Fokker DVII progress

Been working on this free flight to RC conversion kit for awhile now. Fuselage is nearing completion. Wings are build and ready to cover and all electronics are installed.

Today I’ll be putting in the cockpit details. Gauges and bits.

Not an easy build.

Tony Naccarato, a inspiration

You know, Tony is an inspiration to all of us and should be. He dedicated his life to teaching youth aviation and launched so many careers that are leading us to the skies and beyond.

He never complained about things. He just did something to change the world instead. He has inspired me to do the same and it’s my passion with the remainder of my life to do the very same.

This is why I started the Ventura Aviators. It has been somewhat of a disappointment in the lack of response for local schools and youth groups. I was asked more than once why I felt teaching kids aviation and aerospace was so important? I think if you have to ask that question you need to reexamine yourself and your perspective. To me nothing can be more important for the human race than the exploration of space. It might be the one thing that brings us together more than any war or petty pursuit. We have enough of that.

So I will dedicate my life to spreading a passion that those in aerospace have to youth. Who knows, if you inspire one boy or girl they could be the one that grows up to make that warp drive engine and lead us to the stars.

Join me if you dare, stop complaining about the world and do something about it. Tony Naccarato did.

Tony Naccarato

Thank you my wonderful friends at Smith Brothers for posting this.

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Tony Naccarato. Tony passed Saturday morning after a long battle with cancer. It is hard to put things into perspective, as Tony was one of the “good guys,” where things like this should not happen. But it was part of the big plan and it is easy to point out all the good he did with his life. Tony was a standout guy, who put others first. He dedicated his life to serving others- his family, his country, his friends, and his passion for hobbies. We lost count how many times Tony took a youth aside to teach him or her the lessons of flight and r/c aircraft. Those youth are now responsible adults, who are taking up careers in aerospace, engineering, and successful walks of life. It all started with a gentle, helping hand, a hand touching another on a remote control. Tony’s passion for all-things-air and helping others will leave a huge mark on our society. There are few out there like him and he will be sorely missed. Smith Brothers would like to wish his son Ryan and his family members our deepest condolences during this difficult time. We loved Tony with all our hearts and we will let his legacy live on at our store. He taught us so much with his generosity, patience, and compassion. Rest in peace Tony. We love you.

I wrote this this morning. It was hard to find the right words but they are from heart:

I will miss my friend so much. We had so much fun Building and flying together
“He was the best pilot I ever saw”.
Tony, everytime I fly you’ll be there, with all of us that loved you and flew with