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01-22-2017 06:46 AM  10 months agoPost 1
Chris Reibert

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The RC hobby is not dying or going away!

Well I must say it saddens me to hearing people say the hobby is dying or going away. This year marks the 31st year I have been in the hobby. I am a 3rd generation RC pilot and I plan to make my son Logan or daughter Hailey the 4th generation! The hobby is what you make it. I don't see how it is dying. People don't know how lucky they are to be flying the models and technology we have today. I remember when I was flying helicopters with tail gyros (a real gyro ball that spun in a box) and helicopters with no CCPM mixing. Hell when my father taught me to fly in the 80s there was no buddy box or simulator. He would put his hands over mine and take over if I got in trouble. My flight simulator has always been to get out and fly! Yes crashing sucks but it makes you a better pilot and mechanic in the end no matter how Frustrating it can be.

Over the past 3 decades I have been lucky enough to see huge advancements in model aircraft and electronic technology. Technology keeps going up and starting entry prices for the consumer keeps coming down. Heck you can get a 230 size Ready-To-Fly helicopter for under $200 with SAFE Technology. In the 90s that couldn't even buy you a radio system. Season after season I continue to buy, fly, test, review, share and sell my models to try the next latest and greatest and keep other guys in the hobby.

I took over as Contest Director for our Northeast Model Helicopter Jamboree 3 years ago. This year will mark our 15th year doing the event. Yes the past few seasons I have seen lower numbers but people leave the hobby for many reasons. Money, illness, new hobbies, family etc... That doesn't mean the hobby is dying! I have a few diehards who come out to our event (never missed a show) and still fly older flybar Nitro models that are hard to get parts for. Tell them the hobby is dying and they will laugh at you with a big goofy grin on their face and think you are the crazy one.

Make the hobby what you want it to be. As long as You are still buying fuel, batteries and have the will to play and FLY the hobby isn't going to die for you. I get asked all the time if I get bored or tired of the build reviews I do or the help I give out to people or flying RC in general. Absolutely Not! This is more than a hobby for me, it is a passion I've had since I was 6 years old. It doesn't matter if some companies close down, friends move away or guys come and go from one aspect of the RC hobby to another. RC will be around Forever if you let it into your life.

Make the hobby your own and if you have the passion, the love and dedication I have for the hobby that will transmit to others in the hobby and keep it alive. My Papa turned 92 years old this year and having him stand next to my father and I as I flew an airplane he gave to me that he built in the 80s is a memory I have been waiting over 30 years to make! As long as I can move the sticks on the radio the hobby is not leaving me or my family!

RC Forever & God Bless our RC forefathers for giving us this wonderful hobby!

The Cup is 1/2 Full, not half empty!
-Chris Reibert

A day history was made!
Papa, myself, my son Logan and my father. 4 generations of RC pilots.

My daughter Hailey and I. She is my little flying buddy and Princess.

Hailey & Grandpa. My father who has guided me through life and made me the man I am today.

I only FLY on days that end in "Y"

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01-22-2017 08:09 AM  10 months agoPost 2
iyoy

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Long live RC Flying!

My pop taught me RC the old fashioned way in 1974. The hobby is alive an kicking as far as I know. It will die for those people who let it. For all of us here it lives on. Live and let live!

iyoy

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01-22-2017 09:56 AM  10 months agoPost 3
PaulBowen

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Great post Chris

I believe we are all incredibly lucky to be able to own and fly rc helicopters regardless of their size. I've been in this hobby since 1997 and can't get enough of it. I feel especially lucky also to fly fullsize as a career but still spend most spare moments thinking about my models.

To be quite frank about it, I'm obsessed!

BTW, go Hirobo (Not sponsored just passionate).

Futaba T18SZ, JR Propo XG14, Hirobo fanatic!

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01-22-2017 12:06 PM  10 months agoPost 4
jackp332

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Great post

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01-22-2017 01:23 PM  10 months agoPost 5
tommytt1

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Well said !

I made a mistake once, but I was wrong?

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01-22-2017 04:14 PM  10 months agoPost 6
AWittleWabbit

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Perspective

I've flown helis on and off since '94. We are spoiled by choice, ordering online from anywhere, prices, everything! Not to mention awesome online communities such as RR.

This is my uphill in the snow both ways to school story. I remember driving a hour plus to get to the closest Heli shop around. Good thing I called ahead to see if they had a part I needed. Still, I felt a little silly spending half the day to buy a tank stopper and dampers for my Concept 30.

More to the point about helis dying, there are so many available today. There was a time as the Concept30 was discontinued and before the Raptor took off where there was NOTHING. Sure there might have been Hirobo or Min air but nothing for me locally that I could look at before buying - it was all boutique helis.

Our numbers may have declined a little since a couple years ago but there will always be a cadre of hobbyists that want to fly helis.

Heli-itis sufferer.

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01-23-2017 03:48 AM  10 months agoPost 7
spaceman spiff

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Excellent. Hobbies (especialy flying things) have been a part of my life since the early 1970's. Control line, RC nitro, electric sailplanes, helis,,, always something new to build and tinker with. My interest goes up and down over time, shifts to other things for a while, but i always end up returning to flying.

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01-23-2017 06:13 PM  10 months agoPost 8
Pistol Pete

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+1 great post.

What a blessed "hobby" family.

The nay people seem to dominate the forums but Im sure there are more yay people not posting and enjoying flying versus nagging.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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01-23-2017 07:59 PM  10 months agoPost 9
MartyH

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It's not dying but definitely has changed. The pod and boom nitro heli is starting to feel boutique or maybe that's vintage or antique. I have an entire fleet of them and they feel as relevant and fun to me as ever. I have most with non digital servos, almost all with flybars and all are powered by NiMH. They have virtually no resale value and I don't care. I might downsize a little over time but otherwise I'll have them for forever. I don't suffer from whatever we're calling a person who just has to have the newest, latest thing in magazines or on websites so I'm having fun with what I have.

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01-23-2017 09:06 PM  10 months agoPost 10
PaulBowen

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Well said MartyH

The forums are quieter now with less beginners in the hobby. This of course doesn't mean we can't all continue to chat about what we're up to and the things we like. I think we should also be showing people that the "older" technologies like glow engines and flybars have a huge amount of enjoyment to offer and should rightly have the opportunity to continue to without being shunned as redundant.

Futaba T18SZ, JR Propo XG14, Hirobo fanatic!

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01-24-2017 12:40 AM  10 months agoPost 11
AWittleWabbit

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The forums are quieter now with less beginners in the hobby.
Don't forget things are much improved than say 5-10 years ago. Heck, Align 450 motors and swashplates separating alone generated a million forum posts.

Heli-itis sufferer.

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01-24-2017 11:30 AM  10 months agoPost 12
Richardmid1

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The forums are quieter now with less beginners in the hobby.
Helis maybe. You don't need no forum to work out how to plug your battery into your RTF drone!

60% of the time, it works every time!

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01-24-2017 11:31 AM  10 months agoPost 13
Richardmid1

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Align 450 motors and swashplates separating alone generated a million forum posts.
Ha, don't forget how to setup a 401 gyro!

60% of the time, it works every time!

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01-24-2017 11:36 AM  10 months agoPost 14
PaulBowen

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Ah, I love 401 gyros!

Futaba T18SZ, JR Propo XG14, Hirobo fanatic!

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01-24-2017 11:39 AM  10 months agoPost 15
rpat

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The economy was a big factor why today there are not many new comers. Disposable income has taken a hit over the last few years.

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01-24-2017 01:13 PM  10 months agoPost 16
wrongler

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Some don't get involved in helis because "It's not easy"!

Bill Whittaker

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01-24-2017 02:04 PM  10 months agoPost 17
MartyH

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Oh, there is absolutely no question that people are not getting into pod and booms because they are not easy. They are not plug and play and until setup specifically to be so, are not inherently even remotely self stable. Drones are plug and play so it feeds the people who have to have it easy and it feeds the people who have to have the latest most talked about, advertised things.

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01-25-2017 03:34 PM  9 months agoPost 18
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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we are still alive here in cali and not going anywhere.

hobby shops are closing but ebay and the pilots here are still flying.

Insha Allah made in america

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01-25-2017 03:51 PM  9 months agoPost 19
Heli_Splatter

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Future in Flux.

While I hope that multi-rotor guys will eventually want to upgrade to cooler toys, I think that a realistic evaluation of the RC hobby is to admit that it is shrinking on most facets.

Look at pictures of the Nats held in the 1950s and you will see grandstands full of people. Where is that crowd today? Are you watching the drone races on ESPN? I have watched a little, but I would much rather be at the controls.

Even though it is shrinking, it is still a wonderful hobby. Learning to build and create is an important ability in any profession. I think that like minded people will always find a way to join in.

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01-25-2017 10:51 PM  9 months agoPost 20
David Franklin

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The RC HOBBY IS NOT DYING OR GOING AWAY

Well stated Chris as well from other Run Ryder members. I am returning to the hobby after several years of absence I am looking forward to it. Many things have changed over the years since I started flying. Sadly, much of my equipment is out of date or needs complete replacement now. My interest and passion has never changed nor waned. I have still followed the hobby passionately via forums such as Run Ryder. Living vicariously through some of you guys. Of course that could be a dangerous thing to do!!! LOL!!

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