Posts Tagged ‘Flit’

Scale Squadron – Why Clubs are Good for the Hobby

November 13, 2007

Scale Squadron MeetingScale Squadron LogoI was invited to speak at the Scale Squadron meeting last night.

I showed the ASM A-26 Invader, the Model Tech Super Cub, the Flit, the RDS8000 radio along with some 94162Z servos, KMS motors, Impulse Batteries (from inside my A-26) and even some Thunderbolt 4Stroke Glow Plugs. The guys at the club seemed to like the products! There was a lot of interest in all of the planes.

Through what came to mind is how we as a hobby sometimes forget how great clubs can be and how important they are to the hobby’s health. Here’s a group of guys who love aviation in all its forms, promote the hobby to the local community through all kinds of events from programs like Toys-For-Tots, to different kids groups, to schools, and share their modeling techniques and ideas. These are not selfish people. They love their hobby AND they sure want to share it with others. Beginners to experts, most clubs embrace just about anyone who wants to fly model airplanes.

Online these days I see so many people posting about how they would never join a club, don’t like rules, etc. That’s OK I guess, but remember, when you join a club, they’ve usually made those rules at the flying field to make the field safe for all members. And really, if you’re not sure you like the rules, get involved! Volunteer for the special events, get on the board, etc.

In all this babbling, what I’m trying to say is that the Hobby isn’t just airplanes. It’s clubs, social events, club meetings, fly-ins, contests, charity events, etc. It is PEOPLE. It’s a community that may have some ups and downs, but you just never know what you’ll learn, who you’ll meet, and in the end you’ll probably makes some good friends too1

Oh, and while you’re there, you might actually learn something that will make your hobby and passion for model airplanes even more enjoyable.

So, if you’re a lone-wolf flyer, that’s great, but still.. you might want to check out your local club too.


6 Gram Indoor Flyer

November 6, 2007

Russ and the FlitFlying the FlitThe hit of the show in the Global Booth (at ihobbyexpo) was the Flit. Universally people were drawn to it’s small size and cute looks.

 What really made people take notice, however, was the performance.

1. You REALLY can fly it in your living room. It’s that small and that agile.

2. It’s got tons of power. Almost too much really.

3. Other true room fliers are about twice the price.

4. It’s 3 channel proportional! That makes a big difference!

The Flit was designed under the direction of Didel (Swiss Genius) in Switzerland. The plane performs great. There was a HUGE amount of time and effort to develop it and then more time making the design fly awesome and be able to still be produced in larger qty’s than 1 at a time by hand! The result of all that work and effort is the Phase 3 Flit. It has enough power to just pull vertical, has a very nice proportional esc, so you can vary the speed to fly it just the way you want to. It’s challenging enough to be interesting and fun enough to keep my interest. I can take off from my computer monitor, fly around my office, and land on my desk. It took some practice, but it’s now 2nd nature. And when you’re done flying, it all goes back in that flat aluminum case!!!

 Anyway, we’re just in production now (everything has to be 100% perfect, so there’s a huge amount of QC as part of this first run) and we’ll be seeing them soon. It’s a worthy product and very unique in the hobby today. I sure had fun flying it at the show!

Show Update

October 24, 2007

I got home from the show LATE Sunday Night, to find half of So Cal on fire, and many of my family friends being evacuated. The good news is that they have all been able to go back to their homes. I felt good knowing everyone was safe. Of course that can’t be said for so many people who are not able to go back to their houses or don’t even know if they have a house to go back to! The devastation and loss has left me speechless. How do you console someone who lost their house and now some people have lost their lives. It’s horrible. The good news is the weather will change, the fires will slow, and then the firefighters will be able to get in front of it all. There is, of course, hope.

 In a day or two, I’ll be caught up a little at work, the heat will have decreased which will mean I can sleep well again, and once we get to that point, I will get some pics and info about what we did at the show.

 For the moment, I’d just like to say we met so many great people. From famous national champion competitors to local modelers who just love the hobby, from great friends to hobby shop owners from all over the country who work every day to bring you the items you need when you’re pursuing this great hobby, we talked to a LOT of people about all of the products we showed.

They all clearly showed us what products were hot, what products they liked or didn’t, and shared with us their latest projects.

So, please let me get up some posts and fun stuff in the next day or two and then please, if you have any comments, questions, etc. send me some comments!

 The Chicago Ihobbyexpo show this year was the best experience at this show we’ve had in a long time. A great event for me personally AND for Global/Airtronics!

 To all of your modelers, enthusiasts, and hobby shops, thank you for coming to see us! We really enjoyed talking about the hobby with you!


IHOBBYEXPO.COM (Chicago ’07)

October 16, 2007

The IHOBBYEXPO show in Chicago is this week. Some of the guys here have already left for Chicago to setup the booth. I leave tomorrow.

This is the first time we have represented Airtronics at the show and also the first time Global Hobby has exhibited at the show in several years. Frankly, it feels good to be back. I’ve been attending this show since 1989. Most of the big names in the hobby will be there.

However, what I personally most look forward to is seeing so many people. Customers, fellow modelers, and industry friends and aquaintances I normally only get to email or talk to on the phone. Modeling is as much social as it is creative, and this show is a time to be social while we all take in the creativity that is modeling. One walk around the train layouts shows just how cool modeling is in all its categories.

Anyway, I’ll bring back pictures to post here of course. We’re showing new stuff of course and I’m sure there’s tons of other cool stuff to photograph. PLEASE, if you’re in the Chicago area this weekend, come to the show, stop by the Global/Airtronics/XTM booth, say “Hi!”. I’ll be around until Sunday afternoon.

 I look forward to seeing you there.