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carey shurley
02-14-2012, 08:20 PM
Back in 2006 I was commissioned by Miniature Aircraft to create this article for a European R/C magazine. I don't know if it was published or not but this is the complete article

The Schoonard family gave me access to a recording of Walt Schoonard himself describing how this all got originally started.

Perhaps a LITTLE off topic but given MA's history with gas helicopters I think it fits

Obviously the "future" of Miniature Aircraft changed in 2009 when it was acquired by Flyco but enjoy.

Click on the page to download the PDF

http://helifreak.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=289715&stc=1&d=1329272050
(http://helifreak.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=289710&stc=1&d=1329272050)

rbort
02-16-2012, 04:08 PM
Good interesting read, and I thought of myself and where I was during all the dates of development. Unfortunately I never got to meet Walt, but his machines still fly on :)

-=>Raja.

ngin
02-17-2012, 12:37 PM
Thank you Carey. Very Interesting. Myself and a friend were the first two in our area with the original X-Cell, way back in the day, when most of the locals were flying GMP's and Schluters. I flew MinAirs for many years after.

I think it would be great to have similar histories about all the other long standing companies that are still going strong today. e.g. Hirobo, JR, Vario & Century.

carey shurley
02-19-2012, 02:54 PM
I'm not opposed to that, but with the exceptions of Century or Bergen it would probably be very hard for me to find the right person within the company who knows the history and to have a 1-2 hour conversation with them. I listened to about 4 hours of tapes of Walt to be able to put the story together.

Doug Darby
02-21-2012, 08:29 AM
Very interesting article.

Thanks for sharing.

carey shurley
02-10-2014, 07:54 PM
Looks like the next chapter has been written for Miniature Aircraft, they have announced that the business is closing on 2/28/2014

Their helicopters have a rich history that go back to the roots of this hobby. Hopefully there will be more history to yet to be made.

fastflyer20
02-11-2014, 04:03 PM
A sad time for a company that forged ahead and made history. Hope it is not the last chapter.

hirobo fan
02-15-2014, 10:07 AM
wow I cant believe ma is going out :wow2:
I wanted to get me the wip. gasser but not going to now.

a few years back I had a 60 size glow ma I got it with a scale body. at that time it was really over my head so I sold it.

sad time for ma :bawl