It is the time of year for some pretty significant NAMC Mig-35 milestones :). November 17th will be the one year anniversary of my first flight flying our first prototype of the Mig-35 built completely from Stephan's original plans. On a personal note, yesterday I surpassed a couple of other significant Mig-35 milestones. I have now accumulated 807 total flights on the Mig-35 since flying that original prototype through all of our testing and flying since the plans were released to the public in February. Yesterday, I achieved the 300 flight milestone on the plane picture below which was one of the first planes I built from Stephan's final plans. I would estimate between the three of us (myself, Stephan and Dave Messina), we have accumulated in the neighbourhood of 1000 NAMC Mig-35 flights.
During the latter stages of the Mig-35 development, Dave Messina joined our team and pointed us towards Dave Scott's Airplane and Radio Setup Manual which was the last piece of the puzzle in finalizing the design and changing our philosophy in plane and radio setup as well as how we fly our planes to make the Mig-35 as Dave Powers calls it "the most precise park jet in the world".
Since then we have released the Mig-FA, the "high performance stealth" park jet and are in the "think/discussion" stage of other future projects we hope to work on at NAMC in the future.
At risk of being nostalgic however, like a first child I think the Mig-35 will always be the most special to me. It almost seems destiny that it took nine months of work and testing for the NAMC Mig-35 to be born :) It is an absolutely amazing park jet in every way and the result of a true team effort and hours and hours of painstaking work in research, fine tuning the plans, testing at the field, modifying the design, retesting and validating. The satisfaction I feel every time one of my Mig-35s leaves my hand is a result of that team effort and knowing that we did everything we could in our passionate pursuit of the "perfect park jet". It has also been such a steep learning curve as we went along and we continue to learn more every day.
I would like to extend my deepest thanks to my NAMC partners Stephan and Dave for their support as we went through the development of the Mig-35 and Mig-FA. Your passion, hard work and dedication to NAMC is humbling to be part of.
Of course big thanks to Dave Powers and Scott Lott without whom this would not be possible. To Dave Powers especially for helping us believe that we had truly designed a park jet like nothing else before and allows us to support it through his RC Powers forum.
Thank you to those builders and pilots who have built and flown the Mig-35 for their support and feedback, specifically Tom Monton and Doug Wittenberg for their feedback and suggestions, some of which showed up in the Mig-FA. We hope that all of you who have built and flown the NAMC Mig-35 enjoy it as much as we do.
The future for NAMC will continue to be exciting as we continue to strive to support our motto
Puto, Consilium, Test et Convalidandum; Think, Design, Test, and Validate
Blue skies and calm winds to everyone!