Dennis MathewsDennis Mathews 

Q. When did you start in control line?
A.  I started flying control line when I was 12 years old.  That was 53 years ago.  You do the math.  Yes, I am now 65.
Q. Have you tried any other styles of model airplane flying?
A.  As well as control line, I fly R/C and I have participated in free flight contests as well.
Q. What interests you in control line?
A.  Scale, carrier, racing and stunt.
Q. What is your favourite memory of flying?
A.  I participated in a Nats held in Edmonton in 1975.  I took home second place for my Sterling Fokker DV11.  That model still hangs in my workshop. 
Q. Do you build your own models?
A.  I have built a lot of my own models and I have acquired models that other modelers have built.  Those that I have acquired, I have added my own personal touches.  I also have put together and flown ARFs (almost ready to fly).
Q. What is your favourite model?
A.  I had a bi-plane that was real sloppy when I stalled it.  It wanted to fall out of the air and would dance all over without me putting any input into the lines. It was powered by a PAW .15 diesel.  It was a HOOT!
Q. What was your most spectacular crash?
A.  My most spectacular crash was when I was flying R/C.  I had an old trainer that nose dived from about 50 feet at full throtle.  It hit a drainag ditch full of water.  Well going that fast, water is just like concrete.  Needless to say, that old model was obliterated.
Q. Have you ever participated in any competitions? If yes, which ones?
A.  As far as competitions go, I lived in Edmonton from 1969 to 1982 and belonged to a club called The Edmonton Birds of a Tether.  When I returned to the Vancouver area I was a member of VGMC and, currently, PAC.  I participated in many club contests with all three clubs throughout the years.  I have also participated in the Northwest Control Line Regionals. This year (2012) was my first R/C scale event, held in Vernon B. C.  I was very fortunate to place third in the Novice class and even brought home a trophy.  Years ago free light contests were held in Kamloops.  A lot of fun and good memories.  Lost one of my good engines to a thermal as I forgot to set the timer on the dethermalizer.  Oh well, can't win them all.
Q. How did you start in control line? Who got you started in control line?
A.  Nobody really started me in control line.  My first model was an Aurora (K&B) plastic ready to fly P-47. Our family lived in North Burnaby at the time and some of my friends and I used to go across to the park and try to fly this thing.  None of us realy knew what we were doing but we did manage to start the engine and get it into the air.  It crashed, of course, but I still have the original engine.
Q. What advice would you give someone who wanted to try control line?
A.  Just remember, it's a hobby.  No need for any kind of politicing and don't get too serious.  Have fun, compete hard, ask questions but most of all, enjoy.  There are a lot of good people in this hobby and control line is for everbody.

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