Phil learned to glide in the United Kingdom while at high school using things like abandoned WWII runways, home-made launch vehicles, piano wire, and Skylarks.
When one asks Phil about flying he says “I soon got interested in competition flying, making the UK team in 1992, and was Swiss national champion in 1993. My wide-ranging contest experience includes the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Finland, and since relocating to the US in 1994, most sections of this country. He owns a Discus 2, which he flies with Greater Boston Soaring Club, and where he also gives flight instruction.
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