Before the first flight attempt:
Very impressive. Looks fast. John looks happy. This happy expression won't last long!
For the first flight attempt, John was going to give the plane a good toss, then throttle up the motor- since you hold the aircraft on the bottom, you've got to be careful not to slice up your hand/arm with the prop when you toss it.
For the second attempt, John planned on throttling up the motor, then giving it a good sidearm toss. This technique has worked well for me with my speedwing prototype #1 plus my microwing.
This try didn't end well- the nosecone broke off and one of the control surfaces was pulled from the wing.
Total bummer. Hopefully when I have my speedwing contest entry put together the first flights will end better!