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Old 12-27-2012, 11:22 AM   #1
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Default What Will 2013 Bring to the Hobby Industry?

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season! As we get back to some sort of normality, it's time to think about the upcoming year. What will 2013 hold for the hobby industry? A few years back, the new year brought 2.4 radios, and changed the fly-in as we knew it. Then a few years later, battery technology changed and allowed electric flight to become more prominent and affordable. Then the past few years has seen the rise of affordable, excellent flying ARF and RTF airplanes in sizes ranging from micro to 45%! It truly is an excellent time to be involved in this wonderful hobby.

So, my question to you guys: what new products or what new direction do you see the hobby industry moving into for 2013? Are there any new technologies that you feel will be a game changer? Any new advancements that will take an existing product and make it even better? Let's hear your thoughts.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:04 PM   #2
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Pilot RC kits for about $500. Lets do that!!!!! Someone!!!!
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:08 PM   #3
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In my opinion the AS3X technology that we can see usually in micro airplanes will be disseminated to giant models
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:19 PM   #4
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Pilot RC kits for about $500. Lets do that!!!!! Someone!!!!
NOW THAT WOULD BE A KICK IN THE PANTS KIT TO BUILD RIGHT THERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any one of them in the 35 / 36% range................... Hells yes !!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:21 PM   #5
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Quadcopter tech is and will be in demand big time for 2013 as I see it. On another note,Pilot RC needs to build a BIG ARSE ULTIMATE! Hey Tony,Wazz up!!

Oh,More hot chicks with a Crystal Ball FO SHO!!
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:29 PM   #6
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Quadcopter tech is and will be in demand big time for 2013 as I see it.
YEP.. and Hex and Octo and Y6 and X8.. I am addicted.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:35 PM   #7
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I am starting out with the new DJI Phantom for my gopro stuff,however I can see where this is gonna go soon! Mo Bigga DJI stuff!
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:40 PM   #8
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Buddy of mine had one of them real nice quadcopters ($2500.00) and had lots of fun with it shooting video for us at local events. He was flying it for his neighbors one day and lost it in Gaveston bay.....OUCH!
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:36 PM   #9
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Extreme flight needs to come out with a biplane. Maybe 30cc-50cc size.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:40 PM   #10
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Mo Bigga DJI stuff!
Skip it, the bigger DJi stuff is like a 33% plane. It seems like a good idea until you waste the money on it.

700mm - 1000mm custom Y6 or X8 is where it's at. That with a 3 axis gimbal with GPS, and waypoint.

Oh yea!
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:07 PM   #11
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I predict a highly competitive battle of the servo manufacturers. Now we have new players in the game I hope to see some new design features, better cases, better mounting options, when will a servo co. change where the servo lead wires come out of the case. Instead of right under the mounting tab which then has to turn 90 degrees when in the wing, it would be useful to use a plug in application to help with flexibility of routing servo leads. it would be cool to see ALL brands of servos with the ability to program through your home laptop. I would like to see the size of the servo get bigger for the guys flying 40% and up. this could only lend towards bigger, better gears and more durability, the planes are light enough so we can afford a slight weight gain in exchange for a "bullet proof" servo.

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Sleep,thanks for the heads up! I am a newbe at the quad stuff! Is that your quad in the avatar? Looks cool as heck!
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:25 PM   #13
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FPV is going to become even more popular and not just with multicopters. Planes and even RC cars can be flown/driven FPV.

FPV socializing is almost here. Your tiny little quadcopter will have both a speaker and a microphone so you can pop up in front of your buddy and say hello. You'll know it's gone too far when two quadcopters start talking to one another.

True formation flying is just around the corner. With FPV it will be possible, but with lots of skill. Eventually our models will begin to directly communicate with one another and you will be able to activate "lock on mode".

FPV combat, you know it has to happen. Foam flying wings with gymboled cameras slaved to motion sensors in the headset. Get weapons lock on the HUD and send the image to your buddy on his smart phone.

Not 2013 but soon... 100% scale purpose built RC planes flying the airshow circuit as a business. They will be both safer and put the manned aircraft to shame. Not just modern stunt planes but reproductions of WW1, Golden age, WW2 and older jet aircraft. The real ones are becoming too precious to risk and too many FS pilots are dying in them. Airshow entertainment will be a viable career path for the gifted few, and a small industry will grow out of designing and building them.

Full autonomous flight will soon be available to the average pilot. Some will push the boundaries to full IMAC like stunt routines with computer precision. Programming will become a significant part of the hobby.

The cheapest "toys" available from regular toy stores will soon have capabilities we only dreamed of. Actually they already do, so I am predicting the past with that one. Prepare to be amazed.
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Sleep,thanks for the heads up! I am a newbe at the quad stuff! Is that your quad in the avatar? Looks cool as heck!
It is but it's only "ok".
You get to a good level and it's not cool anymore. It's seriously like a 33% plane. It's cool, and you think it's cool until you see a 40% and you think why O why did I buy the damn plane?!?!

Working on one like this now.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:14 PM   #15
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I predict a highly competitive battle of the servo manufacturers. Now we have new players in the game I hope to see some new design features, better cases, better mounting options, when will a servo co. change where the servo lead wires come out of the case. Instead of right under the mounting tab which then has to turn 90 degrees when in the wing, it would be useful to use a plug in application to help with flexibility of routing servo leads. it would be cool to see ALL brands of servos with the ability to program through your home laptop. I would like to see the size of the servo get bigger for the guys flying 40% and up. this could only lend towards bigger, better gears and more durability, the planes are light enough so we can afford a slight weight gain in exchange for a "bullet proof" servo.

Steve
I also predict that SMJ Spinners will become a huge hit!
Better get your orders in now as Steve is going to be a busy guy!
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