The very first few home-built hang gliders were flown in around 1971. The first manufacturers set up in around 1972. The BHGA was formed in 1974. Simon was active as a pilot during that era.
He started trading in hang gliding kit, first using his connections with the rag trade and selling the Zoot flying suit and it is from his commercial activities that almost every hang glider and paraglider pilot in the country has come to know Simon. If you want something, Simon is one of your first ports of call. Not only was he a long time Hang Glider dealer, he saw where the popularity of Paragliding was taking the sport and became the UK dealer for Firebird, then a leading manufacturer of paragliders.
Simon has also been a central figure in his club, the Devon & Somerset Condors, for the best part of 40 years. He is also the club contact for the local aerotow club. Simon remains an active hang glider and paraglider pilot - one of the few old boy hangies still around and flying