|Denny Dart II was Type of Free Flight I Started With|
|Buster Control Line Model|
At 13 years old I started flying radio control with RC equipment outdated at the time known as "reeds". In another year I had a proportional radio, World Engines Blue Max. The first competition flying I did was RC pylon racing with .15 engines, known as quarter midgets. When I was in my early 20's my father and I built large model planes for 30 cc chainsaw engines.
|First RC Equipment - Reeds|
|Chainsaw Engine Powered RC Airplane|
|Start Flying RC Gliders|
|AMA Cub Simple Free Flight|
Where I live, finding a large enough field for higher performance free flight is tough, I stuck with simpler models and teaching kids to build model airplanes. With the student programs I expanded into other types of projects like; kites, water rockets, mousetrap cars, and windmills. The classes were through the local parks and recreation, College for Kids, and Everything Hobby in Rochester MN Fuel my Brain program. On a couple occasions I drove to Madison Wisconsin to teach after school program teachers.
|Model Aviation Class for College for Kids|
|Parks and Rec Model Airplanes|
|Parks and Rec|
|Foam Glider - Parks and Rec|
|Kites - Parks and Rec|
|Water Rockets - Parks and Rec|
|College for Kids|
I started a website with my projects that is now known as http://www.ideas-inspire.com. I setup displays of my projects at local venues and one year at MN State Fair on STEM Day. One year I helped a student in Wright Stuff Science Olympiad in Menomonie Wisconsin. Another year I visited Stout university there to observe the STEPS program for girls when they built RC glider as part of the program.
|STEM Day MN State Fair|
|SO Wright Stuff|
|STEPS for Girls at UW Stout|
I setup at public functions with my science projects and gave demonstrations on aviation history using my model airplanes at various locations.
|Demonstration at History Center|
|Earth Day Table|
One year I joined the Academy of Model Aeronautics at Nationals Science Teachers convention in Ohio.
|National Science Teachers Convention|
For a couple of years I taught teachers for after school programs in Madison Wisconsin. One year building mousetrap cars and another year foam model airplanes.
|After School Teachers - Madison Wisconsin|
In my next blog post I will discuss getting more serious about competition free flight. I would like to also make a video of this with additional images and video clips.
Video version with additional images - https://youtu.be/8efeH5pGhe8