Carden Aircraft Owner Testimonials

On 8/1/10, John Schell  wrote:

I thought I should drop you a line & tell you how things are going with my planes. I bought a Edge 540 35% years ago it was on the first batch that you made do you know what year that was?   Well I still am flying it & it has been threw hell & high water but still flys well.  I also have  your 330 's and the same for it.  Over the past years I have been threw 2 ARF's & they don't hold up like your planes. Carden planes cost more than ARF & they are a lot of work to build but I think they are worth the extra time & money ,they last. You make a good product & that is why your are still in business just look how many company's have come & gone since you started.  You are doing a great job & keep up the good work.

A Happy Carden Flyer   

John Schell
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 7:43 PM
Subject: 35% Extra 260

Dennis and Caroline,

Feel free to include this in the Testimonial section of your website. I realize now, that you must get one of these from each new owner.

I am now flying a 35% 260 and am preparing for the Intermediate IMAC NATS. It has no bad tendencies whatsoever, even when flying Unlimited maneuvers. I have compiled a list of pros and cons that I think would be advantageous to anyone wishing to build a plane in the 75 to 106 cc gas range. I am comparing the flight characteristics to your 40% Extra 330

I cored out the foam on the wings, vertical stab, and elevators, and cut out the entire fuselage sides, and a lot of the bottom deck and almost all of the little foam pieces that go beside the landing gear plate The only thing I didn't screw around with was the motor box which I would lighten if I got a chance to do it over again. I also made the ailerons bigger than recommended, and used 9152's all over.

The kits are not free (I want another very badly).
The CG on the plans is 1/8th --> 3/8ths too far forward for completely neutral IMAC flying. It should be moved back a little less than a quarter of an inch (according to the first set of plans).
I built the plane so light that landing it takes some getting used to.
When switching to the 260, you will have to "unlearn" everything needed for other planes. It is freaking NEUTRAL!!!!!!!!

When building the 35%'er light (from 20 lbs to 24 lbs with 3W 106CS), it has a very similar wing loading and thus a similar feel to the 40%'er. In fact, with this plane built approximately 23 lbs, it is just as competitive as a 40%'er and has more power to pull you out of a jam.
It is completely neutral in any type of roller or knife-edge even to the point of over 60 degrees of rudder travel.
It does not need much rudder at all. The rudder is way more authoritative than that of a 40% Extra 330. I barely have any at all and it is sufficient for all IMAC maneuvers except for the hammerhead. On hammerhead rate, I have about 21 degrees of throw. This is more than double my IMAC rate.
With the CG where described in the "cons" section, the plane flies the same both upright and inverted, including positive and negative snap rolls.
The snap rolls stop on a dime. I would have thought that the different wing shape (narrower at the tip) would have made the snap roll stops less crisp. However, when compared to a 40% 330 it is a better snap. It presents a little faster than the snap rolls that I have seen Patty Wagstaff do with her full size (now retired) Extra 260, but still slower than expected (40%'er) which makes it easier to stop. (I think that cored out wings helped a lot with this one).
I build the airplane so light that everything presents better now that I'm used to it.

This airplane is neutral. The only mix needed is down elevator at low throttle.

In conclusion, flying the 35% 260 is practically cheating. It is very very easy! Sincerely,

A convert to Carden... A subsequent convert to the 260...

Matthew Laine


From: "Gene Rushing" <>
To: <>
Subject: Wing bags
Caroline & Dennis,

I just wanted to say thanks for getting my helmet and wing bags out so QUICK...  I was shocked when I got an e-mail saying delivery would be Thursday the 21st.   I know you guys are busy all the time... This is just another way that you and Dennis excel in your business and I really appreciate it.  Take care and I hope to see both of you at a fly-in in the near future.  Thanks again P.S. You guy's have definitely made me a die-hard Carden fan with your products and customer service!

Gene Rushing

From: Gerry Dale
Subject: Extra 260
Just wanted to let you know that the wings and the cowling etc. Arrived.  I am continually impressed with the quality of the material and the packing that you use.  I am looking forward to building a model whose design is exactly the way I would have designed it and the assembly method is near foolproof.
You continue to be the supplier of choice.
Gerry Dale

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Malbi
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 11:49 AM
Subject: 35% Extra 330S Extra Special

Dennis and Caroline,

First flights of my new Extra yesterday - I started building in August-  were perfect!!!   Not even a click of trim was necessary on first flight!  What a sweet flying airplane. Again thanks for a great airplane design, kit and your support.  My third Carden-and they just get better if that's possible. Gotta start thinking of maybe a 260.......

Best Regards,
Bob Malbi

Redondo Beach, CA 0277

----- Original Message -----
From: Andy Portman
To: Dennis
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 11:22 AM
Subject: RE: Camarillo IMAC Contest

Thank you sooooo much.  You guys have been great about everything from help with an airplane that I bought from a private party to providing me with accessories and replacement parts.  You definitely go way beyond with your customer service.  There is absolutely no need to apologize for the timing of the gifts.  I wish you and Dennis all the best and hope everything works out with Denis' father.  I will definitely keep you updated on the contest.
Thanks again,

Andy Portman

Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2006 3:09 AM

I forgot to mention in my last email that I think my plane cover is going to cause at least a few of the guys at my flying field to buy covers for their planes.  The reason is that it is getting very hot here in southern California and what I have been seeing at the field is that guys will bring out their "Easy-Up" sunshades.  The silly part is that the planes go under the shades while the guys sit in the sun (with the smaller Easy-Ups there isn't room for more than the plane to be in the shade).  When I show up with my plane cover my plane will obviously be "shaded" but more importantly, I will be shaded and comfortable drinking iced tea under my Easy-Up.  The plane cover is one of the best ideas in years!

From: steve stremba
To: <>
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2006 8:05 AM
Subject: Carden in Bermuda

Hello Caroline and Dennis,
I  have to tell you a quick story. Last week my wife and I cruised to Bermuda to celebrate our 20th anniversary. I was wearing my Carden windshirt while walking in the town of Hamilton. A cab drove by and a guy leans out the window and yelled "I fly Carden's too"

You never know where you'll run into Carden fans.

I hope all is well, Steven Stremba

From: "Gene Rushing"
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2006 12:01 AM
Subject: Thanks

Hi Dennis and Caroline,

 I told Dennis the other day I would let you guys know when I flew one of my planes.  Well, I flew the Extra and I do not  know what to say that you have not already heard.  For the first time since I have been flying (3 years) I actually felt like I was flying the plane instead of it flying me!!  Please tell Dennis I said "THANK YOU" for taking so much time with me on the phone about setting up my were more than right about the set up being so important.  The Edge is next and I can't wait.  I need a few things so I will be talking to you sometime this week or next. I hope you guys have a safe trip to Ohio.

Gene Rushing

From: Steve
To: Dennis
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2006 9:43 PM
Subject: Yak-54

Hi Dennis and Caroline             

I just wanted to provide some feedback after getting to fly the Yak for about two weeks now.  I know everyone has opinions and people usually judge the opinion by whoever is giving it. These comments pertain to THIS plane and these are my observations.

This was my first Carden ship and I’m not a professional builder.

The Kit –  It was complete and nothing was found to be lacking. The plans and manual were clear, but I spent a little extra time considering the building method and areas where I might use my “trained termites” to shave a little weight.

Construction - Very robust construction.  Some scratch-building experience caused me to deviate in some areas looking for an ounce here and there.  Also, a change in the aileron format which, IMHO, would give the best performance.

Flight Performance – Initial flight was off with only a click of ail. trim. The first take off surprised me as it lifted off at about 1/3 throttle. But wow, the roll rate was unbelievable! (thanks for the flight modes).  No differential appears to be needed for very axial rolls.

The A/C tracks very well, particularly in gusty winds. Windy landings are also very predictable.

Flat, rudder turns only required about 4 Deg. Of aileron programming. The rudder is very effective and no pitch is induced. Hammer heads don’t reveal any funny characteristics.

Vertical up and down lines are very true on this ship and down lines don’t accelerate.  

Weight – I DON”T KNOW and DON”T CARE.  Why ---- it flys very light!  Vertical up lines with snaps are not a problem even toting canisters and lugging a three blade. Sustained high alpha knife-edge at low power is a snap. 

Although I will be working on fine-tuning the flight modes in this week, so far the only surprises I’ve had are the big grins after each flight.  

Thanks Dennis – this one is a keeper!

Steve May - Belleview, Fl

From: Jeremy Jackson
To: Dennis
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 8:24 PM
Subject: RE: 35% Edge cowl-Carden
Hey Caroline,
 I just wanted to let you know everything worked out fine on the cowl.  It turns out I mounted the bottom "j" pieces to the motor box to high to begin with.  Please tell Dennis I appreciate all his support through building this airplane.

I also wanted to let you know how surprised I was to get this e-mail from you.  In this day of customer service or shall I say lack of customer service you and Dennis are AMAZING.  I know I am not a big Carden customer, but I sure feel like I am!  I wish every company showed as much interest in there customers as you two.


I assure you my next airplane will be a CARDEN!
Thank You!  Jeremy Jackson

December 13, 2005
Hello Dennis & Caroline

I cant begin to thank you enough for your attention to my ordeal lately. I thought at first the Extra 330 was gone watching it fall uncontrollably from the sky, but thanks to your design It to my amazement will fly again. Your customer service is second to none in this industry and I wish there were a lot more companies in and out of Rc with your enthusiasm and commitment to their product. I got home from a three day trip on Friday to find my boxes of parts waiting for me. Dennis your genuine concerns and support have been very comforting. I have never seen that kind of service from any company I have ever dealt with. I have always said and will always continue to say, you have the best product in the marketplace. Your continued support and product development will make me a Carden customer for life. Once again Thank You!!!

Happy holidays, Pete Faller

Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2005 
Subject: Mitch Buckley Here

Hi Dennis and Caroline,

This is Mitch here 

First I want to start off be saying it was a pleasure and a honor to meet both of you and to thank you again for all the help and support this past weekend at the XFC.  

After I crashed I figured I would not see either of you for the rest of the weekend, not so, to my surprise I see Dennis help picking picking up parts and all ready discussing how would be the best way to repair the Extra and Caroline is right next to you the whole time, sounding like my mother saying things like "its not that bad" and "its actually really easy to repair".  

That's customer service at its finest, and in my book that goes a long way, I can't thank you enough for that.

The Extra at a quick glance looks like it will need a new motor box, new wing tube, new phenolic main tube for the fuse, new stab tube (to my surprise it was bent also but no damage to either of the stabs.)  new foam cheeks for under the motor box, and new cowl and and hard wood ring that goes around it.  That's pretty much all the important parts. I can get the balsa sticks, sheeting and some foam from the local hobby shop.

Thank you again for everything
Mitch Buckley

Marlboro Ma

May 15, 2005

Dear Dennis and Caroline,

I don't know how to put into words Dennis how much it meant to me you coming out to talk to me about my plane and the pointers on keeping the Cap in top form.

That type of personal customer care is not seen all that much these days. It seems that this plane has brought me more joy from the way it flies, to the guys responsible for me getting it.

It was originally purchased by Ivan Gutierrez, and then Jim Julian aka "the professor" gave me a call for I will always be grateful.

It seems to be true about your happiness is a direct reflect of the friends you surround your self around.  It's powered by a 3W-150 and I use a JR Radio. The pics include my 2 year old daughter Madyson and a shot at the 2005 Nall. Thanks for a great plane.


 Forever a Carden Customer,  

  John Welcome


From: Joe Cutright
Sent: Wednesday, December 29, 2004 11:08 AM
Subject: Hello
Hi guys, Joe Cutright here.

Just wanted to drop a note about the 40% Extra I just received from Cam McCausey...Absolutely Beautiful.

 He framed it up in 6 weeks and all it needs is a good once over with some sandpaper, and it is ready for covering. I would have him build anytime for me. Great guy and great communication throughout the 6 weeks of building time. I hope all is going well for you and I know you must be busy getting ready for the Toledo show...

 Thanks for a great product,
Joe Cutright

----- Original Message -----
From: Chris Joon
To: 'Dennis'
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2005 9:10 AM
Subject: 40% Edge

Hi Caroline – the 4 boxes arrived today. 

Everything arrived intact and in perfect condition, not a nick or dent – thank goodness. When the unpacking was being done, slowly admiring – 1st class wood, packing, etc. 

But you know what? I have built many kits, ( I don’t like ARFs) and today I sat down admiring the Canopy for 30 minutes!!!!! and called all my flier friends – I have never seen such quality in a Canopy and also the cowl! I told my friends – after seeing this type of quality, especially the canopy, it’s like comparing a piece of glass with a diamond !!!!!!!!

This is first class!!!!!!! The other manufacturers’ are just crap compared to Carden.

My friend has a big Composite ARF Yak – comparing the canopies, Carden is like a piece of diamond whilst the Comp ARF Yak is like – yes, a piece of shit.

I’m glad that I invested in a canopy helmet. Don’t think I want to tint the canopy anymore, for fear that with tinting – the canopy may not look as beautiful as it is now. 

Now I really know the quality of Carden, you have set the benchmark for kits. Looking forward to completing the kit and flying it. Thanks also for the Prop guard – everything by Carden is, yes – 1st class quality.

My very best regards to you and I am very pleased with the quality of your kit.

Thank you – 
Chris Joon, Malaysia


Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 4:46 PM
Subject: Testimonial

Dennis and Caroline,

Caroline, you can put the following in your testimonial section if you would like...

I just received most of my 35% extra kit in the mail today.  First things first, the packing job was perfect.  Nothing dented, nothing scratched, and best of all, nothing broken.  I lightly sifted through all of the boxes, and the wood is defiantly top notch, and the foam looks like it was laser cut or something...PERFECT.  Your customer service is immaculate, and best of all, you guys are friendly to work with.  This is the third plane that I have had to buy with my money, and being a 14 year old, I wanted to be 100% sure that I was making the right decision.  As of now, I am 110% satisfied.  Having not flown it yet, I cant say that it flies great, but I have 0 doubts.  I will send in some building pics and some pics of the finished product when it is done.  I CANT WAIT TO GET STARTED!  I am planning on staring to build this weekend.  I would like to thank the both of you for a GREAT kit, and GREAT service.  i would recommend you to anyone who is having problems choosing which brand to buy.

Thanks a TON,

Phil Wessinger
Westerville, Ohio

From: Garvey, Kip
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 1:18 PM
Subject: Carden Extra 330

Carden's reputation not withstanding, I was a bit uncertain about ordering this kit. After all, it's a lot of money by today's standards for kits/ARFs/ARCs. What exactly should I expect for this money?


Well, whatever I imagined wasn't anywhere near what I recieved. But only because I lacked the imagination! Dennis and Caroline, your kit is exceptional. I know you've heard this before, but I have to let you know once again. I was magnificently surprised by the design, the thought, the quality, the meticulous detail you've put into your kit. The wood is top notch all the way. The prefabrication is precise and accurate. The pieces are totally clean. The fit is superb.

I am surprised that the plans are not CAD-drawn, but appear to be hand-drawn. This only amazes me within the context of today's automated processes. The plans are precise. All datum points are accurate.

A great deal of thought, planning and customer care went into the design, the selection of materials, the assembling and packaging of the kit, and the rather unique approach of including several color print photos of various stages of the build process. One good metric for determining the value of a kit is the care and consideration given to each individual kit by you and your team as measured by man-hours and expertise involved in this kind of effort. This kit scores the highest in this regard, is exceptional, and in my opinion is well worth the price.

Kip Garvey
Hewlett-Packard Company
Consumer PC Division
10500 Ridgeview Dr., MS 4296
Cupertino, CA  95014

408.343.5891 /lab


From: Chris Fry
Sent: Monday, August 30, 2004 12:06 AM
Subject: Competition and such..

Greetings all!!  I just returned from Southern Ohio IMAC Challenge.  Such a nicely ran contest, the food, the spirits, and comradierie, all second to none!!!  Just wanted to drop you all a line here saying that I had just won my VERY first IMAC contest!!!  I flew the Advanced class, and out of 5 contestants, I made the least amount of mistakes!!  *RBG*

The aircraft performed flawlessly, the motor ran perfect, and my radio system was phenomenal!!!

I would like to take the time to say thanks to you for allowing me to show off your products, and my ability to demonstrate them also. 

My hat is off to all of you, for such superior products!!!!

Thank you!!!!
Chris Fry
Dayton, OH

From: Jason Noll
To: Dennis
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2004 10:17 AM
Subject: RE: XFC

"Hi guys!

I just wanted to thank you for the support this weekend at the XFC. I had a great time with everybody. I was glad to do well that way we could put all these "Heavy Cardens can't 3D" rumors to rest. Thanks again for the great time, the fabulous airplane, and the help at the XFC.

Talk to you soon!   Jason

From: "Darryl Krumrei" 
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 8:03 PM

My name is Darryl Krumrei I live in northern Minnesota.
I put together a 35% Edge this past winter and I flew it about 4 times now. I must say it's the best airplane I ever flown. I wanted to thank you for a great kit and all the help.
Darryl Krumrei

From: Miller, Kevin
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 2:29 PM
Subject: Thanks

Just wanted to write and say thank you so much for the prop bag. What a wonderful surprise. You guys are the greatest. Congratulations on the new design for the wing bags. I had been hanging mine in the trailer and it was always a hassle to get the wings back in. With the new ones, I'll be able to hang the centre and ends and keep the bags flat, so the wings should just slide right in. I got the Edge all back together and I believe it's better than ever. It actually came in lighter than original! I'll send a full report with some pictures. Everyone is amazed when they find out just a couple of weeks ago it was "completely destroyed". They all say you could never tell, to which I reply, if it were anything other than a Carden you could. Thanks again, I'll keep you posted on the season and the 40% progress.


ETC(SW/AW) Kevin L. Miller

Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2004 11:02 PM
Subject: carden testemonial
Dear Dennis and Caroline,

 I would like you to place this in the testemonial section:
 Dear Carden, 

My Name is  Marc Moldowan and I am a competition IMAC Pilot who has been flying In the Unlimited class now for 5 years. I have always had a Carden plane in my "stable" but throughout the years I have experimented with many other brands. Most recently I have 3 of a competitors "composite" airframes and I have to say after ALL 3 suffering from some kind of failure I will never go that route again!!!!

 I have flown my Carden 40% Cap 232 for 5 years now  (1500 flights) and its still as strong and solid as day 1.

For this season I have a new 40% 330S and will be flying this most of the 2004 season.

After much money spent (wasted) I will Never fly another but CARDEN!!!

Yours truly,
 Marc Moldowan.
 San Antonio, Texas.

From: Jeffrey Carder
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 1:19 AM
Subject: 30% Extra complete!

Dennis and Caroline,

finished my 30% Extra 300 a month ago and what a great flying airplane!  I have had some problems with my engine so I haven't really put it through the ringer, but I love this airplane. 

Now the only problem is that I want a 35% Extra 330!

The wing and tail covers are great too, many good comments at the field.

I will let you know when I am ready to order that Extra 330!


October 13, 2003

Caroline and Dennis,

I hate to say it, but I did a dumb one this weekend. I went up and forgot to fuel (had gotten distracted) and made it into a torque roll about 25 feet high when I sucked the last drop out of the tank.

I guess you know what comes next. I couldn't believe how hard it hit.

I walked to it expecting a bag of bones. I was shocked to find how little damage it did. The fuse cracked where the bottom foam meets the engine box, several cross braces popped loose, but not much else. It broke the canopy and bent the wing tube, busted the pants and did some fairly minor damage to the cowl. I stripped the covering and have it all re-done now. I swear it looks better than before!

I didn't have to add a ton of weight to fix it, truly incredible. I love this design. 

Anyway, I just wanted to write and let you know this plane has been stressed to the max and survived!

Thanks, Kevin Miller

Sept 12, 2003
Hi Dennis and Caroline

Wanted to say Thanks! Just finished mt 35% Extra.  Building this kit was just like all the others!  everything fir perfectly and the material was "Grade A" as always with Carden kits. Hope to get to the field next week.

Thanks again for all you and Dennis do to make this hobby enjoyable

Hope to see you soon

Jim Short
J&M Model Craftsmen

Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 8:59 PM
Subject: Texas Fiber Art IMAC Classic

Hello again from S. Texas ,

I just wanted to tell about my first IMAC experience in Texas using Carden Aircraft’s 40% Edge 540.

Of course, it all went well.  I ended up placing 2nd in Basic and 3rd in freestyle.  I was very happy with that result.

I can easily say that all the pilots were very helpful even though we were competing against each other.  I thought that this would not be the case.

As I believe George Hicks put it, “You are not competing against each other, but competing against yourself and Mother Nature.”

 I have always had a similar thought as he does but did not know most IMAC pilots share this idea until today.  All in all, it was very fun and informative and I will continue competing as much as I can.

And of course the Edge performed flawlessly.  One judge asked, “Did you build that yourself?”  I replied,” Yes!”  Then he said, “It sure flies very well.”

I thanked him for the comments and thought to myself, “Thank you Carden Aircraft!”

After that round, I felt very good about myself and made the decision to keep on going.  At the end of the meet, several pilots suggested that I move up in class to either intermediate or advanced.

I can not tell how that made me feel---I was ecstatic!!!  Anyway, Thanks for the great airplane.  I could not have done without you!

Joseph Puentes

July 9, 2003
Caroline and Dennis:

Best wishes with your upcoming move and new surroundings...The new facility looks great!.

I have enclosed several photos of the new 40% Extra that Brian Hueffmeier just completed......As you can see, Brian has done his unusual great job.....Put a few flights on the Extra last flies great....powered by a DA 150 with KS exhaust system, all JR 8411 servos, 2 on each elevator and aileron, and 4 on the rudder.......rudder has separate Duralite plus pack running through a  JR Matchbox, i4c Products Cvolts on all packs, and Kirby's Custom graphics.

 I think the Extra will be my 8th Carden plane...I have enjoyed them all!...regards...Jon Vance

From: Wayne Geffon
To: Dennis
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2003 4:10 PM
Subject: 35% Extra progress

I have been working on it since you guys sent me the first box about 2.5 weeks ago.
Its been an absolute joy to build.
Just thought I'd share a pic with you of its progress

wayne_geffon_35extra-034.jpg (49190 bytes)

Wayne Geffon 

From: <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2003 4:04 PM
Subject: Carden 40% Edge 540

Hey Caroline and Dennis

My name is Josh Glavin, Im 14, and I live in Sacramento,California.
I have been flying for about 7 months now, my Dad always tried to get me
into  flying but I was never interested, until last October I flew a 1/4 Extra
and I was HOOKED!!!

I have progressed very quickly and I have been flying IMAC, flew my first
IMAC > contest a few weeks ago, and got 4th place in Sportsman with a 40% Carden Cap ( My Dads ) that I had flown only 4 times previous to the contest.

My next contest is comming up soon and I plan on flying the Cap for Sequence
and a 40% Carden Edge for freestyle.

I have been flying the Edge mostly, it does freestyle and 3d SO well, and
its bone stock. It was built by Brian Hueffmeier and was previously owned by
Jon Vance.

Here is a video of me flying the Edge with some music dubbed into the
video, I've got about 13 flights on it.
Its Extremely stable in all angles of attack.

Thanks for designing such a GREAT airplane.

Josh Glavin

From: "Kirk Jensen" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2003 2:49 PM
Subject: airplanes

Howdy Caroline,

I was asked over the weekend by a friend what I was currently building.

When I answered "another Carden 40 Edge" he was surprised and asked me why?
Well this got me thinking, and my response was:

I have built many airplanes, scale, sport and aerobatic, specifically Carden I have built one old style 35 CAP 232, one new style 35 CAP, one new style 30 CAP, 1  40 Giles, and 3 40% Edges.

We as modellers tend to be a little euphoric about our latest build. Phrases like "best flying", "best vertical" or  "most stable" are common after the first flight.

I don't know about all that stuff, even when it comes out of my mouth. but what I do know is that Carden kits are a pleasure to build, they build, true and align easy, they are as strong and as light as they need to be. and every first flight can be
expected to be enjoyable and rewarding

All of the planes listed above are still flying today with no problems after hundreds of flights, and most have gone on to second and third owners who are still flying them today

Now that's what I call an good airplane.

 Kirk Jensen

From: Tsai Chen
Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2003 1:50 AM
Subject: Edge 540

Hi Dennis and Caroline

Just thought I’d drop you a line from your northern border.

Ivan and I were just talking about your airplanes the other day. We both agreed that they seem to take a great deal of pounding and keep flying. Since not all of us can be TOC pilots like Ivan, but we all agree on what makes a good aerobatic airplane. Ivan still flies his TOC Cap from 1999 regularly, and my 40% Cap is on its third season, both you and I know about the famous tree trimming incident 2 years ago.

Cheers, Tsai Chen
Toronto, Canada

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From: Bryan Zang
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 7:17 PM
Subject: Bryan Zang's 35% Carden Edge Pics
Caroline and Dennis,
I want to thank you for all of the support that you have given me over the last year with my Carden Planes. I can not say enough about your knowledge and the superior product that you are providing to the modeling public. 

With Two 40% Caps a 35% Edge flying and a 40% Edge about to be completed, I am convinced that Carden is the way to go! Last year you were so helpful at the Memphis, TN fly-in with helping set up my Edge.

 It really shows that you are committed to the modeller and the industry at making a quality product that you stand behind, and it shows! I must also thank John Light for the awesome build job and steering me in the right direction.

 Thanks, and check out the pics of the 35% Edge. My wife Karen also says hello!
--- Bryan Zang

April 21, 2003
Subject: 35% Extra 300S

Hello Dennis;
 I just wanted to drop a line, and tell you what a great kit you offer.

 I just test flew my Extra 300s this past Sunday. It is smooth and predictable, but when asked, can be wild and exciting.

It took me five weeks to go from ripping tape of the boxes to a very pleasant first flight. and five more that same day. I did modify it slightly, by building a foam sheeted belly pan. it extended from the tail to the landing gear. probably added too much extra weight, but you can't tell by the way it flies. 

Working with the "edged" sheeting was a pure joy. ( sounds silly ). but on another kit (AW) I spent many hours truing up these sheets.

If there is a need for another kit ( Hope not, but most likely) i will definitely be looking at CARDEN for my answer. 
Once again, thank you for a great airplane

Sincerely,  George Kudzma
 Paso Robles,  CA

Sent: Monday, April 14, 2003 12:51 PM

Subject: 40% Extra

Dear Dennis and Caroline,

Another one done....  You guys did a great job designing this one and Jim Julian (PSL, FL.) did an outstanding job building and finishing it, with a little help from me.  Put 3 flights on her this weekend and I can't wait till next weekend.  Again, my hat is off to you both.

A Very happy carden customer,

Chris Costantino

Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2003 10:41 PM

Subject: Re: 35% Edge 540 kit

Hello Caroline.

Just wanted to let you know that all four boxes arrived in excellent condition.

After inspecting the contents of all four boxes  I have but one work to say,  WOW! 

Very excited to get started but will have to wait until my current project is completed.  I will send pictures when done.  Thanks again.  Mark.

Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2003 1:36 AM

Subject: Alex Pesch/Extra 330



We finally got several flights on the 40% Extra today, what an awesome plane! 

I think we are still a bit nose heavy.  The plane tracks and presents just great. 

The DA and the tuned pipes are working out very well, so far no issues, and the power and smoothness is fantastic,

The kit modified well and accepted the pipes like it was designed for them.

Just wanted to say thanks and great job on the kit, will send more pictures later.

Brian and Alex Pesch

March 26, 2003
Subject: David Press Cap 232 has arrived

Hi Caroline

The Cap 232 kit I ordered arrived today 25/3/03 . It was 4 days from Hendersonville to Sydney Australia  2 days and $140.00  Australian in customs and one day from Sydney to Narrandera

All parts survived the trip in good order.  I had a quick look at the kit this afternoon and I must say I am impressed with the quality of the kit, 

I love all the balsa and ply it is pleasing to see that builders kits of this quality are still available in these days of ARF. There is nothing better than building with balsa and ply.

Well I guess you will be hearing from me from time to time if I need some advise when building and thank you for the Carden hat I will wear it when ever I fly my Cap 232.
 David Press

Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2003
Subject: RE: 35% Edge


I got the first boxes today. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am
to begin this project.  My wife is beginning to think my friends are a bunch
of lunatics because we have had a constant stream of visitors since it
arrived! She wants to know why all these people are coming by to look at a box of  wood!
Thanks again!!!!
Jeremy Jackson

A testimonial from Joe Hunt and Chris Summey

Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2003 4:01 AM
Subject: Chris Summey's new 40% Extra 330S
Hi Caroline!
Let me try to tell you about Chris's EXTRA... which we each put four flights on today (in high wind conditions that got us the field to ourselves for the day). First let me say this... that Dennis knows something. Because you can't design and create a plane like this otherwise. I don't know what led up to Dennis figuring this stuff out... but he did... that's all I can tell ya'.
Anyway... I was worried all along about this 40-41 lbs I hear (even from McConville). We haven't weighed it, but it flies lighter than just about anything I've ever flown. Feels like 37 lbs... even though I know it can't be. The wings are very light. And, what that is doing is causing them to stop very quickly in snaps. We were just full of "OOOOOoooooooo!"  "Wwwwooooowwww!"  "WWWHhhhhhhooooooooaaaaa!" "Unreal!!!!" comments today. I couldn't get the other big EXTRA I've been flying lately to snap with any speed. 

But, something about the fuse shape, rudder shape, and overall engineering of this plane that makes it snap blindingly fast without running alot of throw. So the plane is very controllable for precision rolls and points, but still snaps super fast... on the same rate... no need to throw a switch for upline snaps... they're fast, too. And, with the light wings... and overall design... the snaps stop almost instantly. With other planes I've flown... even with three 8411s on each aileron... the planes would continue to rotate a considerable amount. Up to 2/3 of the final snap in a two consecutive snap maneuver.

With Chris's 40% CARDEN EXTRA 330 I can keep the snap buried until less than a 1/4 snap remaining... release... and watch it stop on a dime and give you back nine cents change! I've never seen anything like it... anywhere. And, somehow... through the overall design... the plane does not have a tendency to lose heading on snaps... no matter what version of "flying" the snaps is used. I can't say enough about the way this plane snaps! Somebody knew something about something!... that's all I have to say!

I have your 40% EDGE and that plane is stable like no other. Well... the EXTRA was no different. The knife edged drops, upright and inverted elevators and harriers, torque rolls, waterfalls, et all... were super stable and effortless. And, we're running no mixes. The McConville hammerhead to knife edged drop is child's play for this plane. And, looks really dreamy... smooth as silk. This plane does alot of things other planes I've flown do... only it does them easier and it looks better doing them. Due to it's unexplainably fast, controllable snaps... the blenders are just dramatic looking! Oh... and the harrier rolls are the most axial I've ever seen. Harrier rolls down the runway or in a circle... either way they were high alpha and super clean axial. Even though the CG was forward for IMAC.
I can, and do, find fault in all the planes we fly pretty quickly. Chris always gets mad at me.<grin> And, I've been trying to find fault with Chris's new CARDEN all day. But, I just haven't been able to come up with anything. Sorry. :-)


From: Dan Baker
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 12:00 AM
Caroline & Dennis: 

I wanted to drop this note after reflecting on the 2002 competition season.

I started to fly Carden airplanes just one year ago this month.  I remember meeting Dennis at the Toledo show some 10 years ago or so when the plane to own was the 30% Carden Extra 300S.   Dennis promised that there would be bigger models to come on that day.   Boy, did he deliver.

After flying all types of models for the past 26 years, I can truly say that my 27th year in the hobby was the most fun I've had so far.

As the picture indicates, I don't know what I did in 2002 to receive all these IMAC sequence and freestyle awards.   At my age (40, don't tell anyone) I'm relying on better equipment to advance my flying.

The Carden line of airplanes and accessories were the "better equipment" that took my flying to the next level.  I'm a Carden flyer for life.

Dan Baker,  Birmingham  Al.

January 5th, 2003
Hi Dennis and Caroline

Just flew my Edge today for the first time. It was Awesome. 2 clicks of right aileron and flew straight as an arrow.

One thing I'd like to add, all you need is some kite string on a windy day this baby just hangs in the

I cut power and tried to put her in a stall and she just smiled and stayed pointed toward the wind like a wind sock.  It is a very nice airplane.

Can't wait to get more time on the engine so that I can really ring her out.  

Thanks for all of your help:)

Sincerely, Carl P Ziegler

From: steve doubek
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 10:28 AM
Subject: Thank you!!

Dear Dennis and Caroline,

I just wanted to thank you both for the concern you both expressed about my purchasing another wing kit. I did call Brian last night and we had a wonderful
talk.  He did confirm what you said about the use of the woodworking Pro Bond vs. the polyurethane.  He also doesn't think I will have a problem so I will not
be ordering a new kit. I have only been involved in RC modeling for about 9
months now and I have to say I have met some of the most terrific people ever, including the two of you. .Everyone I have talked to seems to love this hobby so
much that they are eager to talk to newcomers like myself and share any of their "secrets".  Within the last couple of weeks I had the privilege of talking to
Brian Hueffmeier, Doug Yaroch, Dave Foster, and yourselves and each time I got off the phone I was on an emotional high.  My wife is getting a real kick out
of it each time she hears me talking with somebody about my airplane projects.  

My only regret is that I didn't start this hobby 30 years ago.  But that's ok because it just means that at age 50 I have a lot of ground to make up.Thank you both again for your assistance and genuine concern.  Customer service like yours is very hard to find these days and I just wanted you both to know how much I appreciate it.

I hope that you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and I'm sure we will talk again in the near future.
Thanks again!
Steve Doubek
Green Bay, WI

October 25, 2002

Dennis and Caroline Gergits
Carden Aircraft

Hi Dennis and Caroline!

I wanted to drop a note to you and share a few thoughts that’s have been on my mind.  The TOC is over and things are slowing down a little now. First and foremost wanted to thank you for the Extra 330S!   As you know, I looked at a lot of different models over that past year to find the one that fit my style of flying the best.   I knew with the business demands I have these days, I wouldn’t have a lot of time to prepare for the TOC and I needed an airplane that was easy for me to fly. The Extra and Edge were both on my list even a year ago.

After switching to the your 40% Edge last year right before the Don Lowe Masters, I found that a lot of my issues with consistent flying went away. That was mostly due to the way the Edge snaps, which I REALLY liked. After watching a few of your Extras fly last year, I really liked the way it presented in the air. Just a beautiful looking model! My ideal plane was one that flew a lot like the your Edge, particularly in snaps, and presented like your Extra. 

Well as you know, I got the first of my two Extra’s in the air just this past August. I was more than pleasantly surprised buy it’s performance. Not only did it snap as well as the Edge, but it is also the best monoplane for rolling circles I’ve ever flown. It rolls like a pattern plane, and probably the biggest surprise was that it’s 3D capabilities are absolutely top notch! 

To be honest my plan up till flying the Extra was to try it, and also try a different model I had almost finished. But after a few flights on the Extra I liked it so much that I stopped work on the other model and just focused on getting a second Carden Extra in the air. I just didn’t see any possibility for me to feel more comfortable with a different model. In fact, I sold the other model before even flying it. That was a decision I’m totally confident was the right one.

As I reflect over the past Eight TOCs I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of, an interesting fact came to mind. Eight times I’ve flown in the TOC, three of those eight I flew Carden Aircraft designs (Cap 232 in 98’ and 99’, and the Extra in 02’).  I’ve made it to the finals at the TOC twice. Guess when…. 99’ and 02’ (also just missed the finals in 98’ by a very small margin). Enough said!

Guess that’s all a long-winded way of saying Thank you for your friendship, support and for some FANTASTIC AIRPLANES!

Mike McConville

Ps. Gotta take a moment to also thank Brian Hueffmeier, who built my #1 Extra, finished my #2, came w/ me to Vegas to mechanic and call for me, and built me the coolest stick plane I’ve ever seen. (It looked so much like my model that while walking through the Sahara casino one evening to go work on patterns, a young man pointed at it and said “Carden Extra”). I couldn’t have done as well without the great support from Brian, as well as my wife Deborah and Dale Klein “The crew”.


Monday, September 23, 2002 1:58 PM
Subject: 40$ Extra
Dennis and Caroline, 

Well I flew the 330 Sunday.  Of the 5 Carden's I've had this is the BEST of them all.  

I put 3 flights on it and have yet to touch one single trim.  All I did watch it take off and land.

I will have to get another one of these for backup for sure.

Thanks for the best plane yet, also I'm sure Ron Khal's building deserves some of the credit also.


John Bradley
Classic Awards & Engraving
150 Winston Dr.
Athens, GA 30607
706-548-8341 (fax)

From: Scott Walby
Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2002 2:59 PM
Subject: 35% Edge pix
Hi Caroline and Dennis,
Here are some pictures of my 35% Edge.

I have almost 100 flights on it already.  It's powered by a DA100 and JR radio.  I'm a Lieutenant on the Eau Claire, WI Fire Department and this is my personal tribute to 9-11-01.  It's one great flying airplane.

Keep up the great work and thanks for all the support along the way!!!!! 

   Scott Walby 


From: "Wayne Matthews" <>
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2002 1:05 PM
Subject: Team Jamaica takes home WOOD

Hi guys...Just to let you know that another step up the ladder has been taken

Last weekend I came in second place in the Unlimited class in the IMAC
Aerobatics contest held in Americus Georgia.
Hope to keep TEAM JAMAICA'S flag flying high

Wayne,  Sew Busy


Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2002 9:00 PM
Subject: 35% Cap

Well after a 6 weeks daily I got my 100 back from the shop and took the NEW 35% Cap out for the first flight today. The first landing was a dead stick after the engine stopped 5 minuets into the flight, but what a GREAT 5 minuets it was:)  Now if I could only get my new TOC-100 to run as well as this Cap performs  I well be very happy.  Thanks for a great plane and keep up the good work. 
--- Amanda, Ohio

From: Randy Weavil
Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2002 10:05 PM
Subject: Love the extra
Hi folks,
Just wanted to say hi,

Hope everything is well with you all.

You guys have done it again, created another great airplane. Thanks Dennis for your hard work at making the Extra 330 a great flying airplane. I flew it in it's first contest down at Triple Tree and was able to take first in Advanced. The Extra made it seem easy.  I't seemed to do the work for me. Thanks again for all your help and kindness.

Randy Weavil   

P.S. How soon can I get another  one?                                              


Sent: Monday, July 29, 2002

Subject: Extra 330S


Good morning you two

Just wanted to follow up on my New Extra. Last Sunday was a big eye opener. Really had a chance to dial this big guy in all went Extremely well. The snaps were VERY dead on and VERY CRISP on vertical, 45's & Straight level flight. I'm going to fly it in this up coming contest in Morgan Hill. There will be a bunch of Unlimited pilots and will be a great test to see how the judges like it. In my opinion, the Edge is still an excellent aerobat. I'm thinking with the Taper in the leading edge the plane will look more on heading than the Edge. I'm finding that we are in a time were perception judging is very evident. There is one manoeuvre the Extra does I think better than the Edge and that is the rolling circles. It really tracks better in the arc than the edge does, very predicable and very consistent. I can't find really any bad characteristics that I can tell you. I did add up elevator on the left side knife edge to hold heading, only 2 degrees Max. No other mix required. What was very surprising is the first flight needed no trim adjustment, NONE. 

I would like to order another 330 for a back up. I would like to get started with it as soon as possible. If anybody cancels in your August run please send it this way. I think your Extra is the plane for me from here on out.  I will send pics as soon as I get some.

Thank you for everything you guys are GREAT.

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The Carden Guy out west    

Sent: Thursday, June 06
Subject: Edge maiden flight

Hi Caroline and Dennis,
After I talked to you earlier about the CG on the Edge I went out and flew the Edge for the first time. I was a bit nervous, new plane , new engine never been run before etc. Well, I spend three quarters of an hour on the engine to get it to run right and about 30 seconds and two trim clicks to get the plane to fly right. Right off the bat I noticed that the edge tracked a bit better than the Cap, but most noticeable is that the Edge has a significantly wider flight envelope. There were times that I flew it so slow and at a high angle of attack that I thought it would stall, but it never did.  On the third flight, I tried a little 3D. I pulled it into a hover and with a bit a wind it torque rolled about 6 - 7 time across the field with just small amount of correction. 
Hope the weather is good this weekend, cause I got the Edge itch. 
Thanks again Dennis .
Tsai Chen

Sent: Tuesday, June 04
Subject: 30% Extra 300s
Dennis and Caroline,
I received my 30% Extra 300s today and after opening the boxes and inspecting all I can say is WOW ! Im very impressed with the quality of the kit.Its gonna make a very nice home for my 3W-75.I'll send you some completed pics when im done.
                                                                                                                             Take care,
                                                                                                                              Jason Correro

Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2002 6:28 PM
Subject: Re: Wing bags

Caroline, just want to drop a quick note to you saying how nice those wing bags look.  They are great, and they fit like a glove.  Best bags money can buy!!

Thanks again for the fast service, especially.after Joe Nall.  Will recommend Carden Bags to everyone who is looking for bags.

Chris Fry 

May 16th, 2002

I'd just thought I'd drop a quick email to let you know I flew my 35% Carden Edge for the first time yesterday.  This is my first plane over 25% and my first gas.  The engine was set too rich and I'm not the greatest builder weight wise so I wasn't sure what to expect.  It was incredible.  The plane took off all by itself before I expected it to.  It took one beep of elevator and one beep of aileron to trim.  I punched out some tumbles, snaps, spins, elevator, tail slide, etc and when I came in for landing it almost landed itself.  I even received a "great landing" complement from my spotter (Doug Cunning).  I replied in awe "That was the plane... all I did was cut the throttle."  The low air speed handling of this plane is awesome.  The control and predictability of the plane awesome.  I couldn't believe I managed a 20-30 foot tail slide in the first flight.  I have to fight my 25% models to get a 15 foot tail slide and I've flown some for over a year.   As far as first flight impressions go I would have to say that my Edge is by far the best flying plane I have ever flown to date. 

John Willman

May 01, 2002

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Dennis & Caroline,

As I'm sure you're aware, after the unfortunate loss of my 40 Cap
at the JR Challenge in Florida earlier this year, I was forced to go
shopping for a ready to fly airframe in hopes of salvaging the remainder
of my IMAC season. 

Much to my delight, Mike Hurley had a Carden Aircraft 40% Cap that he was selling. I must admit I was concerned to hear that the Airframe was 4 years old. (Built by Terry Boston for Frank Noll Jr.)

This plane was flown by Frank in both the 99 Masters and 99 TOC then later sold to Alex Bruhn, and on to Mike Hurley. 

I've had the aircraft for 4 weeks now, and have really put her through a good workout, and if it wasn't for a little hangar rash (which you'd expect to have with 4 years of service) I can honestly say she flies like a new Aircraft. 

I've often heard stories of aircraft manufacturers that produce 1 or 2 season aircraft that eventually fall apart due to vibration or structural wear and tear. 

Thank you for designing an aircraft that lasts as long as it's maintained!! The durability and life of the Carden Aircraft kits just can't be beat!!!

Bill Higgins
San Antonio, TX

 Frank Noll Jr at TOC '99

April 24,2002

Builder: Ray Sprouse

Power plant: DA-100 w/Menz 27x10 and Tru-Turn spinner

Radio system: JR10X

Covering and Graphics: Monokote (true red and white) and vinyl graphics by Kirby's Kustom Graphics

Test flown Apr 9th in Lumberton, MS and a total of 15 flights as of April 22nd. A/C based and flown at Faquier Aero Recreation Modelers (FARM) R/C club in Bealeton, VA.  Awesome A/C.

Flies even better than she looks!!

Thanks to Caroline and Dennis for the unmatched support as well as Ray for the great turn-key build.

I cannot thank Mike Sauls enough for all of his time, mentoring, and good old fashioned Southern hospitality.

Thanks all!!!! Semper Fly, Jeffrey

Lt.Col Jeffrey "Spit" Aivaz

April 24,2002

Caroline & Dennis,

Here are some pics of the new CAP. 

It feels great to be back to one of your planes. There is no comparison. It felt great the first minute of flight.

Talk to you soon,  Anthony Greco

April 2nd, 2002

Hi Dennis and Caroline

Please see attached a picture of myself with my 35% Cap 232 taken just yesterday by a friend.  Yup, I suppose you can say that it's open season.  I have to say that this plane flies like nothing I have ever owned and I'm sure the 40% Edge currently under construction will be even better.


   Thanks again, Guy Alon. Toronto, Canada

March 9th, 2002

Hi Caroline,
I really like the prop bag and I know I'll be using it a lot.
Its a great safe way of transporting props especially when the price of
Carbon fibre props are over a hundred bucks pop.

Thanks, Joe DeRenzi

March 16th, 2002 

Hello Dennis and Caroline,

I just wanted to send you hot off the press photos of my new 40% Edge 540.

Once again you have outdone yourselves with another beautiful kit.

I just got it completely done and couldn't wait to send pic's.

It has a DA-150 and Hitec HS-5945 digital servos, two receivers and all the other normal goodies.

Can't wait to fly it, maybe in the next two weeks. 

Thank you for all the help and support.

  Dave Naylor

Caroline & Dennis

February 22, 2002
My 40% Edge had to sit In the building room for awhile after the mishap In Lebanon Tennessee (I had to take care of my honey-do-list that got neglected during the flying season).  It looked pretty bad so I had  to convince myself to repair it

To my surprise the repair went very well.  What looked like a wreck was not an over whelming task.

I was able to reconstruct one truss from the broken frame work and re-sheeted it and the other side , built a new front section from the plans and grafted it to the old back section. The foam parts 5min epoxied back together. by jigging up the front and rear sections using the wing and tail tubes I was able to assemble the sides, then install the cross braces, then the diagonal braces, and finally the sheeted foam parts. A little sheeting replacement here and there , some sand paper elbow grease and a recover job and you would never tell,. and she flies as great as she ever has.

I guess what in trying to say is I think you have great design that lends it self very well to the avid  modeller .By not getting carried away with the use of "light ply" like a lot of kits on the market you have a kit that is a pleasure to to build and has the ability to be rebuilt easily. 

Nothing replaces good old Balsa wood and I'm glad you haven't for gotten that. You have a winning design and construction concept that flies as good as it is built. I have never had a plane that has pulled me so far forward in my flying and building.

My new 35% Edge is about 3/4 of the way framed and should have it ready to maiden in about 2 or 3 weeks. I have three of my friends talked into the 35% Edge and  think I can get them to come to some of the out of town events like the Rally of the Giants and Dayton.

Thank you
Pete Rosas
PS   sending some pics after the repair

December 02, 2001

Hi Team, 

I flew the Extra today and it flew great,

Excuse me, GREAT!!!! 

About 3 clicks of down trim and that was all. 

Flew it twice, the first time was just to shake it out a little bit, the second flight I was torque rolling and doing rolling circles like it was on a rail, and I haven't flown for three months.

I would have flown it more but I ran out of daylight. I can't wait for another day with good weather so I go again, mean while I'll get started on the 40% Edge and help my friend with his 35% Edge.


Doug Cunning

Call Carden Aircraft 423-295-2295