A Brief CV for Gary Masters

Fordaire Aviation

From 1996 to 2000 I worked for Fordaire Aviation, A CAA (M3) approved maintenance company.  During that time I was involved with the restoration of vintage aircraft including Tiger Moths, Austers, a DH Dominie as well as the routine maintenance of many “conventional”  light aircraft (Cessnas, Pipers, Robins).

De Havilland Dragon Rapide DH89A

Flylight Airsports Ltd

In 2000 I was approached to work for Flylight Airsports Ltd at Sywell, where I gained extensive & valuable experience working under the command of Microlight Guru and multi timeWorld Champion Paul Dewhurst, and Designer Ben Ashman!


I was  appointed to the role of ‘Doodle Bug’ engineer to manufacture & assemble components into, what is the most popular ‘foot launched’ machine ever created. I personally constructed more than 120 of these machines which were delivered worldwide.

The SkyRanger

Flylight began importing the Skyranger (a kit-built 3-axis microlight aircraft), so I was regularly called upon to assist with load testing various components of the airframe to comply with the BCAR Section S certification process. Assisting with building the original UK Skyranger & seeing the build through to flight testing was very exciting, as was building a few demonstrator aircraft, Including the frequently photographed

G-UPHI

 

Once completed, I was head of kit processing and distribution. I also manned the famous “Skyranger build support telephone hotline” - and was on hand to offer help and guidance to kit builders, and trying to keep my customers on the correct path was quite a task but was very rewarding. 
Appointed Engineering Manager, I also became responsible for the maintenance & servicing of the Flylight Flying School fleet including three Cosmik EV-97 Eurostars, Cyclone AX3 & 2000 fixed wing machines, two Pegasus Quantum and Air Creation flexwings, various Skyranger aircraft,  a twin-engine Lazair. Many of the thirty or so other customer-owned aircraft hangared at Flylight Airsports also required maintenance & repairs, for which again I was responsible.
I became a BMAA Inspector in September 2001 carrying out approximately 35 permit to fly inspections a year.

With all the valuable knowledge gained with the Skyranger I am often asked to carry out kit-build stage inspections,
Permit renewal Inspections and  general maintenance/servicing right through to stripdown & recover with the latest Xlam material.

Airmasters


In February 2007 I decided to try to earn my own living by offering a mobile service to microlight aircraft owners, with the “don’t worry about the weather, I’ll come to you” approach and formed Airmasters as a result.

Flight Design CTSW

Specialising in the Flight Design CT2k & CTSW aircraft,

I have travelled to most parts of the country, servicing Rotax engines & gearboxes, carrying out various Service Bulletins for both airframe & engine, completing insurance repairs and recovering aircraft from home & foreign shores. There are not many areas of the CT that I have not investigated and serviced. Fitting the latest Glass flight instrument, radio, transponder, GPS and now the Junkers Pro-fly Ballistic Parachute system seems to be a popular pastime.

I have fitted numerous radio, transponder & GPS installations and completed the associated modification paperwork. I continue to carry out Permit to Fly inspections on many different types of aircraft and enjoy a reputation as a safe, fair and realistic BMAA and LAA Inspector. I spend a lot of time working with Flight Design CT2K & CTSW aircraft and have a regular commitment to the UK distributor.

We all know that time constraints for pilots and fickle weather conditions can make aircraft servicing flights difficult to achieve so I  offer a bespoke & totally mobile service to the microlight and VLA community. This eliminates the need to wait for that elusive “good weather window” or make difficult fly/no fly decisions. I have a fully equipped mobile workshop and the majority of jobs can be carried out at your aircraft’s home airfield.
Remember – I come to you – not the other way around!

Alpi Aviation s.a. Pioneer Aircraft

Following two visits to the Alpi Aviation factory in Pordonone, Italy. for specific Airframe Maintenance training,
2011 saw Airmasters become an Approved Maintenance company for the Pioneer range of aircraft,
Airmasters objective is to provide customers with a fast, prompt & reliable service for
Permit Inspections, Engine & Airframe maintenance, Insurance repairs Etc.

Who do I work for now?

All my Girls pictured at the LAA Rally Sywell 2013

Race for Life 2010