I'm Reg Heath. I am 63 years of age, married to Dorothy, and took early retirement when I
reached the age of 60. Our five children are well and truly grown
up and we now have five grandchildren, with baby Benjamin being our
latest arrival on September 1st last year.
We live in Andover in the South of
England and have done for virtually all our 42 years of married life except for two years spent working
in Papua New Guinea - that was eighteen years ago.
Just over half my working life was spent in the printing industry,
firstly as a craftsman and then in management where I finally became
Managing Director of a large magazine and book printing and binding
company. At the age of 42 I left
the printing industry to undertake charity work in administration which
I continued to do until retirement (including those two years in Papua
New Guinea and some of the most exciting flying - only as a passenger -
in single-engine Cessnas that you can imagine!).
I started my interest in model flight at the time of my retirement
when I fulfilled a long-held ambition to build and learn to fly a model
helicopter - an Hirobo Shuttle ZXX. I did not know of a local club which
flew helicopters so I took basic lessons at a local model flying school
and had to progress (slowly) on my own after that.
|In February of last year
(2000), I decided to have a
go at fixed-wing models and have built an Easy Pigeon powered glider, a New Yamamoto 1600 trainer,
and an ATS Kite. I am currently building a SIG Citabria and just
finishing off a Tiger Sport ARTF. I belong to Test Valley Model Flying Club where I am
still a fixed-wing novice! Other interests include music, computer flight
simulation - especially Microsoft FS2000, a bit of keep-fit, modest cycling,
messing about on my computer and gardening, the latter mainly because it must be
done! I am happy to be contacted personally by
e-mail - in my case you can use the ModelFlight e-mail address.
It was in January 2000 that my computer interests turned to the
idea of building
a website, but I wanted it to have some purpose other than just a
personal one - I couldn't imagine anybody wanting to visit such a site
anyway! I wondered if I could possibly do anything that might appeal to
the model-flight world but that would not be limited by my own lack of
knowledge and experience. I then came up with the idea of a virtual flying club where experienced modellers and
beginners alike could make their own contributions and enjoy the fun of
the hobby on a world-wide basis - and thus ModelFlight came
The first appearance of ModelFlight was on January 30,
2000, and I have been up-loading an update on a two-weekly basis since.
That rate of updating is quite a challenge and each time I put a new
update on the web, I wonder how I am possibly going to have enough
material for the next one! Actually, it depends on you, so please
keep me busy and happy!