Chief Executive and Webmaster
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
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 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 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.
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.