Who Is David Windestål?

by FliteTest | May 16, 2014 | (69) Posted in News

Our favorite Swede unfortunately had to return home, but before he left we got to sit down and ask him some questions about flight, life, and his future plans. 


Sharky on May 20, 2014
David, America n the RC community would welcome u n your bride back in a heartbeat! God knows we can always use more good people in this country, I would like 2 thank u personally 4 getting me interested in quads n fpv in particular n if you n your wife really want 2 come back here I do know people in high places who should b able 2 help (guess that's what u get 4 being on the planet 4 so long) I will get in touch with them if u like. Take care n God speed
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Krivak957 on May 19, 2014
Nobel Peace Prize? Okay. Maybe.
But how about Nobel Prize in chemistry for the flaming steel wool or flaming soap bubbles?
Or Nobel Prize in physics for the flight to space? Or the rocket plane?
Is there such a thing as the Nobel Prize Trifecta?
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Gantorin on May 20, 2014
Not to take any credit away from any of you all on Flite Test, but David... You are a rock star! When I start watching Flite Test in Oct 2013 I was completely attracted to Josh and Josh and the way they made understanding the pieces of this hobby that I had been dying to grasp easy to understand and fill in the gaps that just were just not catching in my mind. David took all that knowledge I had learned, and made it explode in total curiosity, and wonder. I am so glad I had the oppertunity to see and grow watching all of you. I was always saying in the back of my mind, "Where is the all about David video?", and I am glad you all made one before he left. David if you read this... You have touched all our hearts here in America, and as much as I know leaving for long periods of time is at time hard and stressful... I hope to see you back again in the future.
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1959cutter on May 19, 2014
like I said,I nominate David for the Nobel peace prize for promoting fellowship through R/C hobbies around the world!
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kraczekj on May 20, 2014
If i were to be honest i relate the most with you, David, and while i envy the amount of time that you get to spend working on these fun projects i am awed by how you have made the hobby grow. I personally started out running YOUR tricopter. and i have grown with it. anytime that you have had an episode, i have made sure to watch it. thanks so much! REALLY THANKS! Someday i want to come find you just to meet you and share an afternoon. FPVing and talking about this great hobby. Your my HERO! hopefully someday we can bring you back to FT and make more great memories.
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24367dfa on May 20, 2014
Long overdue video <3
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lysle42 on May 21, 2014
flite test will not be the same with out David, what great input he has given. I can not belive he can not stay, we will miss you and will follow your web site strongly. Good luck we will miss you.
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SnapPunchRobert on May 21, 2014
Thanks for all you contributed to Flite Test. You helped make this show even better. You will be missed.

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Sasquad on May 30, 2014
I'll miss you David! Thanks for all the great lessons and laughs. God bless you, and your wife.

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Cyberdactyl on May 21, 2014
You'll be missed David.

But no doubt your site, rcexplorer will have a huge boost in traffic in the coming weeks. :)
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Willsonman on May 20, 2014
Long overdue video... and worth the wait. We have never met but I feel like we would be friends. Being a HUGE fan of Swedish aircraft and aviation innovation, it would be a dream to come to Sweden and visit the museums. Meeting a Swede who carries that legacy would be icing on the cake. Best wishes for you and your family.
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LordVader on May 19, 2014
Thanks for all you do for this hobby to make it so fun and easy to get into. You and FliteTest have helped me evolve and enjoy this hobby so much. I tried to get into it around 20 years ago, with little success. It's now been about 3 yrs and still finding so much to try and do. Hope you continue to contribute to this hobby and FliteTest.
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Gravitysucks on May 20, 2014
Welcome back to Sweden :) It's sad to see you leave the FliteTest crew though. You've been an inspiration for all of us and a 'fuel injection' for FliteTest. I hope you will be able to continue to inspire us in some form in the future.
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ScottyZ on May 19, 2014
I have built everything you have designed David. IMHO, you are, without a doubt, a genius!
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KennethLNOR on May 21, 2014
Tjena, David. Hur är läget?

Too bad you won't be in the Flite Test videos regurlarly, I will miss your presence in them.

Just an idea, make some swedish videos about what the scandinavian equivalent to what you used in the US is and where you can buy it. (foam/depron, minwax etc.)

I just started this hobby and have watched almost all the episodes on Youtube and I'm listening to the podcast while I'm working. I'm so new to this hobby that I don't own a plane yet, I have ordered the Bixler2 and a lot of gear from HK and 7 build kits from FT. Originally I wanted to buy a DJI Phantom 2 or build a Hexacopter, but after seeing FT I only wanted planes.

I don't complain when it comes to pricing and shipping costs, where in Scandinavia can you get a kit like the FT Cruiser for under 400NOK/SEK including shipping and VAT? A sheet of depron costs like 8-10USD here in Norway, I rather buy lasercut foam and support FT than build it myself.

I think this hobby has a lot of growth potensial here in Scandinavia, especially when it comes to electric powered planes and multirotors.
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mcwalkman on May 19, 2014
David, thanks for helping me get into the hobby. I hope you will continue to contribute from Sweden, FliteTest will not be the same without you.
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doc_mat on May 19, 2014
The Rocket Plane episode almost had me in tears. I don't know who was laughing harder: me or David!
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BluBunnyRC on May 27, 2014
Same here! That's actually the video that inspired me to get into the hobby!
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themajik1 on May 19, 2014
I wish David all of the success that he so rightly deserves. He is a very talented individual, and he and his wife should be allowed to be here if he desires.
I really hope that he continues with RC Explorer and is able to continue to be a part of FliteTest as long as he would like to.

Thank you David, and thank you FliteTest (Chad, Josh B, Josh S, Alex, Knoptop, and all of the forum members as well) for sharing your passion and knowledge with us. We are every bit as lucky as you are for what you have shared with us.

Fellowship, Flight, and Fun; what a concept!
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ezromao on May 20, 2014
Thank you for your enthusiasm for the hobby. This willpower and passion you have beyond any language, country, continent. thank you
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Pillip Flop on May 23, 2014
A big hero of mine and one of the most influential figures in modern electric rc in my opinion it’s hard to imagine just how many other people David’s designs and tutorials have attracted to the hobby, myself included. Good look with the future and safe journey home David
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h1975 on May 24, 2014
A real pity to see you leave David! You and the crew have inspired me just to go out and fly. Learn while doing it and having fun.
Your scientific-like curiosity and perseverance (afterburner) seemed like a combination of Sheldon meets Wolowitz combined with the charm of Penny.
"You can be my wingman anytime"

Good to have you back in Europe, but a great loss for the show.
Greetings from the Netherlands,


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rickdavidson on May 22, 2014
I Love Funions !!!!!!!!
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epic on May 23, 2014
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Atarix777 on May 23, 2014
Well, it will be sad to don't see you for a while in the flite test videos anymore, but i am sure u will come up again with some awesome rcexplorer stuff.

Even if you never answered to one of my emails or questions (yeah, that had to be said ^^) I hope you to get that visa problem solved very soon.
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maue on September 26, 2014
I think David should merge rc explorer in with FLITE TEST. Make a European ft chapter. Mite be a challenge but I hate to see him go for good.
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DRosend44 on May 27, 2014

Good to have you here at all. Your creativity can be used anywhere. I've a niece who married a guy from Luxembourg, and she was able to emigrate there. She is a graphic artist, and they can make money anywhere.

The good thing about the internet is that you can stay in touch with everyone. The world is a much smaller place nowadays.

Good luck with your future endeavors- start video over in Sweden and keep growing!

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rickdavidson on May 22, 2014
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fliteless bird on June 5, 2014
David you have made the show very fun it is sad to here you are leaving.

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tobyrice01 on June 5, 2014
I will miss you as well, you as an addition to the rest of the awesome FT crew have made me change my perspective of the hobby, as well as make me be a better pilot and builder.

Thanks a lot, and have a safe trip back to Sweden. Hope to see you back in the USA!

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RCBEAST111 on June 18, 2014
David, you are my role model. I have learned so much from you, and you made me see rc in a different way, a better way. I am sad you are leaving :(
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NorseHammer on May 25, 2014
As an Immigrant to Canada from Denmark via Egypt I can sympathize with the situation, the bureaucracy is intimidating. The North American experience is interesting, I'm not sure its worth anything to extreme however.
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Zeke on May 24, 2014
David, I'm sure the Flitetest team is going to miss, You have added a dimension to the show that has brought us gifts and skills only you have, Your our Bill Nye, Thanks, Blessing to you and your wife, We'll be looking for your Tube Channel !
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Wingman04 on April 17, 2018
I know David went home once and came back, but will he come back this time too???
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Who Is David Windest&aring;l?