Originally Posted by LJE4357
I agree 100%. This hobby grew when we were kids, because there were hobby shops and model manufactures. Today most hobby shops and manufactures have all gone by the wayside. Who's left, Robart, DuBro, Suvillan. Everything comes out of China. The only way I see it come back is to put import fees on all the junk coming in from China, making it competitive in cost. Yes the prices would go up, and it would probably at least 10 years to get it growing. But it worked before, no reason it shouldn't work again. Besides if you model an RPV, it's really scale. No Pilot.
Hi Larry ,
I honestly do believe just like the great example of shooting marbles given by oh44077 , that the hobby is past it's "store on every corner" heyday and no amount of hobbyshop manipulation is gonna bring it back . We , as young technically interested folks were drawn to the RC airplane hobby whereas today's tech minded youth instead goes for video games and robots . Yes indeed in our youth there was a hobbyshop on every corner and it was the public's changing hobby tastes and not anything the hobbyshops did or didn't do that caused them to be replaced by "Gamestop" (huge video game store chain now seen on every corner the way hobbyshops used to) .
Originally Posted by BarracudaHockey
The truth is they spent weeks combing through everything down to the cost of the paper clips. What they came back with was a couple of recomendations as to this should be reported here instead of there stuff, just a few small things to justify all the time they spent.
Vicki, Keith, and everyone at HQ do a very good job with that stuff.
Hi Andy ,
Yes indeed if our organization came out of an IRS audit unscathed it means all the ducks had to be in a row cause if they weren't the IRS would have found it . They are very effective in applying their laws & codes to the day to day operations of organizations like ours .
Kudos to our bookkeepers for keeping things straight .
Originally Posted by franklin_m
I hadn't noticed the lack of event in April - June, but if it holds, that would be a leading indicator of the organization's health ... at least with respect to the club flying business model. Jet flyers and big airplane flyers will always need a larger field, but one has to wonder if there's enough of them to keep the HQ staff funded, to pay for EC travel (easily twice as much as they gave in flying field grants last year), and pay for "Taj-Muncie."
Given the current trends facing AMA - changing demographics, youth memberships not converting, open adult renewals declining, and seniors declining, I think they're facing pretty serious business headwinds. Since there isn't as much of a "need" to have AMA membership to fly in local parks or open spaces, one has to wonder if they're business model will survive.
But now that I think of it, we have one thing to look forward to: if they follow the EVP's recommendation, they're going to spend even more money to try and attract MR fliers.
Hi Franklin ,
As a matter of policy , when one campaign has proven to be ineffective , yes indeed "throwing good money after bad" is no reasonable person's way forward . My personal belief is that we stop trying to attract any one single type of flyer and instead try to get ALL aspects of the hobby into the public eye so as to maybe pick up the few folks who may see this as a lifelong hobby rather than a passing fad . Sure , MR flyers should feel welcome , just as welcome as CL flyers and FF flyers , but no one segment deserves more advertising/promotion than any other does . "Courting" MR flyers with freebies that aren't offered to ALL members ? Nope , not as far as I'm concerned , and I never once recall receiving a free AMA membership with any single model airplane purchase as was the case last year with the free AMA memberships given to the drone buyers (at best buy was it ? or wallmart ?) .