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AeroWorks Team Pilots

Pilot Name: Andrew Grant

Elbert, CO

My name is Andrew Grant, I’m 19 years old. I have been flying for 3 years now and have loved every second of it. In the spring of 2012 I purchased my first Aeroworks airplane and have been hooked ever since. I’m honored to be a part of “Team Aeroworks,” they are some of the most honest and generous people I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

Andrew’s Accomplishments:

  • 2014 1st Place King 50
  • 2014 Demo Pilot - Embry Riddle October West Full Scale Airshow
  • 2014 Demo Pilot – Indoor Electric - Rocky Mountain Air and Space Museum Model Expo
  • 2013 Demo Pilot - Arvada Associated modelers Airshow

We are excited to have Andrew Grant on the Aeroworks Team. Andrew has only been flying RC for 3 years and has grown to be a great pilot and ambassador of the hobby. We are very lucky to have him on our team.

Pilot Name: Ariel Peters Jack

Ontario, Canada

My name is Ariel Peters Jack. I started flying airplanes two years ago with the support of my mother and father. I started flying IMAC in 2013. At my first contest I flew an Aeroworks 300LP and came in first place. I am truly honored to be a part of such an amazing team. GO TEAM AERO-WORKS!!!!

Ariel’s Accomplishments:

  • 2014 Stetson IMAC Competition
  • 2014 Mid-Michigan IMAC Contest
  • 2014 10th Annual N.O.I.C
  • 2014 Amidair IMAC
  • 2014 Canadian Scale Aerobatics National Championship (NATS)
  • 2014 IMAC Worlds
  • 2013 Chatham CAN-AM - 1st Place Basic
  • 2013 Stoney Creek Hawks - 3rd Place Basic
  • 2013 9th Annual N.O.I.C - 2nd Place Basic
  • 2013 Canadian Scale Aerobatics National Championship (NATS) - 1st Place Basic
  • 2013 Flying Tigers Scale Aerobatics Encounter - 1st Place Basic
  • Award: Ontario Points Chase 2013 - Place: 1st (1100 points)
  • Award: North Central Regionals - 1st Place with 49854.36 Points

We are excited to have Ariel as part of our Team. Ariel is a young talented pilot and a highly motivated person. We are looking forward to many great things from her in the future. Girls Rock!

Pilot Name: Johnathan Jennings

Arlington, TX.

I am Johnathan Jennings from Arlington Texas. My competitive career began at age 11 just a year and half after I began flying. Aeroworks has always been my plane of choice because of the accuracy and precision designed into all of the kits. Rocco continues to upgrade and improve the design of his planes to keep up with the aggressive style of flying from the younger generation of pilots coming up thru the hobby. Aeroworks has the plane for you no matter your preference or style of flying. The new 260 Freestyle QB-L series of planes are so awesome and are my favorite planes to fly. I want to thank Rocco, Sandy and the Aeroworks staff for all the help and support that make me a competitive and consistent pilot in IMAC and Freestyle competitions.

My achievements are wide ranging and include many local IMAC and freestyle wins. Being an XFC pilot is so rewarding and I compete against some of the best pilots in the world. I am looking forward to competing at future XFC competitions with the 120 cc Freestyle 260 and continuing to improve each year.

Johnathan’s Accomplishments:

  • 2014 NOF Freestyle Challenge - Grand Champion
  • 2014 King 50 - 2nd Place
  • 2014 XFC - 9th
  • 2013 XFC - 15th
  • 2011 Jetero Huckfest Freestyle Challenge - 4th Place
  • 2011 Texoma IMAC Sportsman - 3rd Place
  • 2010 Indoor TINY - 1st Place Pattern
  • 2010 Indoor TINY - 1st Place Freestyle
  • 2010 Westside R/C Flyers Freestyle - 1st Place
  • 2010 Texoma IMAC Challenge Freestyle - 1st Place
  • 2010 Tri State Shootout - 4th Place
  • 2010 Jetero IMAC Freestyle Challenge - 6th Place
  • 2009 Indoor TINY - 2nd Place Pattern
  • 2009 Indoor TINY - 2nd Place Freestyle
  • 2009 Tri State Shootout Freestyle - 1st Place
  • 2009 Abilene IMAC - 2nd Place Basic
  • 2009 Abilene IMAC Freestyle - 1st Place
  • 2009 Cowtown IMAC Challenge - 2nd Place Freestyle
  • 2007 DOD Freestyle - 3rd Place

Johnathan Jennings is an outstanding young pilot with an incredible passion for the sport. Johnathan performs at Air Shows, competes in Freestyle and I.M.A.C. all while maintaining good grades in school. He shows tremendous flying skills and has built a name for himself in the R/C circle of ”Hot Shot Pilots”. Johnathan also has an outstanding support system in his parents. We are excited to have him on our Team!

Pilot Name: Tyler McCormack

SANDOWN, NH.

My name is Tyler McCormack and I am 16 years old. I was introduced to this great hobby/sport 6 years ago by my younger brother and it has been a passion every day since. I have been very fortunate to have the support of many fellow modelers & family to continue to do what I love. I currently fly giant scale models and compete in IMAC, freestyle and flight demonstrations.

I was introduced to Aeroworks’ planes in 2011 and flew the QB series 100cc Extra 300 throughout the season. The quality of construction, ease of building & flight characteristics have given me the confidence to fly my best whether it be precision or 3D aerobatics. These planes are both precise & built to last.

I would like to thank Rocco & Sandy and the whole Aeroworks’ team for giving me the opportunity to represent their great products & service. I would also like to thank everyone who has helped me with my quest & passion for this hobby.

Tyler’s Accomplishments:

  • 2014 IMAC World Championship - Advanced Class - World Champion
  • 2014 IMAC World Championship - Freestyle - 2nd Place
  • 2014 Northeast IMAC - Advanced Class - Three 1st Place
  • 2014 Northeast IMAC - Freestyle - Two 1st Place
  • 2013 King 50 - 2nd Place
  • 2013 IMAC World Championship Qualifier - 2nd Place, Advanced Class, Qualified
  • 2013 IMAC Nationals - Advanced Class - 3rd Place
  • 2013 IMAC Nationals - Freestyle - 1st Place
  • 2013 Northeast IMAC - Advanced Class - Five 1st Place
  • 2013 Northeast IMAC - Freestyle - One 1st Place
  • 2013 Northeast Regional Points Champion: Advanced
  • 2012 East Coast Swamp Fliers Freestyle Competition (CT) - First Place, Freestyle
  • 2012 CMAC & WFC IMAC Competition (CT) - First place, Intermediate Class
  • 2012 CMAC & WFC IMAC Competition (CT) - Second place, Freestyle
  • 2012 Maine IMAC Challenge (ME) - First Place, Intermediate Class
  • 2012 Battle At The Bay IMAC (MD) - First Place, Advanced Class
  • 2012 Granite State IMAC (NH) - First Place, Advanced Class
  • 2012 Granite State IMAC (NH) - First Place, Freestyle
  • 2012 Northeast IMAC Regional Championship (NY) - First Place, Advanced class
  • 2012 Northeast IMAC Regional Championship (NY) - First Place, Freestyle
  • 2011 Charm City IMAC Challenge (MD) - Second Place, Sportsman Class
  • 2011 Charm City IMAC Challenge (MD) - Second Place, Freestyle
  • 2011 Maine IMAC Challenge (ME) - First Place, Sportsman Class
  • 2011 Sept. 11 Memorial IMAC (MD) - First Place, Sportsman Class
  • 2011 Sept. 11 Memorial IMAC (MD) - First Place, Freestyle
  • 2011 Granite State IMAC (NH) - First Place, Sportsman Class
  • 2011 Granite State IMAC (NH) - Second Place, Freestyle
  • 2011 Northeast IMAC Regional Championship (PA) - First Place, Sportsman Class
  • 2011 Northeast IMAC Regional Championship (PA) - Second Place, Freestyle
  • 2011 Northeast IMAC Regional Points Championship - First Place, Sportsman Class

We first met Tyler McCormack at the 2012 Wram Expo in New York City. At that moment we knew he had to be part of our winning Team! At only 16 years of age, Tyler shows incredible flying skills. He has been a tough competitor in the Northeast Region in both Freestyle and IMAC. Tyler has a great attitude and a professional demeanor.

We can't wait to see what his future holds. We are not only proud to have him as an Aeroworks Team Pilot, we also welcome him to our family!

AeroWorks Team Represenatives

Pilot Name: Fabio Borges

Sao Paulo, Brazil

I started flying at the age of 16 with mostly Helicopters for 9 years then wanted to try the model Airplane. I started flying Airplane in 2005 and have never looked back. I have competed in many events and competitions but never had the confidence I have now flying the Aeroworks QB planes. The ease of assembly, perfect performance and unmatched durability makes me a winner!

Fabio’s Accomplishments:

  • IMAC Brazil 2005 – 5th Place Unlimited
  • IMAC Brazil 2006 – 1st Place Unlimited
  • ULTIMATE IMAC 2007 – 1st Place Unlimited
  • IMAC Brazil 2007 – 2nd Place Unlimited
  • IMAC Brazil 2008 – 3rd Place Unlimited
  • 2 times first place FOUR MINUTE FREESTYLE in the event of Itu 2007 and 2008
  • Best acrobatic performance in the event FESBRAER 2008

Fabio is an outstanding pilot and competitor! He his sponsored by Diniz Esteves Enterprises, JR and Aeroworks and we are honored to have him join our Team.

We are looking for great things from Fabio in the future not only in Brazil but also in the US.

Great to have you aboard!

Pilot Name: Jason Danhakl

San Antonio,TX.

I started building and flying R/C airplanes at 10 years old. After many years of playing around with smaller aircraft I got serious about having the finest aerobatic aircraft available. The first 40% scale aerobatic aircraft I built was an Aeroworks Edge 540 kit in 1998. At this time Aeroworks was already the leader in fast building quality construction. Plus the simple fact that Aeroworks aircraft were dominating the T.O.C. “Tournament of Champions” competition was a great example of the flight characteristics. Over the years I built and flew different company’s designs with success but the building time was killing me.

Toledo 2006 I saw a QB for the first time. I knew at that moment I was done building airplanes. The QB line of aircraft has all the other manufactures scratching their heads how to even attempt catching up. With every new model this concept is taken a step farther which is nothing but incredible added value to the consumer. These aircraft fly better out of the box than any custom build model. This means more flying time with a truly world class machine capable of winning any contest. Aeroworks has provided me what I feel is an extra edge in competition due to not having to worry about the airplane performing. All the extra practice time by not building or working on a poor quality aircraft is absolutely the best part of the QB line.

Jason’s Accomplishments:

  • -2 Time Extreme Aerobatic Club Indoor Freestyle Finalist
  • -Chitty 3D Indoor F3P/ Freestyle 3rd place 06& 07
  • -3 Time ETOC competitor
  • -South Central IMAC region Freestyle Champion 2004
  • -19 South Central IMAC region Freestyle victories 1999-2007
  • -Only airplane pilot to have competed in every XFC
  • -Top ten finishes in every XFC/ 4th place 2005.
  • -7th Place XFC 2008 - Airplane
  • -2nd place XFC 2008 - Team

Jason is an outstanding pilot and person.

Jason is easy to work with and is always willing to help any beginner pilot by showing the tricks and flight tips he has learned from his years of experience. We are excited to have Jason on the Aeroworks Team!

Jason performs in Air shows, Competing in Freestyle and I.M.A.C. contests and is employed full time in the R/C hobby designing and test flying new product.

Jason has brought new ideas and designs to the R/C industry and we are lucky to have him on our Team!

Pilot Name: Joe Hunt

Newark, CA

It's well known that Aeroworks has defined a new standard in the ARF market over the last few years with their QB "quick build" line of airplanes. And, Aeroworks continues to stay ahead of the competition by focusing on their quality, as well as innovative designs and ideas to make the planes better and easier to assemble.

These planes are very complete, very durable, quick to assemble and require no modification, upgrades, or improvements to be ready to compete with the world's best.

Jason Noll's second place finish at the TAS this year with a stock Aeroworks QB plane is a testament to that (congrats Jason!).

The Aeroworks staff is easy to contact and very helpful, too. As a modeler, weekend flyer, competition pilot, and online reviewer, Aeroworks has the products I enjoy. And, frankly, their offerings, prices, and service just make allot of sense... they're easy to assemble, easy to fly, and easy to recommend.

Joe’s Accomplishments:

  • 2007 -- Demo Pilot for PCAM (full scale airshow with 10k spectators)
  • 2007 -- Demo Pilot at several local events
  • 2007 -- Event Organizer/Director UPB FLY-IN
  • 2006 -- 2nd Place Fromeco Pacific Coast Freestyle Championships (5k prize money, 1st place Kyle Woyshnis)
  • 2006 -- Event Organizer/Director UPB FLY-IN (covered and interviewed on TV by the Outdoor Channel)
  • 2006 -- 2nd Place UPB FLY-IN (3k prize money, 1st place Kyle Woyshnis)

We are delighted to have Joe Hunt on the Aeroworks Team!

Joe has been performing in Airshows, Competing in Freestyle and I.M.A.C. contests, Writing product reviews, Hosting R/C Web Forums, and Producing High Quality videos promoting not only Aeroworks but the R/C Hobby.

Joe always brings something new and innovated to R/C and is an excellent addition to the Aeroworks Team. “Keep up the great work!”

Pilot Name: Hal Jennings

Greenville, Mississippi

My son introduced me to RC flying about ten years ago, and I knew immediately that I had found a new passion. Shortly after I soloed, I saw Mike Sauls fly a 3-d demo and I said that’s for me. With the help of many friends and after quite a few crashed airplanes I can say without a doubt that I have not mastered 3- D flying yet. Most of my flying is done in the southeastern part of the country. I have flown demos at events raging from an antique tractor show to full-scale air shows. I normally attend twenty to twenty-five fly-ins per season. I try to go to as many of the smaller events as possible. I really enjoy helping pilots that are converting from glow to gas.

My association with Aeroworks started when I bought one of their 33% edge arf’s, and I have been flying their products ever since. With the introduction of the new QB series Rocco and the rest of the guys and gals at Aeroworks have given a whole new meaning to the words “almost ready to fly”. Even I can have one of these birds ready to fly in ten to twelve hours. The fit and finish, the hardware package, the price and the way they fly all combine to make the QB series the very finest ARF’s on the market. I consider myself extremely lucky to be associated with a quality company like Aeroworks.

If I can help anybody in my part of the country with Aeroworks products just give me a call (662-378-8210).

Hal is an exceptional person and pilot.

He is an asset to the hobby as well as Aeroworks. Hal performs at many air shows and Fun Fly events demonstrating the ability of the product and capabilities of what Today’s R/C aircraft are capable of achieving.

If you are ever at an event or Fly-In and see Hal, stop by and say Hello! He is one of the "GOOD OLE BOYS" of the hobby!

It is great having Hal on the Aeroworks Team. We are looking forward to many years of his talented flying and demonstrations.

Pilot Name: Sean McMurtry

Oklahoma City, Ok

I started flying RC in 1992, just before turning sixteen. My first competition was three weeks after I learned to land, and I've been competing ever since. Being part of the Aeroworks Team has allowed me to fly the best RC aircraft in the world and has given me the advantage needed to compete at such high level competitions.

Sean’s Accomplishments:

  • 5 time TOC Competitor
  • 3 time USA F3A Team Member
  • 4 time USA Pattern National Champion
  • 2nd place 2000 International Aero Meet
  • 4 time ETOC Competitor
  • 2 time Masters Competitor

We are honored to have Sean Mcmurtry on the Aeroworks Team. Sean has performed in contest and air shows across the globe demonstrating and supporting both Aeroworks and the R/C hobby.

Pilot Name: Manuel Santos

México City

I was born in April 16 of 1969, I was involved in RC since the first day. My father built and flies RC airplanes, when I was 4. I flew control line Airplanes and start building small planes, when I was 7. He teach me How to fly RC airplanes, and my passion began to grow every day.

Today I enjoy Flying Gas Airplanes and competing, I'm giving Clinics and flight demos all around the country. I like to help people in the hobby and more than ever, I love to fly airplanes!

I want to thank Rocco and Aeroworks for giving me the opportunity to be part of the family and to Provide the best Aerobatic Planes for Precision and 3D at a competition level.

I proudly represent Aeroworks and I will continue my effort to improve my flight every day

Manuel’s Accomplishments:

  • 5 Consecutive Times 1st Place in Fun Fly Events Mexico (1997-2001)
  • 1st Place Basic IMAC Mexico (2003)
  • 2 Times 1st Place Free Style Champion Mexico (2003,2004)
  • 2 Times ETOC Competitor (2006,2008)
  • 5 times XFC Competitor (2004,2005,2007,2008,2009)

Aeroworks is proud to include Manuel Santos to the Aeroworks Team. Manuel adds a little International excitement to our Team and we are honored to have him. Manuel competes and fly’s demonstration flights around the world and is well known for his flying skills and outgoing personality. He has flown in many contest and events both International and in the US and we are certain to see more of him in the near future.

Welcome aboard Manuel!

Pilot Name: Mike Scileppi III

Parker, Co.

I first started flying remote control airplanes in 1996 as a hobby. As the years went on, my passion for RC airplanes grew and I became more serious with the sport. In 2008 I was introduced to Aeroworks and purchased my first Aeroworks plane. The 50cc Extra 260. I was impressed with the ease of build and short build time needed. I flew this plane for 6 months and fell in love with the flight characteristics of the plane. In 2009 I built the 35% Extra 260 and started flying in IMAC competitions. I found myself able to be competitive with the Aeroworks product due to the quality and precision of their design and craftsmanship. For the 2009 IMAC season I flew the 42% Aeroworks Ultimate Biplane powered by a DA170. For The 2010 IMAC season I will be flying another 42% Aeroworks Ultimate Biplane powered by a DA200.

I am proud to be able to fly the Aeroworks product and I look forward to being part of the Aeroworks team for many years to come.

Mike’s Accomplishments:

  • 2009 Longmont IMAC – Basic Class – 2nd Place
  • 2009 Albuquerque IMAC – Sportsman Class – 3rd Place
  • 2009 Love-Air IMAC – Sportsman Class – 2nd Place
  • 2009 IMAC Nats Competitor – Sportsman Class
  • 2009 Tucson Aerobatic Shootout Competitor – Sportsman Class – 8th Place
  • 2010 Tucson IMAC – Intermediate Class – 3rd Place

We are excited to have Mike Scileppi III as part of Team Aeroworks. Mike has proven to be a self-starter, quick learner and go-getter. His flying and aircraft knowledge has improved dramatically over a short period of time and he has become on of the top local pilots. Give mike a little more time and practice and he will be the one to watch for.

Keep up the hard work and practice and we are proud to have you join our team!

Pilot Name: Carlos Vargas

Mexico

My name is Carlos Vargas, I am 21 years old, I have been flying models since the age of 10, Thanks to my father for all the support in this beautiful hobby. I am so happy to be flying my new QB 42% Aeroworks Extra 260, Awesome Design, Light Weight, Smooth and Easy to Build, Thanks to Rocco and Aeroworks for letting me be part of this team!

Carlo’s Accomplishments:

  • 2001 Basic IMAC Mexico Champion
  • 2003 Intermediate IMAC Mexico Champion
  • 2005, 2006, 2007 Freestyle Mexico Champion
  • 2007 XFC Competitor
  • 2007 Tucson Aerobatics Shootout Competitor

Aeroworks is proud to include Carlos Vargas to the Aeroworks Team. We are certain to see great things from him in the near future. Carlos is from Mexico and Demonstrates the R/C Hobby to thousand of International pilots. He has competed in many International events and will be competing in more events within the US.