Call Sign: Captain Uno
First of all I want to thank everyone for helping me get to where I am today.
A while back ago when i was a young man, I was in a car accident that damaged the nerves in my right arm. For many years I thought that I would never be able to accomplish any one of my dreams. I always had the dream to fly and I buried that dream after the doctors told me that i would never be able to use my arm again.
Years went by and I struggled with many days of feeling sorry for myself and feeling down about life. People made fun of me and never really wanted any thing to do with me. I was a loner, a rogue, just drifting through life. then one day I woke up and said no more. I will not just stand by a let this beat me. I went back into martial arts and my teacher was kind enough to really take time and share with me the values that it takes to be good at any thing, no matter what the situation is. I had to learn to overcome. The fire burned deep inside and I knew that I can do anything that I put my mind too!
Shortly after that I met my wife. She seen something in me that I did not even see in myself. You see we all have things we tell ourselves that we want to do but never seem to have the time, money, or the gizzard to do them and we let life pass us by. One year on my birthday as I was getting older I woke up to this realization that if i keep on not doing the things I really wanted to do that I would just let life waste away. I always wanted to do a lot of things that I thought my arm was stopping me from doing, my arm wasn't stopping me..I was.
My wife and I went skydiving, zip lining, fire walking, reached high levels in my martial arts, learned to play the harmonica, became a expert chess player, learned how to play pool with one hand and became a father. I have done many things that I thought I would never do, but still there was this deep feeling of something still missing, until the day came when my wife and I went for a walk at the lake shore here in Cleveland, Ohio.
I seen a gentleman flying RC airplanes and I remembered that I always wanted to fly and do that and wondered why I was not doing it. (That's right I told myself I couldn't ) I went the next week and bought my first RC airplane and learned how to fly it with one hand. After many crashes and a few more airplanes I finally got it down and been having fun ever since. I have been flying for ten years now and it has been a blast. I have taught a few friends how to fly since then. Last year those friends kinda of pushed to get started in FPV mini quad racing and I thank them every day for it now. It was way harder to learn how to use the controller with one hand. I spent all last winter on FPV freerider until I got it down.
The beginning of this year 2016 we decided to start our own Quad Racing Group called the Cleveland Quad Squad. We made it in the local paper. From there we were on a local radio station from and we put on a Drone race for a suburb city of Cleveland. We started racing with a Multi GP Chapter in our state. Two weeks after starting with them we heard that Chad Nowak from Rotor Riot was coming out to fly with us and check out our chapter. The rest is known in the FPV community now what happened that day. The One Handed Pilot episode aired and my life changed again. I can never have imagined what was to come next after that.the Fpv community accepted me with open arms and all I can say is, WOW.
So Thank you everyone. This opportunity is just as much your success as it is mine. I am honored and proud to accept my Team Pilot position for Armattan Quads. See what can happen when you just believe in yourself.
Thank you all,
Cleveland Quad Squad
Call Sign: Skull333
How did you end up flying FPV and how long ago did you start?
I was flying LOS with regular quads and Heli's and videos of FPV quads started popping up more and more, and I had to try it.
What does FPV flying mean to you today?
To me it's living the dream of pretending that you could fly, to go where no one else can, and to let go and have a great time alone or with others.
I don't build them to fly, I build them to crash. Once you can smash a quad into a pole and just break a prop, you can get back up and fly again. That's why I love Armattan.