Lucky Aviator Defies Death, Learns to Fly in Just One Week
Charles Dalglish’s enthusiasm for flight began at an early age and has never faltered. At public school his only interest was in creating a 750 Special. After engineering college and many speeding adventures it was not long before he had his own Autogiro.
Forever speeding and breaking conventional rules, Charles was eventually banned from driving. His solution: learn to fly a helicopter in a week and commute by air instead.
With minimal instruction Charles has flown Sipa, Cessna, Auster, Jodel and a Robinson helicopter often in the most hazardous conditions and has cheated death on more than one occasion. Always ready for a new challenge, Charles could not pass up the opportunity of re-building a Notar helicopter, “the ultimate toy of anyone’s dreams.” The project turned out to be both thrilling and painful as on his first flight, this uninsured $1,000,000 machine confronted a Wedgetail Eagle.
The decision to sell up and take his young family to Australia with nothing but four suitcases, £500 and his skills to rely on may have sounded drastic but would actually pay dividends for this ‘lucky aviator.’ Selling Maules, the short take off aircraft, gained Charles friends all over Australia.
By dint of hard work Charles established himself in his new homeland and was granted a franchise from Suzuki who later incorporated five of Charles’ six suggested improvements into their new vehicle.
But life’s journey once again experienced bumps as the Council tried to destroy Charles’s airstrip. The battles with the council finally led to court and the toll on Charles’ health took him through the cancer experience.
Title: Lucky Aviator
Publisher: Authors Online,
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