Charlie started flying sailplanes in 1975 and went on to earn a FAI Gold badge with one ‘Diamond’ for a flight of over 300 kilometers (nearly 200 miles) and has climbed to 18,000 feet MSL - All without a motor. He instructed in Sailplanes for several years and had almost the same number of hours flown in Sailplanes as Power Planes. He started flying competition aerobatics in 1990. Competition results include winning the Canadian National Aerobatic Championship and regional International Aerobatic Club contests up and down the East coast. Charlie could usually be found flying a Pitts S-1T or an Extra 300, and also flew aerobatics at air shows for Jane in Aurora.
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