You are probably curious to know how I believe I can make your transition from rookie to competent solo model plane flier easier for you. What qualifications do I have to back up this claim. Well, here goes, let me tell you a bit about myself.
My name is Colin and I have been flying model planes for about 40 years. During that time I have progressed from building from commercially available kits to producing my own drawings and building my own designs. (There were no such things as Almost Ready To Fly (ARTF) or Ready To Fly (RTF) when I started!)
My first experience of a model plane was way back at the age of 15 when I was given a Keil Kraft balsawood kit to build a rubber band powered P51 Mustang, around 20″ (50cm) wingspan, with tissue paper covering. After many hours I eventually managed to finish it and, with rubber tightly wound, launched it skyward in a neighbours field. It fell to earth and disintegrated into numerous pieces.
Undaunted, I moved on to other subjects and with some help from a group of guys who flew on our local common land, eventually I managed to get a small high wing free flight design by Vic Smeed, called a “Chatterbox”, to fly successfully (see right) .
Later, after getting married and raising a family, I progressed to Radio Control. I moved to a new city for a career progression and joined a large local club where I eventually became a member of the committee with responsibility for competitions and events.
I attained both “A” & “B” certification under the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) flight training scheme. This was followed by achieving a training officer certification from the BMFA. I was also appointed to approved examiner status for the scheme.
I hope that my years of experience and accumulated expertise will offer you a level of confidence that I can help you progress safely in your learning programme. If so then what are we waiting for?