The ARF and kit
versions of the
Flite Streak are
sold by Brodak
are explained in the
article. Joe Daly and
Kevin DeMauro hold a
Flite Streak trainer.
Allen Brickhaus displays his Bob Gialdini Rayette, which is available as a laser-cut kit by
Eric Rule of RSM Distribution.
first year he was making 5-minute flights and doing loops.
Perfect motor runs made it easy for him to concentrate on
his flying and by the end of the second year with that airplane,
he was flying inverted and doing outside loops. In his third
year, 2011, he placed second in the Nats with the model. Kevin
wanted a bigger, more-advanced airplane and moved on to a
Banshee. His Flite Streak was set aside for training purposes.
During 2012, the Flite Streak was used to teach Will’s
nephews and a few other children the basics of CL flight.
Will’s father, Harry DeMauro, decided that he wanted to try it
and flew for the first time in roughly 15 years!
“He really enjoyed it and ended up flying about 15 flights
in 2012,” said Will. “He has some problems with dizziness and
with the E-power, but I was able to slow the airplane down to
a speed he could handle. He has already been out flying a few
times with us, and he has really enjoyed the plane.”
In 2013, Will met Joe Daly who had flown CL from the
1970s until approximately 1991. Will saw Joe’s posts on the
Stunt Hangar forums and realized that he lived less than 10
miles away. “I reached out to him and invited him to Flushing
Meadows Park [FMP] to fly with us,” said Will. “He came out
with a gas-powered Mustang Stunter that was built 25 years
ago. It had a motor that simply would not run properly. When
he saw that most of us were flying electric-powered airplanes,
he started asking tons of questions and reading everything he
could on electric-powered CL planes.”
Joe had a Forerunner that he wanted to convert to electric
power. Will told him to get in touch with Ron Heckler and to
copy his system exactly and showed him the mounting system
used on the Flite Streak. “I told him to
copy it to his profile model,” stated Will.
“Joe is having lots of success with his
electric Control Line airplane. He is now
flying regularly with us at FMP. Joe’s
son, also named Joe, got reintroduced
to Control Line flying when he flew his
dad’s electric Forerunner. Before that he
hadn’t flown a model in 25 years.”
As a result of that experience, Joe
bought an ARF Flite Streak and electric
power setup. He will fly that and teach
his 10-year-old son, Joe, to fly with it.
“If it weren’t for these power systems,
it is likely that Joe would have become
frustrated and given up CL flying again,”
said Will. “Thanks to these power
systems, we now have been able to add
a person to our regular flying sessions in
the New York City area.”
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