David Robson is a career aviator having been nurtured on balsa wood, dope
(the legal kind) and tissue paper. He made his first solo flight shortly after
his seventheenth Birthday, having made his first parachute jump just after his
sixteenth. His first job was as a junior draftsman (they weren't persons in
those days) at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation in Melbourne, Australia. At
that time he was also learning to fly de Havilland Chipmunks with the Royal
Victorial Aero Club.
He joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1965 and served for twenty-one years
as a fighter pilot and test pilot. He flew over 1,000 hours on Mirages and 500
on Sabres (F-86). He completed the Empire Test Pilots' course in England in
1972, flying everything from gliders to Lightning fighters and Argosy transport
aircraft. He completed a tour in Vietnam as a forward air controller flying the
USAF O-2A (Oscar Deuce). In 1972 he was a member of the Mirage formation
aerobatic team, the Deltas, which celebrated the RAAF's 50th anniversary.
After retiring from the Air Force he became a civilian instructor and lecturer
and spent over ten years with the Australian Aviation College, a specialized
international school for airline cadet pilots. During 1986-88 he was the editor
of the national safety magazine, the Aviation Safety Digest, which won the
Flight Safety Foundation's international award. He was recently awarded the
Australian Safety Foundation's Certificate for Air Safety.
David holds an ATP license and instructor's rating. His particular ambition is
to see the standard of flight and ground instruction improved and for aviation
instruction to be recognized as a career and be adequately rewarded.
One of the most concise and well-illustrated books on flying twin-engine airplanes
Conventional Gear provides a thorough foundation of knowledge for the pilot seeking a tailwheel endorsement.