President – Mike Coyne
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio till the age of 16 when our family was moved to Kansas City. Like nearly all of you, I started out building plastic model planes, then started building .049 control line planes. Upon starting my sophomore year at North Kansas City high school I met a new friend Jim Franklin who got me started in single channel R/C planes and the just organized Northern Knights. Shortly after graduation I became interested in classic cars and model planes took a back seat. I ran with a 55-57 Chevy club for many years till I found Ron Carroll who re-introduced me to radio control and The Northern Knights MAC in 2003. My interests are mainly sport flying and building both fuel and electric planes. I have been retired for 8 years from the television repair industry and have served as a Boy Scout leader for 30 years. Still have my Chevys, however now they have taken a back seat to R/C. What goes around comes around.
Mike has also written a history of the Knights.
Vice President – Todd Richards
My introduction to model aviation was through my dad. He was in the Navy for 25 years working as an electrician on everything from the F-4 Phantom to the PBY Catalina. His main interest was in control line (flying on the deck of the aircraft carrier) but later ventured into RC. I had always been fascinated by aviation in general and he nurtured that interest in my youth. I enjoy sport flying, scale, 3D, fpv, soaring… but I would have to say that I get the most enjoyment from biplanes – be it profiles, scale, or 3D flying, I just love biplanes. When I am not flying I enjoy motorcycles and travel with my wife. I have been a member of this club since 2016, so I feel I am still a newbie. Which is why I ask myself quite often “how did I end up in this position?”.
Treasure – Walter Beringer
My wife and I began flying RC airplanes and joined the club in 2013. Everything electric from Ultra-micro quads and gliders to Giant Scale aerobatic, we have accumulated more than 30 airplanes, helis and multi-rotors between us. I prefer assembling ARF’s over building, and always maintain plenty on the work bench for repair. I also fly single engine planes, but the hobby is a much cheaper alternative to flying full-scale, and easier to walk to the scene of the crash, than from it. Professionally, I work on large electric motors…. up to 40,000HP, and have found doing gas to electric conversions one of the most interesting aspects of this hobby.
Secretary – Mark Boggs
Safety Officer – Randy Allman
I first started with the control line planes. That didn’t seem like much fun to me making a plane go up and down in a circle so I went to the Cox Dune Buggy until I wore that out. Then my interest changed to horses until about five years ago I wanted something that I could do year round. I went with Model RC. Joined the AMA, then the Kansas City Knights in the middle of 2015. I like to fly electric because they are not as time consuming as the fuel models. I build and buy several planes from all over the web. To me this is such a relaxing hobby. You are never in a hurry unless the flite timer goes off telling you that it is time to land. I am still into horses thou I only have one now and I also DJ and do Karaoke from time to time.
AMA District VI Vice President – Gary Himes
Like lots of us, I started flying in the mid 60’s with u-control models. I had a Wen Mac plastic WW2 plane and a Cox sport plane. These were built out of early plastics and did not last very long. Money not being readily available, I found out I could make airplanes using just a sheet of balsa for the wing and tail parts and make a fuse out of spruce sticks and attach a Cox .049 motor and walla…hours of fun. I got involved in rc in the late 80’s then joining the Northern Knights!
Gary has also written an article from 1992 with a wealth of Knights history.