Some call him "near-miss," "near-beer," "near not far," or "nearly here nor there" at flying fields and events. But they all call him "Mr. Schweizer" when in need of R/C aircraft help. Nir lives and breathes aviation.
Nir (rhymes with beer), like many of us, began his obsession with this hobby as a child; building and flying his first model aircraft at seven years old. He took it a little further than most of us, with achievements in aviation most would consider quite impressive. At eight years old, he built and flew his first of many ultra-light manned aircraft. He has flown gliders, hang gliders, para gliders, and just about everything that flies. He has logged over 750 sky dives, was a test pilot, is a flight instructor, and is a certified aircraft mechanic (A&P). Early in his civilian aviation career, he shuttled aircraft around the world for corporations (and people with more money than sense). His aviation career culminated as an airline captain with over 17,000 hours logged. Throughout his aviation career, Nir continued to build and fly model airplanes in his spare time. Some say he doesn't sleep. Building and flying model aircraft full time now, Nir competed in Frank Tiano's "Top Gun" Invitational with a custom built tandem "Fly Baby," possibly the only one ever modeled (it's a rare aircraft to begin with). He is an AMA Contest Director (CD) and holds a Turbine Waiver. rc planes rc airplanes