2-4-CIX is the Club's Display and Aerobatics division. There
are four teams - the Tigers, Flying Dehavilland DH82 Tiger
Moths, the Chips, flying Dehavilland DHC2 Chipmunks, and the Battle of Britain Memorial
Flight, featuring an Avro Lancaster, a Hawker Hurricane and
a Supermarine Spitfire. The teams put on displays for the Club
once or twice a year normally, or for special occasions.
Max started small. He used to design (including stress calculations),
build, fly and perform crash investigations on fixed wing Radio
Controlled aeroplanes up to about 5ft wingspan. He has flown
a number of times with a colleague in a microlight Zenair Zodiac
601UL. When he discovered a 601XL for FS9 on Zenithair’s WEB
site, he converted it for FSX, and made it resemble the 601UL,
and uploaded it to the AVSIM site as a "Zenair Zodiac 601".
He was an active member of the 2-4-CIX Display Team from October
2010 until 2015. He has reformed and again flies with the 2-4-CIX
Tiger Moth Team. Having had a professional career in education,
finishing as a "Course Design Manager" he is now looking after
the club's in-house training.
Tigers Team Leader
Peter took an active interest in the flight simulation world
relatively recently, although he says he has always had a passing
interest and in fact started his career working for a leading
computer game developer specializing in flight simulation.
Joining CIX VFR Club was a big step towards becoming a proficient
and confident virtual pilot, and joining the 2-4-CIX teams
has opened up even more possibilities for enjoying this great
hobby. Peter has successfully passed his VATSIM P1 and P2 ratings
with the club. Peter is the author of JoinFS, one of the most
significant software tools for flight simulation - both FSX
family and X-Plane in recent years. He has also created
a remarkable autogen scenery generator for the FSX family -
Landscape GB, which almost puts a building or a tree exactly
where one exists in the real world, or at least in the Horizon
Generation-X photographic scenery.
CATs Team Leader
Don Johnson - CATs Leader
Don used to work as ground crew in the fleet Air Arm and worked
on Electrical and Instruments on various aircraft. Most of
these took part in Air Displays. Don has been interested in
Virtual Flying since getting a copy FS3 and playing with it
at lunch times at work. Since then he has had most versions
Microsoft's flight sims. After redundancy in the 1980s he has
had various jobs ending with IT support. He is now very much
retired and enjoys flying with the Club on Tuesdays and with
the CIX Aerobatics Team (CATs) who fly the
Extra 300 in FSX.
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Leader
Ben King - vBBMF Leader
Ben is a young and passionate fanatic about anything and everything
aviation. From attending airshows since he was young, to picking
up gliding in 2017 - even flying with the Fleet Air Arm for
three weeks in 2019 with cadets. Ben knew he was set on an
aviation career - specifically aspiring towards becoming a
Pilot in the Royal Air Force after his A-Levels. Joining the
Club at the start of 2020, he soon became drawn into the 2-4-CIX
Display Teams, taking up the positions of CAT4 and TIGER6.
Following the 2020 Autumn Display, Ben took over
as leader of the vBBMF from Peter Dodds, flying the Avro Lancaster.
When not flying with 2-4-CIX, Ben can be found either gliding
offline or flying regularly on Sunday mornings.