Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 725
Grants Pass, Oregon

Meetings on 1st Sundays, 2:00 p.m. @ Grants Pass Airport
Winter in FBO Classroom - Otherwise in Chapter Hangar

Derek has completed several beautiful homebuilt projects including two Van's Aircraft RV-6As, the second of which he flies at the present time while rebuilding a Whitman Tailwind in his Grants Pass Airport hangar.  A native of England, Derek lived through WW II, experiencing a V-2 rocket exploding 300' from Derek while testing Ford engines in the factory which was completely destroyed.  Facing the draft, he served in the all-volunteer Royal Navy as a Petty Officer after passing a riggorous 6-week machinist's practical test at age 18.    Derek returned to his job at Ford and subsequently commenced an extesive engineering career with Chrysler and finally Ford in America.

Derek has ammassed more than 2,180 hours since earning his pilot's license in 1962 in Torrance, California.  Derek got the flying bug as a young Air Training Corps Cadet in 1943 at 16 years of age during the middle of the war, flying in anything available all over Britain while learning things like rebuilding aircraft engines.

Shown here are Derek's two RV6As.

Currently Derek is restoring a Whitman Tailwind in his Grants Pass Airport hangar (left photo).
His experience buillding a beautiful Kitfox (at right) made him confident in tackling another tube and fabric project.

Among Derek's past projects is this Stitts Playmate.

Derek has also owned and extensively flown this Cessna 172 (left) and more recently this Mooney (right).

The exhilaration
of flying
is too keen,
the pleasure too great,
for it to be neglected
as a sport.

- Orville Wright