Growing up in Ohio around the motorcycle and four wheeler racing scene, Seth began racing at a very young age. After several injuries between himself and his father, Seth’s father (Tom) decided it was time for a new, “safer” hobby. A short time later, Tom received a model airplane for his birthday in 2001. Within only a couple of weeks of learning to fly, Tom taught Seth to fly at the age of 11. After only a few weeks flying, it was evident that Seth’s skill in flying was building quite rapidly, as he was surpassing his father’s abilities.
Always wanting to push his abilities further, Seth quickly fell in love with all forms of aerobatic flight, from highly-skilled precision flight, to the “new age” 3D flight. He began competing in many different regional aerobatic competitions, including IMAC and Freestyle events, among others. Around 2005, Seth and his father purchased a 102” Yak 54 from Quique Somenzini and Wayne Ulrey at Quique’s Aircraft Co. After the purchase, Seth and Quique stayed in contact, and Quique began to mentor Seth in his flying. With the help from Quique, his flying continued to improve. As Seth’s abilities continued to grow, he finished very well in many national and international competitions. Seth’s biggest competition results are:
- Electric Tournament of Champions (ETOC) Winner – 2009
- 3-Time Extreme Flight Championships (XFC) Winner – 2011, 2012, 2013
- AMA IMAC Nationals Champion – 2008 AMA IMAC Nationals Freestyle Champion – 2008
- 4th Place, AMA F3K Nationals – 2015
- Many other various competition podium finishes
In 2010, Seth moved to Champaign, IL to work as a Product Developer for Horizon Hobby. While at Horizon, Seth designed several popular models, and played a large role in several innovative technology developments like DSMX™, AS3X™, SAFE™ and much more. In 2015, Seth left Horizon and later joined Quique, David and Joe at Flex Innovations.
A few of Seth’s popular designs:
- E-flite® UMX Extra 300 3D
- ParkZone® Ultra Micro Pole Cat
- E-flite® UMX Carbon Cub SS
- E-flite® UMX ASK-21
- E-flite® UMX AS3Xtra
- E-flite® UMX Pitts S-1
- E-flite® UMX Spacewalker
- E-flite® UMX PT-17
- E-flite® UMX F-16
- E-flite® Rare Bear
- E-flite® Carbon-Z T-28
- E-flite® UMX P-47 BL
- Hangar 9® Extra 330SC 60E
- E-flite® UMX J-3 Cub
Seth is happy to be living in year-round sunshine, in North Port, Florida, with his wife Melissa and is happy to be a part of a talented team of individuals, with a passion for producing some of the greatest innovative products for the hobby industry. Seth is excited for what the future holds, and is also excited to help hobbyists have the most enjoyable hobby experience they can have.
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