"Hello, my name is Ed Valls. My work background is full scale aircraft test,
evaluation and data acquisition, aircraft flight simulation, unmanned aircraft
and law enforcement. I served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 until 1977 and
worked U.S. Civil Service from 1977 thru 1980 in aircraft test/evaluation. I
worked in the aircraft simulation industry in the private sector from 1980
until 1995 at which time I returned to Civil Service with the U.S. Immigration
and Naturalization Service (INS). I served with the INS and its successor, the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, from 1995 until my retirement from the
Department of Homeland Security in 2009.
I have two hobbies, building and flying model aircraft and auto racing. I owned and drove my own race cars from 1973 until I quit racing in 1990. I am a life long modeler who started building and flying free flight models in the late 1950's. My father has been a life long modeler and served as the District 8 associate vice-president in the early 1990's under District 8 vice president Sandy Frank and was my mentor in my early modeling endeavors. I flew competitive free flight from 1964 until 1983. I also flew control line stunt/aerobatics during this time. In 1973 I began flying RC aircraft using a homemade radio kit from Heathkit, Goldberg Falcon 56 and K&B engine. I have competed at the AMA Nationals in free flight and most recently in RC precision aerobatics. I have flown almost every kind of RC model and my current interest is in RC warbirds, RC pattern and RC jets (both turbine and electric ducted fans (EDF)). I have lived and flown models in Texas, Colorado and California. I am an active contest director, AMA Introductory Pilot Instructor, Leader Member and turbine waiver holder. I have CD'd a number of events including the first three Denver Jet Rally events in Denver Colorado from 1991 thru 1993 as well as CD'ing numerous events for AMA chartered clubs in Colorado, Texas and California. I have served as a club office in every club in which I have been a member."