Peter Dodds - Chief Executive Officer
Founder member of the Club and a Flight Simulator enthusiast since 1991, Peter 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.
Michael Barralet - Qualified Flying Instructor
Michael has always had an interest in all things flying and aircraft. His Father in Law was in the RAF during WW2. He would have loved to fly RW, but never had the chance or money. He started with Flight Simulator in 2002 which got him hooked. After joining the CIX VFR Club in 2010 with very little knowledge but with a lot of encouragement from other members, he has now risen the ranks to being a QFI. He says: "Hopefully, I can give something back by helping others to enjoy this wonderful hobby."
Mark Brown - Assistant to the Chief Flying Instructor
Mark has been an aviation enthusiast since childhood, some of his earliest memories being watching DC-3s and 707s at the local airport. He started flight simulation with the Aviator game on the BBC Micro, but didn't become "hooked" until he discovered VATSIM and was invited to join the club. Apart from soloing in a glider at the age of 15 and gaining his pilot navigation wings with the air cadets, Mark has no real-world flying experience. However, with a degree in avionics engineering and a doctorate, he has a broad base of aviation technical knowledge, having worked in areas including flight control, wind tunnels, display design and ATC data link. Mark lives in Tokyo, and gets up early on Saturday mornings to participate in the club's Biggin Night. He is currently into helicopters.
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.
Len Henning - Qualified 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. Starting with 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 P2 pilot and Club QFI.
Dennis Hardy - Chief 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 passsed the Vatsim P1 test shortly after. His long experience has enabled him to carry out P1 tests for the club. He subsequently passed the P2 test with VATSIM in 2012 and now also carries out P2 tests for the club. In addition, he will be helping roll out our Pilot Ratings under the VATSIM scheme.
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.
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 and then 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.
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 training as a Tower Controller. His training responsibility with the Club is to instruct and assist student pilots in all aspects of radio procedures.