Learn what it takes to represent your favorite brand
They are difficult to miss at events in their bright orange, red, or blue shirts. You may find them on the flightline competing for a top prize, or they may be in the pits helping another modeler tweak his or her
airplane. Kids and adults may have admiration in their eyes as they ask
these sponsored pilots for advice and check out the latest Horizon Hobby,
Futaba, or 3D Hobby Shop products.
Sponsored pilots don’t live glamorous lives but they have coveted spots
that some aeromodelers only dream of having. Pilots must work hard to get
to this point, while keeping their egos in check and remembering to focus
on what this sport is all about—having fun.
Aeromodeling companies have various methods for finding their next
sponsored pilots, but officials with three of them agree that character is
more important than skill. After all, these pilots proudly represent the
brands that they wear and fly.
by Rachelle Haughn
39 Model Aviation MAY 2014