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Old Oct 27, 2003, 08:10 PM
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How many of us are there?

Does anyone know of any statistics relating to how many people in the world currently fly RC gliders? Or in which countries it is most popular (either in total numbers or as a percentage of population)? Anyone care to hazard some guesses??

Being an Australian, I'm personally particularly curious as to how many RC glider flyers (or flyers of all types of RC aircraft) there are in Australia....

I hope some of you can help satisfy my curiousity and perhaps others might find it at least a little intriguing as well.

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Old Dec 08, 2003, 07:32 PM
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I'm one. Count me!

It is a different flying experience that is very addictive. Every flight
is an adventure and every flight is different.

No fuel, no noise an no washing the plane down
after the flight. It is a hunter's game, if you are up for it.

Sailplanes are wonderful
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Old Dec 15, 2003, 06:42 PM
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aussie, the company Canterbury Sailplanes is located in (you guessed it...) Canterbury NZ. Their company website has a forum like this and almost all of the members of the forum are from Australia/NZ (except me and some others). Ask there, they might know about the statistic for your area. www.canterburysailplanes.co.nz I beleive...do a search if that doesn't work.
~John
p.s. I'm a new glider flier...so far I've flown a couple electrics and a glow trainer (it isn't nearly as slimy as you glider people say ). They are all real fun and now I'll see how fun gliders can be. I asked for a Gentle Lady kit for christmas ! I like building from kit...at least so far...and it fits my budget nicely too (I'm 15 years old)
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Old Dec 15, 2003, 09:44 PM
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There are people who think they want to fly R/C gliders who haven't tried it yet. There are people who have tried it a few times and come back to it occasionally. There are people who fly a few times a season. There are others that fly weekly, weather permitting. There are a few that fly almost every day, weather permitting. The ones that belong to clubs and are affiliated with a national or international organization are easiest to count.

There are about 7000 participants in the League of Silent Flight. They are almost all serious glider fliers.

In the USA there are over 170,000 members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Many of those members are also members of about 2,500 AMA chartered clubs. Most AMA members fly R/C. Of those that do, somewhat less than 10% fly gliders. Then there are some unknown number of glider fliers who don't belong to a club or to the national organization.

As a SWAG, I would estimate that there are something like 15 or 20 thousand glider fliers in the USA, including those that are unaffiliated.
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Old Dec 15, 2003, 09:47 PM
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Seared Ice

Welcome to the fun.

Electric, glo, glide .... its all fun.

I stopped by your the NZ site. Seems like a good group. Gives me a chance to see how flying is done in another country.
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Old Dec 16, 2003, 06:49 AM
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Good on you Ollie!

You're the only one that has been brave enough to hazard a guess at the number of RC glider flyers in the USA... 15 to 20 thousand sounds reasonable to me although I had personally originally estimated the USA figure to be about double that. But as you say, it's hard to define a RC glider flyer and it's even harder to work out how many there are.... at least we're getting some sort of ball-park figure.

As a comparison, I estimate there to be about 4,000 RC glider flyers in Australia (where I'm from) which has a population of 20 million.

Anyone else have an opinion?..... or care? ;-)

PS. According to the AMA, their current membership stands at 168,075.

Kye.
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Old Dec 16, 2003, 07:12 AM
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In the USA there are over 170,000 members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Many of those members are also members of about 2,500 AMA chartered clubs. Most AMA members fly R/C. Of those that do, somewhat less than 10% fly gliders. Then there are some unknown number of glider fliers who don't belong to a club or to the national organization.

As a SWAG, I would estimate that there are something like 15 or 20 thousand glider fliers in the USA, including those that are unaffiliated.
Ollie, I assume that the AMA is primarily a US, or North American organization. Is there a comparable organization in Australia?
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