HeliProz Inc. today announced the top three Team HeliProz pilots of 2012 in their inaugural RC helicopter pilot mentorship program. Participating pilots earn points throughout the year to qualify for prize recognition. Points are earned by attending fun fly events, posting tips and tricks on the Team HeliProz website, publishing narrated videos using HeliProz products and various other activities.
First place was awarded to Cade Ciripompa from New Hampshire in the amount of $2,000, second place to Anthony Hensley from Georgia, $1,000 and third place to Raymond Underwood from Washington, $500. All prizes are given in the form of gift certificates redeemable at HeliProz Inc.
“I was thrilled to win first place and have used my prize for both parts and upgrades to my current helicopters. One of my favorite RC helicopters is the Trex 700, both the electric and nitro versions, because they are a solid machine and parts are readily available,” said Cade Ciripompa, Team HeliProz pilot. “The best part about being a Team HeliProz pilot is attending fun fly events and helping out others. We all wear HeliProz shirts so we are visible to pilots looking for support as well as our teammates. HeliProz is a great company. They ship fast, offer great deals and you can call them directly if you have any questions about a product. They provide friendly service and will talk you through a product even if you didn’t buy it from them. I’m looking forward to being a team pilot again in 2013.”
Launched in March of 2012, Team HeliProz provides mentorship to new RC Helicopter pilots, promotes passion for the sport to other enthusiasts and allows seasoned pilots to earn rewards. Approximately 130 pilots participated in 2012. The program has received more than 200 applicants for 2013.
“The mission of Team HeliProz is to help out the folks in this hobby who have questions, whether they are new to the hobby, curious about a new product or need assistance setting up their helicopters,” said Kurt Kreiger, general manager for HeliProz, Inc. “We know Team HeliProz is successful when we hear our customers rave about the support they have received from our pilots. If we can help people advance in this hobby without getting bogged down by the many technical aspects of it, we’re doing our job.”
2013 Team HeliProz Pilots will receive exclusive offers and everyday discounts in addition to being eligible to win monthly prizes and each quarter a chance to win a Miniature Aircraft Whiplash kit of their choice (valued between $900 and $1,050, depending on the style). Team HeliProz pilots also save an additional 12% on all HeliProz products.
“I’ve been flying for more than 10 years and because I purchase HeliProz products, wanted to become part of the team. Team pilots receive excellent discounts in addition to having the opportunity to represent HeliProz at events. I enjoy participating in fun fly events to help others set up their equipment and connect with fellow enthusiasts. I just found out that I won, so I’m going to bank my prize and use it when I need it,” said Anthony Hensley, Team HeliProz pilot.
About HeliProz Inc. Billings, Mont.-based HeliProz Inc. is the biggest and best full-line R/C helicopter shop worldwide with a 20,000 square foot retail, warehouse and manufacturing facility located on 20 acres. The company’s 4,000 square foot retail showroom features an rc flight simulator on a 20 foot HD big screen with full digital surround sound. HeliProz helicopters are classified as “hobby grade”, the highest quality in the industry, and the company stocks all replacement parts. Most HeliProz orders ship the same day and have no sales tax.