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10-22-2004 06:29 PM  13 years agoPost 1
lfalsetto

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COLORADO

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I have a question concerning what other clubs do about guests. Some of the powers in our club want to limit guest to 3 times and that is it. Basically their policy is you pay to fly. What is the policy at other clubs.

Thanks

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10-22-2004 06:32 PM  13 years agoPost 2
BarracudaHockey

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Jacksonville FL

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Our only requirement is you have ama to fly at the field. Most people that use it regularly join to help with the upkeep, participate in the picnic's etc.

Andy
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http://www.jaxrc.com

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10-22-2004 06:42 PM  13 years agoPost 3
Drunk Monk

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Preston, UK

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If you keep coming to a club then you should join. Used to have a few guys turn up at my club but wouldn't join even though they came quite a few times. A guest is somebody who goes to a club with somebody to see what it's like, or you visit a mate on holiday and fly at their club . I don't think it should be specified as a number of times though, you know if somebody is taken the pi$$ or not.


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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10-22-2004 06:47 PM  13 years agoPost 4
midwestpilot

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Crystal Lake, IL

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Depends...

The answers are going to depend on how much a club outlays to maintain a field...Our heli club field costs us nothing and is on public(forest preserve) property, so you can fly as much as you want for free. My plane club just relocated their field at a cost to them of over 100 grand, so they are a little touchy about freeloaders, and have the policy of a guest flying upto 3 days for free, but then you must pony up!

pic below of their 50 x 800 foot runway...swwweeeet

In life there is no spacebar!

Rich Erikson AMA 6175

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10-22-2004 06:48 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Drunk Monk

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Preston, UK

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Wow, that's some flying sight


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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10-22-2004 06:51 PM  13 years agoPost 6
the collective

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Bayside, NY, U.S.A

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I fly with the Whitman Flyers on the polo field at Bethpage State Park, everyone flying at the field must have a permit from the state to fly there, and permits are only issued to members of four or five area clubs, so no guests can fly there. It kinda sucks, it would be nice to be able to host a funfly there, but there doesn't seem to be a way around the current rule.

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10-22-2004 09:00 PM  13 years agoPost 7
sweetP

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Sarasota,Florida

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Three free visits at Sarasota with ama or canadian equivalent. After that you should join up.

What was my tag line? AMA 139721

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10-22-2004 09:48 PM  13 years agoPost 8
eSmith

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Edmonton, Alberta,​Canada

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Funny, we had our club meeting last night and this topic came up. We have a pretty good club going in Edmonton and we have our own pretty busy forum just like RR here, because of this we are getting members on the website that do not live close enough to fly with us all the time but they do travel to us when they find out we are going to be getting together for a weekend or something.

We do not pay for our field, just the gas for the mower.

Most members agreed, myself included, that we should issue "Honorary" memberships to those who only join us a few times a year. Anyone travelling over say 150 miles and is contribting to our website with content is welcome to fly with us any time. (AMA or MAAC required)

If we were laying out cash for the field things may be different but at the moment we are in a positive cash flow position and having fellow heli pilots come up with thier heli's and hang out with us is seen as a positive part of being a club. We welcome them gladly.


-eSmith.

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10-22-2004 10:12 PM  13 years agoPost 9
pcliftonjr

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Phoenix, AZ

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Guests need to be AMA members to fly with us. Our membership fee is pretty resonable, so it hasn't been much of a problem.

Paul

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10-22-2004 10:26 PM  13 years agoPost 10
warner11

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Current paying members of a club may not feel it is fair, to let others fly for free, more than three times.

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10-22-2004 10:40 PM  13 years agoPost 11
sabooo

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Allentown, PA area

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The general attitude I've seen is that if you intend to fly more than 3 times a year at a club, you probably should join. If you like the facility, get along with the members, etc enough to fly there often, why not join? For people to get all the benefits of membership without paying dues (if required) takes away the reason for joining for anyone.

If your club has no expenses, this may be a non issue But if your group is paying a land note / lease, maintenance & upkeep costs, property taxes, etc, having 30 people flying everyday and no coins in the coffer will put a seemingly successful club into ruin.



I was going to take up Origami, but someone said the local club folded.

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10-23-2004 03:13 AM  13 years agoPost 12
A. Bundy

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Aurora,IL. 30W/SW of​Chicago

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I fly with Midwestpilot.You can easily land on the taxiway with a stick or trainer.It's quite a runway.The funny thing is that I see lots of guys that can't land on it to save their lives!..............Three visits are reasonable.Any more and some guys will simply never pay up,and the guys that pay make up the difference.Not right.

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10-23-2004 03:21 AM  13 years agoPost 13
A. Bundy

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Aurora,IL. 30W/SW of​Chicago

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Hey, lfalsetto-the os91 you sold me is still running strong as ever.

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10-23-2004 03:41 AM  13 years agoPost 14
eric_b

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Denver, CO, USA

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Hey Larry - What club/field are you talking about?

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10-23-2004 03:51 AM  13 years agoPost 15
rcnuts

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Millersville, Penna

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At the one club I do most of my flying at, there is a policy for guests to fly no more than 5 times per year. Clean, simple, and effective. If you plan on flying more than that in 1 year, you should pay up.
Harris,

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10-23-2004 03:57 AM  13 years agoPost 16
lfalsetto

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COLORADO

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Eric,

Seems like we have a couple of members at our field the feel it is their own private club. We have always had a casual club but since they don't like one "pattern" flyer they feel it should be enforced. They want to include his participation in contests as his "guest times" I am trying to set a soft rule because many people come into the United sim shop and want a place to fly so we should have some sort of tollerable policy. They are the same type of guys the like only electric slow flyers and high wing Trainers. Every club has those types. Let's get together and fly sometime.

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10-23-2004 01:16 PM  13 years agoPost 17
dariof

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Henderson, NV /​Laguna Niguel, CA

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If you want to join a gym, they will allow a free visit (workout). After that, unless you are a good talker, you join.

3 visits is reasonable and fair.

I think we have the best of both worlds out here in Vegas. I fly at a County field. No one can say leave with any authority, except the County Park Police (and they don't). The County maintains everything. There is also a club for those who desire club association at that field.

Every so often the club closes the field for a special event. THat's fine too. The events are usually pretty much fun (today is the scale heli weekend at Vegas, but flying is open to non-scale as well). If someone really doesn't want to be there, we have another AMA field closeby overlooking Lake Mead.


Best of both worlds....

Best Regards, Dario

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