I am a retired firefighter and writer with a background in education, fire-training and SAR. I've wanted to learn to fly fixed-wing aircraft most of my life, but never had the time, or money (having a family and putting the kids through college) to take the required lessons. Looks like this hobby might just be the next best thing for me to explore!
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
As far back as I can recall... I've been captivated by flight. As a young boy I was actually given the opportunity to help my neighbor and his son construct, from scratch, a home-built (passenger) airplane they designed and successfully flew for several decades. Over the years… I’ve taken to the air at every opportunity, but I’ve never been able to get enough time in flight. I’ve built a few RC, balsa aircraft and enjoyed flying some ’store-bought’ models with the family when the children were younger. Now… I’d love to explore the ’higher technology’ aspects of the hobby and at some point, build a drone of my own.
I was always fairly skilled with tools of all kinds and as a result, became increasingly involved with creative experimentation and attempts at modification and invention of all sorts of things. I’m most ‘at home’ designing, building, or tinkering with some project in my shop and now that I’ve entered the ‘ranks of the retired’, I’d like to focus on ’flight’ once more. It may well be that the computer-based technology which drives the innovations of drone-flight is beyond my immediate grasp, but I’m still hopeful that my interest might bring me closer to understanding it all. It sure seems to be an exciting hobby. I can’t wait to begin learning from the folks here and who knows… maybe at some point I’ll be able to share what I’ve learned to help others with their endeavors.
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