Dave was born in Rochester, New York, and grew up in Canada. In the military he flew the C-130 Hercules aircraft and Air Force One for Canada in the Challenger executive jet. He retired from the Canadian Air Force in 1992 and started his airline pilot career with American Airlines. He is currently a B-737 Captain.
He started building stick and tissue rubber powered models with his father when he was five years old. His first large scale model was a C-130 Hercules. He recently completed construction of his own design, fifth scale, twin engine, Bristol Beaufighter.
Dave regularly competes in the annual World Class Top Gun Invitational competition in Lakeland Florida. He has won the highest award of Mr. Top Gun four consecutive times with two of his scratch build designs, the Westland Wyvern and the Bristol Beaufighter. No other scale competitor has achieved that distinction in the twenty nine year history of the event. Dave has also received Engineering Excellence awards for his aircraft. He has written numerous magazine articles on the design and construction of his scratch build competition models.
Large scale warbirds and jets are his passion. Currently he is working on a scratch built one sixth scale F-101B Voodoo, a 1950’s high performance jet interceptor. From the Wyvern to the Beaufighter and now with the Voodoo, Dave likes to challenge himself more with each successive project. The Voodoo will test his skills at CAD design and sandwich mold construction.
In 2012 Dave was selected to become a member of Team Horizon. He is glad to showcase Horizon brands and help out other modelers at the numerous events he attends.