I’ve been blessed to be able to grow in the RC Helicopter hobby over the last few years and its been mainly self-funded. Late in 2018 and early 2019 I had the privilege and blessing to be asked to join several flight teams.
The first, is my overall parts sponsor, HeliDirect, LLC. HeliDirect carries all manner of helicopter parts and has excellent shipping and customer service. They are also the distributor of the iKON Flybarless unit, my exclusive flybarless controller of choice, and Pulse Batteries, premium Lithium Polymer batteries respected for their quality and longevity. I fly Align & SAB Goblin helicopters from HeliDirect.
My second sponsor is KBDD International. KBDD is the maker of innovative rotor blades that are not only high-performance and accommodate a broad range of flight styles, they are also known for their extreme visibility. I particularly like their lightweight, but strong, plastic tail rotor blades that are available in bright colors to make the tail rotor direction obvious. My choice main rotor blades are the Extreme Edition blades. They are heavy, wide-chord, bright orange, and auto-rotate well due to the mass. They also do very well in big-air maneuvers.
The most recent sponsor, Kontronik Drives, makes amazingly strong and reliable power systems for helicopters, airplanes, and boats. My preferred ESC is the Kontronik Kosmik 160 paired with a 750-50 XL motor. The 8mm shaft does not need an adapter to be used with my Goblin Thunder Sport and the 500kV rating provides a good range of RPMs to suit my flying needs. Kontronik’s products can be found at HeliDirect.