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03-31-2009 02:20 PM  9 years agoPost 101
owde

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Can you fill us in a bit more. Did some new Asian V-blades fail?

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03-31-2009 02:36 PM  9 years agoPost 102
Ghostrider

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Can you fill us in a bit more. Did some new Asian V-blades fail?
Marcus was testing a set of Malaysia produced, prototype V-blades at the Las Vegas fun fly. During his flight, one of the blades ejected or let go at the bolt area of the blade. This of course caused the other blade to boom strike, and we watched Aurora parts rain from the sky.

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03-31-2009 03:12 PM  9 years agoPost 103
scott s.

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Damn
I was there and i missed that.

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03-31-2009 04:32 PM  9 years agoPost 104
lfalsetto

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It was a disaster, someone surely had video of it.

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03-31-2009 04:40 PM  9 years agoPost 105
Dood

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Did you watch Bert's RR interview from the Vegas F/F?
He mentioned that the new V Blades should be available in, not a matter of months, but a "matter of weeks".

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03-31-2009 06:45 PM  9 years agoPost 106
Ghostrider

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It was a disaster, someone surely had video of it.
Unfortunately no video.

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03-31-2009 08:43 PM  9 years agoPost 107
fiveoboy01

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I simply don't believe a word coming out of a rep or company owner's mouth anymore these days.

We hear "soon" and "in a few weeks" etc ad nauseam, and you see no product, well you can only yell fire in a crowded theater so many times before you get ignored.

I'll stick with companies that are straightforward with their customers, instead of ones who like to play games.

Mikado Logo 400, hopefully ready by spring.

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03-31-2009 08:45 PM  9 years agoPost 108
Ghostrider

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I simply don't believe a word coming out of a rep or company owner's mouth anymore these days.

We hear "soon" and "in a few weeks" etc ad nauseam, and you see no product, well you can only yell fire in a crowded theater so many times before you get ignored.

I'll stick with companies that are straightforward with their customers, instead of ones who like to play games.
After you have been around for a while, you learn to ignore anything anybody says until it hit's the shelves and available. Some companies are better than others but all of them miss their projected dates at one point or another.

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03-31-2009 09:39 PM  9 years agoPost 109
Bert Kammerer

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That's precisely why in the video I say that I don't want to give any dates. If this was under my control I could give out dates, but generally people don't understand that us "reps" have no control over what happens at the manufacturing level. We simply repeat what we're being told.

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03-31-2009 10:37 PM  9 years agoPost 110
Ghostrider

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That's precisely why in the video I say that I don't want to give any dates. If this was under my control I could give out dates, but generally people don't understand that us "reps" have no control over what happens at the manufacturing level. We simply repeat what we're being told.
No doubt Bert, and you need to know that nobody is blaming you or any of the reps for that matter. It just gets frustrating when you are used to a certain level of performance and all of the sudden it's gone.

I think the frustration comes when the manufacturers stop comunicating with the general public. It tends to leave a very bad taste if you know what I mean.

Thanks for responding and we all appreciate that you actually take the time to keep us in the loop.

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04-01-2009 01:25 AM  9 years agoPost 111
RappyTappy

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Well, I just think of it like this. No communication from sellers, means no buyers, which means no business, which means no money, which means no good, lol. They're shooting themselves in the foot and I say let them have it, that way the good companies stay around and the bad ones can get the fook outta town cause they can't pay the bills cause no ones buyes their stuff.

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04-01-2009 05:20 PM  9 years agoPost 112
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I found this picture on the web. This means they must be close!!

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04-02-2009 01:57 PM  9 years agoPost 113
Zaaaguy72

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I don't care when they come out any longer. I will never buy a set of V-blades again, just like I won't buy a pair of Levi's any longer. Don't care what Vic's reasoning is, he took a homegrown American company, and gave the work to Asia. I seriously doubt he will pass savings onto us, just reap higher profits at the expense of lost jobs in the USA. I personally would pay the 10-25 dollars more for a great set of blades that are made in America. I know I own a lot of Asian made and designed products, but they are just that, Asian developed products, not American Companies moved to Asia. Many will nit-pic this rant apart, but for some reason the whole V-blade thing gets under my skin. When I first heard the "newly produced" blade failed in Las Vegas, I LMAO! Happy nobody but V-blades go hurt of course!

Team Sanjel!

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04-02-2009 02:16 PM  9 years agoPost 114
hootowl

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I was at a banquet last night at the local University (Widener).

The speaker was Bill McDermitt, CEO of SAP Global Field Operations.

http://www.sap.com/usa/about/newsro...s/mcdermott.epx

It was very enlightening. He talked about how important it is to put the customer and the employees above the shareholder. By doing that the shareholder will get what he is looking for.

He stressed how important it is for companies today, in order to be successful in this financial environment, to cater to the customer. Make them number one. Do things for the customer that others don't do. This makes you stand out.

He talked about how his first business was a sandwich shop close to a school. But there was another shop closer that was more convenient to the students. He thought about making his shop more customer friendly by adding video machines and helping students pay by providing "notes" that had to be paid back each week. By catering to the customers he grew the store into a very successful business. He used the same ideas at SAP, turning the US division from a loser to a winner by concentrating on the customer.

An example in this industry would be Curtis Youngblood with his attention to the customer. A company that truly shows the desire to be a cut above the rest by providing great products and great support. He and his people put the customer up as the most important part of their business.

Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep

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04-02-2009 03:26 PM  9 years agoPost 115
Zaaaguy72

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My point exactly. If Vic would of focused on Customer Service, Employee Satisfaction, and kept a finger on the pulse of the company as a whole, he most likely could of made it work in the USA. People are already accustomed to spending more on his blades, and I for one, am willing to spend top dollar for a quality product, with quality support. There is no explanation I can read, or believe, that will make me feel he was painted into a corner. He could of been one of the only US manufactures making blades and could of used that to his benefit. He missed a good opportunity and opted the cheaper, more profitable route too quickly. In the long run, I believe he could done equally as well, if not better by remaining in the states. I will never purchase another pair of V-blades, no matter the price, no matter the performance. He gave jobs away.

Team Sanjel!

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04-02-2009 03:42 PM  9 years agoPost 116
Cameron

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People always have to complain about something I guess. I will remember to post how good the new blades fly.

Cameron

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04-02-2009 03:52 PM  9 years agoPost 117
Zaaaguy72

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V-blades were no better in my opinion, than other top blades out there. I run mainly flybarless heli's anyways, and V-blades are way too stiff for that, fly like crap. Oh, and I will remeber your post when your new V-blade fails in mid air and lodges itself in your car windshield! LOL
That was a joke, I don't wish that on anyone.

Team Sanjel!

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04-02-2009 04:12 PM  9 years agoPost 118
Zaaaguy72

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I am sorry I am so cynical, but seeing our economy collapse is very frustrating, and watching more companies taking our jobs overseas, jobs that cannot be replaced, is a tragic mistake. We have to take care of our own, not just ourselves.

Just think on it. How many people lost their jobs because Vic moved overseas. How many people are on Unemployment, Housing Assistance, or Food Assistance? If only one person, that is still costing us thousands of dollars. So are the blades really going to be cheaper? Does this move benefit us as consumers at all, I doubt that V-blades are going to pass their savings on to us!! And lastly, less taxes are paid to the US because the labor and manufacturing is being done overseas. On Vic's side, I can understand, it is a financial win/win. But I don't like being filled full of crap after reading the letter posted on the V-blade website that basically states he was painted into a corner, there are always options.

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04-03-2009 04:35 PM  9 years agoPost 119
Chris Bergen

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I very much doubt that he told the FULL complete story, but condensed it down to explain to everyone who was complaining LOUDLY and speculating on what was going on.

Vic's concern always has been and always will be, for the customer that buys his blades. Just as we do.

You're right you are being cynical, and probably was one of those complaining about availability of V-Blades in the past....
I doubt that V-blades are going to pass their savings on to us!!
Speculation, you really have no idea....
But I don't like being filled full of crap after reading the letter posted on the V-blade website
Because YOU don't agree, that makes it crap??? Vic posted that to STOP speculation, to keep people up to date on V-Blades business. He was not REQUIRED to do so. Your posts only serve to HURT any further business from V-Blades and do nothing to help....

Go buy some other American Made Blades....Like Radix, oh wait maybe not....Rotortechs then....Oh, wait, same problem....MAH then!! Not...

You complain about them Hurting the American Economy by taking their manufacturing overseas? What American Made HELI do you fly???

Let's see....
Fleet - Heli 1 Synergy N9
Fleet - Heli 2 Outrage 550
Fleet - Heli 3 Mikado 5003D; Heli # 4 TREX 500
Hmmm, Big help you are....
Just think on it. How many people lost their jobs because you buy overseas. How many people are on Unemployment, Housing Assistance, or Food Assistance? If only one person, that is still costing us thousands of dollars
(Edit, Quote changed for discussion purposes)

Chris D. Bergen

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04-03-2009 04:55 PM  9 years agoPost 120
Zaaaguy72

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You have no idea Bergan. I am not waiting for V-blades, and had no intention of buying anymore blades from them. I don't have a problem purchasing from Asian companies, but I do have a problem buying something from companies that start in America, then move the jobs over there to save money. That hurts America. Problem is, there aren't any mainstream American Helicopters to own! Vic had a good opportunity to let American know how shine in the R/C helicopter business and let that go.

Sorry we don't agree, but logic is logic, and my opinions are not based on emotions or any ties to the company, how about yours?

Team Sanjel!

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