I literally grew up dreaming about airplanes from as far back as I can remember. My uncles flew control-line and their modeling had a lot of influence on me. When I was a child my dad gave me a U-control P-51 for Christmas cementing my love for anything that flies. I flew and built control-line, free-flight, and static models from the age of about 10 years old with a short break for girls, cars, and R/C boats.
After I settled down, I started flying fun-flies and designing fun-fly stuff. I began reading the model magazines where I came across a captivating image of a pattern plane. Curious, I began reading articles by Ron Van Putte, Dean Pappas, and Don Lowe. I couldn't wait to see one of these pattern ships in person.
Since 1987, I've designed nearly 20 pattern models. A few are listed below:
Storm, Storm EX, Storm 4-S, Storm Limited, Storm 4-LS, Patriot, Patriot Extreme, Patriot 3D, Quest, Shinden, Valiant, Shark, Alferma, Allure, Allure Bipe, Caressa, Alchemy, Verrari, Alchemy Bipe, Almira
My reputation for designing perfect mix-free competition planes has helped me earn a spot as a top world designer. I have designed and built airplanes for the world's top fliers like Jason Shulman, Andrew Jesky, and Brett Wickizer. I have been engaged in helping many of the top fliers in the world trim and set their airplanes for world level competition.
A top level competitor myself, I have made the F3A finals at the nationals three times. I was in the top six in Masters in '94, and third in intermediate/sportsman in '92. I was the USA F3A team manager in France in 2005, and Brett's caller, mechanic, and coach since that same year. I have been sponsored by Futaba, Morgan Fuels, and YS Engines all for over a decade. I endorse and use these products exclusively. It would be difficult to be successful without their support.
I am a Volvo master ASE certified technician and have worked for the local Volvo dealership for over twenty years.
I love to play music in my spare time (Gospel, Country, and Blue Grass). My daughter sings in my band when she has time. I love playing table tennis and am very involved in church activities.
I hope you receive information and motivation from me and my passion, and I hope to keep the new ideas flowing.