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04-01-2005 03:28 PM  13 years agoPost 1
baba78

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Hi,

there is one question that interst me and hope someone here can answer,
how people get sponserd by heli company and what exactly does it means,

just to remove any doubts im am a newbie and not really getting close to the level they are flying however its sometime I try to understand this question,

do they fo to the companies or the companies find them ?
what do the companies require from them and what they are commiting to ?
thanks for the answers

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04-01-2005 03:46 PM  13 years agoPost 2
rckrzy1

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Most of the time it's knowing the right people in the right circles.



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04-01-2005 03:49 PM  13 years agoPost 3
Ted Toth

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Some new start up company's hand out sponsorships
like candy for new business but it only a small discount
some flyer's like the bragging rites and savings

most want a very active man in the field a very good flier, setup
mechanic and one that will go to many main events to spotlight
there product ( advertise )
these sponsored pilots can be very helpful to owners of there products

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04-01-2005 03:54 PM  13 years agoPost 4
baba78

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so its all about knowing the right persons ?
for example being a friend of big distributer of company that sell helis ?

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04-01-2005 03:58 PM  13 years agoPost 5
darrens

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I can't speak from experience on the helis, but I was very well sonsored once for 1/10th car racing and assume the same applies. Before you will be considered for sponsorship you must first be a very good pilot. You must compete as this is the exposure your sponsors will want. You must be an individual they would like to associate thier brand with i.e. look/sound/behave well and be presentable. You must never blame your kit for poor results. Sponsors do not expect bad press following thier support of you with either free or low cost goods. Finally, you should offer your sponsors accurate and constructive feedback on thier products and be prepared to assist with testing some things which may not always work!
As for how to get sponsors, once you can be sure that you can deliver all of the above, they are unlikely (not impossible) to offer support. You need to "get yourself out there" on the competition circuit and talk to everyone. Drop a resume of your results, experience and planned activity to them and request support.
If you are lucky enough to get help, look after them. If you do well, send them a fax or brief competition report following your activity. Don't miss a competition, don't moan (no excuses) and remember to say thank you once in a while. I always used to buy my main sponsor an expensive bottle of scotch at Xmas just to say thanks for the help!
Last comment is that if a sponsor commits to you, give the same loyalty in return. Just because AN Other manufacturer releases something slightly better than what you have, don't go chasing for a new sponsor. Help yours to develop a better product.

Hope this answers your question

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04-01-2005 10:29 PM  13 years agoPost 6
blade fart

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Very nicly explained Darren but did you fullfill all of the above requirements durin your sponsorship? just curious thats all.
Paul

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04-02-2005 04:17 PM  13 years agoPost 7
darrens

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Paul,
As I said, I was talking from my experience. My sponsors took me on board in my second year and in my third year I travelled the UK to attend every meeting of the National Radio Race Car series and won. The magazines for the sport also printed a full race report and a tech chart detailing each drivers car, batteries, motor etc and who the sponsors were. New into the market at that time, Cobra motors sales increase significantly from the results of me and other successful drivers. My only problem is I am finding it very difficult to get as accomplished at the flying, but I am only approaching the end of my first year and I think this hobby will take lots more time to master to the same degree.
Hopefully that answers your question, or were you just fishing?????

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04-03-2005 07:25 AM  13 years agoPost 8
baba78

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those are great answers,

thank you,

I also think that unlike cars flying might takemore than a year or two and much more $$$

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