The author’s Sig Kadet is more than 10 years old and ready for her
to pay more attention to it.
The Sig Kadet is stripped
to the bones and ready
to be covered so it can be
flown later this month!
converting an Eindecker to electric
power. I purchased an Eindecker from
someone who was selling it at the
Rhinebeck Jamboree in September
2013. Bare on the inside and even minus
a propeller, the choice was up for grabs:
glow or electric?
My boyfriend, who is also an RC
pilot, suggested electric. We spent
many winter evenings turning it into
an airplane with a quiet, clean hum,
carefully running it up in the airplane, er,
And now April is upon us. The
Eindecker is ready to fly, but am I? I’ll
step out onto the local flying field, and
after discussions about the new year
with members I haven’t seen since the
first snowfall, it’ll have its test flight. As
always, I’m sure I’ll blame my trembling
hands on my love of coffee.
The anticipation, the adrenaline, the
triple checks that nothing was reversed,
the fleeting negative thoughts (ugh
… during flight … the worst!) of that
airplane whose wings folded midflight
last summer and littered the field with
splinters, will quickly be replaced by
I’ll remember making a quick save
when my foamie was about to head
straight into the ground. I’ll recall my
Kadet, with only a couple of oddball
landings in 10 years, and of course,
my first time successfully flying a club
member’s airplane, knowing nothing of
First-flight nervousness never goes
away for any pilot, I’m sure of it. It’s
wow and whew at the same time and it’s
April lets us show
off and fly what
we worked on in
the building season.
It’s time to get out
there and play with
what’s kept us busy
all winter. April
nudges us from our
us with excitement for
the season ahead.
That refrigerator and junk drawer
will have to wait.
Happy spring and happy flying! Tell
me, what projects have you worked on
during the winter months that you’re
excited to fly?
Send me an email. I’d love to hear
107 Model Aviation APRIL 2014