My name is Michael Moore, but I go by Mike to my friends. I currently work full time as a Facilities Engineer with the Federal Government, so flying time is limited to weekends and federal holidays.
I began flying when I was a very young boy, learning how to build sitting on my fathers lap in the basement of our home. I was flying U-Control (also known as Control Line) before I could walk. My father would hold me in his arms while he and I would control the airplane going around us in circles. In the 70's my father began flying radio control using NiCad batteries and the then, state of the art 27 MHz radios. Almost every time we would go flying, we brought home an airplane that had been rekitted (crashed) due to some failure. What we did not know back then was the fact that CB radios with linear amplifiers would swamp out the signal and leave the airplane out of control. That, and the battery technology of the time resulted in dead or weak batteries which also led to lost signal. ARF or Almost Ready to Fly airframes were still in the future, so any crash resulted in bringing home a bag full of parts. Lots of glue, new wood, covering and paint later and you were back in the air.
I learned to fly using the old school method. This is where the instructor held the transmitter, you put your thumb on the control stick, and his hand went over yours. For a long time, I did not like the new "trainer" boxes as I thought this did not give the student any feeling for what they have corrected and what the instructor had to correct. With the instructors hand guiding you, you knew what inputs needed to be corrected! I still use this method for new pilots at times, just to give them a feel for the controls.
I have flown many different types of models, including full scale drones, some helicopter, quads, and gliders. My main interests are in the fixed wing powered planes, both electric and Internal combustion. I have designed my own planes, scratch built from plans, and built kits. I have experience with many different finishing techniques including epoxy paint, silk and dope finish, and different iron-on films. Back in 1992 I started a business called Computer Aircraft Designs. With a partner, we developed a drafting software that upon completion of the design, would evaluate the design similar to an electronic wind tunnel. I performed all the engineering on the program as the analysis section was my work! I have many stories regarding this time in my modeling career but I won't bore you with them here. Suffice it to say, I learned a lot about aerodynamics and how airplanes should fly in developing this software!
I am currently serving as the Mesilla Valley Model Airplane Club Instructor Coordinator and am registered with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Intro-Pilot Instructor Program. What this means is, I can begin your training in flying model airplanes before you spend any money joining the AMA and the AMA insurance covers you for a period of 60 days. (AMA provides liability insurance to all registered pilots and currently, the City of Las Cruces requires this insurance to fly at the Las Cruces R/C Airport.)
I have several training platforms available for instruction with the appropriate instructor/student training systems. In addition, I am available to assist new pilots in setting up airplanes in preparation for the maiden flight. I also have several simulator systems available for new pilots to get used to the controls and feel of flying via ground transmitter.
If you want to know more about our training curriculum or if you want to schedule your training, please give me a call at (575) 556-9427.
I currently work full time as an Electrical Engineer for a small veteran owned business here in Las Cruces. I was fortunate enough to get the perfect job for me right out of collage and have stayed with them for over 25 years. This means that my carrier also restricts my availability to Saturdays and holidays. Fortunately, I am able to occasionally break loose from work so if Saturdays are not good for you, let me know and hopefully we can arrange our schedules appropriately.
My history with remote controlled aircraft has been a rocky path with several pitfalls and failures for most of my life. The problem was I never did try and find a club to join to get actual instruction on how to fly. I tried to do this all on my own and therefore I failed miserably. I think I was in my early teen years when I made my first attempt. It was a high wing type airplane with a small glow fuel engine in it with a rudder and an elevator (no ailerons) for control surfaces. The manual suggested a hand launch for beginners and also indicated that it could do rise off ground (ROG). Well, as you have anticipated, I crashed a few times using the hand launch technique and then failed to get it to ROG. Looking back, Not only did I not have anyone to show me how to properly fly the plane, I also think that the motor was not generating enough thrust to keep it in the air. It would have been great if I had someone that could have shown me the proper way to fly the aircraft as well as helped me properly tune the glow motor. After a couple of days of failures with no successes, I hung my head low and put the plane in the closet. It never saw the light of day again.
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