What started out two decades ago as a hobby for Eric Jordan has soared to new heights.
The Grovetown resident has turned his love of remote control airplanes and helicopters into a small business, sharing his videos and reviewing products on YouTube.
“It’s grown into a passion that I can share with other people,” Jordan said.
Jordan first became interested in remote control vehicles in his early 20s, but his interest soon waned.
It wasn’t until a trip to a local hobby store five years ago that Jordan got hooked again.
He soon purchased a helicopter and began posting videos of himself operating various remote control devices.
“I put a video on YouTube,” said Jordan, a shift supervisor at DSM Chemicals. “I think I got 14 hits.
“That was pretty cool to me, that something I enjoyed to do, somebody else would want to watch.”
Jordan’s current videos, which focus on product reviews, have garnered up to a million hits.
More than 12,000 subscribers have signed up to follow his Around Tuit RC YouTube page, which has more than 15 million views from around the world.
This weekend, Jordan’s hobby is taking him to an undisclosed location in Georgia. The California-based reality television production company Bunim Murray Productions has contracted with him for technical advice. Although Jordan can’t talk about the project, Bunim Murray is best known for programs such as Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real World and Project Runway.
Then, on Thursday, Jordan and a friend are leaving Grovetown to embark on a long trek to Sibley, Iowa. The road trip, his fifth in as many years, allows Jordan to visit hobby companies and friends who share his passion.
Jordan is a frequent customer at local hobby stores as well.
Hobbytown USA em-ployee Dave Connar said Jordan is more active than most in the remote-control hobby.
“When you’re experienced like he is, you kind of know what you’re looking for,” Connar said. “A lot of times, he tells me what’s coming and how one particular item seems be working for him.”
When it comes time for Jordan to review a new product, the video production is all done in a backyard shed that he turned into his personal workshop. More than 75 airplanes and 15 helicopters are stored in the 12-foot-by-24-foot space.
“It’s my little man cave,” Jordan said.
Each five to 10 minute video takes 30 to 40 hours of work, he said.
Jordan often takes his aircraft to Grovetown Middle School with his wife, Candy, recording the demonstrations.
“I don’t care for the really hot days, but I do it because I love him,” Candy Jordan said. “There’s not many people that can find something they really, really like to do and stick with for years and years like he does.”
While he’s sponsored by some remote control companies that send Jordan products, his hobby still isn’t cheap.
One helicopter in his shop cost $1,000, and his remote controls range from $400 to $700.
“I’m a big kid with all this stuff, just the price of the toys has gotten more expensive,” Jordan said.
More information about Jordan’s ventures can be found at his Web site, www.aroundtuitrc.com.