About Brian Deis
Building airplanes was a focus of his as soon as his father allowed him in the workshop. Frank Deis was a model builder for the Air Force and was responsible for the 12’ vertical wind tunnel at Wright-Patterson AFB. He made planes that would be used to spin test before the first flight of the full scale plane. His models can be seen today in the Smithsonian Institute. He saw modeling as a craftsmanship issue and instilled that in the three sons.
Teaching the sons modeling started with hand launch gliders and moved deliberately through all the planes of the day. They built and flew each kind of plane in succession and nothing was left to chance. Brian has always been interested in powered flight and older brother Frank Jr., tended to be more unorthodox in his airplanes. Frank has continued in the hobby and is a sailplane expert with no less than winning the nationals to his credit.
Brian continued to learn building and enjoyed flying control line until the beginnings of RC. Living in Dayton in the late 50’s meant being in the beginnings of the Western Ohio Radio Kontrol Society. The WORKS were in the sport early. The first RC plane they flew was a smog hog and the receiver had tubes in it and was a large thing with huge dry cell batteries. This was Radio Influence as you could not call it control. Brian was an important part of the development team because he was a kid and could do the chasing when it flew away. The electronic gear was made by a company that was to become Controlair and soon found single channel to be the thing and escapements were the highest tech device we had. By the early 60’s they were flying single channel and a strange reed receiver that could do more than one thing… what fine progress had been made.
The WORKS became the RC club in that part of the country and Brian learned to fly multi-channel with Don Lowe and others that would go on in the sport. Don Maloney would design many planes and be the founder of World Engines in Cincinnati. The Saturdays were interesting at the flying field as they melded the engine, airplane, and electronic arts into flying wonders that could perform pattern flight.
The family went to the Nationals every year and saw the growth of the sport and Brian even got to compete as a junior until he turned 18. College, careers and family were the focus of the next years and he returned to building and flying to find proportional control. 2.6 GHZ! Just what will they think of next? All the technology was different and even the glue had changed.What did not change was the enjoyment of building and flying. The building is more of an art now and flying is an entirely separate sport that is equally enjoyable. The truth is that it has always been about the building as anyone who flies with Brian can tell you.
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Brian and Kay now live on lovely Murphy Lake and he builds full time. He flies well enough that a plane lasts many seasons and if something is not done with the planes, the shop will soon be a museum. The choice he selected is to build planes and find an outlet for them.
It is not possible for him to earn a living building planes, so that is not the focus. He therefore builds planes that interest him and they are for people that appreciate planes crafted with care. There is a charge for his services and that is also not the point, it just keeps him in the hobby and contributes to their life style on the lake.The point is to produce airplanes that bring joy to the pilot that can be experienced in no other way. He build kits, ARFS, fixes them when they are hurt, designs new ones, scratch builds, and he is entertained by the planes that he builds. Could one really expect more from a pile of wood and foam????