In the 1970s David built a Taylor Monoplane that was awarded the Air Squadron Trophy for best plans built aircraft at the 1979 Popular Flying Association (PFA)
Rally. David subsequently became a PFA inspector, overseeing other builders’ projects, always being generous with his time, advice and help. The Europa monowheel aircraft suffered a number of ground handling accidents and David was often employed to repair them. He also introduced the air-cooled Subaru car engine to the UK homebuilders’ scene, using his engineering knowhow to overcome the teething problems associated with its conversion to an aero engine.
More recently, David acquired a partly completed Cvjetkovic CA65 project. This aircraft has a retractable undercarriage and is a more demanding project than most. It speaks for his tenacity and perseverance that it has been completed and flown although not without setbacks which had nothing to do with his workmanship.