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07-10-2019 02:16 AM  4 months ago
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Tyler

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IRCHA 2019
Who is going? Only two weeks away.
Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.
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07-10-2019 02:53 AM  4 months ago
TMoore

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Friday.
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07-10-2019 01:08 PM  4 months ago
Eury

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I’ll be there Thursday-Saturday.Nick Crego

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07-14-2019 01:55 PM  4 months ago
allns47

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What's gonna be for sale....hope it's bigger then last
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07-14-2019 04:08 PM  4 months ago
Dr.Ben

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Tues or Wed through Sat.

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07-14-2019 11:37 PM  4 months ago
4cyclic

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Wed to SatLife is meaningful flying helis.
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07-18-2019 09:24 PM  4 months ago
Wingmanrc39

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Me too. Friday-Saturday 😁

I didnt see this
Keep your back 2 the Sun and GET-R-DONE!
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07-19-2019 01:37 AM  4 months ago
flyalan

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I will be there Wednesday AM... Looks like the heat may actually give us a break just a bit :-)

Cheers
Alan
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07-19-2019 11:21 PM  4 months ago
Flyin for Jesus

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I'll be there Sat and Sun.
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07-22-2019 12:29 AM  4 months ago
Grimracer

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HERE!..Michael J Zaborowski
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08-01-2019 03:13 PM  3 months ago
Tyler

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IRCHA 2019 summary
Here are some of my observations for IRCHA 2019, most of these are listed without my opinion and assessment. There are positive and negative perspectives on most of these topics.

Cost to attend was very expensive. Being forced into an IRCHA membership during registration seemed very mob/crime boss like, especially for an organization that shares absolutely no accountability to its membership: no business meeting minutes, no financial reports, no working phone numbers/staff, no progressive web site, no membership benefits, etc. Sure, you can choose to pay 25% more for your ticket if you don't join IRCHA, but who wants to do that?

NO goodies in your registration bag. NONE! Just the t-shirt.

Attendance was down, way down, both for general public and manufacturers/team pilots.

Vendor listing boards had room for 30 vendors on each of two boards. There were only ten vendors listed on each board. In the past, there would be 60+ vendors listed.

Demo flights were thin. Many were cancelled.

No MC on the mic. Open stage style MC with individuals picking up the mic occasionally. Kyle Dahl and Matt Bottos did a fantastic, down to earth, humble, and family friendly job on the MC. They both noticeably go out of their way to be family friendly and refrain from all profanity, vulgarity, and raunchiness.

Again, offensive, profanity laced, and sexually explicit music was played early on in the event. After the first morning, it was not noticed again. IRCHA staff realized that this is a family friendly event and that kids were present.

Scorpion had a giant bikini clad banner, very distasteful and offensive to families attending with their kids. Later in the event we noticed that the nearly nude 50 ft long model had been spray painted and concealed. We don't know who covered up the bikini model, but families did appreciate it. I know for a fact that there were some families that completely avoided that half of vendors lane simply because of the bikini banner slapping their young children and impressionable daughters in the face, wives were offended as well. We heard many wives express their disgust. Of course many men ogled over the banner.

Matt Jost ran sound much of the time. What stood out to me was the how he kept turning down the volume to a pleasing level. This has been an IRCHA blemish for years. If flying you could hear your heli, spectators could talk to each other, and speakers were not distorted.

Demo pilot skill level is simply stunning. 10 year old pilots through veterans like Bottos showed more precision and skill than ever. The bar keeps raising. General pilots also have increased their skills greatly.

This was the year IRCHA has returned to the general pilot. Flight stations were available and open. Pilots were offered the same respect, attention, and accommodation as the demo pilots/vendors. In the past 8-10 years everything revolved around the show pilots. Rules and policies were overlooked and ignored for the famous, yet the general pilots were ruled with an iron fist. NOT this year!

IRCHA staff was very approachable, calm, and pleasant. Although they worked their tails off, they seemed very casual and personable. Often they could be seen having conversations with the general public, observing the events from a golf cart, and smiling. Yep, lots of waving, hand shaking, smiling, and talking. No barking or yelling!! Also, they did not constantly blast themselves on the PA system. Rarely did they speak on the microphones, which was pleasant.

We only found one vendor giving away hats. Everything else was for sale, if available at all. The days of free promotional items is over unless you happen to be at center stage during one of the few scheduled demo power hours. Even then, the offerings were thin.

Brands seem much more available for conversation and socializing with pilots this year. They were relaxed and approachable, compared to years past when they were run ragged with a rigid schedule and high demands to constantly be show stoppers. Visiting their tents seemed more like visiting in their backyard during a picnic. IRCHA staff and scheduling didn't seem to run them dry.

In 15 years+ of attending IRCHA, I have never experienced so much one-on-one attention from vendors to talk about their models in the tent, walk us out to the flight line for a personal demo flight, offer to pull off the canopy or even hand over a new display model to inspect closely. Their honesty on features, design process, and strengths and weaknesses was truly surprising. Several brands were brutally honest of what they want to improve, tweak, etc. Smoke and mirrors were not present with the vendors we visited.

Pilots need to prepare for IRCHA and attend the event with the parts you need because merchandise and crash parts were very limited. No longer is IRCHA an event to attend if you are looking for bargains or to fix your crumbling fleet. Better come ready to fly and ready to wrench on your own.

Golf cart rentals were again used and abused. This abuse will potentially ruin IRCHA for everyone. I bring my own golf cart every year. If golf cart rentals disappear, and I wouldn't blame them, the event would change forever. If personal golf carts are banned, I won't attend IRCHA again. The property and venue is simply too large to enjoy without golf carts.

Flying under the construction light towers is the new favorite event. The show is spectacular in every way. This year there was traditional night flying with illuminated models AND flying under the lights. Nitro machines under the stadium lights brought the most cheering and excitement. Ben Storik performed an epic flight with his LED powered model with extensive programming and orchestration.

Fireworks were not missed by everyone we spoke with.

Weather was spectacular.

AMA overlapped the rocket launchers during IRCHA. This was a huge distraction for many reasons.

1. The rockets drift with the wind and you can never know where they will land. The rocketeers cannot predict where they will land. The idea of drifting rocket parts, often with strings holding pieces together during decent seems like a bad idea with whirly birds flying around. Strong winds promoted long rocket drifts.
2. They make a tremendous amount of noise when they launch. Many pilots stopped flying because a rocket blasting off unexpectedly while you are flying causes major flinching on the transmitter sticks.
3. Rockets start launching at daybreak and they set up literally 45 feet from rv's. Very inconsiderate.
4. Many IRCHA members bring their dogs/pets. The rockets launching is profoundly noisy and dogs were terrified. There was no place to walk pets and take them out for their calls of nature where the rockets did not scare them.
5. Several sites were shut down from heli flying because of the rockets.
Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.
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08-07-2019 08:47 AM  3 months ago
flyalan

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From a vender standpoint I can tell you the lack of parts is the sign of the times. I am a small dealer and focus on Synergy, canopies but carry a decent line of all the other accessories. We were quite busy and gave out a bunch of freebies. But when all is said and done profit wise we should have stayed home and left the online store up and running. Not complaining. I go to IRCHA to support the hobby and hang with friends. Dragging a hobby shop to an event is a challenge. Be thankful for those that did show up. I will say those I personably dealt with were for the most part happy we were there.
Cheers
Alan
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08-07-2019 01:35 PM  3 months ago
Eury

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I appreciated you being there, Alan. Love the 556 canopy you mounted up for me. I was fortunate to not need more parts than that, but I do remember the people I see at events and support them before the online only guys.Nick Crego

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08-08-2019 04:29 AM  3 months ago
Tyler

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Hi Allen,

You indeed were a great asset to IRCHA this year and in the past. You did a wonderful job with your mobile store. You presence and support was greatly anticipated and appreciated by many. Your down to earth, person to person, and hands on customer service is what makes small fish in the pond like you so important to us.

Thankful? Indeed!
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08-09-2019 01:29 AM  3 months ago
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Ditto on Matt Jost and music control. Not all of us stay up flying until the wee hours of the morning. As a camper at site #4 (main site) during the past years at night, I can't hear my TV in my camper due to the PA/music system. Matt did his best to control volume and turned off around 11pm each evening.Team Synergy/Rail, Team Scorpion, YS Engines, VelTye
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08-11-2019 11:41 AM  3 months ago
flyalan

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Thank you for the kind words.
I do encourage everyone to share their thoughts with IRCHA in regards to what you liked and what could be improved. Getting back to basics and keeping the event friendly to the everyday sport pilot is the key.
Cheers
Alan
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08-28-2019 08:07 PM  83 days ago
rcnut

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I personally enjoyed the laid-back event more so than a power driven events like in the past. It was a blessing for me this year as I am still recovering from major back surgery at the beginning of the year. So walking was my exercise.

I too noticed the lack of venders, and some (a few) that were there...lack of help, but that is ok. I bought more than I should have, but that was ok too. I enjoyed connecting with friends and spending the week with them. Flight stations were easier to get to if needed to test fly a heli or friends heli.

The food venders were great as usual...and for the most part, centrally located.

It was nice to hang out with Allan at Helilids...and spent some green$$$ with him!

I spent a fair amount of time this year talking with staff members, thanking most of them, talking to venders, watching the NATs, and just enjoying the better weather.
Team Miniature Aircraft
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08-28-2019 10:28 PM  83 days ago
HeliLids RC

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It was good seeing you! My wife and son enjoyed your presence. You can come hang with its anytime!
Look for us at Heli Extravaganza you will be there.

Cheers
Alan
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