About Me

I've purchased long established "Sky Bench Aerotech" which has been located in Fort Wayne, Indiana for many years.  Sky Bench was created by Ray Hayes.  For many years, Ray owned the copyrights of many iconic RC sailplane designs.  He also designed several sailplanes himself that have become mainstays in the hobby.  Sky Bench kits have been known for their quality and as excellent thermal soaring designs.  Each kit typically includes laser-cut parts, high quality balsa, plywood materials, plans, manuals and other specific items to complete the sailplane.  Sky Bench ships worldwide and has a strong reputation and larger customer base in the world of RC sailplanes.  Ray also ran the annual "Woodcrafters" sailplane event at the AMA International Modeling Center in Muncie and was a long-time member of the L.O.F.T. sailplane club based in Fort Wayne.

Ray and I had been talking for the last two years about "someday" purchasing Sky Bench as a business for myself.  Ray liked the idea but wasn't ready to move forward on that transition for at least a couple more years.  Sadly Ray passed away in January.  Before he passed, he told his family to contact me because he hoped I would still be interested in purchasing Sky Bench even if it was sooner than we had discussed.  Of course I was interested and honored to have the opportunity. 

I'm a life long RC modeler starting in high school.  I was a professional architectural model builder (3 years) and professional board draftsman and drafting supervisor (7 years).  Since that time, I've been in the architectural/construction world doing marketing and bringing new buildings and development projects to life.  I'm also very familiar with laser cutting as my Dad has been in the business for about 10 years himself.  I think this small but successful company is the perfect fit for me!

Ray's family have helped me every step of the way even though they are also dealing with his recent loss. Its been hard for them I'm sure, but they want to see Sky Bench and Ray's legacy continue.  Many of Ray's friends and flying buddies have also helped during the transition.  I couldn't have asked for a more friendly situation and nicer people to deal with.

This May we will be moving the inventory, tooling and associated assets from Fort Wayne to Brownsburg.  There is a lot of stuff!  Fortunately, most of it is lightweight kits and materials, but there is a lot of materials to transport.  Thank you to those of you who have offered to give me a hand.  There are parts for kits no longer in production, prototypes, and some items we still can't identify...  :)

I'm excited and looking forward to getting Sky Bench "back in the air" again!

Scott Black
Sky Bench Aerotech
PO Box 13
Brownsburg, IN 46112


*Please note: Yes the existing website (link above) is outdated.  Ray knew it needed improvement too, but that's an investment these days, so he had not done that. The new Sky Bench website is under construction currently.  It is a modern website including a mobile version and will also offer online purchasing.  Still, there are pages and pages of great information on the original website that was created over many years and with wise eyes.  So, I plan to keep that website available too.