he flew a series of Cessna twins on business in the UK and sometimes in Europe. In 1991 he bought his first computer (really to keep up with his grandchildren) and discovered MS FlightSim. Flew big tin with various VA's until 2006 when he was introduced to the Club. He has been a sailor all his life, including service throughout WW2 as a Radio Officer in the Merchant Navy.