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My son is my wingman!

#1
Over the years, I have taught my son (since he was 8 yrs old) to fly RC planes using a buddy box off and on . Last year, he finally soloed a plane (at age 13) but instead caught the bug on flying quad copters. He quickly advanced through tiny whoops, 3in quads then 5in free style quads. And now he is very proficient at following me around when I fly my RC planes. I feel fortunate that we both share a love for RC flying hobby. We enjoy spending quality time at the flying field and even collaborate to make interesting flight videos!

He likes to do close chase of my warbirds flying his free style quad:



He also flies as lead/target plane for me to chase as I do mock dogfights with my scale FPV plane

 
#4
I fly slowly and very smoothly while telling him my next move: “general turn left”, “level out” , “gental climb”, etc. He is so focused he barely says a word. Unless I fly too fast, he would say “slow down”. But since I am keeping constant speed/throttle. It’s just me talking mostly.
 
#7
Kinda off topic in this thread, but since you guys like it. Here’s one more with guns ablazing in dogfight... Discussion about it in FPV forum. Oh, my son did fly for the chase footage for this one as well....

 
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#15
Runway now has proper markings. It’s now the best flying field in Southern California - in a very scenic setting, too!
I've been flying with my son at Fairview in Costa Mesa, but this field is actually closer to me. It looks pretty serious, with the real runway and all the gas planes. I've thought about joining up to fly here but obviously it's a pretty big investment. (Especially since I paid for permits at Costa Mesa too.) Anyway, my question is how friendly is OCMA to foam board diy guys?
 
#16
Honestly, not very friendly if you show up on a busy day putting around with those. But if you bring a decentl sized one that can keep up with traffic pattern speed. I don’t see how that would be a problem. Best to avoid the big gasser guys that are there on weekend mornings. They have big egos. On weekdays you can fly anything so long as you follow rules.

There’s a separate area for 3d Foam board plane flying if you hand launch and don’t need to use runway.