164 Years of Experimental Sailplane Homebuilding Impact on the Future of Soaring
Born a baby boomer wing nut. First airplane ride at six in a Navion. First glider ride at nine at Wurtsboro, NY. Started glider instruction at Wurtsboro while in college, got just short of solo but college in the 1960s got in the way. In hindsight, I should have joined a glider club in NJ, where I lived. Became active in EAA and found magical airport, Sky Manor, then operated by the Terri family. I did basic power training in J-3 Cubs, got power private and then glider rating there. I was up for two hours on my first glider solo in NJ in a 2-33. It was a promising start. I also owned an Arup S-2 replica. (Look it up.) At that time I became friends with Budd Davisson, which led to writing for sport aviation magazines when I moved to Los Angeles for a job and better soaring conditions in 1985.
Had become a member of the Sailplane Homebuilders Association shortly after its formation (1980?) and attended most workshops while on the East Coast and all western ones after moving to California. Owned an HP-18. Elected treasurer in 2002. We changed our name to the Experimental Soaring Association to better reflect the broader interests of our members. A few years back I was also elected president. You, too, can have an impressive title if you hang in there long enough and don’t say no.
I am a mechanical design engineer, with most of my career in the semi- conductor laser/fiber optic field. I am currently building the prototype T-W-E-E-T, Three-Wheeled-Efficient-Economical-Transportation.