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aidan mcatamney

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Name: aidan mcatamney
County/State: co.derry
Country: United Kingdom

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hi there, i first became interested  in rc model planes when my late father used to take me to a disused world war 2 aerodrome near my home in kilrea, co.derry n.ireland. there a few young to middle aged men were indulging in their favourite hobby , flying model aeroplanes. we stood and watched in amazement at how well these models could fly and from that day on i caught the bug and became interested , that was way back in 1973 and i was only 10 years of age but never forgot that experience. a couple of years later i started flying kites, all shapes and sizes. the first lot were wembley kites made from plastic, then i progressed to much larger and stronger kites made from rip stop nylon. they came from a place in devon called oakhampton where they had been making kites for almost 100 years. in the mid 1980s, sometime around 1986 i went to a local club and spent the next couple of years there, not flying but just watching and enjoying.  after a lapse of a few years where i had been involved with a local table tennis club i went back to the flying club and a local man let me try out his trainer, this was just a one off as i was too nervous a pilot. i gave up and started cycling in 2000. in 2002 i finally plucked up the courage and went and bought myself a multiplex easystar all electric trainer. at the time it had been voted as europes best selling electric trainer for beginners. once i had the plane assembled and ready to fly, i approached a local farmer whom i knew well and he gave me permission to fly on his land. before all of that took place i became a country member of the bmfa and got insurance. in no time at all i had taught myself to fly and soon progressed to the larger multiplex twinstar mk2 which had ailerons. after mastering it i decided to stay with electric planes and went on to get an easyglider electric . between these 3 planes i had a lot of fun over the next 8 years. however as the end of 2010 approaches i have just bought my first glow plane.  its a hangar 9 alpha 40. i was very tempted to go for the hangar 9 mustang pts but felt i wanted to keep things as simple for myself as possible especially as its my first venture into glow plane flying. i have to say that i would highly recommend this great hobby to anyone and everyone.  i also want to commend the operators of this site for the way in which it helps to promote this wonderfully hobby. its a really great way of helping each other in building and flying advice and the pure enjoyment i get from it is second to none. long may it continue for everyone involved.

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