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Team Futaba Air Manager Dan Landis
Team Futaba Air Manager Dan Landis

Dan, who's been with the Hobbico Product Development Team for over six years and Team Futaba for 14 years, has been flying RC aircraft solo since he was five. He now flies pattern, scale, giant scale and jet aircraft, scoring top finishes at the US Pattern Nationals and many local pattern wins. Dan also has full-size flying experience as a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor. Prior to joining Hobbico, he spent five years as a UAV pilot, flying the Hermes 450 in Afghanistan and Iraq. If you would like to reach out to Dan, please do so here: teamfutabaresumes@hobbico.com

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Bill Adams
Bill Adams
Mesa, Arizona
Primary Interests: IMAC Scale Aerobatics, Scale Masters, and Racing.
I started modeling at 9 years old with a Cox PT-19 control line plane. At 16 I taught myself to fly RC with an .049  powered glider, and progressed into bigger and faster planes from there. I love flying any kind of aircraft, including just sport flying, but my main focus has always included IMAC. I have competed in IMAC Scale aerobatics since the early 1990’s and have helped many people get started in IMAC over the years. I have had the privilege to fly in almost every Tucson Aerobatic Shootout, and won the advanced class in 2011.  I am also on Team USA, Unlimited class, for the first IMAC World Championships in Muncie Indiana. I love competing in many disciplines of flying, but get equal satisfaction out of just helping my fellow modelers at the local field on the weekends. I have made many great friends by being in this great hobby.
Michi Akimoto
Michi Akimoto
I’ve been modeling since 1980
Primary Interest: F3A Precision Aerobatics
Accomplishment: F3A World Championship Team Canada Pilot
I grew up in Japan and started flying RC planes/helicopters when I was in elementary school.  I moved to Canada in 90's. In recent years, I enjoy F3A Precision Aerobatics and some Indoor fly, 3D and helicopters.  My wife and our one year old daughter are my supporters as well as Team Futaba!
Jim Allen
Jim Allen
Mesa, Arizona
As a proud Futaba Team member since 1996 and RC modeler since 1979, my competition interests center primarily with Pylon racing, but I've flown in just about every area of R/C competition since starting in this great hobby in 1977. Some of the highlights include a win in the Cactus Classic IMAC Advanced class in '96, 1996 and 2014 Q500 NATS Champion and 2015 NATS QM Champion, and 2000, 2010, 2011, and 2012 NMPRA Championship Race winner. In March of 2015, I broke the 8 year old AMA Quarter Midget record by over a 1/2 second with a 0:57.22 second time. In '97 I was a USA F3D Pylon Team member at the World Champs in Sumpurk, Czech Republic and in 2006 was the AMA NATS overall Pylon Champion. I was also privelaged to serve as the US F3D Pylon Team Manager in 1999, 2005, and 2009, while being the alternate pilot in '99 and '09. In addition I serve as the Chairman of the R/C Pylon Rules Committee for AMA and am the USA representative on the FAI F3D Pylon Sub-Committee.
Dale Arvin
Dale Arvin
I have been building and flying model aircraft for over 60 years. I took up R/C about 50 years ago.
I build and fly scale fixed wing primarily but I fly sport, EDF's, club 40 racing, electric and gas helis and some scale aerobatics.
With my son Jeremy Arvin, I compete in about seven scale events each year plus a few scale fly ins.
My competition is primarily in Indiana, Ohio & Kentucy. but I also attend events in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi & Louisiana.
I am the Vise President of two local Southern In. R/C clubs and I am an AMA leader member, contest director, scale contest board member and Dist. 6 Associate VP.
Jeremy Arvin
Jeremy Arvin
Southern Indiana
I'm a member of the Southern Indiana RC modelers and Ohio River View RC Flyers. My dad, Dale Arvin, started me flying a Gentle Lady at the age of 5 years and I was hooked. I started building scale aircraft at the age of 13 and competed in my first scale competition at the 1991 Nats. Scale models have always been a passion of mine for all the hard work and detail that goes into each model.
Patrick Ash
Patrick Ash
Port St Lucie, Florida
Primary Interest: RC Scale Modeling, Warbirds, and Competition
Employment: Aircraft MX Specialist for Sikorsky Aircraft Development and Flight Test Center

Accomplishments:
  • Top Gun 2012 - 4th Place Pro-Am
  • Dino Digorgio Sr WMWA - Best Scale Flight Award
I grew up in a family revolving around aviation. Dad was an airline pilot, mom was a fight attendant, and I became a flight mechanic. I saw my first RC aircraft at a local "Mall Show" in my home town of Lexington, KY, and naturally I was hooked. Starting with control line and a Cox PT-19, the obsession uncontrollably grew. It wasn't long before I took flight in my first trainer, a Thunder Tiger 40 and a Futaba Skysport 4, and later upgrading to a Hobbico Starfire and Futaba Skysport 6. Because of being a mechanic and living life with my hands, I started to enhance my skills with building, detailing, re-creating, and modeling after full scale aircraft. I have always had an interest and enjoyment from military aviation and preserving the history of our warfighter, which is my primary interest today. I attended my first Top Gun in 2010 as a spectator, and realized competition was missing from my portfolio. My resume was accepted Top Gun 2011 and have been competing ever since.
Damon Atwood
Damon Atwood
Lives in Fishers, Indiana
My day job is as a automation and theatre specialist in the Entertainment industry.
Life Time Member of the AMA
My passion is in Giant Scale (160" and over).
Started flying control line in the late 70's. Expanded into RC in the early 80's. Went to the dark side (Giant Scale) in the late 90's and have never looked back.
I started designing my own airframes around 2002.
As a Kid anything that flew excited me. I grew up watching the moon landings and I was hooked.
Don Atwood
Don Atwood
Placerville, California
I’ve been fascinated with anything that flies for as long as I can remember.  My first Futaba radio was a Contest 7 and I have flown Futaba ever since. I am now retired after a career in Information Technology in financial and telecommunications fields.  Living in Placerville, CA where we are blessed with good flying weather most of each year.

I have served as an officer of several RC clubs thru the years, as a District VP for the NSRCA multiple times and most recently as the National VP for the NSRCA until mid-year 2014.  I also serve as a member of the F3A and F3P Team Selection Committee for the AMA.

In 2009 I was fortunate enough to win the District 7 Championship for F3A and in 2014 won the District 7 F3A 'Silver' Championship.  I compete in several pattern contests yearly and look forward to representing Futaba as a Team Member.
Mark Atwood
Mark Atwood
Aurora, Ohio
A modeler since: 1978
Primary interests in R/C: Precision Aerobatics (F3A), Indoor Aerobatics (F3P), heli sport

Accomplishments:
  • AMA Pattern Advanced National Champion
  • Multiple Top 10 Pattern nationals
  • Multiple First place Toledo - Paint, Monokote, Sailplane, Aerobatic plane
Other notes of interest: 3 time USA F3A Team Manager, Current AMA Distilled 3 Contest Board, AMA Education Board, 20+yr local club office, Full scale pilot, currently building Full Scale RV14A

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Mike Barbee
Mike Barbee
Delaware, Ohio
A modeler since: 1981
Primary interests in R/C: Scale, and IMAC, flight instruction newbies

Accomplishments:
  • Top Gun 7 consecutive years in the top 10
  • Scale Masters 6 years in top 10
  • Nats’ 10 years in top 10
  • A few first place finishes at the Toledo show in both Scale, MonoKote, and paint finish
Other notes of interest: District III AVP, Scale Masters East Coast Chairman, NASA President. Full scale pilot, current plane 1946 Aeronca Super Chief. Current scale project is a 36% T-34 B.
Richard Barch
Richard Barch
A modeler since: 1978
I started in the hobby 37 years ago. Mostly self-taught through the school of hard knocks. I have been flying giant scale for the last 15 years and have just recently started flying jets for the last two years. I enjoy building from scratch and kits, and do a lot of build for local pilots.

I have been the President of our local club for the last 3 years, and have been working the Futaba Extreme Flight Championships since 2003. I really enjoy going to different events and meeting new friends.

For enjoyment through the week I work for Navistar Truck and Engine building Class 5, 6, 7, and 8 trucks.
Ron Barr
Ron Barr
Kingwood, Texas
RC building and flying has been a passion for most of my life. I enjoy flying all kinds of models and have competed in F3A Pattern, F3P aerobatics, IMAC aerobatics, Quicky 500 racing, RC Scale and Warbird racing and just about anything activity that I can build and fly. I was privileged to join Team Futaba in the 1990's and have flown in the US Nationals Pattern Championships in Masters and finally FAI for almost 20 years. My home club is Jetero RC in Houston Texas where I have been the Contest Director for the Jetero Pattern Contest for many years which at times has been the largest pattern contest outside of the US National Championship.

I worked with Steve Helms and OS Engines in developing the OS 140 Fuel Injected two stroke engine and the later OS 200S Fuel Injected four stroke engine which were some of the most powerful pattern engines in its era. I was privileged to be a member of Team OS for several years.

My overriding goal is to assist fellow modelers to have a rewarding experience in the hobby and to provide them with high quality advice and assistance on how to use Futaba RC equipment. I attend many events and compete to achieve that.
Darwin N. Barrie
Darwin N. Barrie
Chandler, Arizona
A modeler since: 1963
Primary interests in R/C: Soaring, Giant Scale Aerobatics, small electrics

Accomplishments:
  • 16 year member of Team Futaba
  • Many Places in Soaring contests and IMAC style events
  • 26 year AVP for District 10 of the AMA, CD, Leader Member, Distinguished Service Award Recipient
  • Multi-facited modeling interests
Other notes of interest: Built Van's RV 7 180 hp, full IFR plane. Second one under construction now.
Ben Batts
Ben Batts
Franklin, Indiana
Primary interests: IMAC, freestyle and indoor f3p

Accomplishments:
  • 2009 – IMAC Nats sportsman 1st place
  • 2010 – Clover Creek IMAC Invitational intermediate 1st place
  • 2010 – IMAC Nats intermediate 1st place
  • 2011 – IMAC Nats advanced 1st place
  • 2011 – IMAC Nats freestyle 1st place
  • 2013 – ETOC 5th place
  • 2014 – XFC 7th place
I started flying at the age of 5 and competing at the age of 15. I enjoy designing, cutting, building, painting, and test flying foamies. I also love to try flying planes I've never flown before.
Colin Bell
Colin Bell
Nova Scotia, Canada
A modeler since: 1995
Primary Interest: Helicopters
I've been flying model helicopters competitively since 2003, but began flying airplanes in the mid 90s. I have competed at events such as the XFC, 3D Masters, Las Vegas Align Cup, Align Invitational, and the IRCHA night flying contest. I enjoy traveling to new events, meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, and sharing the common passion for model aviation. My full time day job is with an airline as a mechanic, and if I am not flying helis and airplanes in my spare time, I am racing motorcycles. Futaba has produced industry leading transmitters and electronics for very long time. I find them extremely reliable, user friendly, and very capable. I've been a Futaba user since day one, and would recommend the line up to anyone!
Todd Bennett
Todd Bennett
Todd Bennett has over 30 years of R/C experience, but refers to himself as a “professional R/C helicopter pilot.” That’s literally true, because Todd’s profession — and passion (helis) — are one and the same. And that requires him to wear several hats. First hat: he’s the president, CEO and owner of Synergy Helicopters, Inc., manufacturers of the N9. When he’s not making business decisions at Synergy, he’s wearing his second hat: that of owner and chief instructor of the Freestyle 3D R/C Helicopter Flying School in Moorpark, CA. And in his spare (?) time, Todd wears his third hat: industry consultant to Futaba, YS engines and Morgan fuels.
Will Berninger
Will Berninger
Harrison, Ohio
Currently flying IMAC Giant Scale Aerobatics and Fun Scale in NASA. IMAC Judging instructor, IMAC Vice President 2010-2012, IMAC rules committee member 2007-2014, XFC Chief Judge, 2008-2014 Co-Chief Judge ETOC, Tucson AZ Shoot out Unlimited/Invitational competitor 2005-2012. 2008 Clover Creek Unlimited IMAC champion 2008, competitor C.C. Invitational 2010, 2012. Team Futaba member and proud of it.
Paul Blais
Paul Blais
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Primary Interests in R/C: Helicopters & Airplanes
Accomplishments: 2014 XFC Competitor (Helicopters) 
I have been flying R/C helicopters and airplanes for 3 years.  My true passion is R/C helicopters and I spend a lot of my time practicing new maneuvers and working on them in the shop.  I competed in the 2014 Extreme Flight Championships helicopter class and hope to continue competing in various events in the years to come.  I also attend several fun-flys throughout the year and always am at the IRCHA jamboree.  I am currently a senior at Western Michigan University majoring in aerospace engineering. I’m really thankful to be part of Team Futaba where I can fly with the most reliable electronics on the market.
Marcus Blanchard
Marcus Blanchard
Summerville, South Carolina
A modeler since: 1977
Primary interests in R/C: Pylon Racing: 424, 426 Q-500 and 422 QM

Accomplishments:
  • 1998 CAPS (Can-Am Pylon Society) Champion in both Q-500 and QM40 classes
  • Winner of several fast time trophies including the 1998 NATS QM Fast Time
  • 2002 Q-500 National Champion
  • 2015 Q-500 National Champion
Other notes of interest:  My Dad taught me how to build and fly model airplanes back in the mid '70s when I was just a kid. He flew pattern and, in 1983, he took me to Westover AFB to see my first NATS. I saw my first Formula One race there and I've been hooked on pylon racing ever since. I've had the privilege to pass along what I've learned over the years to my son, Bryan. Bryan and I enjoy traveling around the country competing at all levels as a Futaba father and son racing team.  Our greatest accomplishment together came this year, at the 2015 NATS where as a father/son team with my son as my caller we won the 2015 AMA Q-500 NATS together.
Chris Bloom
Chris Bloom
Lake Forest Park, Washington
I started in RC with Cars in 1986 with an RC10 car and a Futaba radio. I bought my First Helicopter In 1991. That was the beginning of my love for flying RC aircraft of all types. I currently fly indoor foamies, nitro helis, and discus launch gliders for fun and area competitions.

I have received a lot of help and met a lot of good friends in the sport and like helping others enjoy and learn to fly and have fun. It is a privilege to fly for Team Futaba.
Todd Blose
Todd Blose
Waco, Texas
A modeler since: 1976
Primary interests in R/C: F3A Pattern, Imac, IndoorAccomplishments: 97 TOC Las Vegas. Top 10 in the AMA F3A Nats for 15 years, placing as high as 5th in 2005.  Placed 7th in 2009.  Other notes of interest: Team Futaba member since 1992. I have been able to raise a Family have a full time job and compete at the Nats or team selection for the last 20 years with the support of my wife Wynde, and my 2 daughters Whitley and Trinity.
Matt Botos
Matt Botos
Currently Reside - Wadley, Alabama A modeler since 1986 with airplanes, cars, boats, and helicopter. Virtually anything RC has been of interest to me since a very young age. I have a passion for helping others learn and progress in the hobby.
Primary Interest: Helicopters

Accomplishments:
  • XFC Competitor from 2004 - 2010
  • 2006 - 4th Place
  • 2009 - 7th Place
  • 2010 - 6th Place
  • RC Helicopter designer since 2006
Owner of Synergy RC Helicopters since 2010
Freestyle 3D Instructor with Todd Bennett from 2006-2014
Blake Brown
Blake Brown
Paragould, Arkansas
A modeler since: 2009
Primary interests in R/C: Giant Scale 3D
I have been in the hobby for 9 years, started flying 40 size glow , and quickly started leaning toward 50cc gas and 3d flying, I really enjoy traveling around the mid south attending events and meeting new friends in the hobby, I also enjoy building and assembling and repairing rc aircraft for local flying friends when work allows the free time.
Been married to my wife Jamie for 9 years. We have one daughter Braylen. She is 6 and loves traveling to rc events with daddy in the summer, working on teaching her to fly but she is just not ready yet.
Profession: Auto Collison Painter
Other interest: Dirt Late Model Racing, I help on a few local race crews when time allows in the summer.
Ray Brown
Ray Brown
North Miami Beach, Florida
Years in the hobby: my whole life
Primary interests in R/C: pylon, giant scale, electric fun fly’s, soaring.
Accomplishments: team member sence’97. member of the 2005 W/C F3D Team, contest director for the NMPRA Champ Series in Ft Lauderdale Fl. Many top finishes and fast time trophy’s in pylon competition. Manufacturer of racing propellers for QM-40 that held records in 3 different countries. Only honorary lifetime member of the MPPA. AMA lifetime member IFLYQ500.
Other notes of interest: my wife, kids, cat and fish tank. Off shore fishing, Sword fishing, wrapping custom fishing rods.
Eaton Bryce
Eaton Bryce
Good Day Everyone. My Name is Eaton Bryce and I am a Resident of Planet Brooklyn NY. I am an active RC Aviation Hobbyist since the late 1970's when I was a child. Over the years I have flown pretty much every type of vehicle but have taken to a love of RC Helicopters since the early 1990's and more specifically helicopter aerobatics. It's just something special to have full control of a machine and have it fly gracefully. Over the years I have competed and placed in many contests on the east coast and am a Charter Member of the only RC Helicopter club in the City of NY. That is where you will find me practicing during the warmer days. I have flown Futaba since the early 1980's and I am extremely proud to be a part of the Team Futaba. My personal goals are to continue to compete and to meet and help as many persons get started in our sport as I humanly can. This is certainly a great time to be involved.
Brent Bullen
Brent Bullen
DeWinton, AB, Canada
Modeler since 1973.  I have flown Futaba equipment for over 25 years
Primary Interests: IMAC, Fun Fly Demonstration Pilot, or flying anytime I can get a chance to fly.
Competitor Tucson Aerobatic Shootout 2012, 2015; Competitor IMAC World Championship 2014; Assistant Canadian Team Manager IMAC worlds 2014;  IMAC NW Assistant Regional Director; MAAC Scale Aerobatic Committee Member; MAAC Leadership Award recognizing years of contribution to the hobby.  I fly everything from giants scale aerobatic aircraft, gliders, turbines, hotliners, scale, helicopters to indoor aircraft. I have flown 40% plus size aircraft since 1999 and fly both Mode 1 and Mode 2. I act as CD for several IMAC contests each year and actively promote and compete in IMAC contests in both Canada and USA.  It's a real reward being part of this hobby and an honor to be a Team Futaba member.
John Burdin
John Burdin
A modeler since: 1966
When you grow up with a free flight champ and Navy pilot for your dad, it's only natural to grow up loving flight. But despite being introduced to model airplanes at 6 and R/C at 12, it wasn't until the late '80s that John got back to R/C. In addition to renewing his passion for pattern (and competition), he also branched out into IMAC planes before settling on ducted fan jets as his main interest. John attends every jet event he can, including (and serving as co-contest director of) the International Jet Rally in Lake Wales, Florida, each November.
Rick Byrd
Rick Byrd
Team Futaba Member since: 1989
Primary interests: F3A Pattern, SPA Pattern, & IMAC

Accomplishments:
  • 2014 IMAC Unlimited World Team Member
  • Finished 8th in Unlimited class at the IMAC World Championships
  • 2011 US Nationals Pattern Masters Champion
  • 2007 IMAC South Central Region Unlimited Champion
  • 1996 US Nationals Pattern Advanced Champion
  • 10-time NSRCA District 6 F3A Champion
  • 2-time Don Lowe Masters finalist
  • Mmany-time F3A Pattern Nationals
  • U.S. Team Selection and IMAC Nationals finalist
  • Past participant at the '98 TOC
  • Past participant at the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout Invitational Class
  • Past participant at the Clover Creek Invitational Class.
I'm a lucky man. My wife Kim, son Hayden and twin girls Ali and Gracie all support me in my life.

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Michael Caglia
Michael Caglia
New York, New York
Modeler since: 1985
Primary interests: F3A and IMAC
Occupation: Dermatology Resident

Accomplishments:
  • 1993 2nd place U.S. Nationals (Sportsman)
  • 1994 3rd place U.S. Nationals (Advanced)
  • 1999 3rd place U.S. Nationals (FAI)
  • 2000 5th place U.S. Nationals (FAI)
  • 2001 3rd place U.S. Nationals (FAI)
  • 2000 9th place Tournament of Champions
  • 2002 11th place Tournament of Champions
  • 2012 3rd place Tucson Aerobatics Shootout (Unlimited)
  • First place in over 50 local pattern/IMAC competitions throughout the U.S.
At a young age I started flying model airplanes with my brother and developed a passion for flying pattern planes. After having the opportunity to compete in my second Tournament of Champions in 2002, I decided to focus on my professional career and go to medical school. In 2012, after a ten year break from RC, I was able to commit more time to doing what I truly love - flying and competing in IMAC and pattern competitions. In addition to competing, I enjoy coaching and helping other modelers set up and trim their planes.
Kirt Campbell
Kirt Campbell
Bakersfield, California
Modeler Since: 2005
I love all types of flying, but have been primarily focusing on Pattern and IMAC. Currently I compete in the Unlimited class in the SW Region IMAC, and Masters Class in District 7 Pattern. I really enjoy the challenge of precision flying and the friendships I have made across the country.
Danny Carozza
Danny Carozza
Yonkers, New York
A modeler since: 1972
Primary interests in R/C: Giant Scale Aerobatics Top Gun & Scale Masters Compitition
Matt Chapman
Matt Chapman
Avondale, Pennsylvania
Started RC flying at age 15 in London England. I worked in a hobby shop in Camden town and bought my first Futaba 6 channel radio there.

I have been building and flying all kinds of RC planes since, but my main interest and passion is scale RC planes. While scale is my main endeavor, I do fly a ThunderTiger G-4 and Raptor 50, I also have a couple sailplanes I enjoy flying. I have been also been bitten by the RC jets... I currently fly a Skymaster Hawk.

I am a pilot for American Airlines for the last 27 years..I started as a flight instructor and worked my way up flying charter, air ambulance and corporate before getting on with AA in 1987. I also flew competitive full scale aerobatics for seventeen years. I started in my home built Pitts S-1s, then in 87 transitioned to my Lazer Z-200 that I built. In 85 I purchased my current airplane, the CAP 231ex. I gained a spot on both the 1996 and 98 U.S. aerobatic Teams. I have been flying airshows for 31 years and have retried from competitive aerobatics in 1998. I am sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

I am currently restoring a 1941 Piper J-3 Cub.   My true passion in Aviation is still flying and building RC planes. My favorite event is the Joe Nall.
Darrick Chekas
Darrick Chekas
Farmington, Connecticut
A modeler since: 2006
Primary Interests in R/C: Helicopters
I've been flying R/C Helicopters since 2006. I thoroughly enjoy traveling to many events along the east coast, and particularly in the New England region. If you're in the Northeast, you will probably see me at your local Heli event! During my time so far in this hobby, I've been fortunate enough to be supported by some of the top companies in the industry, such as Futaba.
Colton Clark
Colton "Tarzan" Clark
Tucson/Benson, Arizona
Modeling since 1997
I was born into the hobby, my dad had already been flying 10+ years before I was born. Earliest memories are helping him bolt the wings on his planes. I'm a modeler in general I love anything that has a transmitter. I mainly fly fixed wing of any type but I also love cars, helis, drones, boats, etc.
I scratch build quite a bit and go to many events around the US. If you see me at the field come and introduce yourself. One of my favorite things to do is pass on knowledge on how to setup your aircraft and always more than willing to give free instruction or tips on how to become a better pilot.
Currently working for Desert Aircraft.
Ryan Clark
Ryan Clark
Canton, Michigan
Born: 1993
Occupation: Student
A modeler since: 2006
Primary interests in R/C: IMAC, Freestyle, Giant Scale

Accomplishments:
  • 2010 National IMAC Champion (Advanced)
  • 2010 Clovercreek runner-up (Advanced)
  • 2010 National Freestyle Runner-up
  • 2010 NCFR Regional points Champion (Advanced)
  • 2010 ETOC Finalist
  • 2010 XFC competitor
  • 2009 National IMAC Champion (Intermediate)
  • 2009 National Freestyle 5th Place
  • 2009 NCFR Regional Points Champion (Intermediate)
  • 2009 ETOC Finalist
  • 2010 / 2009 Demo Pilot
Other notes of interest:  High School Senior. Entering University of Michigan Engineering School in the Fall of 2011. Avid bowler with six 300 games and an 800 series. Captain of the High School Bowling Team 3 consecutive years. Also enjoy playing hockey.
Dean Copeland
Dean Copeland
Omaha, Nebraska
I have been flying R/C since 1958.
My Primary interest: Scale of all types.
I have flown in Top Gun for several years and try to attend as many War bird events as possible. Currently, I am an RPV pilot for the University of Nebraska, Agricultural research program. My goal for 2015 was to acquired my jet waiver and did manage to get it done by season end.
Kevin Cordell
Kevin Cordell
My introduction to R/C probably sounds familiar to a lot of pilots. After a few visits to the local field, I bought a plane. Then, a year or so later, my wife mentioned that helis looked pretty cool. However, when she found out what helis cost, she decided planes were just fine, but by then, it was too late. I was already hooked. Over the years, I've made steady progress up through the ranks of AMA contest flying, and now compete - and judge - at local F3C events. Funny thing; the guys that I used to fly with don't give me near as much trouble as they did when I flew. In 2001, I served as the CD for the F3C Worlds. These days, I make it a point to make the Toledo Show and IRCHA World Helicopter Jamboree each year.
Curtis Cozier
Curtis Cozier
Johns Creek, Georgia
Born: 1967
Occupation:  Director of Client Relations at Extreme Flight R/C
A modeler since: 2004
Primary interests in R/C:   IMAC Scale Aerobatics, but love flying anything!

Accomplishments:
  • Tucson Shootout Competitor
  • Several time AMA Nats competitor
  • Clover Creek Invitational Judge
  • AMA Nats Judge
  • Multi-time XFC Judge
  • Multi-time ETOC Judge
  • Multi-time Invitational judge for the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout
  • Event Director for the Inaugural 2014 IMAC World Championships
  • Multi-time Contest Director for many Regional IMAC events
  • Multiple wins in various classes in IMAC
Other notes of interest:  Past Southeast Regional Director, Past Vice President, and Board of Director member for IMAC.  Multi-year Member of the IMAC Sequence Committee.  IMAC National Judging Instructor.
I love that have been able to turn my passion in to my profession.
Joe Cutright
Joe Cutright
Acworth, Georgia
Primary Interest in R/C is definitely IMAC but I'm also interested in Pattern and Warbirds.
Flying remote controlled airplanes since 1984
Competing in IMAC sanctioned events since 1999; currently competing in the Unlimited Class
  • 2006 Southeast Regional Champion (Advanced Class)
  • 2007 SE Regional Championships 2nd place (Unlimited Class)
  • 2012 SE Regional Championships 2nd place (Unlimited Class)
  • 2013 SE Regional Championships 2nd place (Unlimited Class)
  • 2014 USA Team Member for the IMAC World Championships2015
I have competed in 7 IMAC contests in six states and had finished in First Place in five of them. Will be awarded the 2015 SE Regional Point Champion and will soon be competing in the 2015 SE Regional Championships.Participant in the US Scale Aerobatic Championships in Muncie, Indiana

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Jason Danhakl
Jason Danhakl
Champaign, Illinois
A modeler since: 1988
Primary interests in R/C: Giant Scale 3D/ IMAC, Giant Scale Warbirds, Pattern, and Pylon

Accomplishments:
  • Multi Time E-TOC competitor, placed top ten in every Extreme Flight Championship Airplane division with a best 4th place finish in 2005
Other notes of interest: I love the 8FG!
Gino Delponte
Gino Delponte
Tooele, Utah
I have been in the RC world my whole life, my dad got me into flying when I was 6 years old and I’ve been doing it ever since. My main focus is in Pylon Racing having held multiple AMA records and having a strong showing in most competitions around the US. Modeling help me get a job flying UAVs for Northrop Grumman.

Accomplishments:
  • 2003 Q40 Gold Cup Champion
  • 2004 Q40 AMA Champion
  • 2007 Q40 NMPRA Champion
  • 2007 428 AMA Champion
  • 2008 Winterfest 428 Champion
  • 2008 428 AMA Champion
  • 2011 Ef-1 AMA Champion
  • 2015 F3D US Team Member
  • 2006 NMPRA Championship Runner Up
  • 2009 426 Winterfest Runner Up
  • 2011 426 AMA Champion
Isabel Deslauriers
Isabel Deslauriers
Isabel's true passion is RC airplanes – in particular scale aerobatics and sailplane competitions. Over the years she won first place titles in all categories from Basic to Unlimited at the Canadian Scale Aerobatics Nats, as well as in the 4-minute freestyle category. In recent years she has been concentrating mostly on ALES and F5J competition, although she does have a side interest in RC car racing. She is always on the lookout for pilots waiting to be introduced to competitive RC disciplines - it's a great way to improve your skills, reward your personal progress, and be part of a community of dedicated and fun-loving pilots. Professionally, Isabel works for an organization that gets kids excited about STEM and many times, this includes exposing them to RC airplanes, robotics, and simulator flying.
Dino DiGiorgio
Dino DiGiorgio
Fort Pierce, Florida
It was in 1974 when I first took an interest in aviation. I started with a Cox U-controlled P-51 Mustang then soloed with a Cox Sportavia. My first 4 channel model was a Carl Goldberg Eagle 63 using my trusty Futaba Gold TX. I flew pattern for a brief time then in the mid 1980's I progressed into giant scale models. Then I found my true R/C passion, Warbirds. My passion grew into a business back in 2005 when I took ownership of Meister Scale Models. We manufacture large scale WWII aircraft.

I have been competing at Top Gun since 1992 and have won 9 times in multiple classes through the years. Looking forward in promoting Futaba and working with all my team mates.
Tim Diperi
Tim Diperi
Flying model aircraft since the 1970's; first R/C model in 1973; first R/C helicopter 1979
Primary interest in R/C: helicopters
Competed in most US Nationals since 1985
Other notes of interest: US helicopter team member (manager 2011 -Italy); CD the longest running helicopter competition in the country held in Nashville Tennessee. Earned 3rd place F3C at 2015 US Nationals. Tim is an electrical engineer and business owner as well as a full size commercial airplane pilot. Tim is married with three children living and working in middle Tennessee (transplant from New York). Active in fun fly's, competitions, demonstrations and trainings in the region.
B.E. “Rusty” Dose III
B.E. “Rusty” Dose III
If you see an RV with plates that read, “PLNCRZY”, it’s a sure sign that you’ve found Rusty Dose and family. Home base is Port Washington, WI, where Rusty lives with his wife Alice, and their two “plane crazy” sons Chip (4) and Tom (2). Rusty’s day job is investment counseling, but it’s clear that he lives for R/C in general and F3A competition specifically. In addition to being a past treasurer of the National Society for Radio-Controlled Aerobatics, Rusty has most recently served as the fund-raising coordinator for the USA’s ’07 F3A Team. However he’s also a contributor to Fly RC magazine and the R/C Universe web site, and has developed a series of high-level clinics/training sessions for precision aerobatic pilots.
John Drake
John Drake
I've been involved in RC flying since 1971. I was highly competitive in AMA Pattern from 1980-2000. Got involved in Giant Scale in 1998 and in 2011 got involved in AMA scale. I've flown in scale contests since 2014. I founded and ran Ohio Model Products from 2000-2018. Joined the US Air Force in 1971 after graduation from college. Flew F-4s for 11 years during my time in the service. Have been a member of Team Futaba since 2001.
Nick Dudley
Nick Dudley
Pataskala, Ohio
Modeler since 2000
Primary R/c interest is giant scale jets
I have been flying since 2000 however I have been going to the r/c field since I was a baby. My dad would take me and my play pen to the field, so I pretty much grew up in the hobby. I enjoy all aspects of the hobby from small electrics to giant scale planes and jets. I am self-taught from the real flight simulator when it first came out. I practiced on it all winter and within two weeks in the summer I was soloing for the first time. After soloing my 3 channel kadet senior it has been onward and upward since. Getting into giant gas planes to now turbine aircraft. They are all a blast to fly in one way or another. The best thing about this hobby is the people. No matter where you go you find friends. There is always a helping hand in this hobby when you need and to me that is awesome. This is why I am proud to be a member of team futaba. I look forward to seeing everyone out on the flight line soon.

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Tom Easterday
Tom Easterday
Tom’s current focus is primarily on Giant Scale Racing after spending several years honing his skills flying IMAC competitions. He is a 3-time champion with two in the Unlimited Class (2005 & 2011) and one in F1 (2000). Tom says “I love carrying the Futaba banner out there as it has always been up to the extreme rigors of 240 MPH/16G pylon turns right out of the box, and it does it all with just one set of antennas.”
Chuck Edwards
Chuck Edwards
Morristown, New Jersey
I have been involved with the RC hobby for the better part of 37 years, learning to fly at the age of 4 with a Gentle Lady glider. I was hooked immediately and developed a passion for precision aerobatics (Pattern) in the early 80's which my father was heavily involved in. This has been the main focus for me in the hobby throughout the years as well as IMAC. While flying Pattern I have one National Championship in Advanced, and top 10 finish in Masters at the 2017 Nats. I also have one IMAC National Championship in Intermediate, along with a Regional Championship. Although precision aerobatics is my passion, I also can be found at the field flying anything from helicopters to jets, I love all aspects of the hobby.

In 2007 I was fortunate enough to turn my hobby into a career flying UAV's (Drones) for the military. It is a great honor to have worked with some of the most intelligent, talented, fierce Military personnel on the face of the planet! Many thanks to all the Men and Women who serve so that we may enjoy the freedoms and privileges that we take advantage of every day!

In closing. I will be attending several events this year as time allows. If you see me at an event and need assistance, please reach out and I will help in any way that I can regardless of what you are flying or equipment you are using!

Looking forward to a productive 2018 season!
Steve Eldred
Steve Eldred
Atlanta, Georgia
I have been in the hobby since I was 9 years old. I started flying fixed wing, and am still building and flying planes.  I started flying helicopters around 2010, and have had the opportunity to represent a few great helicopter manufactures over the past few years.  I currently work as an A&P in Peachtree City.
Jorge Escalona
Jorge Escalona
Morristown, New Jersey
A modeler since: early 1970s.
Primary interests in R/C: Scale and sport jets 
Jorge is a writer/photographer with his wife, Karen, and is a member of ISAP, the International Society of Aviation Photographers. They’ve collaborated for various articles on full-scale military aviation for Smithsonian Air&Space magazine, and cover R/C jet events in the US and Canada as contributing editors for RCJet International.
Jorge enjoys finishing scale and sport jets in colorful  paint schemes,  has a special passion for incorporating the latest R/C technology into his models and sharing information with  upcoming jet pilots.  His main interest is designing scale jets. His scratch built designs include a 1:9 scale XF-90 that is part of the Cold War collection at the US National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. He’s a regular participant in annual US and Canadian RC jet events where he’s won numerous scale flying and static awards. He’s competed in Top Gun for the past 6 years; finishing twice in the top five of Pro Am Sport, and placing a high of 3rd place.

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Elton Fairless
Elton Fairless
With over 28 years of R/C flight experience, Elton has had the pleasure to compete in many of R/C's premier events, including the Futaba XFC and the Don Lowe Masters. Elton continues to fly IMAC and enjoys giving Air Show style aerobatic demos at many events throughout the year.
While his primary focus is IMAC and 3D-style flying, Elton never misses an opportunity to fly anything with wings or rotors. His love of aviation led to his career as an aerospace engineer, which has given him the opportunities to work on aircraft such as the KC-130 Hercules and MQ-8B Fire Scout.
Jeff Fassbinder
Jeff Fassbinder
Chino Hills, California
I became an R/C modeler when I was 12 years old. My first radio was a beautiful Futaba FG gold series radio. Since then I have had many years of flights with airplanes and helicopters. Being part of the hobby has enabled me to not only train new pilots but also make many new friends. Along the way I’ve been able to be a part of some great events such as the AMA Nationals, and the Extreme Flight Championships.   Futaba’s product line offers confidence that I depend on each and every flight.
Kevin Feil
Kevin Feil
Newnan, Georgia
Primary Interest: Radio Controlled Helicopters, RC Jets
Occupation: Director of Maintenance/Avionics for Largest Flight School in US.
I have been flying RC for roughly 9 years all of which have been with Synergy RC Helicopters, I have traveled to events all over US to include IRCHA and OHB. Although my job is demanding and consumes most of my time, I really look forward to attending events and assisting and supporting fellow hobbyist and meeting new; I have been blessed with meeting many friends all over the world. Helping people while watching them progress as well as supporting our industry as a whole is a very rewarding part of this hobby for me. Although my passion will always be flying Helicopters, I am continuing to refine my skills in RC jets. I am honored to be a part of Team Futaba and look forward to meeting/seeing you at events!
Kim Foster
Kim Foster
A modeler since: 1968
Primary interests in R/C: scale and jets
With over 40 years of R/C experience, Kim’s not only been everywhere (man), but done most everything, as well. At Top Gun, for instance, he’s won every place in the top 10 except 7th and 1st (in overall) and placed first in biplanes, aerobatics and team once each, and four times in high static scale. In addition, he’s also been to the Scale Masters (four times, with a 2nd and Best Biplane to his credit), the NATS (“too many times to keep track of…”), four World Championships and 4-5 jet events per year. If you’ve seen Kim in ’07, you’ve probably also seen his most recent scale masterpiece: a Frankel T-34. While he’s focuses on scale and jets (he currently flies a King Cat), Kim also likes to branch out occasionally. He “dabbles” in helicopters, foamies, sport and pattern and competes in Advanced C\L stunt, too.
Accomplishments: Member 2011 Jet World Masters team USA. 4-time member USA FAI scale team
Scott Foster
Scott Foster
Temperance, Michigan
A modeler since: 1985
Primary interests in R/C:  Everything!  Jets, F3A pattern, 3D aerobatics (airplanes and heli’s), DLG’s, nitro, kero, electric, indoors or outside.

Accomplishments:
  • 2005 ETOC, 1st place
  • 2005 EX Games, 4th
  • 2000, 2001 team leader and pilot for Miami University’s AIAA/Cessna/ONR design, build, and fly team
Currently on ‘leave’ for medical training.
Other notes of interest:  Listed above me in the team directory is my old man.  Model aviation has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I owe my passion, curiosity, and ability to him and the countless hours of building, repairing, teaching and of course many gallons of fuel throughout my youth.  There are a few family team’s here in the directory and I am proud to join pop’s in the ranking. 
Mike Fox
Mike Fox
My dad taught me about airplanes when I was 5 yrs old teaching how to cut out shapes from balsa, put them together, CG, and trim them, the basics. Dad flew pattern contests at the time and of course I went with. I think I flew my first contest at the age of 10. I was not good, but I was there and flew. We then started to get into sailplanes as Dad was getting into full size soaring. This was super fun on all levels. We started to fly soaring contests and I liked the challenges. Over the years I have been a National champ 7-8 times in multiple classes. Although competing is a challenge, just going out flying is the most fun. I also fly the big scale sailplanes, electric stunt, and just fun fly ships. I have attempted a little helicopter and quadcopter, but think I break them more than fly them. :-)
Rusty Fried
Rusty Fried
I have been flying model aircraft since the early 50’s. I flew in my first Nats at or about 1960. In my youth I flew U-Control and Free flight. As a Junior and Senior I won or placed in Stunt and Navy Carrier In many Nats. I started flying Radio Control about 1964 with single channel. As equipment advanced I stayed with it all the way to today. I starting flying Pattern about 1970, I still fly pattern at local and some regional events.  I started flying IMAC about 1994, we had so many engine problems with the early engines I stopped flying IMAC until 2004. I now fly more IMAC than Pattern.   I have been involved in club affairs since 1979. I have been Pasted NSRCA District Vice President and am now serving as IMAC South West Regional Director. I have been a Futaba sponsored pilot since 1989.

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Kevin Garland
Kevin Garland
Yuma, Arizona
Modeler Since: 1996
Primary Interest: Giant Scale Aircraft
My name is Kevin Garland and I am from Griffin, GA. I attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL where I attained a bachelors degree in Aeronautics with a minor in Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aerial Systems. I also hold a Commercial Pilots License. For work I am a Research and Development Unmanned Aircraft Pilot for Latitude Engineering. As for R/C flying I enjoy competing in IMAC in the Unlimited Class and also enjoy the next big part of the hobby which is FPV flying. I would not be where I am today without my Granddad, which is who got me started in this hobby in 1996.
Kelly Gerber
Kelly Gerber
Ocala, Florida
Occupation: Corporate Pilot
My primary interests in RC are precision and freestyle giant scale aerobatics with more of a focus on precision. I've been flying model airplanes since I was 8 years old. I've been competing on the IMAC circuit since 2003 as well as XFC's in 2005, 2006, and 2008. This hobby is a huge part of my life and played a large part in what ended up being my career. Some things I've been lucky enough to accomplish are 2004 Advanced IMAC Southeast Regional Champion, 2nd place 2004 Advanced IMAC National's, 3rd place 2005 XFC, 4th place 2006 XFC, 3rd place 2008 XFC. I'm currently competing in the Unlimited Class in the great Southeast IMAC region.
Chris Gini
Chris Gini
Tooele, Utah
Flying Radio Control Airplanes since 1996
Flying competition Precision Aerobatics since 2001
Flying RC aerobatic Helicopters 700 size class since 2008
Competed in 5 Futaba Extreme flight championships 2008 13th, 2009 14th, 2011 3rd in racing, 2012 15th, 2013 12th
Greatplanes E-fest Indoor pattern contest competitor 2007 7th, 2008 7th, 2009 8th, 2010 6th, 2011 4th, 2012 3rd, 2013 7th
2011, 2012 Imac Regionals, 2nd Place unlimited
Waukesha Pattern Contest 2014 3rd Place Masters, 2015 1st FAI
Mesa Arizona Pattern contest 2015 2nd Place Masters
AMA Pattern Nationals 2015 2nd Place Masters
Ryan Gonsoulin
Ryan Gonsoulin
New Iberia, Louisiana
A modeler since: 1991
Primary interests in R/C: scale aerobatics (IMAC)

Accomplishments:
  • 5-time US Scale Aerobatics National podium finisher
  • 5-time Tucson Shootout podium finisher
  • 5-time South Central Regional Champion
  • 2007 Advanced US Scale Aerobatics National Champion
  • 2007 Advanced Tucson Shootout Champion
  • 2-Time Clover Creek podium finisher in Unlimited
Other notes of interest: He first flew at the age of 12.  He has flown everything including 2M gliders, 1/2A pylon, sport, glow, gas, etc. As of late he has started flying F3K (hand launch gliders).   He also has designed Ryan’s Rebel (RCM, December 2002) and Dalton Aviation’s Yak 54, 38.5%.
Tony Gorgone
Tony Gorgone
Engineering Manager
A modeler since: 2001
Primary interests: Giants Scale Aerobatics and IMAC
Accomplishments: 2014 IMAC Intermediate Class World Champion
I have been flying RC aircraft for over 15 years. I have been interested in aircraft since I was a small child, growing up around Naval Aviation. I began flying in 2001, shortly after graduating from Virginia Tech with degrees in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. I started out with a Hobbistar 60 and a Futaba 6XAS transmitter and quickly moved onto aerobatic aircraft. I have been working as an instructor at my local club since 2002 and have been competing in IMAC for the past 10 or so years. I enjoy competing and seeing all my friends at contests up and down the east coast. I plan to try my hand at some pattern contests and even attend some warbird events in the future.
Mike Goza
Mike Goza
Houston, Texas
Primary interest: Helicopters
I've been flying RC aircraft for over 43 years and 37 of those years have been with Futaba equipment. I started flying RC planes at age 12 and quickly got into pattern competition. Right after college I got into helicopters with a Schluter Miniboy with no gyro and mechanical mixing. I was hooked and never looked back. I've been flying F3C competitions for the better part of 20 years and was the team manager for the World Championships in 2005 (Spain) and 2009 (USA) where the team took second and first places. I was also a columnist for Model Helicopter Technique for several years. During my modelling career, I have always tried to buy the best equipment I could afford. Futaba has been my radio of choice. So if you are in the market for a new radio, be it the "lowly" 6 channel up to the powerhouse 18MZ, you won't go wrong with Futaba and it will serve you for many years to come.
Mark Griggs
Mark Griggs
Modeler since: October 2009
Primary interest: 3D helicopters
Self employed (1995)
Live in Shalimar, Florida (1981)
Originally from SW Michigan where I first saw RC airplanes fly in the mid 70's. No one in my family flew any type of RC so all I did was admire them flying. Fast forward roughly 35 years, while at a customer's home I saw a small coaxial helicopter on his work bench. After getting all the information, I went to Radio South in Pensacola FL and bought my first RC Heli. The first year was an expensive learning curve!. No SIM, no help, just crash, repair, repeat!. I turned to the internet and was able to gather a world of info not the least of which, Fun Fly's. Over the years I've made many many friends through this great hobby and gained a wealth of knowledge. Something I'm thankful to be able to pay-forward by helping new folks in the hobby.
Will Gross
Will Gross
Alberta, Canada
Primary Interests: F3A Precision Aerobatics
I work in the telecommunications industry as an RF Designer Engineer. My passion is flying F3A precision aerobatics. My flying interests are primarily Pattern but I really enjoy Giant scale freestyle 3D, indoors flying etc. I really enjoy helping others in this great hobby, my wife is my number supporter and my two kids are the best pit crew on the planet!

Accomplishments:
  • 4th place at the Canadian Nationals and Team Trials in FAI
  • 1st alternate pilot for the Canadian F3A Team that will represent Canada at the F3A World Championships in Switzerland 2015
  • 1st Place  Precision Aerobatics at the Canadian Nationals in Advanced 2012
  • 1st Place Masters in the F3A Western Canadian Pattern Championship
  • 1st & 3rd  Place in FAI in the Western Canadian Pattern Championships in Alberta Canada 2013 & 2014

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Greg Hahn
Greg Hahn
New Castle, Indiana
I have been in RC since 1975, and a Scale competitor since 1994.
  • “Mr. Top Gun” - 2005
  • 4-time Top Gun Expert Class Champion
  • 2-time US Scale Masters Grand Champion
  • 3-time US Nationals Scale Champion
  • 9-time NASA Flight Achievement Award Winner
  • 7-time Toledo Show Military Champion
  • 1999 - Toledo Show "Best of Show"
Ryan Haldenwanger
Ryan Haldenwanger
Littleton, Colorado
A modeler since: 1986
Primary interest: Warbirds and Scale Jets
I purchased my first RC plane in 1985 when I was 15 yrs old with money earned from my first job. It came with a 4CH Futaba radio and I've never had a reason to switch. My primary interest is in Scale WWII fighters and Vintage Era 1950's and 60's Classic jets, but fly everything from Cubs to Extra 300's, to F‑16's. I am a regular competitor at Top Gun and a commercial airline pilot "on the side".
Jerry Hailey
Jerry Hailey
Lexington, North Carolina
Flying RC Airplanes since 1983
Currently flying Giant Scale Aerobatics
  • IMAC Education Committee Chairman
  • IMAC Sequence Committee Member
  • IMAC World Championship Judge
  • IMAC National Championship Judge
  • IMAC Advanced Class Competitor
  • SE Assistant Regional Director
  • AMA Contest Director
Devin Hammond
Devin Hammond
I am 19 years old. I attend North West Shoals Community College and am pursuing a machine tool degree. I flew FAI Class 1 last year, and won the Music City helicopter championship and placed second at the FAI Nats.
Anson Hargrove
Anson Hargrove
Lubbock, Texas
Primary Interest:: RC Helicopters - 3D, Jets, Giant Scale Aerobatics I have been flying RC for over 27 years. I live in Lubbock, Texas and I own my own business - Commercial Painting. I have competed in competitions from the Nationals to IMAC from Coast to Coast, and enjoy all the aspects of this hobby! I'm currently flying for Futaba and HeliDirect.
Mike Harrison
Mike Harrison
My father is still an avid modeler (88 years young) and I have followed in his footsteps from an early age. I have been flying pattern since 1978. I have been a finalist in F3A numerous times. I have designed numerous pattern planes--Obsession, Oddessy, Rhapsody, Symphony I and Symphony II, Harmony I and Harmony II. I have worked with some of the companies to improve some of the products and I have been a Team Futaba member for many years.
Chance Hartman
Chance Hartman
Pueblo West, Colorado
15 years old
I've been flying FPV quadcopters since 2016 and started racing RC Off-Road in 2014. I was the Top Qualifier at the Reno Air Races MultiGP Nationals in 2017, 1st place at the MultiGP Regional Qualifier in Denver, CO. and 2nd in the Regional finals. I have always used Futaba radios and servos in my 1:10 and 1:8 scale RC racing as well as my racing quadcopters because they are rock solid in both build quality and signal. I will be touring with the FPVLightrax XP Tour during the summer of 2018, racing my quadcopter against the best pilots all over the country. Hopefully we can fly together some day.
Chris Hass
Chris Hass
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Age 22
Started Flying: 1996
Occupation: Lead UAS developer at Michigan Aerospace
R/C Interests: Freestyle, IMAC, Pattern, Soaring
This will be my 19th year flying R/C, I have flown every type and style of aircraft other than turbine powered aircraft. I have competed in many different local and national championships as well as XFC and ETOC. I have to thank my Dad for helping me get here and look forward to representing Futaba!
Larry Hazbun
Larry Hazbun
Davie, Florida
Since the age of 14, I have been flying model airplanes and helicopters giving me over 25 years of experience in the hobby. Having worked at many hobby shops since my days in high school, that exposed me to the ability to build hundreds of model airplanes and helicopters as well as instruct countless individuals. Beginning during my college days, I got heavily involved in flying competition with a focus on F3C. That led me to be able to meet many lifelong friends in the hobby as well as achieve numerous wins in both helicopter and airplane events. The exposure of competition allowed me to also get involved in the design of mechanical components for helicopter and airplane companies from rotor heads for helicopters to model turbine engines. Additionally, I’ve been fortunate to travel around the world and compete internationally in Germany, Austria, and the UK. I have also authored many articles and product reviews for heli magazines.

When not flying, I work for one of the largest medical companies in the world leading and managing a team of mechanical engineers designing robotic equipment for surgical applications. Additionally, if not at the model flying field or at work, you can find me at a local general aviation airport flying all sorts of single engine planes holding an instrument rating allowing me to visit new places. Being a proud father of 2, I also now enjoy passing on my modeling experience to my son.

Needless to say, I love all things that fly and couldn’t think of a better way to spend a weekend with beautiful weather than to go out and fly a model helicopter or plane.
Bryan Hebert
Bryan Hebert
I started flying models at a very early age I have been devoted to the hobby ever since.  I have been involved in Pattern flying and designing pattern airplanes for over 20 years. I have 18 designs and have kitted 15 of these in wood and Glass by top companies like CARF and Oxai. I currently have three designs in production. I am involved with the US F3A team and have been to 3 world championships as a caller, coach and team manager. I do enjoy other aspects of the hobby but precision aerobatics is where most of my efforts are concentrated.
Bill Hempel
Bill Hempel
Tucson, Arizona
A modeler since: 1979
Primary interests in R/C: Giant Scale/IMAC

Accomplishments:
  • 4-time US National IMAC Unlimited Champion
  • 4-time TOC Competitor
  • 1-time - USARA Unlimited National Champion
Other notes of interest: I love all aspects of RC flight, I enjoy flying R/C helicopters and electric planes during off competition times of the year. Also enjoy having/flying BIG RC 50%+ planes that are a ton to fly!! GO FUTABA!
Cliff Hiatt
Cliff Hiatt
Modeler since 1964
R/C modeler since 1970
R/C competition since 1974, R/C helicopters since 1982
Futaba team pilot since 1985
I am currently employed by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando. My experience with R/C helicopters led to securing a job in the aerospace industry in 1983.  I have been married since 1981 and have a son 30 yrs. old and daughter 25 yrs. old.
My modeling career began with control line models in 1964 and transitioned to fixed wing R/C in 1970.  My first radio system was a single stick ‘RCM Classic’ that I built from scratch with my father’s help.  My interest immediately was captured by ‘pattern’ competition and I entered my first contest in 1974. My pattern competition record includes 1st place Advanced Class at the 1978 NATS, 1st place Expert Class at 1979 NATS and placed 6th at 1981 F3A ‘Masters’ Team Selection contest.  I also enjoyed success in many regional contests between 1974 and 1981.
I became interested in flying R/C helicopters in 1982 and began competition flying soon after.  I placed 3rd in F3C class at 1983 NATS, 1st place in AMA Expert and F3C classes at 1984 NATS and 1st place F3C class in 1988 and 1990 NATS. I was also a member of the first US F3C team and placed 7th at the 1st F3C World Championships in 1985 in London, Ontario, Canada. In 1995, I won the F3C World Championships in Kasaoka, JAPAN.  Afterwards, I placed 5th at 1997 F3C World Championships in Ankara, TURKEY and 5th at the 2001 F3C World championships in Muncie, IN. I also served two stints as the US F3C Team Manager; in 1989 World Championships in Tidewater, VA., and the 2013 World Championships in Wloklawek, Poland. I’m proud to have my son Daniel following in my footsteps… and out-flying me regularly!
I have been a sponsored pilot or consultant for Futaba Corporation USA since 1985 and have been involved with new product development and testing since then. I also have served in the same capacity for several other R/C Helicopter and related equipment manufacturers.  I currently serve the AMA as the Contest Board Coordinator.
Daniel Hiatt
Daniel Hiatt
Huntsville, Alabama
Began flying R/C airplanes in 1997 and R/C helicopters in 2000; participated in his first R/C helicopter competition in 2005; was the 2006 AMA Class 3 National Champion. Began flying F3C competitions in 2008 and performed judges calibration flights at the 2009 F3C World Championships in Munice, IN. 5th place 2010 US NATS/US Team Trials; selected as alternate pilot for 2011 US F3C World Championship Team. 4th place 2012 US NATS/US Team Trials; selected as team pilot for 2013 US F3C World Championship Team. Team Futaba member since 2011.
Jeremy Hodak
Jeremy Hodak
Bourbonnais, Illinois
Modeler since 2008
Primary Interests: Helicopters
My love for aviation began as a teenager working at the local airport. I fueled many different airplanes and jets, but fueling a Blackhawk helicopter under power was by far the best experience. I started out by teaching myself how to fly R/C helicopter then switching to planes for a couple years. Helicopters always offered the greatest challenge but also the most satisfaction. Attending events is enjoyable, but more than anything, watching and helping people is the primary attraction for me. I'm honored to be on Team Futaba and can't wait for what the future holds.
Shawn Hovel
Shawn Hovel
Marshalltown, Iowa
I started flying R/C airplanes in 1997 and helicopters in 2000. Through the years I've had the opportunity to help teach many people how to fly these great models, and have made some great friends in the process. I am a current member of Team Thunder Tiger, and it's an honor to be able to fly and promote such a great product: FUTABA.
Mark Hunt
Mark Hunt
Houston, Texas
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer
3rd generation modeler, flying since I was 6yrs. old. I have an interest in anything with wings and a passion for Precision Aerobatics and design of Pattern aircraft.

Accomplishments:
  • 2014 US Nationals Masters Champion, flying my own design
  • 2 top 10 finishes in FAI
  • 2017' FAI district champion (Dist.6 NSRCA)
The hobby has blessed me with friendships and knowledge I could have never dreamed of. Flying for Team Futaba is a true honor for me. I really enjoy engaging those new to R/C so that they feel welcome and eager to ask questions.
Chip Hyde
Chip Hyde
Tucson, Arizona
A modeler since: 1977
Primary interests in R/C: F3A
Accomplishments: 2 Time World Champion (F3A 1991, F3D 1999) 3 Time TOC Champion 90, 92, 2002) 3 Time Vice TOC Champion (88, 99, 2000) 1992 TOC Freestyle Champion, 13 time US National Champion (9 Pattern, 1 Racing, 1 Helicopter, 1 Imac) 6 Time US F3A Vice National Champion,  XFC Champion 2002, World Air Games Champion (Dubai 2005) 9 time US F3A World Team Member, 4 Time US F3D World Team Member, 7 Time NMPRA National Record Holder (Q-500, Q-40)  2 Time Championship Race winner Q-40

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AJ Jaffe
AJ Jaffe
Westland, Michigan
Modeler Since: 1998
Primary Interest: Helicopters
I have been flying helicopters since I was 10 but I have been around them most of my life, attending numerous IRCHA Jamboree's with my father and accompanying him to the field.  I have flown several IRCHA demo flights, including noon time demos.  I have flown Futaba transmitters since the beginning, and I am honored to be a part of the team!
Andrew Jesky
Andrew Jesky
Tooele, Utah
  • 4-time US F3A Nationals Champion
  • 5-time US F3A World Team Member (2007-2015)
  • 3-time US F3A World Team Captain
Zak Johns
Zak Johns
Zak hails from Virginia Beach, VA, and at fourteen already has nine years of R/C flying experience under his belt. For the past three years, he’s devoted his time and efforts to mastering 3D helis.
Mark Jorgenson
Mark Jorgenson
Hebron, Kentucky
A modeler since: 1993
Occupation: IT Manger at The Christ Hospital.
Primary Interests in R/C: Scale Aerobatics, Giant Scale

Accomplishments:
  • Former IMAC Regional Director and President
  • Multi‑year Scale Aeroabatics Nationals Event Director
  • 2002 Tournament of Champions Judge
  • Multi‑year Tucson Shootout Judge
  • Multi‑year Don Lowe Masters Judge and Sequence Designer
  • Multi‑year XFC Judge and Score Keeper
  • Multi‑year Scale Aerobatics Nat's Judge
  • Multi‑year Clover Creek Invitational Judge
  • Multi‑year ETOC Judge and Scorekeeper
  • Caller for 1999 Don Lowe Masters Champion ‑ Frank Noll Jr.

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Frank Kelley
Frank Kelley
Las Vegas, Nevada
I have been interested in model airplanes since age 12. My radio control interest started in the fall of '63 with a single channel, rudder-only model, with a rubber-powered escapement to move said rudder. I was hooked!
I became very interested in RC aerobatics and flew my first pattern meet at the Winter Nationals in Tucson in 1973. I was a avid Pattern flyer for many years, competing in local and regional contests, including the Nationals.
I got involved with IMAC in the early 90's, and compete in that to this day.
I pride myself these days with helping, coaching and advising my fellow fliers and promoting radio control model flying.
Matthew Kloss
Matthew Kloss
Bradford, Pennsylvania
Born: 1989
Occupation: Rig Hand
Modeler since: 1999
Private Pilot Since 2011
Primary Interests: 3D helicopters, 3D airplanes, and all forms of unpowered flight, including aero-towing.
As an aviation enthusiast I enjoy all forms of aero modeling and full scale aviation. I attend a wide variety of events every year from aero-tow gliding to helicopter and airplane events. When not attending R/C events, I enjoy full scale aviation, and fishing.
Kurt Koelling
Kurt Koelling
Powell, Ohio
Kurt started flying R/C airplanes in 1999 and has always flown with Futaba radios!   He competes in IMAC Scale Aerobatics, Precision Aerobatics, Indoor Electrics, Freestyle/3D, and Pylon Racing.

Accomplishments:
  • IMAC Unlimited World Champion and U.S. Team Captain (2014)
  • Seven time U.S. Scale Aerobatics Unlimited National Champion (2007, 2010-15)
  • Seven time U.S. Nats IMAC Bennett Cup Champion (2007, 2010-15)
  • Canadian Scale Aerobatics Unlimited National Champion (2007)
  • U.S. Scale Aerobatics Sportsman National Champion (2001)
  • 15 time IMAC Scale Aerobatics National Championship finalist (2001-15)
  • 7 time Tucson Shootout Invitational class finalist (2005, 07, 08, 09, 11, 12, 15)
  • 3 time Clover Creek Invitational finalist (2008, 10, 12)
  • 3 time Don Lowe Masters World Aerobatics Championship competitor
  • XFC Extreme Flight Championships competitor
  • First place in over 150 IMAC competitions
Other notes of interest:  Kurt serves as a member of the AMA Scale Aerobatics Contest Board, IMAC International Sequence Committee, and IMAC judging instructor.  At the field he loves to help others setup planes and teach them how to fly aerobatics.  He is employed as a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at The Ohio State University.
Derek Koopowitz
Derek Koopowitz
Californian Derek Koopowitz notes that he's been an airplane guy since he was 7, but admits to a brief "fling" with gas-powered R/C cars back in 1974.
He returned to flying a decade later and began competing in pattern events in 1996. A long-time member of IMAC and NSRCA (Pattern), he currently competes in the F3A Class and supports flying and flying events in several capacities. He was the 2007-2010 President (and a former Treasurer) of the NRSCA, helped organize the 2011 F3A World Championship in Muncie and serves as a representative of the AMA District X R/C Aerobatics Contest Board and as the USA F3A representative to the FAI-CIAM.  He judged at the F3P and F3A World Championships in 2015.
When he's not busy flying, leading or keeping score, Derek goes to his day job: Audit Manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Al Kretz
Al Kretz
I started flying in scale competition back in the late seventies and I was hooked! I decided I wanted to build my own planes because it gives me such great satisfaction. I have designed several models and have flown them in designer class. I have been on the US Scale team that went to the World Championships in 1998, 2004, and 2008. What a thrill that was, knowing you were representing the United States! I came in 3rd at Top Gun with my Spitfire once and came in 2nd at the NATS several times. I have either won or placed in the upper 3 at numerous scale events and have received four pilot's choice awards. I had the honor to receive Futaba Team status in 2005.
Ivan Kristensen
Ivan Kristensen
Occupation: Corporate Pilot, retired.
A modeler since 1963, Lives in Guelph Onatrio Canada with his wife Dianne of 45 years.
In the past Ivan's main focus has been F3A pattern competition, his first World Championship was in Doylestown PA in 1971 as a member of the Canadian team. He remained a Canadian F3A team member for almost 30 years with that last one being in Pensacola Fl. in 1999

Ivan also competed in all TOC's in Las Vegas (with one exception) from 1974 to 2000. He hold national championship titles in Canada (15), USA (4), Australia (1), South Africa (1) and the winner of numerous local and International competitions in both F3A and IMAC.

Today Ivan is concentrating on building and flying IMAC type airplanes and active competes in 4-6 contests per year in both Canada and the USA. Since his retirement several years ago he is spending his winters in central Florida. Having recently obtained his AMA CD license he is now organizing and CD'ing the Ocala IMAC contest.
Bob Krull
Bob Krull
Poughquag, New York
A modeler since: 1974
Primary interests in R/C: Giant Scale Aircraft both Military and Civilian, IMAC, NASA Scale Competition.
Been building models since I was old enough to use a razor blade without taking off a finger. Enjoy flying aircraft of all sizes.

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Dean Lampron
Dean Lampron
Hatfield, Massachusetts
I am 22 years old and I have been flying for around 10 years. My Dad got me started in Pattern competitions when I was 12 years old. This allowed me to learn the discipline of precision aerobatics. I got into freestyle and giant scale aerobatics after a few years of flying pattern. I started to compete in IMAC in 2013. I've attended the Clover Creek summer camp in 2013 and 2014. Flying at Clover Creek helped progress my abilities which led to me compete in two XFC's, Clover Creek Invitational and the Tucson Aerobatic shootout at the Invitation Level.

My achievements include:
  • 1st Place in Masters 2017 Haverstraw Pattern Challenge (2017)
  • Tuscan Aerobatic Shootout Competitor Freestyle and Invitational (2017)
  • Clover Creek Invitational Competitor (2016)
  • 5th Place in XFC (2016)
  • 8th Place in XFC (2015)
  • 2nd Place in Unlimited Clover Creek IMAC Contest (2014)
  • 1st Place in Advance AMA Nationals Scale Aerobatics (2014)
  • 1st Place in Freestyle AMA Nationals Scale Aerobatics (2014)
I fly Warbirds and Scale aircraft with my Dad at meets all over the East coast. My primary choice of equipment is the always dependable 18SZ radio paired with a R7003SB or R7008SB receiver and 9177SV servos, set up through Futaba SBus. I have never been more happy with a radio since joining Team Futaba. I appreciate the opportunity to fly for such a great company and I am looking forwards to years of dependability.
Adam Landefeld
Adam Landefeld
Lehi, Utah
Adam has been an avid RC pilot and RC car racer for over 25 years and has been using Futaba for all of them. For the last 15 + years his RC activities have focused mainly on helicopters. Traveling all over the US, to many events per year, he loves being a representative who helps bring people to the hobby. Adam is a thrilling 3D pilot and credits his success largely to having great control equipment. It is not unusual to see him in the pits helping a new pilot get his first helicopter setup for flying or helping a very seasoned pilot take the next steps in a progression. He insists that it is possible for everyone to have a great experience with RC and is always willing to make sure that happens. If you happen to be at a fun fly in the western US this year there is a good chance you’ll see Adam there, please say hi!
Dave Lockhart
Dave Lockhart
Medford, New Jersey
A modeler since: 1976
Primary Interests in R/C: Precision Aerobatics (F3A), Precision Indoor Aerobatics (F3P), 3D and high performance electric airplanes

Accomplishments:
  • More than 230 podium finishes including 170 first place finishes in the USA and Canada.
  • 20 top ten finishes at USA pattern Nationals.
  • 28 annual regional championships (Sportsman, Advanced, Expert, Masters, and F3A).
  • 1998 USA Pattern Nationals Champion (Masters).
  • 2009 South African Nationals Champion (F3A).
  • 2011 USA Pattern Nationals Champion (F3A).
  • 2013 ETOC (Electric Tournament of Champions) semi-finalist fifth place.
  • 2017 USA F3P Team Pilot for World Championships in France.
Other Notes: Lifelong modeler learning from another lifelong modeler, my Father Ron. Former aerobatics columnist for Flying Models and current aerobatics columnist for Park Pilot. Two-time USA F3P Team Manager. Active with development and testing for APC, Castle Creations, Contra Drive, CK Aero, and Tech-Aero.

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Bill Malvey
Bill Malvey
Ladera Ranch, California
Born: 1955
Occupation: Geologist - Hazardous Waste/Contamination  Consultant
A modeler since: 1967
Primary interests in R/C: Thermal duration soaring/F3J, pattern, and IMAC. Also fly some helicopters and dabble in gasoline & fast electric boat racing.

Accomplishments:
  • AMA Leader Member. AMA member since 1967.
  • Former AMA Associate Vice President (AVP) for AMA District X.
  • Awarded AMA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2007. This is the second highest award given by the AMA in recognition of service to the AMA.
  • AMA District Service Award 2010.
  • Organized and ran the SCAT Series of aerobatic contests in the southwest US  from 2000 to 2005. Ran 48 contests with an average attendance of 45 pilots  in Arizona, California, and Nevada.
  • Chairman of the IMAC Rules and Standards Committee from 2004 to 2006. Also participated on the IMAC sequence committee.
Worked for Pro Line radios in the late 70’s.
Wayne Mann
Wayne Mann
I have been flying R/C for over 35 years. I flew pattern airplanes in the mid 80s and starting competing with helicopters in 1986. I have been a Futaba sponsored pilot for over twenty years and in that time I have managed to win over 50 F3C helicopter contests throughout the US. I have been a US F3C Team Member for the last twenty years and I have helped the US to win 5 World Championship Team Titles. I am also a Team Thunder Tiger pilot flying the new Raptor G4 e720 along with Flight Power Batteries.
George Manning Jr.
George Manning Jr.
A modeler since: 1969
Occupation: Elevator Service Technician
Primary interests in R/C: Jets both scale and sport, Helicopters, Slope Gliders, Aerobatics, FPV both multi rotor and planes.

Accomplishments:
  • NSRCA district 7 champion several times beginning with Advanced pattern and going through Expert, Masters and F3A
  • Former NSRCA national Masters class Champion
  • Several time National and US team selection finalist in F3A
  • Former TOC Competitor
  • Numerous awards at the AMA convention in the static model display competition
Other notes of interest: I miss the old style of pattern we once flew and find that flying jets at several events a year allows me to fill the void for that fast, long and smooth style of flying I once competed in. Quite often you will find me at a jet even working with the Global Jet Club helping to promote that end of the hobby as best I can. I am originally from Cleveland Ohio area and have been living in Southern California for the past 33 yrs. Although I have flown most types of radio equipment that has been available to the modeling community over the past 46 years I have chosen to own and fly Futaba equipment since the early 70's.
By the way I will drive or fly anything that has a radio in it.
John Markham
John Markham
Pataskala, Ohio
I'm a second generation modeler getting my love of the sport from my father George Markham. My interest in flying began as my Dads' buddy at the flying field, carrying his planes or climbing into trees to retrieve a lost plane. I also had the job of cleaning fuel off of the planes after flight. In 1972 we joined the FORKS Club where I was no longer just Dads helper; I found myself participating more in the sport and was involved in pattern flying, then came the years of giant airplanes to scale. In 1976 I noticed helicopters and that's when I became a true enthusiast of the RC Sport. I competed in FAI F3C in the late 80's through the 90's in Helis, sport and scale contest flying. After a hiatus from the sport to raise my three children I'm now actively flying Helis since 2010, flying sport and helping the newer club members of Tailspinners as their lead Heli pilot. I also enjoy flying quads and FPV.
Mitch Marozas
Mitch Marozas
Chicago, Illinois
Occupation:  7th Grade Student
A modeler since: 2004
Primary interests in R/C:  3D Helicopters and Airplanes

Accomplishments:
  • 2010 World Micro and Mini Heli Cup - 1st place
  • 2010 I-Hobby Airplane Cup - 3rd place
  • 2010 XFC - 13th place
  • 2010 Electric Flight Expo - 1st place
  • 2009 World Micro and Mini Heli Cup - 3rd place
  • 2009 Electric Flight Expo - 3rd place
Other notes of interest: Mitch enjoys playing basketball and football for his grammar school team and likes working with computers.
Jim Martin
Jim Martin
“I enjoy all types of flying,” says Jim, “whether it’s free flight, control-line, R/C or full-scale. In fact, my interest in model aviation helped start my career in full- scale aviation.” Jim, a pilot, mechanic and a Maintenance Safety Inspector for the FAA, took up R/C in the late ‘60s. He competed in scale and pattern events during the late ‘70s, but his interests have broadened considerably since then. Current activities include serving as an Associate VP for AMA District III and as a judge at NATS, Scale Masters & Top Gun events in R/C Scale. He’s also training to be an FAI rep for the USA in R/C scale and performs with the Buckeye Aero Squadron, an AMA show team in Dayton, OH. And in his spare time? Jim gives a typical Team response: “I enjoy helping others build and fly.”
Rocky McCarter
Rocky McCarter
Apple Valley, California
I started flying models when I was 12. It all happened one summer with my Grandfather and have been flying ever since. My primary interest is giant scale 3D but I also really enjoy electric. As a young man I flew pattern planes & won several contests. I then discovered giant scale and was hooked. As an adult, I was lucky enough to brought into Ace Hobby Distributers where I became Airplane team manager. I put together a winning team in 2010 with a first and third place in the airplane division. I feel very fortunate to be a team Futaba member as I feel they provide the best equipment in the industry. I enjoy helping other people learn to work with their new transmitters and the Futaba system because, overtime, any hobbiest will learned that it is truly the best out there and they can feel confident in the equipment in their models.
Don McClellan
Don McClellan
Number of years flying: 41
Number of years in IMAC competition: 15
Other hobbies & interests: electronics, camping, vintage cars, musician
R/C role model: my father Norm
49 yrs of age, married 24 yrs. partner of RM Auto Restoration for past 26 yrs. Other interests/hobbies: RVing, auto mechanics, musician, electronics tech, travel.
Member of Team Futaba since 2004
Flying many types- large scale aerobatic, large scale warbird, electric and nitro aerobatic helicopter, indoor electric a/c
Member of Chatham Aeronauts club executive and organization team for our events
CD of local events from pattern to scale to IMAC for many years
Started competitive flying in the late '70's with Pattern, then late in the '90's got into Scale Aerobatics. Currently compete in IMAC Unlimited class
3 time US TopGun scale competitor
Unlimited Team Canada IMAC member, placing 7th in the 2014 IMAC World Championships
Certified IMAC Judging Instructor
Have performed 3D/precision model airshow acts in Canadian full scale airshows
Have provided 3D flying demos for other flying clubs, shows and events
Russ McCutcheon
Russ McCutcheon
I started flying 1/2-A control line models when I was about 9 years old and moved to RC aircraft in about 1983. I have flown in IMAC contests thru ought the North West. In the mid 90s I bought a flight sim and a Kyosho Nexus 30 with the simple idea of expanding my flying abilities, little did I know that I would get hooked and soon I was mostly flying helis. From the beginning I have used Futaba radio gear and OS engines. I’m currently flying a Trex 700N and 600N both powered buy Futaba and OS.
Devin McGrath
Devin McGrath
Rochester, New York
I have been flying since 2003. I am currently attending school for Business and working as a manager at a local Ace Hardware my primary interests in the hobby include flying indoor and giant scale aerobatics, helicopters as well as scale and large Electrics. I have been flying in freestyle contests since 2005 I have flown in the ETOC and XFC many times as well as other contests both in the US and Canada. I really enjoy helping other people build setup and fly their models as well as designing my own.
Scott McHarg
Scott McHarg
College Station, Texas
Modeler since 1989
Primary Interests: F3A Precision Aerobatics
U.A.S. pilot for Texas A&M University with over 1400 flight hours.  Flew RQ-2 Pioneer U.A.V. as a civilian contractor / instructor to several branches of our military.  First documented pilot to fly an U.A.S. in public airspace with an ADS-B unit (Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast) onboard the aircraft in December 2014.  Private Pilot Certificate ASEL working on Instrument rating.

Accomplishments:
  • 2nd Place 2011 Nationals Advanced
  • 2011 NSRCA District 6 Champion Advanced
  • 4th Place 2012 Nationals Advanced
  • Numerous wins in all classes through Masters in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arizona, and California
  • Past NSRCA Secretary 2011-2014
  • Current NSRCA Vice President
I’m very honored to be a part of this incredible team with these amazing people.  I love to help folks so if we’re ever somewhere together, look me up and I’ll do what it takes to help you out and show you why I chose Futaba back in 1989 and have stayed with them my entire career.
Laddy McMurry
Laddy McMurry

Midland, Texas
A modeler since: 1992
Primary interests in R/C: Helicopters, Cars and Planes
Other notes of interest: If health problems hadn't forced Laddy McMurry into retirement, he might still be building Indy car engines. Instead, he discovered helis 19 years ago and reports that "I'm still learning something new with every flight." A meeting with fellow heli (and race) fan Ted Schoonard led to a field rep's position for Miniature Aircraft. Similarly, a meeting with Steve Helms at IRCHA (and good words from Ted and Cliff Hiatt) resulted in a rep's position at Futaba and YS. "I'm very grateful for all who have helped me along the way," says Laddy, and he shows it by building helis for friends and helping newbies wherever he finds them.
Gordie Meade
Gordie Meade
I am a retired mathematics instructor at Florida State University. I have been flying model airplanes for over 55 years and RC for over 40 years. I have competed in RC pattern, pylon, scale, and soaring. I currently compete in FAI F3C helicopters and have been an alternate on the US World Team. Over the years I have made many friends in all parts of the country and attend about 15 events a year. If you see me at an event, feel free to stop me and say hello.
James Mineo
James Mineo
Duvall, Washington
Modeler since: 1980
Primary interests are 3D Helicopters & Giant Scale 3D Airplanes.
I got introduced to the world of RC when my dad brought home a Futaba radio and a Subaru Brat RC car. Needless to say, I was absolutely hooked and it led to the purchase and building of many more ground vehicles. To take the RC interests up a notch, in 1990 my dad took me out to the field with the goal of getting me on the buddy cord with one of his many RC airplanes. Thanks to the buddy cord sessions and RealFlight, it wasn't long before I was flying on my own. In 2008 I was introduced to the RC Helicopter world and have since established a fleet of Synergy helis. Between the cars, helicopters and the airplanes I am proud to say I have been a life-long Futaba user  and look forward to the many years to come! Go Futaba!!
Ben Minor
Ben Minor
A modeler since: 1987
I started flying radio controlled models in 1981 and began flying helicopters exclusively in 1986. For the better part of two decades I competed in AMA class helicopter aerobatics, winning several national championships. As overall interest in helicopter competition has waned over recent years, I have redirected my interest to freestyle helicopter aerobatics. Besides my activities on the flying field both locally and in attending regional and national fun fly events, I am also actively involved in Futaba technical support online, via product manual revision, and in working closely with the Hobby Services team to provide answers to more complex helicopter radio equipment questions. I take great pleasure in helping my fellow modelers in this regard.
Josh Moen
Josh Moen
Denver, Colorado
I started flying airplanes in 1986, and competed in a few local MN pattern contests. I switched to flying helicopters in 1999. I entered my first helicopter competition in 2001. I’ve flown for Robbe, YS, Hirobo and V Blades in the past. Currently, I fly for Synergy Helicopters, Rail Blades and Scorpion Power Systems. When I am not flying I am working as an entertainment lighting designer and video engineer. I also freelance as a video producer and DJ. I have been married for 9 years and have two daughters, 6 and 2.
Robert Montee
Robert Montee
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Modeling since 2008
Primary R/C Modeling Interests: Helicopters

Accomplishments:
  • 2014 - AMA NATS Helicopter Sportsman 2nd place
  • 2015 - AMA NATS Helicopter Sportsman National Champion
  • 2016 - AMA NATS Helicopter Advanced National Champion
  • 2016 - AMA NATS Helicopter F3N 4th place
I am an avid R/C helicopter pilot who enjoys learning and testing my skills in competition. If not practicing, you can usually find me helping others or just hanging out at the field. I attend events on the US East Coast and organize heli events at my home field in Fredericksburg Virginia. If you see me at your field, feel free to stop and say hello and fire a question my way.
Chris Mulcahy
Chris Mulcahy
I’ve been fascinated with aviation as far back as I can remember, and started flying R/C about fifteen years ago. I started out by teaching myself how to fly helicopters, and over the years I also jumped right into giant scale 3D airplanes. I fly all types of R/C aircraft, but helis will always remain my first love! I enjoy attending fly-ins and events, and more than anything I really enjoy watching and helping people progress in their own flying. I’m honored to be on Team Futaba, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for R/C!
Nob Muraki
Nob Muraki
Tampa, Florida
A modeler since: 1989
Primary interests in R/C: Helicopter and IMAC

Accomplishments:
  • 1989 AMA Intermediate NATS Champion
  • 1995 F3C World Championships USA Team Manager and assisted Team and individual titles
Other notes of interest: Been competing F3C since 1991.  Started IMAC competition from 2009 and staying busy.

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Jerry Neel
Gerald Neel
Troutman, North Carolina
I started flying control line in 1967
I flew my first RC flight in 1970
My interest include all types of model aircraft with RC Turbine Jets being my primary focus.
My passion is helping others and giving back to the hobby that I have enjoyed for over 45 years.

Accomplishments:
  • 2 time Tournament of Champions (TOC) Contestant (1998, 2000)
  • 6 time Don Lowe Masters Contestant
  • Numerous Local IMAC Unlimited Class Wins
I enjoy judging RC aerobatics.
 My judging experiences include:
2011, 2012 Tucson Aerobatic Shootout
2012 Clover Creek Invitational
Numerous Local Pattern and IMAC contests
Chris Nelle
Chris Nelle
Austin, Texas
Student
A Modeler since 2007
Primary interest:  Giant Scale 3D Airplanes
I enjoy attending fly-ins and events, being surrounded by my friends and meeting new ones.  Helping pilots, engaging with the spectators, and supporting the event gives me a lot of satisfaction.
During the school year I try to attend various science fairs; setting up flight simulators and sharing the joy of flight to the kids in attendance.
I am honored to be a member of “Team Futaba”.
Jason Neves
Jason Neves
Scottsdale, Arizona
Primary Interest: IMAC Scale Aerobatics, Scale Masters, and Pattern.
Was introduced to R/C modeling by my father Rob, in the summer of 1982 he taught me how to fly on a Goldberg Eagle 63" and I have been hooked ever since. I love R/C flying and will fly almost anything. I am currently competing in the Intermediate class in the SW Region of IMAC, and Intermediate Class in District 7 Pattern. I enjoy helping out at my local field and I am considered a very good caller in both IMAC and Pattern and often help the first time contestants. It's a real reward being part of this hobby and an honor to be a Team Futaba member.
Chad Northeast
Chad Northeast
Calgary, AB Canada
A modeler since: 1991
Primary interests in R/C: Precision Aerobatics, Electrics, 3D, EDF

Accomplishments:
  • 6 time Canadian F3A World Championships Team Member
  • 4 time F3A World Championships Semi-Finalist (best finish 16th)
  • 6 time F3A Canadian National Champion
  • 3 time F3A US Nationals Finalist
Other notes of interest: I have really enjoyed being involved with a lot of the baby steps of electric power that is being used in F3A, it has been very rewarding to be involved in the development of that aspect of the event. I have two boys that keep me really busy Thomas who is 1 year old, and Matthew who is 4 years, and somehow my wife Agnes manages to handle them while I am practicing!

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Brian O'Meara
Brian O'Meara
I entered my first model airplane contest when I was five years old, in 1953. Like many young boys in the 50's, I built and flew many U-Control planes. I built my first RC plane in 1967, forty years ago. My first radio was an Orbit. My next radio was a Kraft and had them build me a Kraft Signature Series in 1978. At that time I was flying pattern. I built my first scale war bird in 1976, a .60 size, Royal kit of a KI-61 Tony. I flew this plane in both scale meets and pattern meets. In 1980, I had qualified and flew in the first US Scale Masters in Los Angeles, CA. Along with my long standing attendance record, I have won the championship twice as a pilot. The first time was four years ago in Kansas City with a KI-61 Tony at the 2004 Championship, I also earned both the top single flight score and the top overall flight score. With the same plane at Top Gun 2004, I earned the top flight round. For the last 2 years, I have been flying a 101 inch Seafury. We earned fourth place last year at Top Gun along with "Runner Up Critics Choice" and "Most realistic Flight" award. I flew the plane all over the country over the last year and everywhere I have flown it, the plane has won many awards. In Phoenix 1/8th Air Force fly in, it won "People's Choice", "Pilots Choice" and "Most realistic flight." In October 2006, I won the US Scale Masters for a third time. No one in the country has attended more US Scale Masters than my self. I am the event manager for Warbirds over the Rockies, and my planes have been featured on the cover of national R/C magazines 6 times over the years.

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Tanner Pacini
Tanner Pacini
Prescott Valley, Arizona
Team Futaba member since 2004
I began flying R/C in 1996 (age 5), and started racing competitively in 1997.   Since then, I have set national records in Q40 and Q500 which presently stand, as well as placed in various events throughout the years.   Although my primary focus is pylon racing, I enjoy flying 3D airplanes and helicopters to stay fresh on the sticks.  I am currently studying Aeronautical Science (fixed wing) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with a minor in Unmanned Systems.   I also have a private pilot license (ASEL), and aspirations to gain a career in the UAV industry.
Mark Parker
Mark Parker
Grapevine, Texas
A modeler since: 1971
Primary interests in R/C: Pylon Racing, sport electric helicopter and 3D
Accomplishments: Has attended every AMA Nats (save one) since he began pylon racing in 1990 and achieved a 2nd Place in Q500 in 2005 and a National Championship in Quarter 40 in 2006.  Married to Sandy for 30 years.  Two daughters (Jennifer age 22 and Amy age 16).  Jennifer graduates college this year!  Pay raise!
Other notes of interest: enjoys the outdoors (deer hunting, pheasant hunting, turkey hunting, bass fishing, golfing and slow-pitch softball)
Roman Paryz
Roman Paryz
Saginaw, Texas
A modeler since: 1987
Primary interests in R/C: Giant Scale 3D, DLG, Soaring, Indoor, and anything else that flies
I love to fly and meet new people in the hobby. I was fortunate to get started in the hobby at an early age flying with my dad. I have competed in many soaring events in western NY while growing up and have compete periodically in IMAC. I attended allot of fun fly events throughout the year in south central US and look forward to meeting you.
The 18 SZ is awesome radio.
If you're having fun that's all that matters!
Darin Peirce
Darin Peirce
I live in Lehi, Utah with my wife and 3 kids.  I have been flying RC for 28 years.  My primary interest and passion is flying F3A pattern.  I love pattern models and the precision aspect of pattern flying and have traveled all over the country competing in local and national events as well as traveling to places outside the country with the U.S. F3A Team.
I have recently begun flying turbine powered jets and really enjoy the complexity and technical nature of these models and appreciate meeting many new modelers at the various jet events I have attended.
I have a deep passion for the hobby and love every aspect of it.  I appreciate the opportunities I have to help people progress and get more out of the hobby by sharing my knowledge and experience with them.  I consider it a great honor and privilege to be a member of Team Futaba.
Adam Picard
Adam Picard
Kitchner, Ontario Canada
I grew up in Southwestern Ontario and was introduced to aviation at a very young age. When I was 3 years old my father took my car seat and strapped it into the rear seat of a Bellanca Scout and took me for a flight, from that point I was hooked on aviation.

I have been flying since 2003 as a member of the KW Flying Dutchmen, and I started competing in 2013. My primary interests is flying IMAC, as well as training new pilots so that they can enjoy the hobby too. When a student or pilot arrives at the flying field and is in need of help with a new plane, radio set-up, or needs a spotter I offer to help. When a guest comes out to see what we do at the field I offer to give them a tour and let them know how they can get started in the hobby and where it can take you.

Currently I fly 35% IMAC planes and I'm planning to start building some 40% kits in the near future, I currently work in the manufacturing industry as a shipper/receiver.
Greg Poppel
Greg Poppel
A modeler since: 1971
Like many Team Futaba members, Greg is a multi-talented fan of, and contributor to, the world of R/C. In addition to being a co-announcer for the XFC, Scale Masters and IRCHA, Greg is also a builder and writer for numerous articles in R/C Universe and Fly R/C magazines. He goes for the extremes, dividing his time among IMAC events, giant-scale fly-ins and indoor electric flying.
Greyson Pritchett
Greyson Pritchett
I have been loving flight since I could walk. I would always follow my dad around and ask when I could start. I got going around 4 years old with a vapor indoors and now I'm flying precision aerobatics with an Element and Proteus. I've been fortunate to win the 2015 Nationals in Advanced, 3rd in the 2016 Nationals in Masters and joined Team Futaba, and 2nd in 2017. Following the 2017 Nationals I moved to FAI and look forward to lots of fun there. I also fly helicopters, and plan to compete in both IMAC and F3P, in addition to pattern, in 2018 - can't wait for the years ahead!
Raiko R/C Kid Potter
Raiko "R/C Kid" Potter
Wilmer, Alabama
A modeler since: 1989
Primary interests in R/C: IMAC, Pattern, Helicopters, Jets
At 19, Raiko Potter was just getting introduced to the fun of R/C and flying. Today, at 47, he and his wife are the owners of "Raiko Dzigns" - A freelance building service for the RC industry specializing in building and customizing anything that flies. "I am an extremist builder," states Raiko, "along the lines of popular TV shows like Pimp My Ride and West Coast Choppers. I get to express the radical side of kit bashing and modification in building for myself and other nationally known pilots. Raiko Dzigns is my way of bringing together other extreme builders, so we can express our artistry through the models that we fly." In addition to flying pattern, IMAC , Helis and Jets throughout the years, Raiko also served as the assistant manager for Team USA during the '2007 and '2009 World Aerobatic Championships. He also has over 20+ years as a Composite Technician with some of the major commercial airline repair facilities along the gulf coast.
Justin Proud
Justin Proud
Streator, Illinois
I’m a Licensed Electrician and a modeler for about 20 years. My primary interests are 3D RC helicopters and airplanes. I have been around aviation all my life. My family owned an airport here in Streator, Illinois. My grandfather was a pilot and an airplane mechanic his entire life. I currently fly helicopters for Team Synergy. I am really thankful to be part of Team Futaba and be able to use their cutting edge products.

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Evan Quiros
Evan Quiros
Seguin, Texas
Occupation: A&P mechanic
A modeler since childhood and RC modeler since 1995
I started building plastic models as a kid and always dreamed of flying radio control but I wasn't financially able to accomplish this goal. I am a bona fide aviation nut having been stationed at over 12 different Air Force bases growing up. I've also always had a passion for war birds, mainly the WWII piston fighters. After I received my engineering degree, I went to aviation mechanic school and got my A&P license. I have been working on and building Experimental type aircraft for the last 14 years. I finally started my first scale model (Top Flight .60 corsair) as a static display to hang over my newborn son's crib. While building it, I awakened that old RC passion and decided to build it to fly. 50 some models later, I'm still building and flying all those classic war birds I loved as a kid and I still have that old corsair. I have built many giant scale war birds as well as Jets and have also received my LMA inspector's license. I especially enjoy flying my war birds with others in the scale building community at shows such as Bomber Field, Warbirds over Texas, Warbirds over Louisiana and Warbirds over the Rockies.

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Mark Radcliff
Mark Radcliff
St. Marys, West Virginia
A modeler since: 1962
Primary interests in R/C: Precision aerobatics, giant scale, vintage pattern, electric, fun scale.

Accomplishments:
  • A 4 time member of the winning US F3A Team (75, 77, 79, 81), placed 3rd in Worlds (1979)
  • Flew in 7 TOC’s (74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 82)
  • Judged 2 Don Lowe Masters and 4 XFC’s
Other notes of interest: Retired from competition in 1982 to pursue family and career opportunities. Started active flying again in 2001. Flying giant scale ,modern pattern, vintage pattern, and fun scale. In 2008  was asked to be an AMA Associate VP for AMA District III and in 2012  become the VP of AMA District III. I also am an active AMA CD. In 2014 I fulfilled a lifelong dream and obtained my private pilot’s license.  Model aviation has been very good to me my entire life and I hope I am good for model aviation by giving my time and talents to further advance the hobby.
Kal Reifsnyder
Kal Reifsnyder
14 year old Kal Reifsnyder (born in December 10, 2003) became interested in radio control by going to IMAC flying competitions with his father, Tom Reifsnyder, starting at the age of 2. He began flying a Realflight RC flight simulator at 3 years old and started flying foamies at age 4. His first gas powered airplane was a 50cc 27% extra 260.
Kal started competing in IMAC at 7 years old. His first contest was in Venice, FL. in March of 2011 where he finished 7th out of 10 competitors.

Here are some of Kal's accomplishments:
  • 2013 Youth Masters Advanced Champion
  • 2013 Sportsman National Champion
  • 2013 Spring Classic Grand Champion: 1st Place Sportsman and Second Place freestyle
  • 2014 12th place XFC
  • 2014 2nd Place Intermediate IMAC Nationals
  • 2014 IMAC World Team Champion (One of the tops three scores)
  • 2015 XFC Final 7
  • 2015 2nd place Advanced IMAC Nationals
  • 2015 2nd Place Advance Tucson Aerobatic Shootout
  • 2015 1st Place Unlimited Southwest Florida IMAC
  • 2016 6th Place XFC
  • 2016 4th place Unlimited Clover Creek Invitational
  • 2016 4th place Invitational Freestyle Clover Creek invitational
  • 2016 Clover Creek Invitational Grand Champion
  • 2016 4th place Unlimited IMAC Nationals
  • 2017 1St place Unlimited Punta Gorda IMAC
  • 2017 4th place Unlimited IMAC Nationals
  • 2017 1st place Freestyle IMAC Nationals
  • 2017 5th place Invitational Class Tucson Aerobatic Shootout
  • 2017 4th place Freestyle Tucson Aerobatic Shootout
  • 2017 1st place Unlimited IMAC Southeast Regional Qualifier (Qualified for US IMAC World Team)
Kal's sponsors include Futaba, Desert Aircraft, Dalton Aviation, Extreme Flight, Falcon Propellers, Tru-Turn spinners, Pulse Batteries, Sew Busy, West Michigan Park Flyers, Fortitude Fuel tanks, Holy Smokes smoke pumps, Aero Graphix and Aero Cumulus smoke oil
Jamie Robertson
Jamie Robertson
Claremore, Oklahoma
A modeler since: 2006
Primary interest: Helicopters
I was introduced to model helicopters as a toddler thanks to my father Jim who owned his own gas motor business in the 90s as well as consulted for several prominent companies in the industry at the time. However, I didn't start flying myself until the summer of ‘06 after my dad purchesed a RealFlight simulator as he was getting back into the hobby after a 7 year hiatus. I began on an Align 450 and soon transitioned into a Raptor 50. We started going to a lot of events in the neighboring states and once I saw some of the elite pilots fly in person I really became obsessed with improving. From the beginning I had always had goals of winning the major competitions and set my sights on tailoring my flying style for that specific purpose. To this day I enjoy going to events and socializing with all of the great friends I've made over the last twelve years as well as helping anyone who has the same passion for the hobby as myself.

Accomplishments:
  • XFC Champion ‘09, ‘11, ‘13, ‘14, ‘15
  • 3D Masters Champion ‘11
  • Global 3D Champion ‘16
  • Zone Knockout Champion ‘12, ‘13, ‘14, ‘15, ‘16
  • F3N National Champion ‘17
  • Bronze medal 2017 F3N World Championship
Drew Robinson
Drew Robinson
Watertown, Connecticut
Primary Interest: Radio Controlled Helicopters
Occupation: Masonry/Construction Material Sales
I have been flying rc for roughly 5 years, for the past 3 years I have been traveling to events all over New England as well as IRCHA and OHB.  I really look forward to the events; I have acquired many friends all over the world.  Helping people while watching them progress is a very rewarding part of the hobby for me.  Although I prefer helicopters I enjoy flying planes, 3d quads and indoor 1/10 scale racing.  I am honored to be a part of team Futaba and look forward to meeting/seeing you at events!
Dan Rocha
Dan Rocha
Winfield, Illinois
RC and full-scale pilot
Started flying RC since the age of 4, free-flight and u-control
Started flying Rc in 1978, my first radio was an FP-T4L and loved it
RC interest: IMAC, Pattern, Pylon, Warbirds and drone freestyle and racing
Competed in many IMAC contest in the NC region in the Unlimited class
In 2003 competed in the International Don Lowe Masters
Started flying Pattern in 2016, Placed 2nd in the advanced class at the Nationals in Muncie.
I'm proud to be a member of Team Futaba
Lyndel Roe
Lyndel Roe
Lyndel has been flying model airplanes for more than 20 years. His primary interests are IMAC and giant-scale 3-D.  He is a three-time IMAC Nationals finalist, four-time Tucson Aerobatic Shootout competitor, Clover Creek Invitational competitor, XFC competitor.  Lyndel also has numerous first-place finishes in regional IMAC and freestyle competitions.
Pete Rosas
Pete Rosas
"As a kid in the '70s, I flew control line with friends at our local park. We didn't have much of a budget back then, but we did have fun. And that's always been what R/C is all about for me: having fun! I feel we all fly for the same reasons: our love of R/C aviation and all that goes with it. Meeting people is a part of it. My home is in Council Bluffs, Iowa, but you can find me at flying events from South Dakota to Tennessee, Colorado to Ohio and everywhere in-between. And in the course of traveling those miles, I have made some life-long friends."

Another part is R/C's ability to let the modeler get away from everyday problems—a gift he regards as priceless. "As I've told friends, 'When that plane leaves the ground, they could be foreclosing on my house for all I care. I am there, in the moment, and totally focused on flying. And how often do you get the chance to do that legally? If you see me at an event, introduce yourself. I love to talk to people who love R/C aviation as much as I do. See you at the flying field!"

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Michael Saalwaechter
Michael Saalwaechter
Seattle, Washington
Flying since 2008
As a young kid, I started out with RC cars, but soon moved on to small 3D airplanes, then on to FPV racing in 2013. Two-time national Top 16 finalist held by MultiGP. Currently working with ThunderPower RC and Futaba.
Novice 3D heli pilot as of 2017.
Hugo Salinas
Hugo Salinas
Modeler Since: 1985
Primary Interests: FPV Wing Racing
Accomplishments: 1st Place NAFPV2016, 2nd Place CFL FPV2017, 2nd Place NAFPV2017, 1st Place FPV Fest 2017, 2nd Place Darbage2017, 1st & 2nd Place TCRC.
It was 2012 when I found FPV and my first aircraft was a TBS Discovery multirotor. It wasn't until 2014 that my passion turned to flying wings, the TBS Caipirinha wing was my first Flying Wing aircraft. During this time I linked up with different groups one of them being NEFPV, made many friends and got me really hooked into wings and into racing! NEFPV would host friendly Fly-Ins, Feat Meets and Races throughout the Northeast. NEFPV (USA) and NAFPV (Canada) would come together and host NAFPV2015 in Stephentown, NY. This was when I experienced an actual FPV Wing Race with a course, along with competitive pilots and fast wings. From this point it's all wings for me and hooked BAD! Went to RMRC FPV Fest 2015 in Ohio and did some more wing racing/flying. Continued to practice all winter and spring, fast forward to July 2016 and competed at the NAFPV2016 Wing Race Event in Montreal Canada. I came in 1st Place and earned a Qualifier for Drone Nationals and raced on Governor's Island in NYC. From this point I began to get more competitve and raced at CFL FPV 2017 in Florida and took 2nd Place in Sport and Spec Classes, then 2nd Place at NAFPV 2017 for Spec Class. Futaba has been my go to radio of choice since 1985 (started with nitro planes), I still own my original Futaba radio although it has since been retired. In 2012 I purchased a Futaba T8FG to use with my FPV rigs, today my radio of choice for racing is the Futaba 14SG. It's truly an honor to be a Team Futaba member. I really enjoy this community and take great pleasure in assisting many enthusiasts like myself in this FPV craze. If you have never experienced flying FPV, especially under the goggles, it's something you MUST try!
Sangeeth Samuel
Sangeeth Samuel
Little Rock, Arkansas
Not long after taking up this wonderful RC hobby, I was introduced to a Futaba Radio by a local friend.  At once, I was immediately attracted to the high quality and functionality of this radio system.  I have been flying with a Futaba Radio ever since and have never looked back.  To this day it has never failed me. It wasn’t long after this that I realized this same quality in all the other Futaba products, and from the gyros to servos, these have been excellent products to use and support.

I fly Helicopters primarily in the 700-800 sizes, and enjoy attending various events across the USA every year.  I am proud to represent such a great line of products, and also support this product to the best of my ability. I enjoy programing radios and setting up and tuning the flybarless controllers. It has been a real treat to work with such great group of people in this hobby. I look forward to meeting folks at events and helping in any way I can, especially those that are getting started in this great hobby.
Manuel Santos
Manuel Santos
Primary R/C Interest: 3D
Accomplishments: 5 consecutive first-place finishes in Mexico's National Fun Fly Tournaments; 2003 IMAC National Free Style Champion (Mexico); 6-time Extreme Flight Championships competitor (2004, 2005 and 2007-2010, including an 8th place finish in 2010); 2-time ETOC Competitor, and; 2010 "Aeroworks Challenge" 50 cc class Champion at Futaba XFC.

Manuel has been an R/C pilot since age seven and an avid 3D competitor since 2002.
Rob Sarlan
Rob Sarlan
Cameron Park, California
I grew up in Florida and was introduced to model aviation by my father. We built and flew models together for many years. I started competing in IMAC in 1997 and really enjoy aerobatic competition. I have my private pilot’s license and live in a residential airpark in Northern California. It’s a great lifestyle to share with my family and raise my 2 sons in a community that is all about aviation. Most recently I’ve been exploring Multi Rotors and Aerial Video Projects.
  • IMAC Competitor Since 1998
  • IMAC Northeast Regional Director 2003-­‐2004
  • Unlimited Champion Northeast Region 2003
  • Unlimited Competitor Since 2000
  • 2001 Don Lowe Masters World Aerobatic Championships
  • 2002 Don Lowe Masters World Aerobatic Championships
  • 2003 World Aerobatic Freestyle Championships – Lakeland, FL
  • Scale & Turbine Events
  • 2007 Top Gun Invitational Scale Event
  • 2008 Top Gun Invitational Scale Event
  • 2008 Florida Jets Event
Johnny Schaer
Johnny Schaer

I've been an RC enthusiast since I was 4 or 5 years old, but really found my passion in RC with first person view (FPV) drones. I first discovered FPV just over three years ago, and almost immediately dedicated my entire life to flying. The drones have the incredible ability to capture unique and energy filled perspectives. I love creating videos with my drones and sharing them with the world in hopes to inspire new and veteran pilots alike, as well as grow our amazing hobby.

When I'm not creating videos, I do a lot of drone racing. This year I'll be racing in DRL which will air on ESPN later in 2018.

I started flying Futaba radio systems about one year ago. I'm incredibly proud to represent such a legendary brand in RC. The quality of the radios speak for themselves, and I'm currently rocking the beautiful Futaba 16SZ. See you in the skies!

Gary Schmidt
Gary Schmidt
San Diego, California
A modeler since: 1980
Gary’s been hooked on airplanes his whole life, and his late father, Jerry, taught him how to fly when he was eight. He was sixteen when a few guys in their club talked him into trying Q500 pylon racing, one of which was fellow Team Futaba member Jim Allen. Twenty six years later he and Jim are still teamed up and racing very competitively. Gary’s been a member of Team Futaba since 1995 and has won numerous major events in Q500 and Q40 pylon, as well as held national records in both classes. He was able to turn his hobby into a career and is currently the Director of Flight Operations of a UAV company in San Diego.
Helmut Schmitter
Helmut Schmitter
I grew up in Germany and became involved in RC when I was 10 years old.  I started with RC boats and cars.  We moved to Canada in the mid 70’s and in the late 70‘s, I started becoming involved with RC flight.   I now live in Oakville Ontario and I belong to several R/C clubs in the area.
I am primarily interested in competing in IMAC competitions, attending Giant Scale fly-ins and in winter concentrate on Indoor flying.
I competed and placed in R/C Pattern from 1987 to 1995, and was the Canadian team alternate in FAI F3A in 1995.  I started flying IMAC in 1993 and by the end of the 90’s was concentrating all my available flying time doing so.   In 2001 and 2003 I was fortunate to compete in the Tucson Shoot Out.
I have competed in many IMAC competitions over the years with many top 3 placements, and in 2008 placed first in the intermediate class at the Canadian IMAC NATIONALS.
Since then I have upgraded to the advanced class and am enjoying all the challenges that it brings. In 2014 I competed in the IMAC Worlds in Muncie.  In 2013 I competed in my first  ALES [Glider} event. Attending Giant Scale events and Fly-ins, like the Joe Nall, D.O.G.S and local events in Canada are a large part of what I also enjoy.  Over all it is an amazing hobby where you get to meet interesting people from all over the world while having a good time.
A.J. Seaholm
A.J. Seaholm
Rapid City, South Dakota
Primary R/C Interest: Pylon Racing
Accomplishments: 2009, 2010, 2013 Q-40 National Champion; 2009 and 2013 Overall Pylon National Champion; 2009 Florida Gold Cup Champion; 2002 RC Combat National Champion, and; 2003 R/C Combat National Champion
Offices Held: Model Aviation RC Pylon column author, AMA RC Pylon Contest Board District IX, Vice President, Kansas City Radio Control (KCRC) (2008) and President, KCRC - 2009.
I was raised in Billings, MT and taught to fly by my father, Earl Seaholm. I have many wonderful memories from pylon racing as kid in Montana. I'm fortunate now to be making new memories by going to races with my lovely wife, daughter and son.
Tristan Seeley 
Tristan Seeley 
Tallahassee, Florida
Primary interests in R/C: Helicopters, Airplanes, F3C, 3D 
I have flown since my early teens and have a passion for both helicopters and airplanes.  In addition to flying and building, I enjoy teaching others and passing down my love for flying to future generations.  In addition to flying as a hobby, I also founded an aerial cinematography company in 2012, Aerial Promotions.
Dave Sellars
Dave Sellars
Tallahassee, Florida
A Modeler Since:  1985
Primary Interest: RC Helicopters

Accomplishments:
  • Successfully competed in local and regional helicopter contests and the US Nationals over the past 20 years.
  • Served as an FAI judge at the US Helicopter Nationals for the past 10 years.
  • Served as the Team Manager for the 2001 US F3C team_member.
  • Selected to serve as a judge at the 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015 F3C World Championships.
  • I also serve on the F3C Team Selection Committee.
Other interests: I hold an Advanced Class “Ham” license with the call sign KB4JB.
Dwight Shilling
Dwight Shilling
West Chicago, Illinois
A modeler since: 1984
Primary interests in R/C: Helicopters
My introduction to r/c models was in 1983 and my first model was a helicopter. I have flown only helicopters since. In 1990 I entered my first competition and have flown in every Nationals since. In 1995 I earned my first US Team spot and have been either on the team as a pilot or alternate every time since except in 2013. My best finish was 5th place in the 1995 Worlds and since have had multiple top 10 finishes.
Jason Shulman
Jason Shulman
I love Pattern flying and have been National F3A champion in 2004, 07 and 08. I have made the US F3A World Team from 1999-2013, and have been in the top 7 in 6 of the 7 Worlds I’ve been to. I’ve also been an IMAC National champion, Tucson Shootout champion and Top Gun winner as well as winning numerous pattern contests and a few pylon contests over my career. I have been a Futaba team member since 1988 and have enjoyed the many advances in the hobby. When I’m not practicing for an event, I enjoy going to the field without a plane and helping others with their set-ups and helping them learn and improve their flying. I also fly UAV’s, gliders, jets, scale and pylon. I work at Shulman Aviation.
Carey Shurley
Carey Shurley
Lake Mary, Florida
A modeler since: 1976
Primary interests in R/C: Helicopter

Accomplishments:
  • Judges panel at several US F3C Team Trials
  • Judges Panel at several XFC events
  • Member of Team Futaba for over 17 years
I've been involved with R/C model helicopters since 1976. I've competed in local and national events and have had the opportunity to serve as a flight judge in several AMA Nationals, F3C Team Trials and several XFC Competitions. My passion is gas powered helicopters and I operate a number of media outlets for “Gas Powered Thoughts” as well as manufacture the Leviathan Design line of gas helicopter conversions. I’m also one of the founders of The Orlando Radio Control Helicopter Society and one of the founders of The Orlando Helicopter Blowout which is the largest private helicopter Fun Fly in the USA.
Carlos 'Tuny' Silva
Carlos "Tuny" Silva
In 2000 for the first time I won Venezuelan FAI – F3A Championship. And this year started for me a series of wining this title consecutively fourteen times. Getting better on national arena made me think about participating in international competitions. In 2007 I decided to compete in Open Panamericano organized in Colombia and going to 25th World Championships organized in Santa Fe, Argentina. Since then every year I'm participating in regional and world class events. My best results are Venezuelan FAI – F3A Champion, 4th at Latin-American FAI – F3A Championships in 2007 and 2008; and 34th at 27th World Championships in 2011.

In 2014, besides competing, I decided to leave corporate world and start my own company, Tuny Professional Aerobatics, which manufactures the lines of competition aircrafts and products. Tuny Professional Aerobatics provides building services for the discerning modeler. At Tuny Professional Aerobatics, we pride ourselves with providing the highest quality building services possible. Attention to details and craftsmanship are our founding principles. Tuny Professional Aerobatics is dedicated to producing high precision model aerobatic airplanes and products.

In 2017 I placed 5th in Unlimited in the IMAC nationals, 2nd place in Unlimited in the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout, and won a few local contests in the southeast, big plans for 2018, F3A team trials, IMAC worlds, and Tucson Aerobatic Shootout again
Neal Smiley
Neal Smiley
Long Beach, California
Interests: Turbines, scale jets, giant scale, and propeller
With over 40 years of RC aviation experience, Neal Smiley is a talented pilot and builder who takes great pride in his work. With his recent purchase of Details 4 Scale he is able to contribute even more to the RC aviation world in addition to being a great supporter of events nationwide. He loves getting people involved in the hobby and supporting those who already participate.
Jerry L. Smith
Jerry L. Smith
A modeler since: 1982
Primary Interests: competition; aircraft design

Accomplishments:
  • 1997 Alaska State Champion
  • 9 NCFFA championships in 15 contests entered, and set 9 records over the course of 21 events
  • Designer of the Smith Super Special Fun Fly, Outlaw Delta and Jerry's Big Boy (a high-wing sport plane)
Offices/Organizations: Member, NCFFA (National Competition Fun Fly Association)
Jonathan Soda
Jonathan Soda
I started flying at 14 years old at the Flying Aeros Association in Cortland, Ohio. I immediately took an interest in giant scale aerobatics and pattern. I flew my first IMAC contest at 16 years old after competing in the Youth Masters at Triple Tree Aerodrome. I now live in Northern California and am heavily involved with Helicopters and fixed wing aerobatics.
I work for a Swiss machine tool company and specialize in motion control systems, applications and service.
Dino Spadacini
Dino Spadacini
I’ve been modeling for 25 years in various segments of our hobby.
I’ve been Team Captain for Align Helicopters since 2010
I finished 20th overall in 424 Pylon in 2013
I finished in the TOP 20 in National points in 426 PYLON in 2013/2012
I also provide online support in forums for Futaba product and assist local pilots
Jim Stark
Jim Stark
La Grange, Illinois
A modeler since: 1991
Since age 10, Jim has been involved in all forms of RC, but has spent the past 15 yrs primarily flying helicopter, honing his freestyle flying skills. In addition to pushing his own limits of flying, he also enjoys working with young and new pilots. In 2003 Jim was given the opportunity to compete in the XFC, placing 5th in 2003 and 2004. Jim is also contantly working with manufacturers in new product testing and development. Since 2006, Jim has also designed and produced his own line of performance parts through Hyperformance RC, located in the Chicago, IL. Experiencing modeling from the sport, competition and business sides has given Jim a very unique perspective. Jim has a true passion for all types of modeling and considers himself very fortunate to have started at a young age.
Chris Stephenson
Chris Stephenson
Las Vegas, Nevada
A modeler since: 1977
Primary interests in R/C: Fixed and rotory wing aircraft of all types. Current preference is towards pattern aircraft and flying style.
Accomplishments: Have worked for a couple different companies within the industry and helped to bring out new products and models, including several helicopter models, foamy airplane models, lithium polymer batteries and charging systems.
Started in RC in the 70’s with boats, racing in local events. Moved on to helicopters in 1990, planes came later. Even built a couple of operational submarines along the way.
Other notes of interest: Enjoy AP and UAV work.
AaRahn Stewart
AaRahn Stewart
Beaumont, Texas
My dad got me started at the age of 4 and I was hooked ever since. I began competing in local scale competitions in 2005 with a Cessna Agwagon. I placed 1st in pro am sport at Top Gun 2015 and 4th in pro am pro at the 2015 Scale Master. Scale aircraft is my primary interest but I am slowly getting into the 3d side. I'm currently a member of the Don Still Flying Club out here in Beaumont and have been since I've started.
Dean Stone
Dean Stone
Midland, North Carolina
I learned to fly rc when I was 18 yrs old.In the past
I have served as safety officer and flight instructor in my local clubs. My focus has been on pylon racing since 1995. I've won my share of race's and fast time awards since then. 2016 will be my tenth trip to the AMA NAT'S.I enjoy helping new racers and teaching people how to fly.l also enjoy building, freeflight models,soaring, and the friends I have made in this great hobby.Aside from modeling I am also a Bluegrass musician and acoustic instrument maker.
Bryon Striker
Bryon Striker
Sheffield Village, Ohio
I have been in the hobby for 40 years. My dad introduced me to the hobby as he was an airplane guy. We started early with free flight models, control line and then moved into R/C planes. I have spent some time with R/C cars and helicopters, but have always come back to planes. I am currently flying IMAC Aerobatics. I enjoy going to are club fields and helping all the members with their set ups and helping them to learn how to fly and enjoy our hobby.
Matthew Stringer
Matthew Stringer
Born in 1995 and a modeler since 2007
I’m currently a full time college student, also designing in 3 different CAD programs (Auto CAD variants, Solid Works, and Rhinoceros).  I enjoy anything that can fly (slope planes, giant scale or helis).  I’m also heavily into aviation history and working on private pilot license.  In my spare time I play Classical and Electric guitar for the past 11 years. 
Mike Stroup
Mike Stroup
I am married with two sons and two daughters. I have been employed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. for 23 years and currently serve as the R&D Engineering Manager responsible for the design and engineering of UAV airframes. I have been involved in RC Modeling since 1973. Previously active with sailplanes and helicopters, though my current passion is giant scale aerobatics with an occasional dabble in larger electric models and smaller quads. I have had the privilege of membership with Team Futaba since 2004. My goals as a member have been to promote the Futaba and Hobbico product lines as well as provide FUTABA product information and transmitter programming support to anyone who ever asks. I have also encouraged new fliers to join local clubs and the AMA and of course guided them to FUTABA and HOBBICO products. I also enjoy visiting other clubs and flying sites within a a hundred miles or so of my home base of Victorville, CA.

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Tom Telesca
Tom Telesca
Tarpon Springs, Florida
A modeler since: 1971
Primary interests R/C scale Jets and all helicopters
I am now a demo pilot/rep for SkyMaster Jets.  I currently own and fly the following scale jets:  F-86, BAE hawk, F9F Panther and Airworld Cougar.  All are being controlled with my 18MZ radio.I currently and also flying my 5 helicopters with my 14MZ and CGY750 3 Axis Gyro the setup and control of this system is 2nd to none
Andy Thonet
Andy Thonet
Orange, California
Occupation: Computer Engineer
A Modeler since: 1985
Primary R/C Interest: Thermal Duration Soaring/F3J, Slope Gliders and Scale Gliders
Recent placings: Texas National Tournament, Fresno Classic and Southern California Soaring Clubs.
My R/C passion began flying control line and gas with my father and grew from there moving to slope gliders and my main discipline flying thermal duration (TD). I enjoy traveling to contests competing with friends and making new ones.
Frank Tiano
Frank Tiano
Lakeland, Florida
A modeler since: 1949
Primary interests in R/C: Scale

Accomplishments:
  • Introduced ZAP glue to hobby market in 1980
  • Founded the Top Gun Invitational
  • Promoter of Florida Jets, (world’s largest jet together)
  • Author for Model Airplane News, Fly RC, Flying Models
  • Introduced Monster Planes USA for large scale models
  • Past AMA associate VP, AMA Leader Member, AMA Contest Director, AMA Experimental Class Inspector
  • Trouble Maker Extraordinaire
Other notes of interest: I still build and fly on a regular basis. My dexterity is not yet compromised, but I do fine that lugging a 55 pound model around is getting a bit old! Perhaps losing a couple dozen pounds would go a long way to solve that problem. I love aviation, all parts and modeling is something I hope to be able to do until the day I die. One of the best rewards of this sport is that I have made some wonderful friendships, with those I call “real” friends, people who know me for who I am and accept me for what I am as well.
Timothy Tripoli
Timothy Tripoli
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
A modeler since: 1993
Primary Interested is R/C Helicopters. I've been in the R/C World for close to thirty years. I started out running RC cars and boats in my teens. I became primarily interested in RC helicopters in 1993 after graduating college. I attend my first IRCHA in 1994 in Columbus OH and have been hooked ever since. I try to attend as many events in the Northeast as possible and have only missed 3 IRCHA's since 1994. I enjoy helping other modelers with setup and teaching new people to fly Heli's or airplanes.
Joe Tropea
Joe Tropea
I first started in the hobby over 20 years ago. My interest began primarily with R/C helicopters. I attended Ernie Huber's Helicopter School in Florida, learning from one of the best instructors/pilots in the industry. While I was never without a helicopter, I quickly progressed to the most unusual models I could find. I have been known to show up at the field with flying lawnmowers, saucers, Snoopy dog houses, stop signs and flying witches. I also enjoy control line flying from time to time. Building is one of my favorite aspects of the hobby. For the last 15 years, I have developed a passion for pylon racing that just won't quit! I have met some of the finest people on earth while participating at National events. I have always used Futaba products from the day I started. I am proud to be a member of the Futaba Team.

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Rusty Van Baren
Rusty Van Baren
My radio control competition career started in the 70's flying pattern airplanes. In 1974 when I graduated from college I went to the AMA Nationals on Lake Charles, LA.  I entered both pattern and F1 racing.  That was the beginning of my race career.  I continued to fly pattern but concentrated on racing.  I have continued to race since that time.  I have placed in many national meets and peen overall pylon Champion at the 1995 AMA Nationals. That year I was also on the FAI F3d pylon racing team. My most recent major title was the 2007 NMPRA Championship Race in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  I won that race flying my own Q40 design, "Miss Ashley II", and flying our great Futaba radios.
Edgar Vera 
Edgar Vera   
Mission Viejo, California
Occupation: ERP I.T. Consultant
A Modeler since: 1995
Primary R/C Interest:  Thermal Duration Soaring/F3J, Slope Gliders, and Helicopters.

Accomplishments in Soaring:
  • Visalia Soaring Festival Champion in Open & 2M class
  • Fresno Classic Champion
  • TNT RES Class Champion
  • Southern California Soaring Clubs EOY Champion
Soaring has always fascinated me and I often find myself pulling over when driving to admire birds in flight while soaring in circular patterns while never flapping their wings… Thermal duration (TD) glider soaring follows this same practice.  When you hook up your first thermal and speck out your glider, you get hooked for life.

Attending TD events around the nation has allowed me to meet new pilots and make many new friends which share the same passion is this R/C discipline.  Helping fellow modelers with proper glider setups is always rewarding for me and seeing others enjoy the challenges of TD competition flying.

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Tommy Wagner
Tommy Wagner
Vero Beach, Florida
I have been flying R/C helis since 2007. My dad and I travel to a lot of the events around the United States. Love going to the events and meeting and helping people and creating friendships.
Jonathan Walker
Jonathan Walker
Leesburg, Virginia
A modeler since 1995
Primary interest: 3D helicopters
I've been flying primarily 3D helicopters for the past five years. I am a member of three R/C clubs in the Northern Virginia area. I try to participate in at least twenty major events each year to include full scale airshows. Last year I had the opportunity to be the first person ever allowed to fly an R/C helicopter at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina celebrating National Aviation Day. I really enjoy helping other modelers as much as possible, especially the young kids just starting in the hobby. I have proudly used Futaba products for almost twenty years. I feel honored and privileged to be part of Team Futaba.
Tony Watkins
Tony Watkins
A modeler since: 2001
I have competed in numerous contests and Pattern is what I like best.  I now fly EDF jets and still love competing in Pattern contest. It is a very good time to be in this hobby. 
Glen Watson
Glen Watson
Cypress, Texas
Primary R/C Interests: pattern competition; precision aerobatics; helicopters, and; designing and building model aircraft.

Accomplishments:
  • 2-time AMA Pattern National Champion
  • 6-time AMA Masters Class National Finalist
  • 7-time NSRCA District Champion (with 45+ first-place finishes in regional pattern competition)
Glen has been a Team Futaba member since 1999, a pattern competitor since 1994 and an R/C pilot since soloing with his Goldberg Skylane 62 back in 1966.
Glen is also an honorary member of the Tuskegee Airmen (West Pennsylvania chapter), as well as a model aviation consultant to their youth organization.
Brett Wickizer
Brett Wickizer
It all started with a trainer about 9 years ago, built from a kit by my dad.  He was looking for something to do with the kids, but I don’t think he could have ever imagined what he was getting himself into… 

In April of 2005, at fifteen years old, I attended my first pattern competition.  Since then I’ve had an enormous amount of support from my friends and family to get me to where I am now.  They have been behind me through two undefeated national championships, a finals finish my first year in F3A, and three F3A World Championships (as of 2013).  Nothing has ever challenged me so much, and nothing has ever been as rewarding.  My pursuit for that perfect flight is never ending, and my desire for the win is insatiable.  Pattern has become an awesome aspect of my life that has taught me lessons of focus, dedication, and preparation that I can carry with me for the rest of my life.  On top of it all I’ve become acquainted with some of the best friends I have ever had and am having a fantastic time every time I go to the field.

In my real life I’m an aspiring airline pilot, Formula One enthusiast, and overall aviation nut.  I love all aspects of aviation from full scale to RC, floatplanes to helicopters.  My RC pursuits are focused on F3A but I enjoy it all.  Futaba has been there for me from the start and hopefully for many more years to come!

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Kevin Young
Kevin Young
Mooresville, North Carolina
Occupation: President of JTEC Radiowave
A modeler since: 1991
Primary interests in R/C: Giants Scale Aerobatics, IMAC, & Pattern
Accomplishments: I have been flying r/c for 25+ years and have competed in IMAC for over 15 years including the Tucson Aerobatic shootout and IMAC Nationals. Along with competing I have had the pleasure of calling for Andrew Jesky, Jason Shulman, Chip Hyde, and Bill Hempel, among many others at the AMA F3A Nationals, IMAC Nationals, Tucson Aerobatic Shootout and Clover Creek Invitational. I am also very proud to be a four time USA F3A team member.
Other notes of interest: I am a third generation r/c pilot that is supported greatly by my family, especially my father Al Young. Together we have owned and operated JTEC Radiowave for the past 19+ years. Most of my professional career has been spent in the r/c industry where I have worked for Hobby People, Desert Aircraft and JTEC Radiowave. The hobby has given me some of my closest friends and I have been lucky enough to travel the world with them enjoying the hobby.

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Mike Zaborowski
Mike Zaborowski
Eau Clare, Wisconsin
A modeler since: 1980
Primary Interest: Scale Helicopters, Scale Fixed Wing
I have been building and fly since the early 80s. My focus over the last few years has been contesting scale helicopters and helping build local modeling around the area. I have been lucky enough to compete at the AMA NATS a number of times as well as IRCHA scale. I am a huge gear head so scale helicopters fill that need for me quite well. I get to glue, paint AND turn a wrench! My favorite time at the work bench is installing radio equipment. If you see me at an event, please stop and introduce yourself.
Mike Zellars
Mike Zellars
Lakeland, Florida
A modeler since 1991
Primary interest in R/C: Building and flying large scale (mainly military WW1 and WW2) warbirds, Helicopters (especially gas) and teaching people to fly as well as test flying aircraft for fellow club members.
Recent accomplishments: 2016 and 2017 winner of Best Biplane at FTE's 12'oclock High.
Combined four year's being President of the Imperial Radio Control Club who co-sponsor and help run all FTE events including Top Gun, Florida Jets, Red Flag.
First radio was a Futaba FG FP-T4F Gold case, current is a Futaba 18sz and in between nothing but Futaba! Current project is a 1/3 L-4 representing the one my Father-in-law flew in WW2.
Greatest accomplishment: Having my beautiful and loving wife of 30 years, Gail, always support my addiction to R/C since the beginning.

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