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Wil Byers
Editor in Chief


Wil Byers came to the Tri-Cities on December 10, 1979 to work for Westinghouse Hanford as an instrument technician during the construction of the Fast Flux Test Facility. Later, Wil worked as an engineer; he designed security systems, and supported those designs and others by providing engineered solutions.

All his life, Wil has been an aviation and model aviation enthusiast. His love of aviation led him to begin writing articles for magazines in 1981, a passion he continued throughout the years. In 1993, Wil and a partner decided to launch Kiona Publishing with the sole purpose of publishing a new magazine for model aviation enthusiasts. That magazine was Sailplane & Electric Modeler, now renamed Quiet Flyer. By 2003, Kiona Publishing launched a second magazine, 3-D Flyer, to specifically focus on topics of interest to three-dimensional (3-D) model aviation enthusiasts. These two well-respected magazines have a broad following among modelers and aviation enthusiasts worldwide.

Loving the Tri-Cities and the many features that make the Mid-Columbia a great place to live, Wil has long wanted to publish a lifestyle magazine focused specifically on the Mid-Columbia region. Late in 2004, Wil decided that Kiona Publishing would bring out just such a new magazine in 2006, and he added this goal to the company’s business plan. The new magazine, called Mid-Columbian, will deliver content that is designed to attract attention to the Mid-Columbia region. It will have high-quality photos and stories about a wide range of things that make the Mid-Columbia unique, from antique shops, restaurants, and vineyards to special events like the Columbia Cup, and from day hikes and other family-friendly activities to the many organizations and people who contribute to our communities. Mid-Columbian magazine will be distributed throughout the West Coast. Be sure to look for the May/June 2006 issue of Mid-Columbian to appear on newsstands, in bookstores, and on the Web!

Camille Goudeseune
Column: Demystifying Electrics

After completing his dissertation in 2001, Camille Goudesoune suddenly found himself with “just” a full-time job. To fill up the gap in his schedule, he took up remote-control electrics with the same passion and rigor that he has devoted to pure mathematics, piano performance, and computer music composition.

Camille has published academic papers in many disciplines. He manages several virtual reality laboratories and driving simulators at the University of Illinois’ Beckman Institute. Also, while programming at a small company called Microsoft®, he once hid a Space Invaders game in Word™ for DOS 5.0.

Don Bailey
Column: Simply Soaring

Don Bailey is a writer for Kiona Publishing, and a contributing editor for Quiet Flyer magazine. His regular Quiet Flyer column, “Simply Soaring,” deals with all aspects of soaring, including aerodynamic principles, physics of flight, structural design, flying technique, micrometeorology, and other popular topics.

Don has been building and flying model airplanes since he was 10 years old. He bought his first radio when he was in high school. It was a single-channel escapement radio, installed in a vintage Midwest Lil’ Tri-Squire with a Cox 0.049 engine. Since then, he has built and flown more than 130 remote-control (R/C) model airplanes over the years, several of them original designs. He also has a private pilot’s license, with high-performance single-engine and glider ratings.

Don has been involved with this hobby for 36 years, and has been writing for Kiona Publishing for 9 years. His hobby interests include large scale sailplanes (aero-towing), vintage scale and nostalgia sailplanes, small electric park flyers and electric sailplanes, and nitro-powered fixed-wing sport and scale airplanes. Although Don’s primary interest is soaring, he also likes power and electrics. Additionally, he has an interest in the topic of aerodynamics, having read many books on the subject; he was able to do some wind tunnel testing as part of his degree in engineering.

Don works for Boeing as a structural design engineer. He loves airplane design, and he feels fortunate to be working at Boeing as a design engineer in the Wing group on the new 787 Dreamliner.

Rob Smith
Column: Sport Electrics

Rob Smith is a writer for Kiona Publishing, and is a contributing editor for Quiet Flyer magazine.

Rob’s love of model airplanes started at a very young age. Rob’s dad was a full-size airplane pilot, and many plastic model airplanes decorated his room. At some point in Rob’s childhood, his dad built a SIG J3 Clipped Wing Cub. He crashed that model and lost all interest in the hobby.

At the age of twelve, Rob purchased his first model airplane magazine, the September issue of R/C Modeler 1976. Modeling became his obsession from that point on. He is now 42, and reports that he still finds new and exciting aspects of model airplanes.

Rob has been involved with both glow- and electric-powered models. These days, his focus is on electric-powered model aircraft. He finds no greater satisfaction than that found in a well-built, great-flying model. Recently, Rob met one of his lifelong goals: to design and build his own airplane, the E-Sport 8.

Rob has two great kids. His teenage daughter doesn’t care much for the model airplanes, but Rob says that his 10-year-old son is a better remote-control pilot then he is. Rob’s son prefers Futaba® radio systems, and Rob prefers JR radio systems. Both Rob and his son love model aircraft. Rob also enjoys working with his computers, photography, and just hanging out with his family and friends.

James Wang
Column: E-Heli Scene

James Wang is a writer for Kiona Publishing, and a contributing editor for Quiet Flyer and 3-D Flyer magazines.

James has been flying control-line airplanes and remote-control (R/C) airplanes since 1972, and R/C helicopters since 1976. He has built more than 200 engine- or electric-powered R/C helicopters over the years, and has studied and flown most designs from around the world since 1976.  He has also designed many airplanes, rotor head systems, and rotor blades for his own use, and some of them have been adopted by companies around the world. Just like the postman, whether there’s rain, wind, or snow, nothing stops him from flying every day!

James has a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Systems and Design, with extensive work and consulting experience in designing, building, and flight testing avionics and aerospace mechanical systems, and conducting fluid and acoustic experiments.

John Likakis
Column: Park Side

John Likakis is a writer for Kiona Publishing. He is also the editorial assistant for Quiet Flyer and 3-D Flyer magazines, and a contributing editor for Quiet Flyer.

John has been flying remote-control models since the 1970s. He is a professional writer and editor, a licensed pilot, and the former editor of Aviation Safety, Aviation Consumer, Light Plane Maintenance, and a slew of fly-fishing magazines. He lives in Vermont.

Mike Hoffmeister
Column: Hop-Ups

Mike Hoffmeister is a writer for Kiona Publishing, and a contributing editor for Quiet Flyer magazine.

Mike is 40 years old, and has been involved in R/C for about 30 years in various forms.  First involved in nitro boats, then fuel-powered planes, then Gas boats, and for the past 5 years Mike has focused 100% on electric flight.  Mike has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio – and has been working in the Aviation industry in various Customer and Product Support Engineering roles since 1991.  Mike likes bench-testing power system equipment, pushing the limits of performance, as well as flying all types of planes - and the connection among these elements is at the heart of what he hopes to bring to the Hop-Ups column.

Mike enjoys flying a very diverse fleet of airplanes, from a camera-equipped twin-motor Slow Stick, to a 150 MPH high-powered flying wing, to various 3D and Sport Aerobatic planes.  One thing all of his planes have in common is that none of them are underpowered!

Mike has also recently taken on a new hobby of digital photography, focusing on his 2-year old daughter and RC Planes.  His Nikon D80 and 18-200 VR lens has served him well in several Reviews and Event Coverage articles, including the JR Indoor Fest 2006, and assisting Wil Byers at SEFF 2007.  Mike and his wife of 13 years also enjoy International travel and home-improvement projects, making for a very busy schedule, but one he wouldn’t trade for anything.

Jochen Ewald
Column: Scale Documentation

Jochen Ewald is a writer for Kiona Publishing.

Jochen started gliding when he was 14 years old (the minimum age required in Germany), and has flown more than 250 different aircraft to date. He pilots German “full-size” gliders, motorgliders, and microlight aircraft. He is also a professional writer, and has specialized in writing flight reports for magazines in several countries. Jochen regularly receives the latest equipment from manufacturers to fly and write about. However, his true love is the vintage gliders, with their wonderful appearance and flying characteristics that are often a bit different. Each one of them is a real individual.

Jochen admires the work of the scale model builders, who not only show the beauty of historic and modern gliders to the public, but even manage to get historic aircraft into the air when the originals are no longer existing or airworthy. By this, they help others to get an impression about how these historic aircraft flew and looked in flight—an important part of practical history, and much more impressive than seeing such aircraft in a museum.

John Glezellis

John Glezellis is a writer for Kiona Publishing, and a contributing editor for 3-D Flyer magazine.

John is 21 years old and is enrolled to attend the University of Massachusetts Boston in the fall of 2006. He has been flying remote-control (R/C) models since he was six years old, and has been interested in aviation for as long as he can remember. At the age of six, John’s father felt it was time to teach him how to fly, so he bought him a SIG® Kadet Senior. Within a summer, John soloed and transitioned to his second model, a Goldberg Chipmunk. Shortly after, he began competing at local fun-fly competitions and fly-in events.

In 1994, John’s life and view of aero modeling changed when his parents scheduled a family vacation to Las Vegas to watch the prestigious Tournament of Champions (TOC). Right after this event, John knew where he belonged: in aerobatic competition. After the event, they went to one of the local Las Vegas hobby shops and bought his first pattern model, a 0.45-size Dash Five kit from Yoshioka. John’s father finished the model for him to use during the 1995 pattern contest season. From then on, John was hooked on competition, with the goal of one day competing in the Tournament of Champions.

John flew pattern from 1995 until 2001. He decided to put my pattern career on hold as his prayers had been answered. He was chosen as the Official Tournament of Champions Sequence Demonstration Pilot. From then on, John knew that he needed to dedicate his time to Scale Aerobatics. He has had many local wins in competition. His credentials in national-level competitions are as follows:

3rd place at the Masters World Aerobatic Championship

12th place F3A Pattern Finalist at the U.S. Nationals
7th place in the International Miniature Aerobatic Club (IMAC) Unlimited Class at the U.S. Nationals
4th place in IMAC Freestyle at the U.S. Nationals

6th place at the Don Lowe World Aerobatic Championships

4th place in the IMAC Unlimited Class at the U.S. Nationals
Tournament of Champions Sequence Demonstration Pilot

1st place at the Extreme Flight Championships
Performed demonstrations at full-scale air shows and in Nova Scotia
Attended the JR Indoor Festival

3rd place at the Electric Tournament of Champions
2nd place at the Extreme Flight Championships
10th place at the Don Lowe World Aerobatic Championships
13th place in the Unlimited Class at the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout
Dayton Noontime Demonstration Pilot
Attended the JR Indoor Festival/Noontime Demonstration Pilot
Performed demonstrations at full-scale air shows and in Nova Scotia

8th place at the Electric Tournament of Champions
7th place at the EX Games
2nd place at the Extreme Flight Championships
16th place in the Invitational Class at the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout
2nd place in Freestyle at the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout
Dayton Noontime Demonstration Pilot
Attended the JR Indoor Festival/Noontime Demonstration Pilot

John has flown demonstrations at many full-scale air shows and at R/C fly-ins throughout the country.

John would like to thank his sponsors. They include his Mom and Dad, Futaba®, Hobbico, Desert Aircraft, Hobby Lobby International, Great Planes®, ElectriFly™, Ultrafly™, MonoKote®, Powerbox Systems, Kirby’s Kustom Vinyl Graphics, Duralite Lithium Ion Batteries, Fliton USA, Dave Patrick Models, and Sure-link.

Eric Tolladay

A builder since he was 10, Eric has been mucking around with model airplanes for most of his life. Born and raised in Central California, Eric received a B.A. in History from California State University in Fresno before moving on to Los Angeles to escape the heat. An avid reader, an occasional singer (tenor), and a happy father, Eric spends his days chained to the computer working on the occasional movie poster, and his nights building airplanes in the garage. Eric claims he is kept happy by his wife, Teri; kept young by his son, Trevor; and kept sane by the odd flight at the local park!

Jim Tolpin

Jim has been flying free-flight model airplanes and has been a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) since the mid-1950s, except for a long hiatus during his college and career-building years in cabinetmaking and then journalism. He didn’t start flying remote-control models, however, until this past decade.

About 5 years ago, Jim started to experiment with electric-powered gliders and park flyers (the latter so he could fly at in-town fields).  He also explored slope flying, though the loss of good local sites has stifled that interest to some extent.  He has finally, however, gone back whole-heartedly to his first love: pure gliders. Now that discus-launched airframes have been refined, he can self-launch his 1.5-m gliders to over 100 feet and then explore from there for feeders into the big thermals riding above. Jim says, “These gliders are not only teaching me advanced piloting skills, but they are teaching me about the air itself! There is so much to learn in this hobby … and every flight is a teacher.”

Martin Simons

Martin Simons is a writer for Kiona Publishing. He is also the author of books and many articles about model aircraft aerodynamics and full-scale sailplanes, as well as some less interesting academic works.

Martin was born in England in 1930. He became a teacher and university lecturer with degrees in science, philosophy, and education. He emigrated with his family to Australia in 1968 and has dual citizenship. He has always been an active model aircraft designer, builder, and flyer, and has flown full-scale sailplanes of many different types. He has the international Gold C badge with two diamonds.

Richard Tacklind

Richard was “born” into hobbying. His Dad built free flight and control-line model airplanes before the start of World War II, years before Richard came along. Airplanes were always “hanging” around in the house and out in the shop, a tradition Richard kept alive in the home where he raised his son and two daughters. He feels that modeling is an effective tool for teaching kids dexterity, skill, and artistic creativity.

Richard began flying remote-control (R/C) gliders in the early 1970s when proportional radio gear became affordable to the average Joe. Soon, Richard discovered the writings of Bob Boucher and learned about the electric power industry he was spearheading. In a flash of foresight, Richard knew this was going to be the wave of the future. Keeping up with the incredible pace of new products and utilizing this techno-knowledge in building his models over the years has been a welcome and delightful challenge.

In recent years, Richard has taken on what he considers the most challenging aspect of the sport: writing construction and review articles for Quiet Flyer magazine. As a fledgling writer, he draws on his experience to help keep readers informed, entertained, and “in control” of the latest in electric design.

Bob McGowan

Bob McGowan is a writer for Kiona Publishing.

Bob has been flying remote-control sailplanes ever since the mid 1970s when he was 12 years old. It has been a family hobby for the McGowans. Bob and his father, Ray, are the only father/son League of Silent Flight (LSF) Level V pair. More recently, Bob’s children A.J., Robin, and Trisha have joined in the fun.

Northern California is Bob’s home, and he regularly attends the major two-day thermal duration contests in the area including the Fresno Classic, the Sacramento Valley Soaring Society (SVSS) Spring Fling, and the Gambler’s Gala. In addition to past wins at these events, other noteworthy competition accomplishments include multiple National Championship titles for the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), LSF, and NSS. Bob is a two-time winner of the invitational Thousand Oaks Soaring Society (TOSS) “Masters of Soaring” competition, and is a two-time overall winner of the prestigious Visalia Fall Soaring Festival.

Bob has dabbled in almost all aspects of aero modeling, but his core expertise and current interests lie in the area of thermal duration sailplanes and discus-launch gliders. Beyond piloting, Bob has designed his own original sailplanes and can never seem to leave a good commercial design modification free. He also serves as a club officer and instructor in the Diablo Valley Soaring Society.




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