Tim McAllister - Club Class
Tim McAllister “EY” learned to fly gliders when he was 15 years old in Hinckley, Illinois and has logged more than 2,200 hours since then racing around the world. He rose to national prominence when he won the U.S. Sports Class National Championship in his Standard Libelle in 2003. Tim was the top-finishing U.S. team member at both the 4th Club Class World Gliding Championships in 2006 (Vinon, France) and the 3rd Club Class World Gliding Championships in 2004 (Elverum, Norway). Additionally, he participated in the First World Sailplane Grand Prix in 2005 (St. Auban, France), was 2nd at the Russian qualifying Grand Prix in 2006, and was the only U.S. competitor at the 2nd World Sailplane Grand Prix in December 2007 (Omarama, New Zealand). He participated in the Pre-Worlds in Pociunai in 2015.
Tim and his wife, Susan, are co-owners of Dragonfly Sales, the exclusive North American broker for the new line of GP Gliders in the 13.5 meter class. Active as a volunteer in soaring, Tim has organized competitions, served as CD at the nationals level, and served as a Director of the Soaring Society of America and of Texas Soaring Association. Currently owning and racing an HpH 304C and living in Dallas, Texas, Tim will fly Standard Cirrus “YU” with Paul Weeden as his able crew.
Mike Westbrook - Club Class
Mike is a third generation pilot that grew up around the Texas Soaring Association and currently works for FlightSafety International. First soloing on his fourteenth birthday, earning his Silver Badge in a 1-26 that same summer and then flying his first competition in the 1-26 Championships at sixteen, the hook was set young. With over 1,000 hours in sailplanes, Mike is a Kolstad Scholarship recipient and currently holds several state records in Texas and the US National Multiplace record for Free Triangle Distance with his father, Mick Westbrook. Flying a Standard Cirrus for the last five years to qualify for the Club Class Team, Mike is now a partner in a Discus 2b. Mike's previous experience at the international level includes the 2005 Junior Worlds in Hus Bos, England and the 2007 Junior Worlds in Rieti Italy. Mitch Hudson will be crewing for Mike and the Standard Cirrus he will be flying in Lithuania.
Phil Gaisford - Standard Class
Phil learned to glide in the United Kingdom while at high school using things like abandoned WWII runways, home-made launch vehicles, piano wire, and Skylarks. When one asks Phil about flying he says "I soon got interested in competition flying, making the UK team in 1992, and was Swiss national champion in 1993. My wide-ranging contest experience includes the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Finland, and since relocating to the US in 1994, most sections of this country. He owns a Discus 2, which he flies with Greater Boston Soaring Club, and where he also gives flight instruction.
Bob Fletcher - Standard Class
Bob started flying in Doncaster, UK before university. At university he joined Phil Gaisford on the Nottingham University committee and was instrumental in starting the annual Inter University Task Week" flying the first two in a K-13 with other students in the front seat. Since college Bob has focused more on racing than instructing, flying many standard class national competitions in the US, Canada and the UK, winning the Standard Class Kubly Trophy in 2006 at Uvalde. He enjoys flying in the western US mountains especially the area between Salt Lake City, UT and Bozeman, MT. Bob practices at Greater Boston Soaring which offers a tremendous diversity of conditions and many skilled racers to fly with. Bob looks forward to team flying with Phil Gaisford again in Lithuania which looks very similar to South Carolina with its dark forestation and agriculture. When not gliding Bob is racking up the frequent flying miles leading the sales team of an Internet start-up. Earlier in his career he worked with the FAI award winning Cambridge Aero team on the first GPS flight recorders, he negotiated and co-wrote the original IGC file format with the other GPS manufacturers.
Michael Robison - 20 m 2-Place Class
Mike has been involved in soaring since 1997. He lives in State College PA with his wife Becky and children Lucas and Eva.He is employed as an instructor at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, and teaches FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic courses. He currently flies from Ridge Soaring Gliderport, and holds a Gold Badge with 2 Diamonds. Mike began flying competition in 2-seat gliders in 1999, flying the Penn State Soaring Clubs Blanik L-13. Mike has typically competed in the Sports, and Open Class in a Nimbus 3DM, Duo Discus and recently an Arcus M. Mike will be flying in an Arcus M with Larry Timpson in Lithuania.
Fernando Silva - US Team Captain
Fernando Silva transitioned to gliders in 1978 and started racing in 1996. He has served as Competition Director for the Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama club race series as well as Weatherman at Regional and National contests. He is the 2015 US National Champion in the 15-meter Class.
Fernando recently retired as a partner of a global management-consulting firm where he led strategic planning and corporate finance teams in North America. Since retiring, he served as Team Captain of the US Team for the 2014 World Gliding Championship in Finland, and currently serves as Team Captain for the 2016 WGC in Lithuania. He is a member of the Mid-Georgia Soaring Association