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06-02-2016 06:26 PM  4 years ago
blade3d

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I think Drones are the Culprit. The Drones seem to need very little effort to fly and at the same tome giving the pilot the feel of more control plus maintenance is cheaper and any can fly them unlike Heli's you need some skills.Blade3d
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06-02-2016 10:46 PM  4 years ago
carcrasher

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I also prefer to fly alone. I couldn't stand it when I was trying to fly and someone was in my ear.
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06-02-2016 11:44 PM  4 years ago
jgunpilot

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Look at it this way, it's a buyer's market and there's tons of high quality gear out there for dirt cheap. There's no better time than now to fly your dream heli.
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06-03-2016 12:33 AM  4 years ago
MattJen

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Some interesting perspectives in this thread.
I personally have found the economy has a lot to do with it, I am working much longer hours now and the demands from my company have got a lot more, so the days of finishing in the afternoon and hoping to get a couple of hours or so flights in are long gone.
I also think over the past 14 yrs I have been flying the weather has changed a lot and become a lot more unpredictable.. When I first started I would fly in any weather rain or shine, but now at 44 my days of standing in a field ankle deep in mud freezing my nads off are no more.

Also in my case my kids who were infants are now mid teens and quality time is needed with them as they take exams and graduate. My whole family life has changed, the cost of living has gone up and the spare cash left at the end of month is reduced.
Gone are the days when I would blow cash on parts, now if I crash it is months out of action not days like it used to be..

I see in the second hand market the money is not around like it used to be, I see 1/4 scale models that a few years ago would have sold for thousands are now going for a fraction of the cost..

Everyone seems to be cutting back.. It will always carry on as there people like me who are happy to have a machine sit on the shelf for long periods of time and take out once in a blue moon..
All The Best
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06-03-2016 12:45 AM  4 years ago
Aaron29

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Yes. It's dying.

A casual look at the activity at the local field really speaks to it.

I don't know what's wrong. I actually find myself losing interest. And I was hardcore. I'll always have a heli or two to fly now and then, but the days of all day every day flying are over. I just too often don't feel like it.

The hobby is certainly in a recession.
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06-03-2016 02:36 AM  4 years ago
artimus

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In my world rc helis wont die till I do.......Fly Hard......Team Viagra
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06-03-2016 03:50 AM  4 years ago
Jerman

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You know, I'm building an hirobo eagle 2 ex 98 and couldn't be happier, I'm also in my late 30's with kids. I think people are too worried about other things that don't matter. I sold off my stuff in '08 and kicked myself for doing it. I learned my lesson and won't be doing it again. Parts arrived today so yeah I know what I'll be doing this weekend. Go out and fly your birds and enjoy yourself!
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06-03-2016 04:05 AM  4 years ago
artimus

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Going to a fun fly this weekend. Our club has a large number of heli pilots. None of the annual heli events are slowing down here in the northwest...All have good turn outs......
Maybe other heli pilots just dont want to fly with you......
Fly Hard......Team Viagra
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06-03-2016 06:25 AM  4 years ago
Calil

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Yes it is. On my club I am the only one flying it. And I fly scale only.

Here most of the heli pilots are not flying anymore or went drone/airplanes.

Well....everything ends someday.
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06-03-2016 07:36 AM  4 years ago
Yeager

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This hobby will never die, planks or rotary, it will always be here. I think, that the RC Heli scene had an explosive influx with the cheaper SE Asian and Chinese products that became available sometime around 2005+. Add to that, that the nano helicopters, made it so dirt cheap to sit at home and fly in the living room (this sort of fun has not been replaced by nano quad choppers/drones), and folks would become tempted to take the next step up and get a smaller size Chinese (TW) T-rex, and move further up from that point. All of these products are still around, and the majority of the current main RC heli crowd seems to be favoring these cheaper products, and why wouldn't you. Sleek marketing, cheap product, readily available.. Crash and burn. Buy new, buy more. Now, I think, that same main crowd are moving towards the latest and "greatest", which happens to be quad choppers and drones - which has got some impressive technology in them (gotta give them that!).

Where does that leave the rest of the RC heli crowd, that likely have been around long enough to see this explosion in the RC Heli market come and are now seeing it go away again? It leaves us where we came from before "the explosion" - but with a lot of cheap ****, readily available (for now!). Unfortunately, this hole ordeal has seen some of the quality developers go out of business because they did not (or did no want to) adapt to the demand for the cheaper stuff. Not all are gone, thank God.

The RC heli crowd will consolidate, but I agree, change is ongoing.

Personally, I've stocked up on my Robbe Schluter gear, and they don't tend to eat lots of spares, when handled the right way. So, I'll still be flying for a long time after Align and the rest have gone west.
Robbe Nova Cuatro Gas/Nitro, Futura Nova Nitro, Futura SS Nitro, Vario Scale S300C/1002/21 Gas. H9 Piper Pawnee 40 Nitro, AeroWorks Extra 300 Gas.
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06-03-2016 12:14 PM  4 years ago
Einzelganger

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Campbell, Texas

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I sit here in my room with 10 ready-to-fuel-and-fly birds. There are 5 more ready to fuel and fly in my shop. Times have never been better for me.
I'm not flying for the past few weeks only because my spare time is spent spring-cleaning up my property.
My flying group is now 4 friends. At first 4 years ago, it was three.
I also have more places to fly than I used to.
I have collected a lifetime supply of airframes, electronics, repair parts, engines, and I'm adding to my stock of nitro as I get a chance.
Life gets in the way sometimes, but those like me who really love to fly will always be here. Hope my health holds up long enough to wear out the supply I have.

Wayne
I love the smell of nitro in the morning.
RIP Roman
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06-03-2016 12:14 PM  4 years ago
S.Dykes

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Just because a lot of the same people don't do helis anymore doesn't mean helis are dying. It means those folks have moved on. If anything, this niche of a niche hobby is making a correction in the huge swell it enjoyed over the last several years. It's only realigning back to where it used to be.

If everyone I fly with quit helis(that has happened many times), that doesn't mean helis are dying, it means helis aren't for them(for whatever reason).

I've seen lots of posts on this and other forums of people quitting the hobby because of the faa, drones etc. This just means flying rc was probably not for them anyway.

For me, I love to fly rc and will continue to fly helis for as long as im able, its legal and i can still afford it. But I am a guy who loves the hobby long term regardless of who comes and goes and regardless of any adversity our hobby faces now or in the future.

Go out and fly them while you still can, if helis are for you.
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06-03-2016 01:53 PM  4 years ago
allns47

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headed to the field now,,,,,,ergo 60 fueled and ready
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06-03-2016 04:35 PM  4 years ago
IYKIST

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Let's get some new leadership in November, stir things up, stimulate our economy and I bet you rc helis come back in a big way.
That would be great, he would probably buy back M.A and build a wall round America to stop the chinese made helicopters coming into the once great country.
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06-03-2016 04:43 PM  4 years ago
gologo

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For me, I love to fly rc and will continue to fly helis for as long as im able, its legal and i can still afford it. But I am a guy who loves the hobby long term regardless of who comes and goes and regardless of any adversity our hobby faces now or in the future.
That just pretty much sums it up for me right there.

I have been, and am, in this hobby long term. I may not jump at every chance to head to the field like I used to, and the helis do sit a lot longer between sessions, but am very happy to still have them and to be able to go out and 'turn rotors' at will. It is not a big fleet (3) and 2
would actually be ideal for me. But I just simply like being around these
machines and don't really see that changing anytime soon. It also really
helps to have another interest or two to keep from focusing totally on this
hobby.....as in burnout.

I have also seen a whole LOT of people come and go out of this hobby, and I
think for a lot of them, it was an all-or-nothing thing, they got very good
very quickly, maybe became sponsored or whatever, then burned out not long
after.....seen that many times.
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06-03-2016 05:45 PM  4 years ago
Doug

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Some skill
I'v been flying helies since the beginning. I took a 10 year break and defected to "racing quads" I have a 250 and a 130 and they are as challenging to fly as any helie I have ever flown. a far cry from the "set it and forget it" models.
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06-03-2016 07:56 PM  4 years ago
Big Edge

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Several years ago i wanted to sell off some of my gear. The economy was in the toilet and prices that used gear was fetching seemed a little low, so i figured i would wait a year or two.... Now all of my stuff is completely worthless!!! Hahahah!!!
Almost all of my buddies stopped flying, and i am a heli zombie, only fly the old gear once in a while, and have very little interest in new gear.
I suspect a lot of guys have a hobby room full of old stuff. No one to buy it, they dont want to give it away, no room for new toys. Stagnated.
True for me as well spaceman..
I have lost interest somewhat but still have all my equipment.

I'm back to playing guitar...
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Don't taze me bro...
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06-03-2016 09:16 PM  4 years ago
artimus

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Country line dancing was huge in the 90s , everybody was doin it.....then it dropped in favor as a fad, but you can still find people line dancing .... maybe the same thing is going on with this hobby. The few that got in , tried it for a while then found quads and made a ensurgance in the hobby....but you will still find helis
flying .....just like country line dancing joints heli flying sites are harder to find, but who you find there are just as into it as always......it seems to me that the only people that says this hobby is dying are the ones who got out.....
Fly Hard......Team Viagra
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06-03-2016 09:34 PM  4 years ago
Aaron29

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I'm sure you'll also find people who still like break dancing... or disco. Or making canoes from logs with primitive instruments. And country line dancing. All fun for the die hard. But as trends, they are still "dead."

I'm with you guys in that that's not enough to make me quit. I'm not a crowd follower anyway. But when you're literally the only one at your field flying them, it's hard to say having no one to enjoy them with you is fun. I'll still fly, but have to admit there's been a loss.

Pod boom helis are definitely dead until something changes.
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06-03-2016 11:44 PM  4 years ago
artimus

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Disagree. Not dead, changed for sure.....iam headed to a heli fun fly tomorrow.....there will be at 20 or 30 pilots....and thats just a gathering. I fly with several heli pilots everyweekend, sorry to hear yours situation is not as active. Last August a local heli club has their annual fun fly with 96 registered pilots. Its not dead here......

Come join us ......
Fly Hard......Team Viagra
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