Meet The Commitee
Heavily Photoshopped but this is what you get!
Martin Jones – Chairman
First flew Rubber powered built by my father in 1960. Moves onto .049 Cox powered control line in 1965 and retired defeated and dizzy soon after.Joined ERFC with son Phil in around 1997. And learned to fly in 11 months. Son Phil took 11 weeks and went on to fly real aeroplanes.Have always been a sports flyer and enjoy building from kits and plans although there is always more on the bench that I can cope with.As Chairman, I am determined to improve the future flying and club experience for all our members.
Phil Horne – Secretary
Started model flying in 1964 with my dad and a Kiel Kraft rubber powered free flight, progressed to control line with a Cox 049 on the front. First r/c was Macgregor single channel 27mhz, again with the 049 power, while dad had Citizenship multi channel reed radio. Moved on to proportional 27mhz with early Futaba 4 channel, Kwik Fly’s, Gangsters, Merco 61’s etc in the West Essex Aeromodellers around 1968, a great time of my life. Moved away from flying from about 1976 when beer and girls took over! Joined ERFC in 2009 and never looked back. Need to pass my B test this year so I can embark on my first steps into turbines……beware!
Ray Shore – Newsletter
I first looked into RC in 1989 and went for Helicopters. I was rather thrilled by their technology and possibilities of scale. Not the easiest things to start on but picked them up rather quickly and became a competent flyer. I was then flying on my own on 11th October 1996. the wind was howling and the snow was blowing sideways. Frozen and generally thought what was I doing. I put my 60 TSK in the back of the car and never looked back
I was then invited to go to an indoor flying meet about eight years ago. I went rather nonchalantly and filled with apathy watched some little twin rotor helicopters. On the other Dave Charles was there tearing up the hall with some little planes. I became hooked but had never flown fixed wing or had any interest in RC planes. This was the inspiration I needed and now just can’t get enough of the sport.
Helicopters have been very much a thing of the past for me so I am really surprised to see me more and more to these quad things. But the FPV aspect is really very interesting.
Richard Butler— competition secretary.
Duties, — Anything to do with flying field upkeep.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with model aeroplanes. I first started building chuck gliders from about the age of seven, I think. Then rubber powered models until my mother gave me a Macgregor single channel set one Christmas. the first powered kit I bought was a Galahad with an ED one cc engine with saved up pocket money. After leaving school, I joined the West Essex Club and learnt to fly there, passing my A and B certificates in due course. Moved to Surrey around 1970 had a break for a couple of years (house improvement etc) and then joined the Caterham club but their continued field troubles lead me to join ERFC. My modeling interests are only for fixed-wing aeroplanes, engined or electric powered, slope soaring and jet turbine powered models.
John Perry – Vice Chairman
I started modeling as a kid with KielKraft, Veron and Frog kits, at one time you could not see my bedroom ceiling for aircraft!I joined ERFC in 1988 and Ron taught me to fly.I have been on the committee on and off for many years acting as dogs body, doing the odds and ends that help keep things going.
Walter De’Ath – Treasurer
I got into R/C model aircraft as a result of a film I was making in the 1980s. The film was about learning to fly and getting a PPL. Interviews with the trainees revealed what a buzz they got from learning but there was this lingering concern they had about what would they do to sustain their interest when they got their PPL.
Shortly after this film work, I was on holiday in France and saw a R/C model shop. Looking at the models I thought that this, rather than full size, was an affordable way to “keep the buzz of flying” long term. When I got home, it was off to Mick Charles and an application to the ERFC.
After a few years of enthusiasm, work and family took over. But I kept up my ERFC membership. Then in the noughties I had more time and have returned with enthusiasm to the sport. Ambitions? These are to explore electric fight (but not, absolutely not, give up IC), fly standard aerobatics better (or at all!) and continue to enjoy the craic at the ERFC.
Harvey Needham – Lay Person
I started modelling in the early 90’s, in the pre buddy box days, with a HiBoy, then a LowBoy until I settled on a Wot-4. However after a couple of years and many unsuccessful landings, I put the model aside for a few years.
This became 15 years, when I made the new years resolution in 2004 to learn to fly properly. I joined the ERFC in spring of that year and passed by A test 4 months later.
I enjoy building (from plans and kits) as well as flying, and am interested in all types of models, electric and IC.
I am currently flying a number of models, and trying to get some of those nearly finished projects in the air finally. My latest favourite is an e2k pylon racer, but enjoy flying my just about any model.
My main role on the committee is to keep the website updated and help the other committee and club members where I can