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07-12-2013 01:57 AM  5 years agoPost 1
pulsar110

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Just curious, do companies give team pilots and field reps free helicopter kits? If so, which ones?

Fly it like its a rental...

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07-12-2013 02:16 AM  5 years agoPost 2
Steff Giguere

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Very few people get free kits and parts. I know field reps don't get anything for free.

Team Synergy, Rail blades, Team Scorpion, V-Team

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07-12-2013 02:53 AM  5 years agoPost 3
bart2546

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Agreed. Maybe tip top directly sponsored pilots do who are hired by a company but I would venture to say most do have to pay which is understandable.

Regards, Brandon Bartolomucci; Team Synergy; Team Scorpion; & Team Bavarian Demon; AMA# L939231

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07-12-2013 03:00 AM  5 years agoPost 4
JLV84

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you will be hard pressed to get a true answer from people on this subject as most reps and team pilots sign contracts that do not allow you to disclose rep or sponsorship agreements.

James VanHook iKON Flybarless Factory Pilot SAB Heli Devision Rep Goblin 700

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07-12-2013 04:16 AM  5 years agoPost 5
yf222000

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I once was told by a rep that they do not get free stuff. They however, get replacement parts, new kits at very low low price. This may or may not be true since again, many signed the contract of Non-Disclosure confidentiality.

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07-12-2013 05:40 AM  5 years agoPost 6
Mapleleafs

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As a former sponsored pilot and later field rep I can say that 'YES' they do receive free merchandise but rarely received a free kit, unless they are actual hired sponsored pilots who are more heavily involved with the company.

Receiving free or heavily discounted merchandise was nice, but I ultimately asked for my contract to be terminated. The pressure to attend countless funflys and events took th fun out of the hobby.

Cheers.

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07-12-2013 06:17 AM  5 years agoPost 7
stubbs

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I know field reps don't get anything for free.
Absolutely not true at ALL.

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07-12-2013 09:05 AM  5 years agoPost 8
HP_CC

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my friend flies F3C for Hirobo/Futaba back in the late 90s/early 2000s and he gets 'loaner' kits; meaning after a competition or if newer model comes out, the old heli gets returned to the local hobby shop (his principal sponsor). it's also the same with engines and mufflers. fuel was free as well as parts like links, blades, etc.

crashed/damaged parts get replaced for free.

he did get to keep a couple of transmitters though along with misc parts

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07-12-2013 03:56 PM  5 years agoPost 9
MartyH

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Receiving free or heavily discounted merchandise was nice, but I ultimately asked for my contract to be terminated. The pressure to attend countless funflys and events took th fun out of the hobby.
Yep, my friend was a Team JR member. He received discounts on components but ultimately made the same decision as stated above".

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07-12-2013 04:13 PM  5 years agoPost 10
MichiganFlyer

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Friends don't encourage friends to fly helis! It can cause part shortages.

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07-12-2013 08:17 PM  5 years agoPost 11
Gearhead

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does this count ??
I got a free 50 once, well sort of, it took about 5 years, I saved up so many crash parts I got to build one, and the only part I had to buy was the Boom

Jim
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07-12-2013 09:46 PM  5 years agoPost 12
stubbs

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I got a free 50 once, well sort of, it took about 5 years, I saved up so many crash parts I got to build one, and the only part I had to buy was the Boom
No, you didn't. You got a scavenged 50 from your stock of spare parts that were all originally purchased at some point. Plus, you had to buy a boom outright.

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07-13-2013 12:00 AM  5 years agoPost 13
Gearhead

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well I said "sort of" LOL

Jim
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07-13-2013 12:28 AM  5 years agoPost 14
stubbs

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well I said "sort of" LOL
Okay, good "loophole". I missed that part.

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07-13-2013 12:30 AM  5 years agoPost 15
Gearhead

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Jim
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07-13-2013 07:19 AM  5 years agoPost 16
BJames111

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It's really not a secret, there are usually a few sponsorship "levels". Every company does it differently. Yes, there are "full" sponsorships that provide kits and parts at no charge, and also pay for travel to attend events. At the lower end of "sponsorship", there are field rep positions which generally allow for reduced pricing on kits and parts. Usually, fully sponsored pilots also assist in testing and sometimes design for the company that sponsors them.

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07-15-2013 09:22 AM  5 years agoPost 17
Manny1776

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FREE just some pilots have that privilege at COST a lot of "sponsor" pilot...
Manny

Fly High, Fly Fun, Fly Secure.........Fly 3D!!!! Bavarian Demon USA Team

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07-15-2013 12:34 PM  5 years agoPost 18
MartyH

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I'm curious where the OP was going with the question.

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07-15-2013 03:06 PM  5 years agoPost 19
RCHSF

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NC

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MartyH I'm curious where the OP was going with the question
Prob so he know where to go to display his skills. Get a contract. And get a free kit.

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07-15-2013 05:11 PM  5 years agoPost 20
jadams

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Nothing is "free". Many factory pilots and field reps put in countless hours working on projects and traveling to show off the company products. They also prototype and design products. Very few are a true paid employee. Kits, parts and swag are the cost of doing business.

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