Fife Flying Club Committee

 

Chris Anderson - Chairman

Having first learned to fly on C150s at Perth with the Air Cadets in the 1960s, I flew a Jodel D117 at Inverness for a few months but then let my PPL lapse. However, I came back to flying at Fife and revalidated my licence in 1996. I rent Club aircraft, preferring the Warrior.

Over the years I have flown to Islay, Oban, Plockton, Inverness, Fishburn near Durham, Kirkbride and several places in between. I've recently retired, so I have more time to get involved in the Club ..... and I’m keen to get more airfields in my log book!

 

Alan Laing - Secretary & Newsletter Editor

Started flying in the late 1980s on Beagle Pups, then 172s and 152s. Had a break and got back to flying in 2005. Bought the TB9, G-BKUE in 2006 with some other Fife fliers and have gone on to get an Aerobatic rating on the Grobs, a complex conversion and the IMC rating. Working on a tailwheel conversion just now, and fly the parachuting plane at weekends.

Love flying, and love sharing the experience. Happy to take any FFC member flying in the TB9 in return for a mug of tea and a bacon roll!

 

Scott Mackintosh - Treasurer


Jeremy Billinge - Instructor Representative

With my father having been in the RAF, I’ve always had a fascination with aircraft, but despite this, I came to flying relatively late in life. After a career in farming and training National Hunt (jumps) racehorses, I decided at the age of 46 that perhaps I would like to learn to fly after all.

It was then suggested that I could get a job in aviation and so began the long slog of training for my Commercial Pilot’s Licence – studying for the ATPL ground exams was certainly a shock to the system almost 30 years after having left school! This was followed by MEP, FI, Aerobatic and, most recently, Instrument Ratings. I have been instructing at Fife since October 2015, still farm just outside Cupar and never want to take another exam again!


Adam Hutchison - Committee Member

In June 2014, I attended the Fife Flying Club Open Day and asked if I could have an air experience flight. It was after the short 20 minute flight in G-BIIT, a PA28, that I knew I wanted a Pilot's Licence.

I eventually began training for my Private Pilot Licence at Fife Airport with Tayside Aviation in August 2015 and after 3 years of stop/start training and around 50 hours, I passed the Skills Test in October 2018 in G-BIIT. It was a great feeling to have passed the Skills Test in the same aircraft as the one in which I had first flown 4 years prior.

I’m an active member of the Fife Flying Club, where I have sat on the committee for the last 3 years and have helped to organise a number of events. Most notably, I have been involved with the annual Fly Kids Day, which provides children with special needs and disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy of flight in a light aircraft.

I fly a Eurofox 912s based at Fife and I also hold an ROCC, occasionally operating the A/G Radio at the airfield when required.


Jim Millar - Committee Member

My interest in aviation was fostered way back in "colonial" days with a trip on board a Sunderland flying boat. Throughout my school days, I maintained my interest with aero modelling, plane spotting and air scouts. However, post education the realities of earning a living and responsibility deemed that it was many years before I had the time and wherewithal to learn to fly. I finally did so under auspices of Fife Flying Club, and have enjoyed both the flying and club membership ever since.

I have managed to accumulate several types in my logbook and currently fly PA28 Warriors. I also enjoy meeting fellow members while working part time in the cabin at Fife.


 

Michael Pye - Committee Member

Michael has been flying at Fife since 2013 having completed his PPL at Dundee in 2012. Since then, he has flown a DA20 around the Balkans, co-piloted a Cessna 182 across the Atlantic, and founded the Sportcruiser group at Fife that now has 8 shareholders. He recently discovered aerobatics and the wisdom of Duane Cole's advice to "tighten the straps as far as they'll go, and then tighten them some more."


Ross Grieve - Committee Member

Growing up abroad during my childhood resulted in a lot of travelling back and forth to the UK to see my extended family, with lots of flying on commercial jets which sparked my passion for aviation. With my first air experience flight in the summer of 2013 in a PA38 Tomahawk out of Inverness, I decided to pursue my PPL and began training at Fife airport with Tayside aviation on and off. I passed my skills test in the summer of 2017 and have continued to keep current on the PA28 warriors ever since.

Last summer I achieved my ROCC which has allowed me to help out occasionally on the radios at Fife. It’s been great to meet lots of other members and gain experience of what it’s like to operate on the other end of the radio.

As a member of Fife Flying club, I’ve helped out at the last 2 open days with varying jobs, from selling raffle tickets to taking PPR calls as well as helping out the Air/Ground operator on the day. It’s always fantastic to be a part of and great to see such a big turnout (especially with good weather).

Outside of the flying club I’m also on the committee of the Aeronautical Society at the University of Dundee, where we promote and encourage aviation throughout the local community.

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