Richard began gliding in 2008 after the death of his wife, and he soon established himself in the life of the club, flying mainly midweek. He made rapid progress and ended the season by joining the club’s expedition to Aboyne, where the view of Braemar from 14,500ft converted him to wave flying and the annual trip to Scotland. The following spring he spent two weeks in Cerdanya, Spanish Pyrenees with the club expedition, exploring mountain flying, and he was looking forward to the Serres expedition this coming June. He was also a budding cross country pilot, having gained his silver distance in April 2010. He had recently bought an ASW20, sadly he had yet to fly it.
For his presence both on and off the airfield, he will be greatly missed.