Prehistoric Micro Flyer

Rock paintings depicting early attempts to master the skills of heli flying

Welcome to Regina Micro Flyers website!

We've come a long way since the early days of flying models.

I was fortunate to have grown up with a Dad who was a flying model hobbyist.  My childhood had a basement filled with aircraft hanging from the rafters, and a never ending supply of scrap balsa wood and model aircraft magazines.  The family station wagon was permanent home to a few control-line planes (a couple combat planes and a SIG shoestring profile if I recall).  Any chance to pull up to an empty parking lot or baseball diamond was a chance to fire up the motors and wiz them around for a few tanks.

My Dad was a very accomplished pilot back in the day.  Loops, wing overs, inverted and on occasion combat with streamers if he could find another pilot to join him.  Us kids on the other hand, not so much.  I recall one day at the lake Dad was trying to teach my sister and I to handle the shoestring.  The shoestring was a really good trainer.  Tough as nails, and slow flying.  I didn't care much for spinning in circles, U-control makes me dizzy, so I was done after a couple of laps.  My sister on the other hand did pretty good.  That is until Dad tried to teach her to do a wing over.  She got the going up part OK, it was the recovery coming down on the other side that was a bit of a problem.   Up and over and nose first into the tarmac and full speed (better her than me!!).  The thud could be heard for miles (felt like) and the spinner made a perfect dent in the hot tarmac.  I was sure the plane was jut going to stick there like a dead tree.  Amazingly, the motor and the plane survived largely intact.  A little five minute epoxy took care of the rudder (seems the rudder was always breaking off) and it was back in the air.

Those glow engines were messy, and loud.  A day of flying also meant a day of wiping the caster oil off the airplanes before packing them away.  Cut fingers, smelly fuel, oil soaked rags, a glow plug battery that always seemed to be on the verge of either dead or dying.  That was state of the art back in the day and it was exciting.  The planes always drew a crowd.

In those days, electric flight was novelty at best, a back room joke at worse.  Batteries were heavy, really heavy, and the only motors available were inefficient cans with weak magnets.  If you 'could' get an electric aircraft off the ground (with a bungee launch at that), it was a short lumbering flight followed by a heavy landing.  It just wasn't practical and don't even dream about helicopters.

But look at were we are today.  Micro sized 1 oz helicopters getting 5 minutes of flight.  Not just flight, but fully controlled hot dogging and stunts.  Batteries are lighter and pack more punch then anyone could have dreamed of even 5 years ago.  The choice of commercially available electric motors for model flying is absolutely staggering.  And it's not just the small stuff either, motors and battery packs are getting bigger.  Large sized full scale electric ducted jets are appearing regularly and competing in form factors that even glow engines have struggled to power.  Let's face it, gas powered model airplane technology has peaked.  Model building techniques will continue to grow with new materials like carbon fibre and foam construction, but glow plug engine itself hasn't changed much probably 30 years, maybe more.  Electric power on the other hand is only just getting started.  Expect to keep seeing new advances year after year.

It's never been easier (or cheaper) to get started in electric aircraft modelling now and a whole new breed of RC aircraft has emerged:  Indoor Flying. 

Electric power makes it practical to fly indoors.  No fumes, no noise, no oily clean up.  New batteries and light weight electronics that just work from the moment you plug them in.  No 15 minute drive to the flying field, no watching the days go by waiting for the next mythical calm sunny day.  Oh, and no Mosquitoes biting your face off while you concentrate on the sticks either!

This site is dedicated to indoor flyers.  We're not just killing time over winter, indoor is what we do because indoor is what we want to do.