Posted by Piper J3 |
Apr 22, 2012 @ 08:11 AM | 2,797 Views
I have been fascinated by aviation since my earliest memory. My father flew B17’s in WWII and then flew Beech 18's as a corporate pilot for a while after the war. My mother made him give it up as he was away from home too much. He was still a part-time flight instructor when I was in high school and wanted to learn to fly. He and I rebuilt a 1946 Aeronca Chief 11AC. My dad said I had to pay for it on my own nickel. I bought the Aeronca with saved paper route money. I soled with 6 hours in my logbook. We talked aviation as our second language. I had to sell the plane after a few years in order to pay for my college engineering degree. After graduation I began flying RC in 1975 by building a HeathKit 5-channel system which only worked so-so but taught me basics of RC flying. In 1990 my father and I bought a 1946 Piper J3 Cub which I still own and fly. My father passed away in 2006 and I miss him dearly. My nephew inherited the flying bug and is an instrument rated pilot. He owns a Cessna Cardinal with 180HP w/ constant speed prop. Nice machine. He flies back-country in Oregon and all over the Pacific NW.
I was out of RC for about fifteen years and just returned in 2008. Wow things changed a lot. 2.4 GHz computer radios with no assigned frequencies, high efficiency brushless electric power systems with incredibly powerful LiPo batteries and ARF’s (guys don’t build any more). I now have a hanger of micros, 450 heli’s, park fliers, flat...Continue Reading