Steve Gebler

Likes to build aircraft that aren’t supposed to fly!  Way, way too many aircraft.  Hi Tech Headhunter for more than 30 years.


Vice President

Trent Stadick

I am a retired Fire Captain from Cal-Fire Riverside. I started flying Radio Control airplanes because my son and I were looking for a hobby to do together. Boy, did we get way more than a hobby. We have made great friends and amassed a large number of aircraft in our short time with the club. You can say, "we were bitten by the bug". I genuinely enjoy all the aspects of the Palomar RC Flyers. I am Happy and Honored to serve as the Vice President for the 2020 year..



Dave Ellis

I flew mostly slope planes on and off from 1970 - 1990.  Recently retired from Walt Disney Imagineering and got back into the hobby in 2017.  (Such incredible advances in the hobby!)  I scratch-built a parasol-wing 3-channel trainer to start with, and now have a couple of war birds, a Laser foamy, an Extreme Flight Extra, some Combat wings, an 11-foot sailplane, and a couple of tiny drones.  I'm afraid to try helicopters - I'm sure that I would love it!


I love this club.  It is chock full of super helpful, caring members willing to take time out of their precious flying time to help anyone enjoy the hobby more.


Patric Pranica

RC interests are primarily scale electric airplanes and gliders. Currently have 20 years of projects cued up. So many airplanes, so little time!  Retired senior television and film producer.


Board Member - Fixed Wing Chairman

Chris Avellino

Been flying for about 5+ years and absolutely loves the hobby. Private Instrument rated pilot and tries to bring that knowledge back into scale RC'ing. Favorite times are practicing a new maneuver or technique, and paying it forward to help others in their own journey and learning.

3D Pilot and flight instructor.


Board Member -Sailplane Chairman

Jim Gallacher

I came to modeling from flying full scale sailplanes for 25 years. For 16 years I owned a Schweitzer 1-26B  which we flew in 1 design cross country race contests.

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Board Member - Safety Coordinator

Chris Thompson

Retired from the Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. (27 yrs) Marine Corps Veteran (6yrs)

Private pilot with Instrument rating. I’ve been flying RC for about 5 years. I love warbirds, scale planes, EDFs, gliders and aerobatics. Gas/Electric, glider-tow, I love it all. 

Board Member - Drone Chairman

Doug Abel

Pop culture geek (I think the ugly sweater says it all), Tiny Whoop and FPV drone pilot, and legitimate mutant, I'm more than willing to help introduce people to the hobby and bring smiles to club members.

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Board Member

Chris Wilson

Modeling since the days of .049 powered gliders to planes & helis. Founding member of the Huntsville Heli Flyers and recently re-discovering the fun of fixed wing flying again with my 80" Aeroworks profile plane...


Board Member

Joe Villareal

Mr. Barbecue.  You have got to taste the pulled pork and brisket!


Board Member

Richard Torres

I didn't realize how much I missed the camaraderie until I met our Club Members. When you get to the field with a ton of charged batteries and go home with all but 2 still charged - because you spent the morning just hanging out with great people - speaks volumes about a group.

Thank you all for sharing your knowledge, your stories, your spare parts and mostly your friendship.


Mostly WWII Warbirds, a few gliders and  jets. ALL In a very short time - way too many not to consider some sort of counseling! Oh, and two helicopters which I've managed to chase myself into the garage with.


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