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07-27-2012 10:40 PM  8 years ago
helicoop

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It is a life style not a hobby.RC- a life style not a hobby!
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07-27-2012 10:41 PM  8 years ago
GetToDaChopper

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well to call this a sport just ain't right considering the physical shape some people are in and at the same time are very good at flying r/c helis, i'm talking about some guys i've seen with their bellies hanging over their belts, it make me think of this !!!

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07-27-2012 11:21 PM  8 years ago
californiaflyer

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Flying R/C is as much of a sport as playing video games or chess.
Maybe a MENTAL sport?!
99.9% hobby
0.1 sport
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07-28-2012 12:12 AM  8 years ago
BountyHunter51

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Just to throw in a twist....
Is it considered a sport at the competitive level? How about the professional level?

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07-28-2012 12:13 AM  8 years ago
Mike Fortin

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Luckily everyone agrees it's definitely a sport.Have Rotors, Will Fly!
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07-28-2012 01:45 AM  8 years ago
Noobyflyer

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50% hobby and 50% art

Watching a cool flight routine is like art work. Everyone has a different style and design in the sky. It's like an extension of the pilot's personality.

And I do consider the man/woman behind the sticks a pilot.
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07-28-2012 03:20 AM  8 years ago
ThumbBumper

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You do get some excersise depending on how far you have to walk to the crash site...
Isn't that the truth! Funny stuff right there.....
If it ain't broke, go fly some more!
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07-28-2012 03:30 PM  8 years ago
unclejane

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I also don't see it as a sport. Like almost anything else, you can _use_ rc helis in sports like racing, precision flying contests, 3D competitions, who has the nicest looking or most scale model, etc., but in and of itself it's really only a hobby.

And like most other things, it can be heavily influenced by the sports it's used in. The latest crazes, like wildly and IMO, uselessly, powerful E motors, bad designs like DFC rotor heads, virtual elimination of the flybar, etc. have started to affect my interest in the hobby. After the crash of my 700N a couple weeks ago, for instance, I've had trouble coming up with an idea for a replacement for it. The alternatives kind of don't thrill me too much (unless the Whippy nitro starts becoming available again at the time I have the extra $ to get one). So my engine and all the spare parts have somehow still languished in the body bag and I've barely gone through and checked any of it out for damage.

The E's are all redesigning themselves out of the realm of things I"m interested in - too suped up, specialized and poorly designed for anything else besides their specialty (i.e. the Goblin, the Align with DFC rotor head and others). Except the Whippy, which may end up being the only heli that interests me anymore lol.

Similar things have happened to other hobbies of mine like archery and music, where the "sport" aspect has basically altered the equipment into something I either can't use anymore (archery) or don't want to use anymore.

So to me, I kind of wish helis would have remained a hobby and not been so heavily influenced by the "sport" aspect. But that's just my personal take on it...

LS
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07-28-2012 04:02 PM  8 years ago
Stephen Born

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As a pilot, I give my wallet a workout...
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07-28-2012 04:28 PM  8 years ago
balsabasher

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I look at this subject though a mind and eyes of 60 years.
Yes, I see this as a hobby for some and a sport to others. And to the hard 3Ders, an extreme sport.
Most of the older guys a lot of you complain about are hobbyists. And they may be reacting to the sport side that has been taking over.
Growing up I played the "Sports", raced cars, and still ride motorcycles. I have many scars and memories to prove it! I feel that the world is constantly changing and to consider the athletic sports as the only sports, is a limited view.
So as you are cruising by me in a "SPORTS"car and I yell "Hey SPORT",
I do not think you are a football player driving in a football.
Blades; what goes around, comes around!
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07-28-2012 05:20 PM  8 years ago
GetToDaChopper

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it funny that the only time you see a car used in what is considered a "sport" they are called a "racing car" and you don't ever see a "sports car" taking the checkered flag for the win.......     ▲
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07-28-2012 05:25 PM  8 years ago
Josh Kussman

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i think there is alot of things alike with helis and "sports". when a normal person goes and runs every day for personal reasons does that make a every day run a sport? it could be a hobby to them if they enjoy it. is it only a sport if you are aiming for 1st place or to win? if thats the case, i would say helis can be a sport to some people. its just not thought of that way, even target shooting is a sport, don't get that i can aim and shoot woppy doo. i like shooting and archery but its a hobby for me, not a sport.
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07-28-2012 05:37 PM  8 years ago
GetToDaChopper

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the only time something is a real sport for the most part is when one to three of the best people receive a metal, money, or a trophy at the end of the day ! and even then sometimes it's still not a sport !

there is a big difference between a "competition" and a "sport", i think a lot of people confuse the two sometime........

heck if you looked hard enough you could probably find a tiddly-wink competition somewhere but "tiddly-winks" is not a "sport" i think......
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07-28-2012 05:46 PM  8 years ago
Josh Kussman

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alot of activtys give out money, metals, and trophys and so does RC evnts. IMO its how you look at things.
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07-28-2012 05:53 PM  8 years ago
GetToDaChopper

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can you show me one of these "metals" or "trophys" ? i think i've seen some placks before but i don't know if that counts, but remember i say "for the most part".....

OH and for a "metal" to count they have to be made out of real bronse, silver, or gold in my book.....
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07-28-2012 11:35 PM  8 years ago
Einzelganger

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+1 to Extreme Hobby.
For those who want to consider it a sport, no harm, no foul. They will definitely be the more competitive ones in the crowd. I think it's all in the mind set. Many compete in different ways with their fellow modelers. Faster, more G's, more precision, more bling....ad infinitum. I consider it a pleasant way to occupy my mind. My flying field (back yard) is closer than the nearest club field. A real relief after decades of hauling planks miles to the nearest safe spot. For me, I compete with myself only and practice this hobby most nearly as a meditation. Pleasant stuff to contemplate and a serious mental workout in the concentration division.
My 2 cents.
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07-28-2012 11:36 PM  8 years ago
bkervaski

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W00T! I did some serious extreme standing today while driving my r/c heli.Team Synergy Factory Specialist / Scorpion / Thunder Power / Byron's Fuels
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07-28-2012 11:49 PM  8 years ago
GetToDaChopper

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i sure hope you didn't strain yourself, you have to be carefull not to push yourself too hard when taking part in extreme sports !     ▲
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07-28-2012 11:59 PM  8 years ago
GetToDaChopper

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Hey i know how to tell if it's a sport or not !

if you ain't in it, on it, or doing yourself then it ain't a sport !!! lol
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07-29-2012 12:05 AM  8 years ago
McKrackin

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It's name contains the answer....REMOTE....

By the very nature of this hobby,it excludes you from any real involvement.

If it's a sport,then watching a football game on TV makes you an athlete.

At least race car drivers are inside the car and even curlers are actually on the ice.

Even pro bowlers are there and making the ball go in a certain direction by actually touching it.

An RC flyer is completely removed from the model.

Definitely not a sport...We're just barely involved with the model.
I literally never use the word literally right.
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