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Apr 19, 2017, 11:04 PM
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Who's going out of business?


I heard through the rumor mill that the RC airplane industry is hurting and several major companies will soon be out of business. If there is anyone out there who is "in the know", I would appreciate knowing which companies those are so I can be sure not to buy anything from them if customer service or parts support is a priority. Thanks,

Tom
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Apr 20, 2017, 02:19 AM
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This seems counterproductive.
Apr 20, 2017, 06:14 AM
WJH
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I heard JR is getting out of the R/C market.
Not sure how any of them can compete with FRsky's price points and features, and Spektrums Bind N Fly convenience and following.
I find it strange that you are worried about having product support and parts? On helicopters, and high end radios, yes, thats important, but most anything else can be fabricated by yourself.
Apr 20, 2017, 07:40 AM
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Hobbyking told the FCC that they were going out of business (page 2 near the top, paragraph 4).

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/at...-16-1290A1.pdf

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Apr 20, 2017, 08:17 AM
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Hobbyking told the FCC that they were going out of business (page 2 near the top, paragraph 4).

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/at...-16-1290A1.pdf

Andy
I think that was some kind of ploy to get the FCC off their back.

I used to use HK for lots of misc stuff but don't much anymore.
Far as I know they're still solidly in business, but their web site is a train wreck.
Apr 20, 2017, 09:54 AM
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The nature of this business is that it is in a constant state of flux. New players come in and old ones that don't keep up go out. It's hard to compete with the China pricing.
Apr 20, 2017, 10:42 AM
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Adapt or die...

Been a lot of havoc for the European companies..
Last edited by Herrsavage; Apr 20, 2017 at 12:55 PM.
Apr 20, 2017, 11:48 AM
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This seems counterproductive.
Yup.

I'd rather concentrate on the good suppliers that we have, and support them with our $$$.
Apr 20, 2017, 01:08 PM
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If I told you who I heard was going out of business, your head would spin. My suggestion is to buy everything you need NOW.
Apr 20, 2017, 01:13 PM
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If it were Horizon it would not surprise me.
Apr 20, 2017, 01:34 PM
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Hobbyking told the FCC that they were going out of business (page 2 near the top, paragraph 4).

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/at...-16-1290A1.pdf

Andy

Are you sure that's real? A guy that posted that notice in the Tundra thread was banned from RC Groups because Hobby King employees and fans complained about him.
Apr 20, 2017, 02:37 PM
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Yes, that's real.

That's the FCC site.

Whether Anthony Hand told the truth to the government or not is another matter.

Andy
Apr 20, 2017, 02:40 PM
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If it were Horizon it would not surprise me.
We are hiring people right now, not firing them. Just interviewed a guy yesterday.

For those who are interested:

https://recruiting.ultipro.com/HOR10...e-8b0a223db196

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Apr 20, 2017, 02:54 PM
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Hobbyking told the FCC that they were going out of business (page 2 near the top, paragraph 4).

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/at...-16-1290A1.pdf

Andy
HobbyKing USA is the subject of the inquiry, not HobbyKing.

Would not be surprised if HK USA shuts down, there are some vendors who might take over the North American distribution of HK products. Much like Diamond RC was the sold NA importer for FMS. Then FMS bought them out, then Horizon bought them out later.

Is not HK is facing the same pressure with its DSMX and DSM2 Orange receivers and radios that are compatible with the Spektrum units as well?
Apr 20, 2017, 03:00 PM
WJH
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You dont want to mess with the FCC. They have their own version of postal inspectors, just nerdier with direction finding equipment.
As for China pricing, can't believe my X7 was 110$. I even programmed it to use Siri's voice. A decade ago it would of been 1000$ plus.


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