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08-06-2017 01:26 PM  10 months agoPost 1
rpat

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Has any one heard the final total for the event? Just curious.

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08-06-2017 04:09 PM  10 months agoPost 2
banshee rider

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Havent heard the "final" total but I heard there were/are 700 registered pilots at IRCHA

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08-07-2017 03:27 AM  10 months agoPost 3
RyeGuy83

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It was around 715 or so.

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08-07-2017 12:56 PM  10 months agoPost 4
rpat

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It sounds like it is way down from other years.

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08-07-2017 04:22 PM  10 months agoPost 5
gwright

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A friend that worked in the registration trailer told me 702 was the final number.

It was in the 700's last year, so down from 1100ish, but still a significantly large event. Since it was close to last year, and some other heli events this year have seen a touch of growth coming back, I'm optimistic heli interest has plateaued and will reverse direction.

Gary Wright

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08-07-2017 05:53 PM  10 months agoPost 6
gologo

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It was in the 700's last year, so down from 1100ish, but still a significantly large event.
Yep, last years count was way down for the first time in years, but
holding at the aprox. same numbers for this year is not a bad sign
at all. With all the open spaces EVERYWHERE this year, vendor space
and big holes all up and down the flightline, surprised but glad to
hear that final count!

And at least by Saturday, it was a very typical busy IRCHA w. pretty
good crowds. I sure am not complaining about this years event, good
times as always!

Maybe sad to see so many longtime vendors not there......

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08-07-2017 07:54 PM  10 months agoPost 7
gwright

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I'd like to see it return to a simple funfly.

Gary Wright

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08-07-2017 07:57 PM  10 months agoPost 8
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08-07-2017 09:07 PM  10 months agoPost 9
TMoore

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That's right Mark and Gary, just a simple FF. When IRCHA started trying to make the event into an outdoor convention with high priced admission for vendors that turned it.

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08-07-2017 10:24 PM  10 months agoPost 10
chas1025

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Terry, Gary, and Mark

Each of you could host a simple funfly in your hometown. This would help to promote the hobby in your area.

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08-07-2017 10:46 PM  10 months agoPost 11
Mark Ryder

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Terry, Gary, and Mark
Each of you could host a simple funfly in your hometown. This would help to promote the hobby in your area.
Charles you are treading on very thin ice. IRCHA is supposed to be a non-profit SIG that seems a bit out of control. Junkets all over the place including Europe. IRCHA is now spamming it's members sending out Vendor sponsored mass emails. Now at hobby shows IRCHA's booth is overrun with Vendor Reps. No wonder I have less and less desire to break my cameras out.

I am a lifetime IRCHA member. I am not happy with whats going on.

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08-07-2017 11:13 PM  10 months agoPost 12
TMoore

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Terry, Gary, and Mark
Each of you could host a simple funfly in your hometown. This would help to promote the hobby in your area.
Does that change anything in Muncie?

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08-08-2017 01:00 AM  10 months agoPost 13
EEngineer

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No, not at Muncie....

BTW, who won the speed contest?

Where are the results posted?

Anybody know?

Never mind, I see that in the "speed section"....

Dunkel's on a roll....198....

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08-08-2017 01:20 AM  10 months agoPost 14
aceisback

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All I can say is that I went as a spectator on Saturday, and when I pulled up, I was like "where is everyone?". There was plenty of open spots for more canopies on the flightline. I remember the previous years when the flightline was full and crowded, vendor row was packed, nitro smoke filled the air, everyone was excited. That was not there this year. I missed the last two IRCHA's, but I remember the days when there were 1000+ registered pilots. Those were the days. It was both a funfly for those who chose to make it one, and it was quite an event for those who did not go to fly. Maybe it needs to go back to the roots of just being a funfly, but whatever is to happen, someone needs to make it happen. I always looked forward to going to IRCHA, but this one was disappointing. I just hope the organizers can work to keep it going in on fashion or another. They put a lot of effort into this for everyone in the hobby, and it is not their fault things are the way they are.

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08-08-2017 01:31 AM  10 months agoPost 15
aceisback

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Mark, those pics from 2002 was right on the money. Those were the days when it was fun. The right mix of vendors and pilots. Gone are the days with vendors like Rick's being present. I don't want to see only high end vendors displaying stuff that I can't afford or need. Pilots would crash, run over to Rick's and find the parts they needed, run back and fix their heli to fly again. There was a variety of helis, not just Goblins and T-Rex's.

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08-08-2017 02:37 AM  10 months agoPost 16
altima1779

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I have not flown Heli's in several years, not that i don't enjoy them but life has gotten in the way.

Pretty much lost all of the Heli guys in my area, so i FPV race and run a small time drone business.

I still have that heli urge in me, so i make a point of going to IRCHA every year as a spectator. I enjoy going, the numbers may be down but it is still a great event to visit.

I even bought a SAB Fireball hoping that it will get me back into it.

Dave

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08-08-2017 02:06 PM  10 months agoPost 17
dialarotor

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numbers
Fun comfortable IRCHA and just got home. From about 2007-2011 attendance numbers were in the 700-900 range, 2012-2015 the numbers broke into the 1000-1154 range and 2016 was about 800 and heard this year the final tally was about 770.

Maybe IRCHA could give us a year by year tally.

The peak years saw the onslaught of the Chinese clones which were noticeably absent this year. The main stream suppliers and vendors were there. The only big difference the availability of complete parts vendors. The days of crash it and fix it on site are over. Some spares were available, booms, blades, canopies but not the small keep it flying stuff was not there. If you plan on crashing, flying, fixing at the event, it's bring your own spare parts time again.

IMHO, the new normal is a 700-800 attendance number. The dedicated helicopter pilot community are there now, the days of the checkbook wannabees are over for now.

The really nice new thing this year was the light towers for night flying. Nice to see lots of flying every night and really improved the SWARM PARTY. AMA, IRCHA and pilots all liked it and put the lights to good use. AMA let us fly in the dark and SWARM let you eat wings, rumballs, corn, watermelon, corn relish and CAKE.

New golf cart vendor P&P Golfcarts did a good job and cheaper than Salopek.

Garbage guys did a great job, only squawk I have was the limited number of port-a-potties in the main food area. Overwhelmed during the Saturday dinner/prize/night fly period, all filled to overflowing with desperate folks standing in lines in agony and disgusting when they opened doors. That area needed double the units.

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08-08-2017 02:22 PM  10 months agoPost 18
Jim Woodward

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How many of these same IRCHA attending pilots also attend Joe Nall, and other round-the-year events? Even the most dedicated pilots swing the dedication needle from "zero" to "over-committed" through the years.

My advice - find your passion, dig in, and find people that share it. Don't rely on event registration to validate where you think the hobby is going, or if you think your particular favorite part of the discipline is worth investing in. No body should be spending time & money in a "hobby" (R/C, motorcycles, archery, whatever), because its considered an investment. There is no one-for-one reasoning available to describe how people spend their time and money. It usually never leaves the heart, but life, work, family, interrupt best intentions.
Jim

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08-08-2017 08:18 PM  10 months agoPost 19
Andy from Sandy

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I went to IRCHA for the first time with my partner having read so much about it over the years. I just decided I would go and see what it was all about.

With an open mind my partner was disappointed there was nothing on show to occupy the youngsters and there didn't appear to be anything in the way of offline demonstrations of technology; if it wasn't flying it was switched off, except for two servos lifting bottles of water!

A couple of comments in this thread seem to confirm the show has changed to a vendor fest.

When the guy started to call out the raffle prizes and kept going for an hour we were amazed and gob-smacked at the shear number, quality and cost of the prizes donated. Coupled with the give-aways by Scorpion for nothing else this I can see the attraction of going.

We enjoyed immensely the battle of the brands, the fireworks and night flying.

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08-10-2017 03:10 PM  10 months agoPost 20
Mark Ryder

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only squawk I have was the limited number of port-a-potties in the main food area. Overwhelmed during the Saturday dinner/prize/night fly period, all filled to overflowing with desperate folks standing in lines in agony and disgusting when they opened doors. That area needed double the units.
I had to leave just before that. I would have been pissed too. Prior years monies were spent adequately on this. There were definitely less toilets in the center area this year.

293 pre-registered for 2017...
https://rc.runryder.com/rrTV-Photo/...DING_PILOTS.pdf

531 for 2015...
https://rc.runryder.com/t806275p1/?p=6578066#RR

704 for 2014...
https://rc.runryder.com/t771689p1/

I have to repeat, the economics of this issue are upside down and unsustainable.

Mark Ryder

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