Is RC (radio control) airplanes a Hobby or a sport?

Discussion in 'RC Aircraft & Watercraft' started by wcmeier, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. wcmeier

    wcmeier New Member

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    RC airplanes=RC aeromodeling= radio control airplanes
  2. xyzfree2002

    xyzfree2002 New Member

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    My friend's husband builds and flies radio controlled planes and helicopters, he calls it his hobby.
  3. billhantzis

    billhantzis New Member

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    Both. Years ago it was part of the Olympics and Russia was always winning. But in recent years I think it was dropped. But there are other competitions around the world that hold RC Tournaments.
  4. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

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    I'm not sure what Billhantzis is talking about...R/C airplanes were NEVER an Olympic sport. There are World Championship competitions for R/C in several disciplines...probably the most well known are acrobatics and scale competitions. The principal actors (winners...) in R/C acrobatics were European with the Japanese close behind. American flyers popped up now and then but have never been the dominant "power" in R/C acrobatics. This was probably due to the shift from a hobby sport to a commercially powerful one, and the principal manufacturers of R/C equipment are European and Japanese. The manufacturers sponsored the flyers which made them nearly unbeatable. You need a lot of talent on top of that, of course, to be able to win at an R/C competition.
  5. Peter T Davis

    Peter T Davis Guy Behind the Curtains

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    Well, I think it's a hobby. :)
  6. Rszanti

    Rszanti New Member

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    Isn't a sport something where physical activity is involved ?

    Nothing physical about RC plane flying unless you consider chasing after a plane when control is lost, an activity.

    Richard
  7. alaimo@jcu.edu

    alaimo@jcu.edu I need a Pin up girl. . .

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    I think of it as more of an obsession. . .:p
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    Oracle_9 New Member

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  9. foamnpackingtape

    foamnpackingtape New Member

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    Sport for some, Hobby for most like me