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08-21-2020 02:28 AM  38 days ago
ChopperEddie

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PaulBowen You can still buy Hirobo, X-Cell, Quest (formerly Kyosho Helicopters) and Mikado.
Yes, but apparently RCJapan won't ship to the USA right now. At least that's what their site is telling me when I try to order something. Any other sources for Hirobo, Quest, etc?
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08-21-2020 02:30 AM  38 days ago
douflytoo

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PaulBowen I totally agree with banshee rider 100%
+1 Banshee rider and Goober.
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08-21-2020 01:42 PM  37 days ago
PaulBowen

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Japan post won’t deal with several countries at the moment including Australia. Our only option is Fedex who’s prices are truly eye watering.Quest NEO Caliber ZG, Zenoah G260PUH, CGY760R, NHP 750, NHP 115.
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08-24-2020 12:36 PM  34 days ago
Goober1228

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+1 To what Paul Bowen says,
Due to Corona Virus, RC Japan is using Fed EX for shipping to Australia, and
USA. Japan Post has resumed shipping to some countries, more to follow.
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09-09-2020 11:04 PM  18 days ago
kenneth8

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Synergy moving and having a machine shop close to home. Is that their plan? I was wondering when their parts will can be found again, thanks.
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09-11-2020 10:08 AM  16 days ago
MattJen

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The new legislation has a lot to do with decline, years ago we could fly almost anywhere without fear of someone calling the police, here in the UK we have to register, if you want to fly anywhere else from a club there is so many hoops you have to jump through to keep on the right side of the law, I used to fly in a park and many people would come up and ask questions and show a real fascination.. Now its viewed as a noise nuisance and people's attitudes have changed, they are a lot less tolerant now in this Me first, My rights world.All The Best
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09-12-2020 01:09 AM  16 days ago
Seaviper

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We luckily don't have the noise issue because we fly in the middle of a hay field. We do have a surplus of bugs and heat though.

In our club we have added myself and another helicopter pilot this year. I think we have about 6 or so helicopter pilots now, which is about half of the guys that show up to fly.

Maybe the answer is to buy more helicopters(demand = more production), promote them on social media...not just flights but discussion of how they work, etc, and mentor new pilots when you find one that's interested. Adding helicopters to club events also drives interest. Our club really needs to have such events in my opinion, if only just for the members to attend.

Club members all too often comment on how difficult helicopters are. This can drive away new pilots. Rather, how about we talk to new people about how much fun they are. I know that when I learned how to fly helicopters back in the day, we had a great bunch of guys that helped each other out a lot. I was actually drawn in by the challenge of building a complicated machine and tuning it to fly correctly. I am sure the hobby will be fine as long as we all keep doing it.
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