On a personal note

May 03, 2011 No Comments by

I know this is a helicopter section, but I thought I would share with you a very pleasant experience I had this past weekend while visiting my son in San Francisco.  We spent the weekend at the Thunder Hill racetrack, which is a couple hours north of the city, and I got a chance to take his turbo Porsche Carrera on the track. I spent three half-hour sessions on the track with an instructor to get checked out, and then was allowed to go solo. As you can imagine, this is a completely new experience for me to take a high-performance car on the racetrack and see how well I can do. My first priority was not to damage any one else’s car, with my second priority being not to damage my son’s car. I’m proud to say I  met both priorities, although my track time was so slow they want their t-shirt back. But I had a great weekend.

Paul Tradelius

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A regular contributor to Model Airplane News, he is also the columnist for our “Rotor Speed” helicopter column. Paul has been flying RC helicopters since the early ‘80s and now enjoys all types of rotary machines, including scale and aerobatics, and he continues to experiment with modifications to improve performance.
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