- About Brian Jackson
- Total Flight Time
- My background is in the Engineering profession. I became obsessed with practicing drafting and design in my pre-teens, and was the youngest student ever admitted to the Vocational Institute in my area. I attended for 4 years.
I became seriously interested in aviation and aeronautics in my early teens, building balsa wood models like most. My Mentor was a next-door neighbor whom had built a staggering number of RC and U-Control models over the years.
After many successful flights of my first U-Control craft, it became apparent that our common interests diverged slightly. Though fun to fly, I became more interested in why they fly, and subsequently how the designer did that.
I remembered how frustrated I got at Summer Camp a year earlier when the kids would compete with those 25-cent balsa / rubber-band flyers youíd have to assemble with those red plastic slip-insÖ remember those? Well, everybody liked this other kidís plane better because it did a dozen random loops and rolls before it nose-dove into the ground. Mine flew straight & level for a great distance before gently landing wings-up. Hey, I applied water droplets to both add weight and swell the wood to change the cambers. I still lost.
This sparked my interest in physics. I only found out later that I passed my classes because I passed all the tests, though I only bothered to attend on test-days. Skipping school was a high priority back then.
Fast-forward: Iíve been involved in engineering since, and am no longer the atypical nerd. I recently turned 40, am running a successful side-business as a self-taught virtual reality aerial photographer. Iím married, am responsible for two dogs and two cats (God help me) and currently building a GyroBee (the second aircraft behind a wooden MiniMax design).
I live in Niles, Michigan, love playing Chess, am a self-taught drummer & pianist, songwriter, and a collector of rubber chickens. Iím an avid fan of stand-up comedy but loathe the ďWhere are you fromĒ skits. I enjoy solitude. Lucid Dreaming is also a passion of mine, and Iíve helped in developing peripherals for REM sensors that tell you youíre dreaming during the dream.
- Real Name
- Brian Jackson
- Niles, Michigan
- Aerial Virtual Reality Photographer
- Primary Airport
- When someone annoys you, it takes 42 muscles to frown, but it only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and whack them in the head.