My involvement with R/C toys started in 1995 when my friends Gregory Matson and Ed Cypret gave me my very first radio-controlled glider. The model was a Windstar made by Thunder Tiger and after my first slope flight at Sunset State Beach, I was hooked big time.
I spent much of the following two years traveling as far north as Eagle Butte in Washington State and as far South as Point Fermin in SoCal in search of lift. I flew almost everyday and filmed as often as possible. I used my little 8mm Canon video camera and while I was happy with some of the footage the majority of it wasn't broadcast quality. The camera didn't have image stabilization and most of the footage I shot was handheld in very windy conditions, so the image quality suffered quite a bit as a result. Then in 1998 I purchased a prosumer digital video camera, the Canon XL1, which had plenty of bells and whistles including image stabilization and interchangeable lenses. During the following two years I captured more than 60 hours of footage, some of which was filmed in very extreme conditions and the results were far superior to my first attempts with the 8mm video camera. December of 2000 I released my first movie, Lift Ticket, which I'm proud to say has been heralded as, "the most influential slope soaring movie ever made.". Amazingly enough some of the very models we showcased in this film, more than a decade ago, the Higgins Rodent & F-20, Feldvebel Kestrel, Hinderks Zipper, are all still popular and sought after models, to this day. pretty cool.
I'm not making movies anymore, but I still enjoy flying at Sunset State Beach during the Spring. Maybe I'll see you out there. Good Lift!
L to R: Dave, Ed Cypret and Steve Hinderks. Cape Blanco, OR 1995.
Dave about to launch his Feldvebel Kestrel at one of his all time favorite slopes, Chandler Butte. Photo: Frank Slaughter
Dave with his Higgins F-20 after loosing an aileron in a midair. Soar Utah 1998. Photo: Scott Marshall
Dave with the Ocelot he won at the 2002 F3F Viking Race in Slovakia. Photo: Bob Bingham
L to R: Dave, Sage, Marcela & Dieter Mahlein at the 1999 World Speed Trials. Kiona Butte,WA. Photo:Thomas Rauber
Feldvebel Kestrel just before the maiden flight, Sunset State Beach. May 2012
Bottom of the slope, Sunset State Beach, May 2012