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About Tim and the Indoor Flying Model Website

Tim wiht Yard Ace RC model airplane

Tim with the Yard Ace



Hi! My name is Gordon "Tim" McKay, and I've been involved with radio control model airplanes since 1970.

I have had the pleasure of designing, building and flying many types of a radio control model aircraft. In all this time, I have not seen as rapid and dramatic a change in the sport since the recent advent of truly practical, well-flying micro electric powered model aircraft. This website will help you make the most of these amazing models.

I will work to help you with understanding this new breed of radio control model aircraft, to include micro, plans built and scale radio control airplanes. We will also visit some of the major RC plane shows.

I also discuss full size aircraft that would make great candidates for a model, such as the 1909 Bleriot XI here.

If you have any questions or inputs, please contact me at: chickadeeplane@aol.com


Tim with Gym Flyer RC airplane

Blackburn electric RC airplane

I have flown a wide variety of model airplane types over the years. Starting in 2003, I began learning how to design, build and fly smaller electric RC airplanes. I have also had five of my model plane plans published:

- Yankee Mike gas powered model in the July 1998 Radio Control Modeler magazine (no practical electric RC plane flight back then).

- Electro Aviator in the March 2007 Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine.

- Yard Ace construction plan in Sept 2008 for Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine.

- Chickadee, an easy to build larger RC model.

- Blackburn Type D Monoplane was published in the October 2010 Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine.

- A January 2012 Fly RC magazine article on how to design your own radio control model airplane

F-4E Phantom

Tim by nose of the F-4E "Phantom" (1984)

Be sure to join the Academy of Model Aeronautics. You will get a superb monthly magazine and be part of an organization working daily to support our model airplane hobby.

In addition to my model aviation background I am a Federal Aviation Administration Airline Transport Pilot.

I have also had the privilege of serving and flying in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years while on active duty.

Gordon McKay is the author of this page 

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