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RC Model Airplane Hobby’s Future – What do you think?

RC Model Airplane Hobby’s Future – What do you think?

What’s in store for RC aircraft in 2018? What trends do you think will be hot? Which will fade? Time to look into your crystal ball and tell us what you think!

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  1. I sincerely hope multi rotors fade into oblivion. They are a scourge on the hobby..

  2. 70mm & 80mm EDF jets powered by 6s batteries are striking a balance of performance, scale details, and affordability that are hard to resist! We will see a lot more of them.

    Also, hoping for plug-n-play HD head-tracking FPV setup for fixed wing like DJI Mavic/Goggles. It’s too good to be restricted to quad-rotors only.

    1. Thanks for your comments Robert. We are in an exciting time now with our hobby.

  3. It will either be killed by regulation, or because it is too small a market and manufacturers pull out.

  4. Well, I’m hoping for more micro-scale type helos & fixed-wings. Call me a geek, but FPV & 3-D just don’t do it for me.

    1. Indoor and micro RC is a cool way to enjoy flight even when it is cold and windy outside. I enjoy WW1 dogfights during our Club’s indoor fun fly nights!
      GY

  5. B1 bomber with 4x 64mm ducted fans powered by 2x 6s batteries with functional sweep wings and bomb bay. Servoless retracts of course.

    C17 with 4x 70mm fans would also be awesome.

  6. I love everything Extreme flight RC and there new brands are building!! Legacy aviation is the scale company of the future! There turbo duster, bush master, and muscle coup are all big reliable electric 4s-6s planes that are float ready! Watch aces high for there new scale warbirds! All with EF’s original quality and flight standards.

  7. I’d like to see more larger-sized SAFE-type aircraft at reasonable prices. Planes like the Carbon-Z Cessna 150 from Horizon is a good start, but with more options in the level of completeness. Most of us have servos, motors, ESCs, receivers, etc. lying around from previous projects. The Cessna 150 price, at $400, is good, but still a major stretch for those of us on a limited/fixed budget.

  8. Hopefully kits will make a come-back as will glow power

  9. I hope JR will get back into the hobby business like the old days
    cause Japan made products are by far the bes available.

  10. Regrettably, the “Heavy” airliners and civil airplanes (i.e. Cessna 421) are fading in part due to lackluster interest, pricing and especially, cost for shipping; even used ones. But I enjoy them enough that I’ve invested in scratch build techniques, such as vacuum forming parts to preserve my current fleet and to create new ones. The latest Model Airplane News edition provided some very noteworthy tips! Thanks

  11. RC aeromodeling’s decline will continue. Why?
    Because of the current “promotion” system. Clubs are non profit oriented as opposed to profit oriented industry members, who depend on clubs for hands-on promotion duties. Connect the dots.

  12. In case anyone is interested, I do indeed have a proven means to a solution.
    All I ask is for anyone in the industry to come to my area so that I can teach them how to easily attract and keep new customers, club and AMA members.

    All I need or want is just ONE person to learn this proven promotion/training technique then she or he can pass this on to others and so on. What would anyone have to lose? No charge what-so-ever.

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