Alan Ansley Gilmore

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Alan Ansley Gilmore
Alan Ansley Gilmore


Alan Ansley Gilmore


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Residing In: Perry Hall, MD USA
Spouse/Partner: Jane
Occupation: electrical engineer, retired
Children: Nathan (1982) and Stephen(1985).

My first year of working, I lived in 3 different states, moving every few months. Since then I have lived within a 2 mile radius.

I was always in power electronics and designed battery chargers for Dewalt and Black and Decker. Later I designed several electric cars for a small company here in Baltimore. It is interesting that when I was growing up I was so lazy that whenever I built something (and I was always building something), I spent lots of time thinking of how to build it in an easy fashion. In the working world, I eventually ended up using this obsession to design electronic devices that were easy to build. As it turned out this was very needed in the high volume electronics industry where a nickle saved in labor was a big deal.

I retired in 2005 and have been busy teaching aviation at a local high school (10 weeks a year). I am also building a 2 seat airplane (see my web page at It will take several years to finish it, and then I hope to fly it to Oshkosh.

Family wise, I met Jane during my senior year at college, and we have 2 boys. Jane has been a teacher, accountant, pianist (at Nordstrom), but enjoyed being a mother the best.

For fun, I have been snow skiing, snow boarding, flying, para-gliding, hang-gliding, and dirt biking. In 1997 I started flying remote control airplanes. So now we will see if I can build a full scale airplane as well as I can build a remote control airplane :-)

Update: September 2011 my two sons and I purchased a sailboat and started sailing the Chesapeake Bay. Ten months later we out grew the 22 footer, and bought a 27 footer. We go sailing every weekend the weather permits. Our explorations have covered most of the northern Chesapeake, as far south as St. Michaels. In the fall of 2013, just before we had the sailboat hauled out for the winter, my youngest son mentioned several times, "It is so tempting to just head south for the winter." Yeah, big time.

So, the sailboat activity has put the airplane project on hold. Not unusual for an airplane project, life happens and often interrupts. It sits in the garage, neatly tucked away, waiting for me to pay it some attention. It looks lonely, and whispers to me every time I pass it, "Hey, don't forget about me, I'm still here."

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