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The following are people who have generously offered assistance to students working on Science Olympiad and Technology Student Association projects. If you have any questions about these programs click either above link or go ahead and Join our list of volunteers!!

last updated 7/13/2008

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Dick Baxter
2 Siros
Laguna Niguel, Ca 92677
Building stick and tissue rubber models for 55 years.
Teaching model classes with stick and tissue models for 10 years and over 900 students.
Coached 2 middle school SO teams in Prop Propulsion in 1998
Norm Furutani
4118 w. Rosecrans
Lawndale, CA 90260
Have flown all forms of model airplanes. Active currently in outdoor rubber powered events and some indoor. Former Wakefield World Cup winner and US FF Team member (1991 Wakefield). I am also a H.S. Band director and sponsor of the school aeromodelling club.
John Meacham
626 965-0553
19303 Aguiro St
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Beginner again: Embryro class, Peanuts, small rubber (AKA Pacfic Ace types) Electric Free flight Retired Mechanical engineer, would like to help local kids with rubber ROGs and similar. Done some rc (lower case), histart gliders, rubber and electric free flight after a long-long layoff while raising kids, working etc.
Bill Dodson
661-824-6369 w
661-822-4194 h
PO Box 549
Tehachapi, CA 93581
I am an Aeronautical Engineer, and work for Burt Rutan at Scaled Composites ( I have built models for 32 years, have recently gotten into indoor type models, have built a handfull of free flight types in the past. Am willing to help folks not too far out of my area (say within an hour's drive).
Dick Baron
6251 N. Loma Ave.
Temple City, CA 91780
Late 40's and 50's did HLG (Jasco designs and Testor's Endurance glider), stick and tissue rubber (Jasco ROG, Comet Sparky, and Pacific Ace), Baby Spitfire .045 CL and FF, some CL in college in the late 50's. Since retiring 2 1/2 years ago, I've been doing things with my grandchildren from paper planes to stick and tissue and balsa and foam sheet HLG and simple rubber powered planes (Midwest education models, Peck ROG, IMC Yardbird, etc.).
Barry Mattingly
3775 Black Forest lane
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
I am a long-time modeler (35 yrs+), winning several AMA, NMPRA, and IMAC class championships in that time. I am also a full-scale homebuilder, and am a VP of Sales for a computer peripheral manufacturer. I recently began building and flying Indoor FF again, as a result of coaching a local HS student and science teacher for the 2000 S.O. event. We have had a great time, and are over the 2 Minute mark already! and I would be willing to help out other local schools or individuals as well.

P. O. BOX 1459
ARVADA, CO 80001
I have 59 years of modeling experience in free flight, u/c, and r/c. Some 1500 hours of full scale flight time includes logged time between powered and sailplane aircraft. Tutoring in models resulted in three juniors attaining wins in AMA national events and one in FAI international world competition.
Carlo Godel
2873 Unaweep Ave.
Grand Junction , CO 81503
I am a model Builder and designer of FF, CL, and RC,aircraft experienced in robotics and computer literate. I hold in AMA a C.D.license, administrator and leader member. I have taught in schools in Calif. on occasion. I also fly indoor when the opportunity arises. I am willing to help any group that needs assistance in aeronautics or building.
art ellis
915 whitney ave
hamden, ct 06517
For the past few years I have run an aeromodeling program here at the museum (called the Wilbur and Orville Society) while working as a middle school teacher. The museum has hired me to work full time on models and kids. We have a fairly good local starting point in southern connecticut with about 150 active kids - 60 entered local AMA contests during the year. I could reach across borders into NY, Mass, and RI - if needed.
Bill Johnstone
(410) 943-3320
6442 Suicide Bridge Road
Hurlock, MD 21643
Since Maryland doesn't participate in SO (Don't know about TSA) therefore I'm volunteering for Southern Delaware. I am located 20 Miles west of Seaford, DE and available to help teachers in and near that city. 45 years experience building stick and tissue. Successfully mentored a participant in Science Olympiad Propeller Propulsion event in 1998. Retired in June 1998 from Delaware Public Schools. If no quick response to e-mail, telephone.
George Nunez
305 255 5390
10820 sw 120 st
Miami, FL 33176
Indoor, mosly scale, flier. MIAMA Club member, close to 40 Kanones in the FAC Club.
Visit my web site at
Selwyn Gill
641 Holderness St. Apt 6
Atlanta, G.A. 30310
I, Selwyn Gill, am looking to pursue a career in teaching math. I am a senior at Morehouse college, with intentions to continue my education in graduate school. I would like to do volunteer work to give me the help and foundation needed to become a successful teacher.
Sandy Downs
961 Tranquil Dr.
Austell, Ga. 30106
Have been designing, building and competing in both indoor and outdoor free flight models for over fifty years.
Gary Baughman
470 Hardage Farm Drive
Marietta, GA 30064
I have been flying indoor rubber powered duration models for over 50 years. I know how to build light and strong for the best duration times. I have flown a pennyplane (3.2 gm) for over 8 minutes in a 25' gym. I have helped young people learn how to build and fly. I have the patience and tried methods to bring out the potential in young people. I will do my best to help anyone who contacts me, students or teachers. Is there a future winner out there who needs my help?
Bill Jonakin
2337 North Broadview Pl.
Boise, ID 83702
Fair amount of R/C building experience. New to free flight. My son is doing the PP event in SO, and we are willing to help others.
Charles Markos
847-945-9225 (home)
655 Carlisle Av
Deerfield, IL 60015
30+ years of Free Flight model aircraft competion. Published designs in Model Magazine including "Double Whammy" and Mini-Catapult glider designs for beginners. Winner of numerous national championships and local contests. Experience with engine, rubber, glider, indoor, and scale models. Have provided "show and tell" demonstrations at schools and scout groups.
Michael Leasure
PO Box 242
Attica, IN 47918
I have been an active modelor for 28 years. I have flown indoor free flight as well as radio control electric RC indoors. I am an aviation professor at Purdue University. I am currently constructing and testing SO wright flyer models in order to test some ideas and innovations. I am currently assisting Winamac Indiana's team.
Tom Sanders
800-348-3497 ext 327
400 S. Indiana St
Hobart, IN 46342
I am the National Aerospace Supervisor for Science Olympiad and National Aeronautics Coordinator for TSA. For the last 12 years, I have been an active AMA indoor and outdoor free flight competitior and currently hold a Contest Director's Licence for indoor events.
Jeff Englert
10118 Sterling Court
Wichita, KS 67205
I have been helping a number of students here in Wichita for the last couple of years with the rubber aircraft event in the Sci Oly competition. They have done fairly well, at least at the state level. That has resulted in a increased number of requests to tutor. Unfortunately (or maybe not) that has resulted in too many demands. To alleviate the situation some what, I've written a construction article to help others. I freely admit stealing a lot from various sources. The Kansas state coordinator has managed to get the article on its web site.

If you get a chance please have a look at the Kansas SO site. Links to it are towards the bottom of the page. It is a little large, so there are a number of pages.

Edgar Guillot
3436 W. Loyola Dr.
Kenner, LA 70065
My club the Cloud Climbers build and fly free flight airplanes and could give help to students in the New Orleans area.
Thomas Vallee
444 Henryton So
Laurel, MD 20724-2222
Have been flying indoor model planes for some 30 years with modest success including several national records for low ceiling indoor models. Have no experience as a teacher, but enjoy the sport/hobby and will be happy to pass on any information I have which might be of help. This applies particularly to persons in Laurel, MD area or nearby, where I could be available for hands on help.
Howard Shute
205 Oak Avenue
Severna Park, MD 21146-3244
I have dabbled in R/C, sailplanes and stick and tissue free flight, mostly rubber but also electric and CO2. I have been butchering balsa for over 30 years. In the past two years I have been involved with teaching balsa and tissue construction, trimming and flying in a aviation club in an elementary school.
Fritz Bien
(978) 369-1720
41 Saw Mill Rd
Concord, MA 017742
I designed a plane that my son Cedric won the Massachusetts State event with in 1998. Our time was 2:01.84 in the Tufts University Field House. The design is simple, and can be built in one day by an experienced person. We have been flying indoors for several years and have over 50 years experience between us.
Bob Wilcox
(781) 963-1501
43 Roel Street
Randolph, MA, 02368
Retired Eastern Airlines mechanic. Over 50 years experience in model airplane industry including: kit building, scratch building / design, trimming, for beginners to more advanced types. Books, beginners plans, videos. Invloved with indoor and outdoor rubber, CO2, and mini-electrics freeflight models. This includes slow flyers you can fly right in your livingroom or gymnasium. Enjoy working with kids. Available for up to a one hour drive radius from Randolph, MA.
Charles Ribak
(781) 255-4866 (W)
187 Swanson Terrace
Stoughton, MA 02072
Mechanical Engineer with 40+ years in all phases of model airplanes, indoor / outdoor rubber powered, and mini-electric freeflight design, building, trimming, and flying techniques (all balsa, stick & tissure, foam,). Also many introductory videos and plans for kids (Delta, Cubs, Canarsy Canary, Butterfly, Dingbats, Helicopters, Midwest etc) and more advanced indoor rubber such as SlowPokes, EZ Bees, P-18, P-24, Pennyplanes, A6 and my own great design like the SkySlug. Will work with kids within a one hour drive of Stoughton, MA. Only available nites and weekends until I retire, then more flexability available.
Ray Harlan
508 358-4013
15 Happy Hollow Road
Wayland, MA 01778
Please note: I have retired from Radionics and my new e-mail address is shown above. Also, I have been working on a kit for Science Olympiad (called Bambino) as well as a double spring scale (0-1 gram and 0-10 grams)to weigh parts and rubber. I could use some help getting the word of these out, although it is probably too late this year. The model kit is different - 10 pages of instructions take a complete novice through each step to get an 8-gram competitive model. Laser-cut wheels and rib template.

An indoor freeflight modeller for 45 years, I have held numerous national records. Two years ago, I assisted the MA winner (Belmont). Last year she placed second with the same model. This year a late start with the Wayland Jr. High resulted in a third place finish behind that same Belmont model. Wait until next year! I also have a small business supplying special tools for indoor modelling, including rubber strippers.

Chet Bukowski
32 Oakdale Rd.
Wilmington, Ma. 01887
Have built model airpanes for more than fifty years, mostly rubber powered.
George Bredehoft
7686 B Drive South
Battle Creek, MI 49014
Experience: over 10 years of Scale Free Flight modeling. Also, experienced with working with students (coaching, parenting, etc.) Willing to help out Calhoun County area students in need of Free Flight help.
Jeff VanDyke
4907 36th Ave.
Hudsonville, MI 49426
I am still pretty much a novice but what I do know I'll share. I have some R/C experience but am mostly into rubber powered outdoor scale, indoor scale and endurance. I am a elementary teacher by profession.
Jeff Anderson
31634 Curtis Rd
Livonia, MI 48152
I've been a model builder for over 30 years, and mentoring Wright Stuff students the past four years.
My students have placed in regional and state level contests and one has gone on to be a member on this years US Jr Indoor team.
My club, the Cloudbusters, and I are ready to coach any Detroit area students or run clinics for multiple schools.
We have a building and flying clinic scheduled for region 8 schools Feb 7th at Livonia-Stevenson HS, contact me for information.
Jeff Anderson
Fred Tellier
Cloudbuster Model Airplane Club
Royal Oak, Mi
The Cloudbusters are an Indoor and outdoor freeflight club. Our members are all rubber model builders and flyers. We are willing to help any schools in the Detroit area.
Denny Dock
5581 golden crest
stevensville, mi 49127
I am an experienced free flight modeler that is going to help our local jr. high and high schools with their models. What are people building? plans? I have built no-cals and rog's.
Bill Kuhl
(507) 454-8402 home
(507) 457-8267 work
311 Carimona Street
Winona, MN 55987
Last year competed in Indoor free flight competition in penney plane, easy B, and no-cal. Placed in the top 3 many times. Website
Alan Mkitarian
2031 Harbour Dr.
Palmyra, N.J. 08065-1117
Have been envolved with free flight since the early 60's. Have flown indoors at Lakehurst and at Columbia Univ. in N.Y. city. Have been a charter member of the Scale Old Timers Society since the early 70's. Enjoy FAC events and flying HLG's. Would like to help in the South Jersey area if possible. Have known Tom Sanders since he started building models.
Best regards and Thermals and good DT's
Alan Mkitarian SOTS, NFFS, AMA5008
Gene Sellers
(908) 725-4186
3 Riviera Drive
Somerville, NJ 08876
I have built models for more than 50 years, including freeflight, control line and radio control. Currently most of my models are simple indoor rubber powered models along with a lot of rubber powered scale models.

I would be glad to answer questions and help out in any way I can.

Neil Dennis
7940 Cadwell Rd
Bliss, NY 14024
Flown "sport rubber". coupe & p-30, build bostly small tuff & peanuts. Haven't flown indoor. Willing to assist (mentor) in Southwestern New York State.
Carl Vogt
223 Cedars Ave.
Churchville, NY 14428
(585) 538-6027
Web Site
When my children were in school, I coached OM (odyssey of the Mind) for over 12 years. During that time I worked with elementary, middle, and high school teams. 5 times my teams took first place in regional, and state competitions. These wins allowed our teams to go to the World Finals 5 times. One of my teams took 2nd place in the world finals. While at the worlds on one occasion I won 1st place in the special coaches competition. I enjoy working with children and young adults and would welcome an opportunity to work with them again.
If you would like to know more about me, please visit my web site at
Neil Dennis
7940 Cadwell Rd
Bliss, NY 14024
Flown "sport rubber". coupe & p-30, build bostly small tuff & peanuts. Haven't flown indoor. Willing to assist (mentor) in Southwestern New York State.
Steven Bard
408 Beckwith
Endicott, NY 13760
We fly regularly, first Monday of the month. I know many people in the area willing to help someone build or adjust.
Clarence Ragland
546 Niagara St.
Lockport, NY
I am retired and have time to train newcomers for fly RC airplanes and helicopters. I've developed a method to not only train beginners how to fly, but train them how to teach others, all within one week's time. That is the crux of my National Growth Program. Teachers anywhere could learn how to teach their students to fly RC aircraft.
Robert Clemens
(716) 392-3346
95 Shoreway Drive
Rochester, NY 14612-1223
I have been in free flight modeling, indoor and out, off and on since 1941. More to the point, I have taught a senior high model aircraft course and have been involved both as a mentor and contest official in the Science Olympiad Propeller Propulsion event for the past four years. This includes officiating at the New York State competition on March 13, 1999, at West Point. I have given numerous indoor model flight demontrations and am ready, willing, and able to do more if called upon.
Robert O'Neil
70 Creekside Dr.
Rochester, NY. 14622
I am 76 yrs young and have been building model airplanes for over 60 yrs. I have built all types from peanut, control line, r/c scale and combat. I am presently working with the Pittsford middle school in Ny, a class of 10 wonderful children. I would like to work with any groups in the Rochester, Ny area.
Charlie Spratt
1431 Montford Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28209
I was the competition director for the regional Sci.Oly here in Charlotte. I am a member of the AMA sanctioned free flight club of Atlanta Ga, The Thermal Thumpers. I have been a competition director for 31 years with the Soaring Society of America. I am a Board Member of the SSA. I am currently employed at Action Hobbies here in Charlotte. I have given several indoor demostrations at public schools in the local area. I have helped several young people develop their modeling and flying skills. At present I am working with one young man who is very interested in competing in indoor events. Let me know if there is anything I can do to promote the good works you are doing.
Joe Mekina
PO Box 33
Donnelsville, OH 45319
I am available to help students in the Dayton Ohio area as time permits. Last year, myself and another local modeler helped 2 schools directly and others indirectly. I am particularly interested in helping out during practice flying sessions.
Catherine Kasper
2970 Western Reserve Road
Poland, OH 44514
Would love to volunteer any help needed - preferrable in Columbiana/East Palestine, New Middletown, North Lima - or any area close to me in Poland Ohio
Scott Corbeil, Sr.
387 Timothy Lane
Xenia, OH 45385
My son's participation in Science Olympiad, starting in 1998, reintroduced me to a hobby I had as a kid. I have built numerous SO planes in the two years since and taught my son how to build a competitive plane. I'm far from expert but willing to help any young flier or team as my schedule permits.
Edsel Ford
(405) 691-5411
11613 S Linn Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73170-2642
I teach aviation maintainance in a Vo-Tech Full size airplane flight instructor. I have flown models since age 6 now 43 control line R/C and indoor free flight. My EZbee has hit 12 min. and Bostonaion is better than 3 min. I have competed in most events in indoor.
Jerry Combs
8200 S 680 Rd
Wyandotte, OK 74370
I have flown all aspects of our hobby off and on since I was 5. I am 54 and retired on disability so I do have a fair amout of time to do something like this now. I fly mostly indoor duration and a little bit of indoor rc. I am in the far N.E. corner of Oklahoma ( I can almost throw rocks to the KS and MO borders)and would like to volenteer to be a mentor to anyone who needs one within an hour or twos drive. In the 60's as a junior I held national records for cat 1 sites and placed at the old Navy Nats. I am not a top flyer, but I do know how to build light, straight and I know how to adjust most models for the best performance that the model is capable of acheiving. I have talked to the local TSA teacher at the school that my son's attend but for the last 2 years he has never told me when the class would be working on SO type material.
David Still
39625 Baptist Church Drive
Lebanon, Or 97355
I have been involved in modeling for ~ 23 years, seriously involved with rubber powered free flight and indoor for about 3 years. I have not won any competitions, but I have a ball, and I think I can keep a novice from cutting themselves with a razor blade!
John Cawthorne
149 Tower Hill Rd.
Doylestown, PA 18901
Freeflight modeler for 5 years, fly mostly indoor duration, some scale and outdoor. Helped team win the Pa. S.O. event last year.
Fred Rash
4614 Mitchell Road
Kingsport, TN 37664
I can help obtain kits, plans, rubber for motors, and other materials. I have flown indoor rubber-powered models for a few years and live near the site of a major indoor contest, the East Tennessee State University Mini-Dome in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Sam N. Saenz
5718 Fifth Street
Katy, Tx 77493-1916
I am a high school physics teacher. I have been involved in Science Olympiad since 1988 and have taken teams to the nationals 5 times. I am currently building a new team and working on The Wright Stuff. I am the District Competition Event Judge for The Wright Stuff. I am located in the Northwest area of Houston in the Cy-Fair School District. While I am a novice at this event, I am an expert at learning and at helping others to find help.
Jack Rookaird
4625 Hoyt Ave
Everett, WA 98203
I build and fly Free Flight model aircraft, mostly rubber powered.Tho am not an "expert" I have had some good ships and flights. I did this when young up through high school, was inactive for near fourty years and started again last spring with my grandchldern, found I just plain enjoy doing this and learn something nearly every time we build/fly.Would be most usefull on the basics. Best contact with me is via email or 6:00 - 9:00PM weekdays,any time weekends via phone.
Keith Varnau
7612 - 140th Place NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Experience in building FF gliders (40 years) and indoor endurance models (20 years) for fun and educational purposes. Promote aeromodeling in schools by conducting teacher/student workshops, as time permits, using model aviation as a tool to inspire youth to better understand essential learning requirements in the areas of "math, science and vocational education." The lessons we learn (the models we fly) reflects our time and dedication.

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