David Pilkington learnt to fly in 1966 and started flying aerobatics a few years later in an Airtourer 100. Moved on to the Pitts and Laser (built in partnership with Alan and Jaqui). Twice Australian Advanced Aerobatic Champion. Sometime Unlimited competitor. Leader of the Aerobatic Club’s formation aerobatic team for a few years. Gained a CPL in 1994 then a flight instructor rating in 1995. David is semi-retired so is able to specialise in tailwheel and aerobatics for all. He also does some consulting for aircraft design engineering. From 2000 to 2003, Chairman of the Technical Safety Committee for the International Aerobatic Club. From 2005 to 2008, President of the Australian Aerobatic Club Victorian Chapter.
On the engineering side, currently undertaking consulting engineering activities for aircraft design and manufacturing companies in Australia and the USA. David has a B.E. (Aero) from RMIT and M.Sc from Cranfield. Early career in aircraft aerodynamic design, flight and wind tunnel testing, flight performance, handling qualities and flight loads. On one project, worked with NASA’s Spin Research Center. Vice president, Engineering and Test Pilot at Aviat Aircraft, Inc (USA) in the mid-nineties. returned to Australia as Chief Engineer – Air Vehicles at ASTA Components (Boeing Australia) then Engineering Manager/Chief Engineer at BAE Systems in Melbourne. At GKN Aerospace Engineering Services 2001 to 2008. Held company and private CASA Reg 35 design authority and was a USA FAA Designated Engineering Representative.
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