Originally Posted by LGM Guitars
Yup, it's true, after 25 years in the hobby, I'm thinking of calling it quits. Not because I don't enjoy it anymore, quite the contrary, I wish I could get out to fly more often, but because of many other reasons.
1. Lack of a place to fly. Here in the lower mainland, finding clubs to fly at is tough. There are many clubs out here, but very few that are friendly to some of the types of airplanes I fly, either due to noise regulations or simply space. Tree's off the end of a runway don't work well with pylon or pattern type birds that require a long flat approach to slow down enough to land much less jets. I've already come to terms with the fact that the jets probably need to be saved for the odd weekend I can actually make it to Princeton to fly them.
2. Park fliers... I personally know of one club that has had airplanes lost due to people who are not club members, not maac members, flying park fliers close to, but not on the club field. They turn on and bang, shoot somebody down. Doesn't seem like it's something that would happen often, but it will and does. I have no issues with park fliers except that they are model aircraft and should be treated as such, they should be flown at a club field under MAAC guidelines and frequency control, not flown haphazardly in some park somewhere with no regard for clubs or in some cases even the safety of other people in the parks.
3. 2.4ghz technology. In 25 years of flying I have never been shot down flying on 72mhz. I have honestly not even had a radio problem that could not be figured out either due to component failure or user screw up. I had a fail safe lockout on my kingcat last year which I fortunately got out of and saved the airplane, and in the end concluded that it was my receiver antenna that was probably yanked on at some point and not connected properly to the receiver anymore. As such, I don't want to change to 2.4, and honestly, at this point in my life, I can't afford to switch to 2.4. All my airplane stuff was paid for well before I started my own business, having to switch all my stuff to 2.4 is a large expense. Further to that, I have a couple airplanes that I use a full 10 channels on my receiver and there is not to my knowledge a 10 channel 2.4 receiver available yet.
I have no personal grudges with 2.4 (although I'd feel better once I start reading about less crashes on 2.4) but my 72mhz works fine. As with all changes in technology though, I know there will be a period where everyone is switching over and the dreaded "oops, that was my 72mhz radio, not 2.4 that I turned on" will happen and people will get shot down by it. As it was with auto start turbine engines, people get complacent and forget the common sense part of modelling for a while (with turbines, the auto start was so easy to use there were many times I witnessed starts being made with no fire suppression equipment anywhere to be seen).
4. Cost of flying these days and lack of time to do so. Not that flying RC is expensive, it isn't really, but if I consider the amount of times I can actually get out to fly, cost of club dues (which I don't feel are unfair, even the clubs charging $250 + per year) MAAC dues (which again I feel are cheap, no issues there on that one item) Glow fuel, Gas to get to and from the field, hotels if I want to go to Princeton to fly (hardly worth a 3 hour trip each way and $160 worth of diesel to stay only for an afternoon) etc, it does add up.
Anyway, I love this hobby, and I'm probably just venting, but I am really questioning whether or not it's worth staying in the hobby at this point. All of my hobby stuff is paid for, but even though it costs me nothing to keep, I just wonder if it's not money that could be recycled and put to better uses.
I've enjoyed 25 years of RC modelling, I love seeing the technology evolve, but honestly I feel right now that the new technology is a good part of what is pushing me away from the hobby. I have honestly never felt worried about flying and having somebody shoot me down, but in the last year or so that has been a fear I've had. Unfounded? Maybe...