One of our favorite EAA 690 presenters is our own Hugh Colton with his travels to New Zealand to soar the Southern Alps. For the September 1st program Hugh has taken a northerly turn and will be talking about his recent trip with his wife to Bhutan lying in the eastern Himalayas, sandwiched between China and India. Highlighting there trip was the climb to the Tiger’s Nest, located at 10,000 feet.
Hugh has been flying as a private power pilot and glider pilot since 1976. Currently he flies a Rollanden Schneider LS3a, a 15 meter wingspan flapped glider that he keeps in New Zealand.
He has had an interest in geography and travel ever since his teenage years. Aged 16 he rode his bicycle alone, from his home in the United Kingdom, to the Mediterranean coast of Italy via Switzerland and France and back.
After a career in postal mechanization engineering, where he worked world wide, he decided to formally study geography. As a remote student at the University of London he obtained an upper second class honors degree in Geography without ever attending a single lecture. He followed this with a master degree in Geographic Information Science, also at the University of London, once again without ever attending a formal lecture.
Hugh went on to use his GIS knowledge with Georgia DOT, based at the Transportation Management Center in Atlanta, spending 14 years working on the statewide traffic management system from where he retired in 2015. Hugh is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a lifetime member of EAA.