Robin read the Joy of Soaring before seeing a glider and thermaled successfully on his first ride.
He joined the North Florida Soaring Society in 1978 and has served as secretary, president and tow pilot. His cross country mentor, Bill Clarke, helped Robin get going across a region where the principal crop is pine trees.
Robin built HP-18 wings for an RS-15 and campaigned annually at Cordele. He eventually bought an LS6 to match Bill’s and flew it for 18 years.
At the Sports Class Nationals in 2010 he was the top Club Class pilot and in 2015, he participated in the first Pan-American Gliding Championships in Chilhowee, Tennessee, placing second in the handicap class.
He purchased an ASG 29 later that year and in 2016 he was National Champion in the 18 meter class.
Robin retired as Business Editor of the Florida Times-Union newspaper, earned a Certified Financial Planner designation and served as president of the Financial Planning Association of Northeast Florida. His wife Evelyn shares his loves of boating and photography. They have a daughter Erika who is a sophomore at Florida State University.
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