Trabuco Flyers Pilot Spotlight
Andy Buonauro starts it off as the first pilot to earn the title for the club.
Mr. Buonauro, as he likes to be called, but since I cant pronounce his name I just always call him “Mr. Fast” is my go to guy whenever I have a engine that cant be made to run properly. You gotta figure the guy on the flight line that starts his 2-stroke engines with a chicken stick and one flip, knows what he’s doing. Andy is always ready and willing to help with anything and on top of that he knows what he’s talking about.
Andy is a California native and has been a Trabuco Flyers club member since coming back from a stint in New Jersey in 1993. Andy started RC modeling in the 1980’s with sailplanes and then leaving the darkside and coming to powered models.
Building plastic and wood models as a kid, Andy graduated to the aircraft industry professionally as a Structural Mechanical Test Engineer for more than 40 years... maybe thats what it takes to do that one flip start that I always longed for with my engines?
He says that a Kaos with a Jet .46 and homemade retracts is the airplane of choice; sportflying, going fast, and freestyle are the types of flying Andy enjoys most.
Mr. Buonauro enjoys the building as much as the flying and really likes to see the aircraft fly after all the sawdust from building is cleaned up.
Andy has been retired for two years and is looking forward to many more years of retirement and flying in the club.. so when you see him on the flight line be sure to say a thanks for helping out and maybe introduce yourself if you haven’t met him.
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