TYPE OF OCCUPATION------Electrical Engineer – Control Systems Expert-
HOW LONG BEEN IN THE HOBBY------- Started 25 years ago but stepped out for 15. Been back in since 2009.
HOW YOU GOT STARTED IN R/C-------I’ve always had a love for flying. I first started with control line at the age of 12 and my dad purchased for me a Sig Colt with an O.S. Max 25 and a Kraft 4 channel radio when I was 14. We lived in Houston, Texas at that time and we flew at the NASA radar test range. It was an enormous strip of concrete in the middle of many acres of grass at the NASA site in Nassau Bay, Texas. I soloed with that plane but glow fuel took it’s toll and completely fuel soaked it. But during those 4-5 years I built numerous planes. All the classics such as; Goldberg skylark, Pete-n-Paul, Sig Hog Bipe, Sig Kadet, etc At that time I also spent an enormous amount of time building hot rods and restoring antique autos. I stepped out of the hobby for about 20 years to raise a family and hang out in the Army flying the AH-64A Apache helicopters. I left the military after desert storm and went back to school to pick up an Electrical Engineering degree and have been doing engineering ever since as a control systems expert. In 2009 I became interested in RC again with the helicopters and have been back in RC ever since
PLANES YOU ENJOY ARF - BUILD UP – SCRATCH OR ELECTRIC--------I’ve owned and flown many planes but my hands down favorite plane is a flying piece of foam called the Gen-X by DW Foamies. It’ s an amazing pattern plane that allows you to fly a complete IMAC sequence with the same precision as a competition plane. Plus it will 3D with the best of them.
My favorite Heli in my fleet is the T-Rex 600ESP. ESP stands for Electric Super Pro. It is a beautiful flying Helicopter. I have plans of purchasing a 700ESP in the near future after I master fast inverted backwards.
YOUR FAVORITE PLANE TO FLY--------I enjoy the planes but I love my Helicopters even more. The difficulty level with the heli’s is what keeps me focused on them. Every year of flying them I only get a little better and that is with lots of practice. A RC airplane has about 8 different orientations to learn and master. A RC Heli has about 32 because it will fly backwards and sideways as well as it does forward. It’s a real mind trick on the sticks.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP OTHERS WITH IN THE R/C HOBBY--------I’m currently an instructor with the club in Airplanes and Helis. I primarily fly electric and will probably never go back to glow. However, large scale CC gas is something I still enjoy. But I can help with just about anything airplane or heli . Just give me a call.