WHOWhatWhereWhy: Ben Saks


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Although Ben Saks works in the architecture department at Carnegie Mellon University, his passion is building something much smaller than a skyscraper.

PG VIDEO

He builds and competes with small rubber band-powered planes that are so light they must be flown indoors. A single twisted band can keep the craft alight for more than 30 minutes.

Mr. Saks is working on "FLOAT: The Art of Flying," a documentary chronicling the two-year cycle from one international championship to the next. His aim is to increase the number of indoor model plane enthusiasts, both at amateur and competitive levels.

Indoor model planes capable of sustained flight

Ben Saks builds small, rubber band-powered planes that are so light they must be flown indoors. He is a competitor in the hobby of ???indoor,??? a distinct branch of flying model airplanes. (Video by Brian Batko; 7/3/2012)

To fund the documentary, Mr. Saks is raising money through www.kickstarter.com. Wednesday is the deadline for donations. To see a PG video of Mr. Saks, go to www.post-gazette.com.

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First Published July 3, 2012 4:00 AM


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