Henry and his BarnstormerHenry Hajdik

Q - When did you start in control line?
A - My brother introduced me to control line flying in 1948 with a free-flight conversion of a Stinson 150 High Winger Semi-Scale Model powered by an O.K. Cub .049.  He then allowed me to fly his version of a "Super V Shark" powered by an English 3.5 (.21 c.I. Diesel).

Q - Have you tried any other styles of model airplane flying?
A - Yes - In the 1950's we flew single channel R/C models which featured rubber-wound escapements (today you would use miniature electrical "servos") and Japanese Teletrol Radio equipment. Our favourite plane at the time was a Berkeley Beaver powered by a Webra Picolo .o49 Diesel. 
 
Q - What interests you in control line?
A - While we have flown Old Time Stunt, my favourite events were Racing - mostly Northwest Sport Race(Fox 35 event) and Fox 15 powered profile models such as the Flight Streak, and Ringmaster, Jr. & Acromaster "15" was also a good competitor.
 
Q - What is your favourite memory of flying?
A - Competing in the U.S. Nationals in Tri Cities in the 1980's. Larry Bell & I teamed in the Northwest Racing Finals.
 
Q - Do you build your own models? (or something to include building)
A - Yes - Probably known for "re-building" most of them - including an ARF Flightstreak.  Larry built his in 4 hours.   I knew the ARF needed some serious improvements - it took me three (3) months to finish it the way I wanted.
 
Q - What is your favourite model?  
A - Although I have yet to fly it - I have a Guillows Barnstormer that I started in 1957 and completed in 2010 (Olympic Year) - named it the "Olympian" 57) - I recently replaced the Veco 35 TCC Series engine with an RSM Fox 35 L & J Stunt Conversion  - so it took me 55 years ! Flash - Aug. 26, 2012 The Barnstormer has flown! (Now what about the Smoothie? LL)
 
Q - What was your most spectacular crash?
A - The Burnaby  BCIT  Demonstration in 2008 when Larry Bell & I did a Team Stunt Demo Larry Flew a Fox 35 powered P-40 Profile Stunt Plane and I used my Jim Walker Firecat.  We were doing Horizontal 8's on opposite sides of the circle and I miscounted and and two models met at full speed.  Firecat was demolished, but Larry's P-40 is in need of some repairs!
 
Q - Have you ever participated in any competitions? If yes, which ones?
A - I was the Contest Director for the Canadian Nationals held in Vancouver in 1986 (VGMC Club at that time) and Control line Events were held in Richmond (Rice Mill Site) with R/C & Free Flight held in outlying communities. In the 1980s and 1990s club members were involved in much control line competition in Vancouver and also Eugene, Oregon, principally in Racing, Combat, Aerobatics, and Navy Carrier Events.
 
Q - How did you start in control line? Who got you started in control line?
A - (See above.)
 
Q - What advice would you give someone who wanted to try control line?
A - Contact a local Control line Club, Secure National MAAC Membership & Insurance and Club Membership ---- Be sure to take "the first step"  -  Get involved and volunteer to help in the club - you will learn from your fellow members and from your personal controline flying & building experiences. Building models is as much fun as flying them! Don't hesitate to compete - Competition is an experience in education!  Model Aircraft building and flying can become a professional experience in your life.  Many of our
hobbyists have become involved in the air industry as professional people as engineers, pilots, mechanics, and other air industry personnel. -- Open the door to a career - by building a model airplane!!!


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