Welcome to my personal site. I am

Rob Turnbull

Click the menu links, or scroll down to see a bit more about me.

My Profession

Manager of Midland Helicopters

I'm the manager of the best model helicopter specialist shop in the world (Midland Helicopters). In my humble opinion...

We have a store you can visit in Hinckley (see website for details) but we mostly serve people all over the world through mail order from our website and ebay store.

My Hobby

I fly model helicopters

My main hobby is flying model helicopters. I used to be good enough to compete in 3D competitions nationally and have even competed internationally, including flying for the British national team, acquiring both bronze and silver FAI medals in the process.

I have also been the manager of the British national team taking them to podium positions!

My Sponsors

I am fortunate enough to have gained the backing of several top name brands in the RC Helicopter industry.

Here are the details of and links to my sponsors. Please support them for the great work they do and great products they provide to the RC Helicopter market.

Midland helicopters

First a sponsosored pilot, then a part time web development assistant, and now the manager!

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Align / Robbe UK

Align and Robbe UK have sponsored me for many years to fly their products. I mainly fly the Align T-Rex 700X, which is awesome!

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Scorpion Power Systems

I was a customer for years, before being sponsored to fly the superb Scorpion products!

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After becoming a high level competing pilot, I was offered the chance to fly for Optifuel.

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As an Optifuel Pro Pilot, I helped in the development and testing of Optipower LiPo batteries!

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Savox Servos

Savox servos have been flawlessly in control of my models throughout my competition years and beyond!

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Tech Stuff

Building websites

I have built many websites over the last 30+ years. Simple static sites like this one, to vast dynamic database driven sites with bespoke management backends, and eCommerce sites including Midland Helicopters, of course!

I have co-authored four books on the subject of dynamic web development.

Blockchain technologies

I also have experience in Web3 technologies and building websites to interact with the blockchain.

Using JavaScript, React, and Web3 technologies, I helped to launch several NFT collections at YouManZ.club

Database design

Many of the systems I have built over the years have required a large relational database infrastructure, which I have built using either Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL Server databases.

Game development

I love learning new technologies in my spare time.

I am currently experimenting with game design using Unity and coding in C#.

If you would like to support that effort, you can feed my brain some coffee right here.