I started with control line as soon as I could push a lawnmower and buy my own plane at age 12. In High School, I built quite a few rubber powered stick and tissue models. I entered the radio control side while on recruiting duty for the Navy in Montana in 1989. That was an experience since there was snow on the ground 7-8 months out of the year! There were no ARFs at the time, so the long building season was welcome. I took a vacation from the hobby between 1993 and 2003 as military assignments and transfers made it difficult to keep fragile items from destruction. In 2003 a neighbor asked me to help him cover a small electric ( Brushed/ NIMH batteries), and I caught the bug again and joined SEFSD. Since then I have helped many new pilots past some of the initial pitfalls, and have a goot time putting in maiden flights for the members who are a bit nervous about putting their untrimmed investment into the air for the first time.