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RICH.L

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east springfield p.a.

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my wife and I are planning to move to Fayetteville Arkansas later this year.
we are buying a smaller house and my only demand to my wife is some nice open acreage for my own flying field!

01-26-2017 12:57 AM
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Copter Doctor

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Getting the kids involved especially at an early age is an important way to preserve the hobby. If they are encouraged and have the passion for it, then it will flourish. My daughter is hovering her sceadu 30 and wants to do a fuselage eventually.

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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wc_wickedclown

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you are right

Insha Allah

01-26-2017 03:06 PM
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Heli_Splatter

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Flying has no gender... way to go CopterDr.

01-26-2017 03:13 PM
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Gearhead

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something I noticed coming a few years ago with the ARF gas/glow planes that have a 75" span or smaller, is that they are better designed, stronger, lighter, better assembled and better flying, and that their prices have come down considerably, today you can buy a very nice 70" span ARF gas/glow plane for $230,, and a very nice 60" span glow plane for $170

Jim
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01-26-2017 06:02 PM
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buburub

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Bayside, NY

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Very well said Chris!! I totally feel the same!! I cannot predict what heli I will be flying because manufacturers come and go but I will be flying something that is out there. I will be supporting as many events as possible as well as manufacturers and the hobby in general. It's too late for me....this hobby runs too deep in my veins. Can't quit even if I wanted to!!
Bub

Goblin 700 KSE, Goblin 700 Comp, Align 700L Dominator, Align 700N, Logo 550SX

01-27-2017 01:10 PM
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BladeScraperz

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Nor Cal

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Been flying 10 years and not planning on ever leaving.

01-30-2017 03:05 AM
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iyoy

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Bacolod City, Philippines

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Forty three years

Yep still going strong

iyoy

01-30-2017 11:59 AM
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wc_wickedclown

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long beach calif

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just got me a cfx 180

Watch at YouTube

Insha Allah

01-30-2017 05:12 PM
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warrior29

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Jacksonville, FL

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The problem with the hobby as IMHO, is that unless you "know" somebody in the hobby to mentor you it's a hard hobby to learn. Most of us had a parent or a close friend that introduced us to the hobby and helped us, till we could fly on our own.

But as a group, we don't go out and actively recruit. Drones are easy. They require little to no skill to get started and are dirt cheap. Most drone flyers I have talked to haven't even heard of the AMA.

If AMA or IRCHA sent teams out, to fly at high schools, or did demo flights at airshows, we could draw fresh interest, and grow the hobby.

The other problem I find is that a few of the clubs I have come across, (not all), the members are in it for themselves. They don't want to take the time to mentor young kids or even grow the club.

It's a double bladed sword though. If the hobby grows to fast, people with lack of understanding get hurt. It it doesn't grow, you loose the companies that support us.

I think it's up to all of us to keep the hobby growing strong by recruiting and mentoring at least 1 person a year.

Just a thought.

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Heli_Splatter

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Having personally done every activity you wrote of, I think the process is quite a bit more difficult than you describe. You can show a thousand people and you might get one or two hooked. It takes an incredible fire in your belly to remain in this hobby.

"One and done", is what most people are. They cannot fathom the idea of "aircraft crash".

The hobby is expensive and the thought of loosing $500 on any given day is way beyond what they are willing to spend, even if you prepare them for it.

One big question is; "how much does it cost", I tell them to be prepared to spend $50/month to stay in the hobby. I prefer that answer to telling them $500 to get started.

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banshee rider

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n.e. illinois

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warrior29
The problem with the hobby as IMHO, is that unless you "know" somebody in the hobby to mentor you it's a hard hobby to learn. Most of us had a parent or a close friend that introduced us to the hobby and helped us, till we could fly on our own.
But as a group, we don't go out and actively recruit. Drones are easy. They require little to no skill to get started and are dirt cheap. Most drone flyers I have talked to haven't even heard of the AMA.
If AMA or IRCHA sent teams out, to fly at high schools, or did demo flights at airshows, we could draw fresh interest, and grow the hobby.
The other problem I find is that a few of the clubs I have come across, (not all), the members are in it for themselves. They don't want to take the time to mentor young kids or even grow the club.
It's a double bladed sword though. If the hobby grows to fast, people with lack of understanding get hurt. It it doesn't grow, you loose the companies that support us.
I think it's up to all of us to keep the hobby growing strong by recruiting and mentoring at least 1 person a year.
Just a thought
I have to respectfully disagree with you on a lot of this
The club I belong to has done all of your suggestions for years
and still does

We are at the local airshow every year
we work with the boy scouts
several times a year with several different troops at our field

And still none of the new people have ever come from any of these efforts not one

Most of our new members come from trying it on there own
and found out its not an easy hobby so they search us out

I would think doing these suggestions would help but our club has not seen it

most young people cant afford the hobby unless someone sponsors it

I think what we need to do is get DAD interested then he will bring JR to the hobby

At least till JR is 16 an gets a drivers license and meets girls

ageing is manditory maturity is optional

01-31-2017 12:10 AM
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warrior29

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Jacksonville, FL

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All your points are very valid. It's a multifaceted issue. It takes talent, in many different skill sets, to be accomplished in this hobby and yes, money!

Personally I don't think the hobby will go away.I got my first back 1995. I have been in and out of the hobby a few times since then and I still love it.

But I am hoping "drones" are a fad. LOL only time will tell.

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BladeScraperz

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Nor Cal

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Flew a buddy's quad yesterday and it was relaxing. Flight didn't last me long before wanting to jump back on my heli and smack it. To each their own. It's all good

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oldfart

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Vancouver, Canada

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I find that after a minute or so of flying either of my two quads (both DJI) I get bored.

Phil

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MartyH

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USA

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Most of our new members come from trying it on there own
and found out its not an easy hobby so they search us out
I agree with this ^^^^^

I was one of those that got into helis on my own. I had no mentor or anyone that brought me into the hobby.

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Heli_Splatter

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Silver Spring, MD by way of Sidney, Ne - USA

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And still we get guys telling us how to get new members and national organizations telling us how to hold events to get new members... that have never nurtured a single new member.

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darkfa8

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Brick, NJ - USA

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While we all can appreciate Chris's ode to the hobby, the fact is sales are down for non-drone RC. The non-drone RC market has been shrinking more rapidly over the last 2-3 years accordingly to the majority of my RC industry contacts.

No new money = limited to no growth. These are just the facts of supply and demand.

Pretty much the entirety of users here and on other comparable sites are already sold on the hobby.

What manufacturers, distributors and/or retailers need to do to promote interest in this more demanding segment is to publicize it as a counter to the drone craze. Position RC helicopters specifically as an answer to those who get bored with drones or who are looking for the ultimate challenge. Develop and hype the base-line positives that make RC helicopters attractive.

Yes, on the whole they are more expensive, but so are lots of other things that people clamor all over themselves to obtain.

Our hobby is less complicated then it's every been, but really, it's still pretty complicated. Just getting a model set up is one round of skills needed and then developing the necessary skills to get it off the ground followed by learning the skills to make it fly better. Most of us already understand this stuff, but for a new person or someone looking from the outside in, it's expensive, complicated, potentially dangerous and time consuming. Instead, they might go buy a toy drone at KMart, maybe fly for a few seconds, have some fun crashing it into stuff and they're done. Or they get frustrated, throw the thing in the trash and move on to something more instantly satisfying.

I think Chris is very fortunate to have developed in a family culture that continues to support this hobby. I had wondered how he does what he does given he has to work and deal with other adult responsibilities, but then I realized the difference is that he has huge family support and focus. Most other people I know, including myself don't have that kind of family culture and instead have many disparate interests and other things going on that often interfere with my ability to participate in this hobby on any sort of regular basis.

I don't think the hobby is dying. I think the hobby is adjusting to a new normal until some other innovation or consumer shift comes along that injects new sales.

- Dan Goldstein
Team Revolectrix

02-10-2017 04:41 PM
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MartyH

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Almost ANY technically challenging hobby you can point at except maybe gun related things is shrinking. Auto racing, radio control aircraft (other than drones), full scale flying, amateur radio, etc. If it takes skill and time to develop, the ADD society of today doesn't have time or interest. You're simply not going to counter it, period. It's not going to die any time soon but it is going to continue to shrink dramatically.

Now, if you want to try something new when you're not flying pod and boom, assemble your own AR-15 rifle. Learn to process brass and reload. Learn to cast "boolits" as they are called in that hobby and stamp your own gas checks. There is a lot to learn and the rewards are great.

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wc_wickedclown

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not to mention AMA fees went way up

Insha Allah

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