About Lee Merritt & Dick Flute
The technology wizard behind UK Airfield Guide, Lee has over 20 years' experience building dynamic system solutions on the internet.
He learnt to fly with John Pickering at Earls Colne in 2003 and has since flown extensively throghout the UK and Europe. He holds a PPL, both single and multi-engine piston ratings, IMC rating and night rating. Lee is a qualified Flight Instructor, and instructs primarily at the weekends, always emphasising the need for all pilots to develop a high degree of situational awareness with an acute attitude towards safety from the very first lesson in the cockpit.
In his spare time, Lee enjoys studying maths and is interested in all things musical.
Dick Flute has, since getting his PPL license, realised that the opportunities for flying are virtually limitless, and, has taken advantage of this both on holiday and when on breaks whilst working abroad. Earning part of his living as an aerial photographer and writer of articles also helped to inspire him. As a result he has flown an aircraft in every country in western Europe, registered in each country, and several other countries besides.
Dick has flown aeroplanes in some of the old 'Eastern Bloc' countries, plus the USA, Australia and New Zealand. He has flown more than sixty examples of the true classic aeroplane of all time - the Cessna 172 - the aeroplane he truly loves – none of them ever let him down. Along the way he also managed to fly a wide range of types or major variants, some sixty plus in all, ranging from a hot air balloon, microlights and gliders.