My name is Tony O’Brien and, as a new member, it was suggested that I introduce myself.
I retired last December after running a guest house in Paignton with my wife for a little over 10 years. Previously, I was a Duty Manager at the Manchester Velodrome for 15 years and, prior to that, I was a litho printer from leaving school.
I had a go at control-line flying as a teenager but after a disastrous start, crashing and breaking the aircraft, I very quickly gave up. I came back to it in the early ’80s and, having met up with a couple of model helicopter flyers near Bury, got the bug and tried to fly the R/c Kavan Allouette helicopter that I purchased off one of them. I have always loved helicopters (rather than fixed-wing) but am proud to say that it was in the air (albeit only 3″ off the ground) for a full 1 & 1/2 seconds before I completely bottled it and put it down in one piece. Moreover, the aircraft was pointing in the same direction as when it took off without spinning around in a circle. The Allouette has a tail construction similar to a Bell 47 and I really didn’t want to have to set about a potentially major rebuild of the tail frame soon after the first attempt to get it airborne. Sadly, I gave up and the helicopter became a loving ornament until I sold it to a much more competent r/c flyer.
Three years ago, I became fascinated with the photographic possibilities of camera-based drones and after a lot of conscience tugging, I purchased a Mavic Air (now a Mavic Air #1). I have about 15 hours total flying time, having had the opportunity to use a rugby field adjacent to the guest house in Paignton but, as you all know, there are a few who have created a situation that may all-but destroy the drone hobby. Having returned to the north-west, the last thing I wanted to do was give up and sell the Air – especially as I live in close proximity to Manchester Airport. I’m really pleased to be able to join the club in order to meet similar-minded folk, give the batteries a good run after far too long and sharpen up my flying skills. And, what a lovely bit of countryside to do it in.
I have no great desire (mainly because I know I can’t afford it) to fly anything else but, if my first visit a couple of weeks ago to the club field was anything to go by, I know I will enjoy sitting back and watching the other members fly their aircraft. It would be a bonus to have more of the weather we had to ‘suffer’ during the recent lockdown.
Pete Wilson would have been 88 today and as a tribute to him Rick brought one of his models to the field and flew it. Pete was a wonderful person and a real gentleman. His scale models were second to none. We miss Pete down at the field but we will never forget him.
Tim Cheal doing a low pass down the field with his Grob Tutor
Mike Tittertons new Biplane on its first outing.
Paul Evans aerobatic model flew very well in the windy conditions
went to the field yesterday first time flying for 3 months here are some of the models flying Steve Mitchell with his two edf models Meteor and the smaller Futura I think it was called and Paul Evans aerobatic model which also flew very well in the windy conditions
Wing Sheeting completed nearly ready to start covering using oratex.