Walt Schroder

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A vo­cal, in­flu­en­tial, and hard­work­ing mod­e­lair­craft en­thu­si­ast, Walt Schroder suc­ceeded Bill Win­ter as ed­i­tor. He held that po­si­tion from 1960 un­til 1970, when he moved up to be­come the pres­i­dent and pub­lisher of Air Age (its par­ent com­pany). While Walt was ed­i­tor, the ra­dio-control facet of the hobby took a quan­tum leap for­ward with the ad­vent of mod­ern dig­i­tal pro­por­tional control as pi­o­neered by such com­pa­nies as Kraft Sys­tems, Or­bit, Heathkit, Mi­cro-Avion­ics, EK-Log­ic­trol, Can­non, World En­gines, and oth­ers. These mod­ern ra­dio-control sys­tems al­lowed si­mul­ta­ne­ous and pro­por­tional control of the ailerons, el­e­va­tor, rud­der, and throt­tle func­tions. Along with these ad­vances came the rise in pop­u­lar­ity of the new nickel-cad­mium (Ni-Cd) bat­ter­ies that per­mit­ted us to op­er­ate ra­dio sys­tems for long pe­ri­ods of time. We could then quickly recharge them, and they did not have to be dis­carded for many years.

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