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ot long ago I was trying on a couple of different motorcycle helmets. Cindy was doing her best to be patient, but didn't see the purpose in me purchasing a new helmet, either in need or expense. "Don't you have enough helmets already?" Attempting to reply in an analogy she'd understand, I said, "Helmets are like a modeler's flight box, no matter how hard we try, the perfect one can never be found."
     Those reading this who understand what was just said are most likely starting to chuckle. Memories of favorites will come flooding back; the one I'm currently using has been in service for quite a long time, although I really have no idea of its origin. That said, over the years my two favorite boxes were both from SIG Manufacturing Co.
     One was nothing less than the company’s incredible Field Boss. Manufactured from laser cut aircraft grade plywood, this thing is a monster. I had assembled mine with great care, and applied a finish that would rival that of the finest funiture. It could hold anything and everything needed for a day, or even a week at the flying field. The issue was after a flying season of hauling the weight around I realized that I would shortly be in need of rotator cuff surgery.
     Its replacement turned out to be my most favorite flight box ever used. It was this fold-up cardboard affair which was in service for a couple of seasons until the bottom fell out. I had fitted the thing with a squeeze bottle that held a liter of fuel, glow igniter, and a "chicken stick." It was beyond simple and worked perfectly, as long as the day went well and nothing needed to be repaired while at the flying field.
     Having been involved with electric flight since its inception a number of years ago I'm finding a similar situation with the perfect flight box now involving battery chargers. Like many, I've amassed more than a few, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the event and its location I'm finding I often pack a couple of battery chargers and oftentimes, even a small generator to power the units.
     The same line is repeated in every electric product review done by either Dennis Andreas or myself, and that is for dealers of these products to recommend a charger upgrade as an add-on sale. This is something we both believe will result in a more satisfied customer, and it's doubtful we will ever back down from this statement, at least anytime in the near future.
Amazingly, like the simple fold-up cardboard flight box of many years ago, I am finding more and more, especially when at home, I'm using a basic rudimentary charger to take care of any necessary charging duties. And don't misconstrue what I am saying, as a person should never turn their back on a charging battery, but these devices are pretty much foolproof. The extended amount of time needed to charge a battery on a basic charger can be filled with some pretty productive activity also, like typing this month's editorial column.
     The point is, that sometimes when conducting business, the simplest way to complete a task might be the way that makes you the happiest. Over the years I've invested a small fortune in flight boxes and battery chargers only to find myself completely satisfied with a cardboard box and a basic charger. Take a minute and ask yourself, with the extra frills and expensive technology you've invested in, all of which were supposed to make the running your business and, therefore, your life easier, is this the same sort of thing that is occurring within your store?

                       Until next month,
                       Dennis McFarlane



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