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Club Officers 2019

Guy Nicholas, President

I started flying RC airplanes when he was 14 under the tutelage of Hap Miller (owner of Miller RC products). Back then I flew with Kraft 3 channel radio with the, 'brick' receiver, which consisted of the receiver and two servos. My first aircraft was a 100" glider. That turned out to be a little under stimulating to my teenage mind so I quickly moved to powered, 'go fast' airplanes. When I moved out to go to college I had to give up the hobby. Many years later, I tried my hand at Hang Gliding, but after a few lessons and a low altitude stall...well, I thought perhaps this wasn't for me. Shortly thereafter the wife and I were visiting the local RC field and I saw a helicopter doing flips right off the ground! My wife said, 'Hey, why don't you get back into this and give up on those damn Hang Gliders'. I took her advice. Our club is mostly infiltrated with JR people, so when I decided to move up from my 8 channel JR POC, I bought a Futaba 9Z! It did everything...and then some. 13 point pitch curves allowed for a lot of control, but man, do I really have to enter ALL of them!?!? Then came God's gift to radios, the 14MZ! It does everything and is far easier and more intuitive to program. By day I am a software engineer for Adobe, and I currently work on PhotoshopExpress, check it out at http://photoshop.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Blaine "Buzz" Russell, Vice-President

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I first started flying when I was 7-8 with rubber band models first, I then moved on to U-Control models. I got into Free flight for a brief time. With two planes lost I was done with that part of the hobby. My Dad played a key role in teaching me the art of model building over to years, he was a pilot and owned a plane that was nicer than our car. That really sparked a lot of good memories and the love of flying. I started flying R/C in 1968 and never looked back, a Goldberg Sr. Falcon was my first plane. In the 70's did a little Quarter Midget racing. I joined The Redwood Modelers in the 70's , was club President, VP, and News Letter editor.

I enjoy building kits and scratch building when I have the time, No ARF's then. Since retiring I have just enjoyed boring holes in the sky and flying for fun. I also love to build scale boats as well. Salmon fishing takes me to Alaska and out our coast in the summer months to get my head out of the clouds.

I have been a member of AMA (974) for almost 50 years and hold a Leader Member and Contest Director card.

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Chris Bailey, Secretary

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Paul Gibson, Treasurer

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Board Members

Adam Clement

Adam started RC when he was just a wee lad. His main interests back then were cars and trucks. He did that until he was about 18. Things slowed down due to having real responsibilities- a job, rent, car payments. When youíre young youíre broke- at least I was. At 26 Adam got back in to RC, mainly off-road trucks and some cars. At about 30 he purchased some model rockets for his nephew and was heavy into rocketry for the next few years (launching a large G size rocket is a blast!). When Adam was about 34 Steve Cole opened Awesome Hobbies just two blocks from his house. He was pounding on the door asking to help before Steve had a chance to open. About a year later Adam tried flying with Karlo from the shop- that was all she wrote. Heís been addicted to RC planes ever since. His main interests are aerobatics and racing but heíll fly just about anything. With about 30 planes in the hanger maintenance takes a bunch of time- but that's half the fun right? This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Bill Van Asdlan

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My life as a pilot

I cannot remember when I started getting interested in airplanes but it was a long time ago. As a young child I grew up with a family from the Russian River area who were interested in steelhead fishing in a big way. I had my own steelhead rod & real which I traded for a Spitz Biplane, a little red spitz biplane with a 049 engine. I rarely got in trouble as a child but I sure did with that trade.

I did not have money for fuel or batteries. But that was not stopping me, to get that plane airborne, I tied a string on one wing and swung it around in circles.

My next source of pleasure came when I started building plastic model airplanes.

After I was out of the service and was earning some money I could afford to buy control lines. This time I would swing the airplanes not by a string but by a metal cable. I started with ringmasters and voodos. I had one great teacher, my brother Charlie Cox.

I have been with the club since before we started flying at the Healdsburg dump and have enjoyed it very much. My garage serves as my hanger the planes hang from the garage ceiling, and it is full of airplanes, which are my pride and joy.

That is about all I have to say, I'm hooked!

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Steve Koll

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Eric Bergesen

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As a kid I started off with the small dime store balsa gliders and rubber band powered balsa planes.

Also built a lot of plastic modelís, couple control line planes, a few Balsa / Tissue kits and later designed / scratch built a couple of model Tug Boats.

A few years ago, I got a Park Zone, 3 channel Super Cub which I taught myself to fly in a horse pasture. After many crashes and repairs, I then then got the computer Flight Simulator which was a tremendous help!

After customizing the Super Cub and progressing thru a few of the Park Sized Foam planes, I was ready to move up to larger planes.

Joining the club has been a huge benefit as Iíve met many friendly folks who are extremely knowledgeable, experienced and helpful with great advice.

I also very much enjoy the camaraderie on fly days, club events and meetings.

I highly recommend joining the club to anyone interested in RC Planes, Iím very glad I did!

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Mike Cracchiolo

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