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08-08-2018 11:20 PM  4 months agoPost 1
rappy112

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What was the pilot count at IRCHA this year.?

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08-08-2018 11:45 PM  4 months agoPost 2
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Relevance?

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08-09-2018 12:21 AM  4 months agoPost 3
ppridday

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Historical data? The question gets asked many times after IRCHA every year.
Many reasons a person may ask...

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08-09-2018 12:53 AM  4 months agoPost 4
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rappy112
What was the pilot count at IRCHA this year.?
fastrc1
Relevance?
I thought it was a good question. I find that this type of data helps me better keep my finger on the pulse of the hobby. Since I didn't go to IRCHA this year (or any years in the past) attendance numbers helps me get a feel of where we are today and which way we are trending.

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08-09-2018 01:19 AM  4 months agoPost 5
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So then not going to IRCHA by your own admission adds to what has been perceived as a decline in attendance. If one doesn’t go then one could say that they’d be a contributing factor in that very state of decline. But alas; I personally attended from the beginning of NATS to the end of IRCHA and participated the entire time everyday.

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08-09-2018 01:28 AM  4 months agoPost 6
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fastrc1
If one doesn’t go then one could say that they’d be a contributing factor in that very state of decline.
I didn't go, I have never gone, and I have no intention of ever going. So am I the reason for the "Perceived decline" in the hobby? Maybe your perception is different than mine.

So for anyone else, How many registered pilots where there

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08-09-2018 01:30 AM  4 months agoPost 7
ppridday

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So to answer the original posters question, there was yourself and how many others?
It may be as simple as someone asked him how many people went. No mention of whether there were declining numbers or an increase in numbers.

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08-09-2018 01:45 AM  4 months agoPost 8
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I went Saturday for the 5th year in a row, even though I have not been flying Heli’s for about 4years now. I had also went at least 3 times around the 2008-2011 including flying at NATS in 2010.

My buddy and I enjoy checking the vendors out and watching the noon time demos. I was very surprised by the drop in the number of vendors on site and the number of open flying stations for a Saturday.

Not sure how accurate but I was told the pilot count was around 400. This is still a large number but obviously not what was seen at the peak. I hate to see this as it not good for anyone, vendors and pilots alike. I hope to fly again in a few years when my son is old enough to tag along but until then I still plan on my annual visit to Ircha.

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08-09-2018 01:55 AM  4 months agoPost 9
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rappy112
What was the pilot count at IRCHA this year.?
Such a simple and legitimate question for such nasty replies (fastrc1)!

As mentioned, it gets asked every year, along w. actual interest in the event, (which is sadly lacking on this forum this year, aside from the scale
threads), and many people are interested for various reasons.

Hell, I always like to know myself, have been to last 10 IRCHAS straight, and never seem to be able to get a good solid count during the event, unless ya somehow catch it mentioned at the Sat. night 'festivities'.

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08-09-2018 02:18 AM  4 months agoPost 10
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What was nasty about my reply? I’m not that type of chap. Trust me on that. Go to IRCHA’s website and it may very well be there.

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08-09-2018 02:47 AM  4 months agoPost 11
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So for anyone else, How many registered pilots where there
There were a lot of registered pilots, I was one of them. This was my 8th IRCHA and I had a great time, just like I did at my first IRCHA in 1997. I'm already looking forward to next year!

  

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08-09-2018 04:07 AM  4 months agoPost 12
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Maybe no one really knows...lol

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08-09-2018 04:26 AM  4 months agoPost 13
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I will be going next year so add +1 for next years total.

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08-09-2018 07:59 AM  4 months agoPost 14
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Somewhere around 500. If you factor out the factory pilots look for around half that number. It's a decent number considering the state of the hobby.

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08-09-2018 12:16 PM  4 months agoPost 15
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From an IRCHA officer sharing an adult beverage after Saturday night around the SWARM campfire stated the count was just under 500 registered pilots.

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08-09-2018 01:10 PM  4 months agoPost 16
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Definitely an odd Hobby
I don't know what made RC helicopters suddenly become popular ?
I started in 2005 with a Christmas gift (cx). And trip to the hobby shop later for parts

I did witness the sudden explosion of technology and engineering that was developed.

Why is the hobby in decline ?
Depends on your perspective.
New interest, lost interest, no interest.

It's not for everyone

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08-09-2018 02:00 PM  4 months agoPost 17
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ICUR1-2
I did witness the sudden explosion of technology and engineering that was developed.

Why is the hobby in decline ?
Depends on your perspective.
New interest, lost interest, no interest.
Thats interesting indeed... i wonder what lead to the sudden explosion in the hobby (06-10)... Im thinking it was a combination of the videos on youtube of 3D and the proliferation of small cheap 450 class helicopter brands like E-Sky and E-flight...

then the start of the decline (2015?) maybe a result of the fact many of us couldnt actually replicate what we saw in those videos.

To look for an answer to the rise and fall we only need to look at ourselves.. why have we as individuals get into the hobby, then why have some of us gotten away from it... for many IMHO its dying interest. I myself am not as interested in it as I once was... Used to go fly nearly every weekend on Saturday AND Sunday, sometimes during the weekday time/ sunlight permitting. I loved it so much I spent thousands of dollars on small machining equipment to support my addiction to the mechanical marvels I read about every month in RC Heli magazine... After a while it got to be a PITA to pack everything, go outside, drive to the field, spend more money fixing something my thumbs were responsible for... family obligations, work...

It simply got much easier to simply get on RR and complain...

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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08-09-2018 02:20 PM  4 months agoPost 18
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fastrc1
So then not going to IRCHA by your own admission adds to what has been perceived as a decline in attendance. If one doesn’t go then one could say that they’d be a contributing factor in that very state of decline. But alas; I personally attended from the beginning of NATS to the end of IRCHA and participated the entire time everyday.
Err.. I'm not sure I follow your logic. First, my comment was without judgement. You are correct in that my perception is that attendance at helicopter fly-inns is declining but I don't have an opinion of that. It's up, it's down - life goes on. I just like to keep track of trends. But as it applies to IRCHA, it is not down because of my not going. I've never gone. I have never moved the needle at IRCHA. I wasn't +1 at the best of time and I'm not -1 this year. Whatever the attendance graph at IRCHA looks like over the years, it is without me for its entirety.

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08-09-2018 03:20 PM  4 months agoPost 19
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It simply got much easier to simply get on RR and complain...
For some, its a hobby by itself.

IRCHA count
I remember reading once over 1000, while 300 was easily done at OHB

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08-09-2018 03:58 PM  4 months agoPost 20
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