Ping is a private pilot with approximately 470 hrs total time. He has flown quite a few different types of aircraft including Cessna 177RG, 172, 150, Piper Cherokee, Warrior, Seminole, Aztec, Navajo, Beech Bonanza, Bombardier Challenger 604, Dimona h36 and more recently the SOSA Blanik L-23 (2 flights with SOSA instructor Pat O'Donnell).
Ping has always been interested in aviation but he has never thought about gliding because he likes to travel and visit different places. However in 2002, he was in Denmark visiting one of his best buddies, a glider pilot. He arranged a flight in a Dimona h36 motorglider with an impressive 16 meter wingspan.
Ping and his friend flew it from an airport near Billund (Billund is in the middle of the Jutland) to the west coast of Denmark. Ping was struck by the motorglider's capability and intrigued to learn more.
Fast forward to 2006 and Ping has just joined SOSA, working towards his glider pilot's licence. His ambition is to buy a motorglider and keep Wilfred Krueger company.
Ping graduated from the University of Guelph in 1988, and in order to pay for his flying he moved to Toronto to work as a process engineer for a food processing equipment manufacturer. The company then sent him to the US and Europe and then back to Toronto. Ping is now with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs in Guelph as the Food Safety Advisor, Engineering. He develops policy and standards for food safety and nutrient management legislations.
Welcome to SOSA, Ping