[Special Interview- Sheng-Hung Yang] A Young Men’s Journey- From Failure to Take-off

by Liang-Jie Lin

The rumbling and roaring of airplane engine sweep across the sky, a sound that Sheng-Hung Yang is most familiar with. A mature and introverted young man, Yang is a prospective college student who loves airplanes. When he talks about RC (remote control) planes and drones, we can all see confidence, dreams, and passion in his eyes.

From paper planes to RC planes

Yang has developed a strong interest in aircrafts since he was in elementary school, but it was not until high school did he really build an RC plane of his own. He said with a big smile, “It actually all started from a paper plane. No kidding. True story!” Building an RC plane can be complicated for most people, but it is as easy as breathing for Yang.

Yang’s first plane, covered with hand-painted strokes (Source: Sheng-Hung Yang)

In 2017, Yang built a more advanced aircraft and began to join performances and competitions in Taiwan. He said with confidence, “I’m most satisfied with this one, in terms of its flying performance and control. Although Yang often hit bottlenecks when designing, he always bares in mind that no pain, no gain.

The first aircraft that goes into small batch production  (Source: Sheng-Hung Yang)

Invaluable experience from competitions

In addition to building airplanes, Yang is more enthusiastic about participating in all kinds of competitions. He said with sincerity, “Competitions are places perfect for communicating, learning, and making progress in skills.” In these occasions, Yang also meets different gamers with years of experiences, and he firmly believes that these are all hands-on experiences that cannot be learned through the Internet or self-learning.

Yang testing his planes  (Source: Sheng-Hung Yang)

At present, Yang is a project specialist at FARET Aviation and is in charge of work related to flying and teaching, such as teaching flying lessons in different schools, where Yang uses simple words to explain aircraft-related concepts. There are difficulties in his work for sure, but according to Yang, “If no one is going to teach, no one will have the expertise to build aircrafts, and the drone industry can fall one day.”

Conclusion

As Yang is going to college, he also looks forward to knowing more about electronically controlled aircrafts. He hopes to start a performance club at the university where drones can be introduced to more people. If they could further build cooperation between related industries and the university, it will definitely make drones a hit in southern Taiwan. After that, there is a higher chance that the government sees an increasing number of drone enthusiasts, and therefore, there could be authorized venues for relevant exercises and trainings. These are the expectations that Yang has for the future, as he hopes that aircrafts, where his passion lies in, can be seen by more people.

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