Instructors

Larry Wells

Larry

Larry

I am Larry Wells. I have been a member of Rockwall Radio Control Sport Flyers since 1986. I began my RC adventure by soloing in 1976. During my time in the club, I have held every office, most more than once! I was one of the first instructors in the club. Although I prefer mid-size, glow powered sport planes, I also own small scale, medium scale, and electric models. I retired from AT&T Bell Labs (Lucent) after 33 years in 1996. Since then I have been a web hosting System Engineer, a Census Worker, a teacher at Eastfield Community College, and now am a Computer Sales and Service company.

Bob Leserve

Bob

Bob

I’ve been building and flying model airplanes for as long as I can remember.  I have experience with gliders, rubber powered models, control line and finally radio control.  My first solo flight was in 1973.  I was out of radio control for a while and felt confident enough to solo again in 1985.  I’ve been flying ever since.  I’ve competed in Combat events, Pattern competitions and Scale contests along the way.  Most of the flying I’ve done took place in Lubbock, TX.  I moved to Dallas in 1997 and settled in Rockwall in 1999 when I chose to join the Rockwall RC Sport Flyers.  Although I really enjoy building and flying scale models, turbine powered aircraft have taken over my life.

Ronnie Stine

Ronnie

Ronnie

I started flying radio controlled aircraft back in 1990 after a friend of mine showed me how much fun it was.  Before long I had mastered most high performance low wing aircraft and was getting bored.  One day while visiting the Metro East field in Mesquite, I met Mickey Edmonds who was flying his ducted fan jets.  From then on I was hooked.  By 1992 I had owned and flew almost every ducted fan jet on the market.  I began doing jet reviews for R/C Report magazine.  Before long though, I was getting burned out and in 1996 I put away the planes and concentrated on my work. 

After getting married and starting a family, I figured it was time to get back in the swing of things, and joined the Rockwall club in 2002.  I started back on a Tower trainer and within 6 months I had purched my first turbine engine.  After enlisting the help of Bob Leserve, we started flying turbine jets and have never looked back.  Now Bob and I run Laser-Design-Sevices.com to sell beginner turbine aircraft to the masses.  Professionaly I have worked in the internet business since 1997.  I have 2 sets of twins and I’m losing my hair!

Roberto Short

Roberto

Roberto

Hello, my name is Roberto Short.  I joined the Rockwall RC Sport Flyers in January of 2006.  I became a pilot in the spring of that same year.  After serveral years of flying for my personal enjoyment, I felt a calling to pass on my flying skills so others could enjoy our hobby.

I earned my Instructor rating in 2008 and have successfully trained three students since that time.  They have all become excellent pilots.  One has even gone on to become an Instructor himself!  For me, one of the most rewarding feelings is when a student earns his or her wings.  That is the point at which the real learning begins!  I hope to see you at our field soon!!

Mark Zabolotny (Helicopter Instructor)

Mark

Mark

 My name is Mark Zabolotny.  I have been flying helicopters for over 3 years.  I also love to fly 3D fixed wing aircraft.  My goals as a club member are to promote safety and introduce more people to the rush of flying RC helicopters.  For those of you looking for the ideal location at which to fly any size heli, our field is equipped with a helipad.  It is the perfect place for my students to practice their basic maneuvers and for more experienced pilots to hone their skills.  Come on out to the field.  You will be impressed at the friendly and comfortable atmosphere of the club and it’s members! 

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