It looks like we will have another awesome team to send to the 2017 World Competition in Argentina. These pilots are experienced competitors and I am including information about each of them here so everyone can get to know them better.
Michi started flying RC helicopters, with help from local flyers, while he was still in school in Japan. As time went on he also enjoyed flying airplanes and gliders.
After finishing a one year exchange program between two countries in the mid 90’s, Michi moved to Canada and has been living in Victoria, BC, ever since.
After attending a local pattern contest one day he discovered the fun of aerobatics flying and in recent years he’s been focusing on F3A Precision Aerobatics.
Michi has represented Canada at the 2015 World Championships in Switzerland and in 2013 in South Africa and is now looking forward to his participation in the 2017 World Championships in Argentina
Michi is an electronics hardware design engineer and the father of a 3 year old daughter. His wife and daughter are his biggest supporters.
Henry Piorun (Not attending)
Henry started building and flying model airplanes when he was 10 or 11 years old. Rubber powered, free flight, control line you name it he probably built it. He taught himself to fly R/C in 1974 with a little scratch built airplane called the Q-Tee that he built from plans that were in Model Airplane News magazine. Shortly after that he bought his first pattern plane, a used “Nutcracker”.
Henry competed in his first pattern contest in 1976 and fell in love with it and that’s pretty much all he did for the next 20 years. He won the Canadian Nats in 1980 in the Masters class, (that was FAI back then). Henry was a member of the Canadian team in 1985 and attended the 1985 world championship in Holland.
Henry stopped flying after 1995 to pursue other interests but then got the bug again in 2008 and started all over in IMAC and pattern. Now, he’s 55 years old, semi-retired and looking forward to travelling to Argentina to compete in the 2017 worlds.
Xavier is 52 years old and lives in Laval, Quebec. He started flying model airplanes in 1997 and has participated in many Pattern (F3A) contests in Canada and the US. He was twice the alternate for the Canadian team. He will be part of the Canadian F3A Team at the 2017 World Championship in Argentia. Xavier also flies F3P type airplanes and he was member of the teams who went to Germany in 2013 and to Poland in 2015. He will go to France in 2017.
In addition to aerobatics models, Xavier loves scale airplanes, especially old biplanes and entered some scale contests in the last few years. He is part of MAAC committees for precision aerobatic, indoor RC and electric.
His passion for airplanes doesn’t stop with models as he has been working in the aerospace industry since 1987 and is now a consultant in aerospace engineering. He also loves visiting airplanes museums.
I started flying RC planes 20 years ago just after my children left home:-) I got hooked on Precision Aerobatics almost right away and have never looked back. I also enjoy most of the other RC disciplines but stick to Precision Aerobatics mostly. I have been Contest Director for more contests than I can remember and have CD’d both the MAAC Precision Aerobatics Nationals and Team Trials events in the past. It was my honour to be asked to be the 2015 team Manager. I must have done a good job, as I have been asked to manage the 2017 team. This coming year promises to be an awesome one and I can’t wait!
I am presently flying FAI with a Galactik, awesome plane, not so good pilot. My number one supporter is my wife Pat.
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