In 2013 the Cambridge Aerotow Club’s chief coach and tug pilot retired due to ill health. Already prominent in the running of the club, Charlie stepped forward and set about obtaining his Senior Tow Coach licence. From that time onward he has been ever more deeply involved in holding the club together and building it back up from what had been very lean times.
In addition to sorting day-to-day flying arrangements, Charlie took the lead in setting up an East of England Aerotow Federation.
In 2015 Charlie started learning to fly microlights himself with a view to becoming a tug pilot, encouraging other club members to train. Now signed off as a fully-qualified tug pilot, he regularly gives up a day’s hang gliding to fly the tug.
Away from the flying field Charlie has managed the microlight airworthiness and airfield liaison also has also benefited from his steady hand. When the club thought running a large aerotow competition would be a good idea, Charlie organised them. The Cambridge Aerotow Competition has become accepted as the UK’s foremost aerotow gathering