Horizon Hobby was the exhibitor. “We are trying to reach new markets, that’s why we are here in Arlington,” said Kim Payne from Horizon Hobby. “We’ll be at AirVenture as well.” Both displays were packed with people every time I happened by.
“Trying to reach new markets.” Now where have I heard that before?
Looking at Horizon’s “Ready-To-Fly” airplanes, I see a number of familiar names. Champ, Super Cub, P-51 Mustang, T-34 Mentor, F4U Corsair and more.
Zipping around my back yard with my Blade Scout, I got to wondering what role RC-flying plays in the greater aviation discussion. I certainly built model airplanes as a kid, and I remember my neighbors on Shady Acres (the airpark I grew up on) flying wire- and radio-controlled models. The state-of-the-art has certainly advanced from 30-years ago. Gone are the noisy, oily motors (at least at the entry-level), replaced by whisper quiet electric propulsion.
(Join more than 600,000 others who’ve seen Joe Smith fly a 120CC-powered RC on YouTube).
I imagine I’m not to only “full scale” pilot who gets a kick out of RC-flying.
Is RC-flying a launching point, a destination or a sub-set of flying? I imagine for some, it’ll launch a kid, or kid at heart, into a life-long pursuit of “full scale” flying. For others, RCs will be as far as they’ll go, and for people like me, it’ll keep the juices flowing in between “full scale” flight fixes.