Fawning all over the fantasy of Drone Express

Quad-Copter-Dronehobbyexpress.com CEO, Mark Cleveland sent his comments on the Amazon Drone Express announcement:

I was traveling to Texas when the Charlie Rose segment on ’60 Minutes’ featuring Amazon’s Jeff Bezos’ PrimeAir, drone delivery vision caused a sensation. I found this, together with subsequent coverage by mainstream media to be entertaining. Offensive, but entertaining.

Why is this news? Drones could add $13.6 Billion to to the US economy in three years? Ridiculous.

One critical story in USA Today by Rem Rieder was appropriately sarcastic of Rose for his fawning all over the fantasy of Drone Express. Unfortunately, it was buried on page 5B, while the front page highlighted the illegal use of drones as an entrepreneurial opportunity, and oversimplified (if not ignored) issues worth exploring.

As the CEO and owner of Hobby Lobby International, my company has been a pioneer in radio control aircraft. For 50 years, this company set new standards for electric flight. We are happy to be in the multi-rotor “drone” business, but the idea that a network of drones could be the foundation for a delivery network at Amazon is comical. We sell the propellers and manufacture the eRC brand motors, servos and electronic speed controllers preferred by multi-rotor hobbyists and commercial clients. As a service, we build and train operators of multi-rotor platforms for movie producers mentioned in the article. We sell electronics and parts to government contractors who build public safety drones.

Next time Charlie Rose, call for some expert commentary.

The media is silent about the basis for the FAA rules that prohibit the very commercial, for-hire entrepreneurship featured and glamorized by these stories. There is no basis for a $13.6 billion dollar economic impact from drones and no reason to believe drone delivery is practical at all? Where is the story about the FAA and AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) working with industry professionals to protect the sport of flying recreational model aircraft, supporting education in the face of terrorism concerns, safety issues and obvious practical obstacles to a sky filled with drones?

Before I bought Hobby Lobby, I enjoyed a career in transportation and logistics services. America’s largest trucking fleets and truck stop operators bought a wide range of products and support services from the organizations I was proud to be part of. From freight matching to safety and compliance programs, from liability and cargo insurance to expedited document imaging and information processing. From that perspective, as a transportation professional, the Amazon Drone Express story and its treatment is appalling. I am offended for my friends in that industry whose contribution to the economy is diminished by the shallow treatment of this drone topic. These are the companies who actually deliver products for Amazon! Billions of economic value contributed daily…

I helped launch a marine transportation company that was honestly innovative and disruptive, it was honestly news worthy. Where was “60 Minutes” when SeaBridge was trying to change the world? I’m offended.

Yes, now I’m mad. Charlie, don’t bother calling. Maybe I’m testy because I’m still in Texas as I write this. Stuck in Dallas in an ice storm. No delivery drone could get me out of here, but I have a few friends in transportation who could.

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Made In AMERICA For Christmas

christmas newspaper

… It used to be made in America
It used to be made by my friends
Now it’s time to plan for the future
And build our economy strong once again…
By Robert M. Barrows

According to a special report made on ABC’s World News Tonight, this holiday season, Americans will spend nearly $60 billion in retail sales on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, with the average shopper spending $423 just during this special discount period.

madeAll told, the average consumer is expected to spend $738 on gifts this holiday season. More than half of the gifts given this Christmas are foreign made. The report also cited that in the 1960’s, 9 out of 10 products were made in America, most all toys, games, books and yes…. even Pajamas, were #madeinAmerica.

Yes, America, Hobby Lobby International proudly produces and sells a product line that is made in the U.S.A! The #Telemaster, HLI’s premier line of R/C Planes is made just outside of Nashville, TN. This line is a balsa laser cut kit for the intermediate to advanced R/C plane enthusiast. The Telemaster kit comes in several scale sizes, micro, 40, 60, and even a 12 footer.

“When we share with an R/C pilot that his or her Telemaster was made in America, you can see that they know their plane is of high quality” said Kurt Cleveland, President of HLI.

So, this Christmas, put an American made treasure under that special someone’s tree, like a new R/C Telemaster from hobbyexpress.com.

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From The Ground Up…. Where Drones are Headed.

amazon droneSAN FRANCISCO — Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos says that in the future, drones delivering packages will be as common as mail trucks.

For many “drones”, octocopters or quads are already making deliveries in the form of a paycheck.

Realtors, wedding photographers, movie producers, and even farmers are using them as a business tool every day. For drone entrepreneurs, they are currently flying a goldmine.
“There will be a whole economy around it, with entrepreneurs creating technology for specific types of customers,” says Chris Dixon, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

“The potential is huge, and thousands of people are already flying them around the U.S. making money…” says Patrick Egan, a drone consultant.

Right now, there are no FAA regulations for unmanned “drones”, but the FAA plans to have regulations in place for small octocopters and quads by the end of 2014, and for commercial craft, in 2015.

For now, the field is wide open and what an awesome way to earn a living!!

But, where does someone get an octocopter or quad?

hexHobby Lobby International (HLI) has been custom building octocopters and quads for some time now.
The HLI octocopter building team brings the experience, expertise, and practical knowledge that no other company can match.
From small scale photography quads to giant heavy lift octocopters, the HLI team can build it, using the highest quality parts from DJI Naza, Cinestar, Freefly, Droidworks, and eRC on all builds.

If you’re ready to add the right tool for your business contact Hobby Lobby Today!!
866-512-1444 or Email Us

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New Online Tech Support Form

KeepCalmStudio.com-[Crown]-Keep-Calm-And-Email-SupportHobby Lobby International introduces new online tech support form.
If you need help with binning your plane, installing servos, proper  battery or ESC size. Have a few questions about a plane you’re interested purchasing? Are you an R/C car or truck hobbyist? Send us your questions too.
You can even upload pictures of the problem to help us solve it even quicker.

After you send us your question we’ll reply back with in 48hrs. with a solution or to get more information.

Please be as detailed as possible with your question.
To send us a question CLICK HERE

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Crawling for Tots!

20131123_110230The cold weather didn’t keep several R/C Rock Crawl drivers from participating in the Toys for Tots toy drive this past Saturday.

SRC www.scalerockcrawlers.com and Hobby Lobby International hosted the event and asked that drivers bring an unopened and unwrapped toy to help make this christmas the best for kids who are less fortunate.
The event collected almost 4 full donation boxes. Way to go!!

20131123_110954Driver’s of all ages competed on the rugged trial and the boulder course for the fastest times.   HLI employee and event organizer Chris Wampler says the turnout was great spite how cold it was.  Chris also said “there will be lots of happy kids this Christmas because of this event…”

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Phoenix R/C Pro Simulator V4.0 w/DX5eFor a newbie in the world of R/C, simulator time is certainly a gift, especially since pressing the “reset” button is a lot easier than gluing a plane back together. I can’t help but laugh at myself these days, as I struggle with the different toggles and buttons. Unlike most of the population my age, I had actually taken pride in my tactical avoidance of video games.

So I’m staring at the computer screen, playing an amazingly fun game, and somewhat at a

dx5 sim

loss for how to think in it, or be in it. Changing perspective from ground

pilot to cockpit mode is the hardest thing for me to conceptualize. Having not had a lot of experience with either perspective, I

struggle with adapting quick enough to keep the plane in a continual state of control. I often get stuck in ground pilot mode, and forget that some of the controls now run contrary to what I would expect of them.

It’s one of the greatest frustrations I’m currently faced with, but also one of my favorite challenges. I’ve always enjoyed the process of any kind of mental mastery, and thrive from pushing my mind to adapt that much faster. So I fly a little, crash, and reset, enjoying every step I take that gets me that much closer to having a mastery of the plane.

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Let Santa Know….

What’s on your Christmas List!!

christmas promo DXI6Fly your new BLADE Heli with only the BEST!!
DX6i DSMX 6-Channel Transmitter Only Mode 1
by Spektrum


If you’ve already invested in a sophisticated Spektrum aircraft transmitter, you’re probably reluctant to fly with anything else. After all, you’ve got the stick tension just the way you want it, you know where all the switches are and you love the programming features. For you, it’s as much a part of your flying enjoyment as what you fly with it. Bind-N-Fly technology makes it possible to have all kinds of exciting ready-to-fly experiences without giving any of that up.

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Let Santa Know…..

What’s on your Christmas List!!

christmas promo 350qxBe the cool kid on the block this Christmas with the new
BLADE 350 QX RTF with SAFE Technology.

Taking the knowledge of heli design to the aerial video market with the Blade® 350 QX, this highly capable quadcopter features dynamic flight modes that enable stable video capture from an included GoPro® compatible camera mount. With the 350 QX, novices and experts alike can get involved in this exciting hobby with Ready-to-Fly and Bind-N-Fly® models available.
SMART MODE: While in Smart Mode, SAFE technology engages the innovative SAFE Circle™ which prevents the 350 QX from flying too close to its pilot. When in a hover, GPS and altimeter sensors keep the quadcopter in a consistent stable position. The Stick Relativity feature allows the 350 QX to follow the directional inputs from a pilot regardless of the orientation of the quadcopter.

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Get Ready For Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Deals

Be the first to know what our Black Friday through Cyber Monday Deals Are!!

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Toys For Tots Toy Drive and Rock Crawl Event!

Brought to you in part
by the US Marines,
Hobby Lobby International
www.hobbyexpress.com and
SRC scalerockcrawlers.com

Any questions about the event you may contact
Hobby Lobby at 615-732-7244 ask for Chris
or contact Jerrod with SRC at 615-668-1038

Come out and join the fun!!

Date: Saturday November 23, 2013

Time: 10:00 AM till????

Location: Hobby Lobby International 5614 Franklin Pike Circle Brentwood TN 37027

Events to look forward to:

Collecting unopened and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots Foundation.

If you would like to make a monetary donation directly to Toys for Tots in honor of SRC/Hobby Lobby you may do so by going to:
nasville-n.toysfortots.org/donate/ and make a safe and secure donation. We thank you in advance.

“Crawling for the Kids” trail course

Class: 1.9 or smaller, 2.2 and a kids class ages 13 and younger (Must be some sort of crawler or scaler, Monster trucks however, do not qualify for prizes)

Fast Lap: Bring what R/C vehicle you have for a chance at seeing if you can turn the fastest lap on the road course.

R/C Drift Comp. Run what you brung.

Lunch: Hot dogs, chips and drinks provided by Hobby Lobby

Also available dirt track, bring your off road racer and see what you can do with it.

Hobby Lobby store hours 10:00 to 6:00 Mon-Sat. Noon to 5:00 Sun.

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