Born in the frozen wasteland of Canada, this young Canuck longed to fly RC aircraft ever since finding copies of Model Airplane News buried in the dark recesses of his elementary school’s library. Being as the family’s money had to be used to buy MukLuks and firewood, his dreams would have to wait.
Fast forward to 2004 when our subject found work that paid well enough to have some spare spending Loonies. This is when the young man that would be later known simply as “Duck” first bought an RC aircraft. Alas, it was the dreaded Blade CP Pro… Later he would conclude that the “Pro” monicker meant that anyone less than a pro would have difficulty flying said heli. Because of this, helis went on the shelf for many years. Fixed wing aircraft served to scratch the aviation itch and hone the skills of our intrepid host from the north.
Since 2012, he has been a member of The CrashCast. Sharing experiences and lessons learned with listeners has been a new aspect of the hobby that he would have a difficult time living without.
Around that same time, after experimenting with different aspects of fixed wing flight, this poor woman’s Ron Swanson decided to try rotary wing again. He discovered that knowing how to repair helis would be the first skill to learn as he learned how to fly them. Since then, he has progressed into an ‘average’ heli pilot and a pretty good heli mechanic. He now primarily flies helis, but fixed wing is still enjoyed by the maple syrup chugging host. Mainly at flying events where the excitement of night flying causes him to fly fast and close, causing the other pilots to yell “Duck!” At some point, this just got adopted as his name.
Duck is looking forward to the new Angle of Attack Podcast. Join us for the fun!
I have been married to a beautiful and gracious woman for over 23 years and together we have 2 children (a daughter and a son). We lived in Richland, Michigan, a small town between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek for 15 years. Southwest Michigan, and specifically the Kalamazoo area, is a beautiful place to live with so many things available to do from activities to cultural to sports, there is never a lack of things to do. In 2013, I was given a layoff notice and found a new job in Greensboro, NC. So in July 2013, off we went on a quest to warmer climes in the Southeast. We currently reside in High Point, NC and are enjoying our new home in North Carolina. I am fortunate to live near Winston-Salem and Tim King (iflyOS) so we get to fly together several times during the year.
I have been a lifelong aviation enthusiast and have worked in aviation field since I was 16 years old, when I worked for a a neighbor who had a company that flew hot air balloons. I joined the US Army after high school and spent 3 years on active duty and 5 years in the Michigan National Guard working on helicopters (CH-47 Chinook, UH-1 Huey, OH-58 Kiowa and AH-1 Cobra). After my active duty service in Hawaii (hey, somebody has to guard the country) I moved back to Michigan and to Kalamazoo to attend Western Michigan University in the professional pilot program. After realizing that being a professional was not for me and my family, I switched my major to Aeronautical Engineering. I worked full time and went to school part time and finally finished with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering in December 2003. I currently work for an aircraft manufacturer working as an interior engineer on a VLJ (very light jet). I spent my previous professional career working for a company that does maintenance and refurbishment on corporate jets as a structural engineer mainly designing installations for avionics systems (which sounds more glamorous than it is), aircraft structural repair tech, maintenance records tech and line service tech in Battle Creek, MI.
I have my private pilot license but have not flown much in many years. RC fills my need to fly and FPV really blurs the line between full scale flying and models for me. I enjoy multirotors and fixed wing RC, especially FPV. I also enjoy building my aircraft and electronic projects.
I have been flying models for over 20 years, and I have discovered I enjoy all forms of model aviation. I started RC with 1/2a stuff, and from there moved up through the nitro sizes like most everyone else. I have also flown Giant Scale, as well as novelty models, to include a couple of my own designs. I got into the podcasting game when Crash asked me to be a guest on The CrashCast, and that transitioned into a spot as a co-host. Through the course of my pursuit of model aviation, I have built a couple of CNC machines, a 3D printer, and acquired more kits and flying things than I care to count. However, the best part of the hobby has been the lifelong friendships I have made. It's safe to say I am addicted to the hobby, and I look forward to sharing that addiction with our listeners!
I have been in the RC Hobby for quite some time. Life has forced me to take a break from actively engaging in the hobby from time to time, but it’s never really left my heart. What makes this such a great hobby for me are the people I get to meet and the stories I get to hear. I also enjoy the many avenues this hobby has created in my life, from the knowledge I have gained concerning the electronics, to scratch building and 3D printing. However, I am still a little perplexed as to how I ended up in the podcast game. I met Crash at HHAEFI one year and the next thing I know I’m invited as a guest on a little Podcast called The CrashCast. I kind of just kept showing up week after week and no one had the heart to tell me otherwise. Then when we moved everything over to the Angle of Attack Podcast to give Crash some much needed relief from the podcast grind, I found out where everyone was meeting and kind of just barged in. I have definitely made some lasting friendships along the way and I look forward to making many more. See ya at the field!