The Team

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EDDIE SAUERNMAN

THE DESIGNER

Eddie started building Pitts at fourteen years old. His first Pitts flight was at 17 years old. With no previous Pitts time, strapped in the S1 he started flying it two to three hours a day. Eddie had over 1,000 hours in the Pitts Specials before I was 20 years old. 

 

Eddie flew at airshows with Jimmy Franklin, Steve Franklin, Duane Cole, Marion Cole, Harold Newman, and more when I was at eighteen years old.

COLIN HALES

THE ENGINEER

Colin is a commercial pilot who also runs his own aviation maintenance company. Colin is licensed with the European and UK authorities to release to service all types and makes of general aviation aircraft, including homebuilt aircraft and gliders. 

 

Growing up in the pit lane, he watched his father and his father’s friends race ‘Thundersport’ saloon cars, which they had designed and built themselves. This background gave Colin the base in life to redesign and build his own aircraft, which he has successfully flown around the world.

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RICH GOODWIN

THE PILOT

Richard has been flying for the last 33 years and started his aviation career flying in the RAF Flying the Tornado GR1 in a low level ground attack role.

 

Flying is in Richard's family DNA. His father Ken flew fast jets in the RAF and he was famous for his Hunter and Lightning aerobatic displays. 

JOHN WIGHTON

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER

An aeromodeller from age 8, flying RC since 1972, he is currently a BMFA Examiner and a member of Colchester MAC. John has been a national category competition winner and now flies pattern (aerobatics), scale, rotary-wing, gliders and experiments with hybrid aircraft concepts.  

 

John's day job is an aeronautical engineer, he was an undergraduate apprentice at BAe starting his career as a stress engineer in 1984.

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OWEN FLEMING

SOCIAL MEDIA REPESENTATIVE

an Aviation/Military Photographer & has worked in the marketing and social media industry for 2 years now. He has done photography now for 6 years after gaining a qualification in the subject to progress onto different types of photography and learning new skills along the way.  

 

Owen's day job is a passenger service agent, he was going into the aviation industry in 2020 but the job got postponed due to the pandemic .