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10-07-2016 01:28 AM  8 months agoPost 1
neverhappy

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Piedmont.Al. USA

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Now I know there is a section for this But I had no replies.

I live in Piedmont Alabama and I'm looking for flying clubs close around here. I've checked the AMA site for clubs close to me.

Nearest ones is 35 miles away. So Maybe someone sees this here and can help me out

Thanks in advamce

Jeffrey:) (Love and Peace to all)

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10-07-2016 01:46 AM  8 months agoPost 2
Slowpoke

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Dublin, OH

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Do you have any hobby shops close by? Sometimes people will hang flyers in the shop about nearby fun-flys and events.

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10-07-2016 02:39 AM  8 months agoPost 3
neverhappy

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Piedmont.Al. USA

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hobby shops

No hobby shops.

But great idea

Jeffrey:) (Love and Peace to all)

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10-08-2016 02:48 AM  8 months agoPost 4
neverhappy

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Piedmont.Al. USA

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flying clubs

No replies so will just fly in neighbors cow pasture.

Jeffrey:) (Love and Peace to all)

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10-08-2016 04:03 AM  8 months agoPost 5
Slowpoke

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neverhappy,

The field where my friends fly at in my hometown is 60 miles away, so I'm only able to get there maybe once a month. The rest of the time i fly in a large field right across my road. It's great to be able to fly without having to load up all my equipment. I can just stand at the end of my driveway and fly all day.

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10-08-2016 02:46 PM  8 months agoPost 6
Four Stroker

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Atlanta

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Uh yeah, 35 miles is probably about average. I drive 40 miles - through traffic. There are 200K AMA members in a country of 300M. On the order of 1 in a 1000.

If you fly by yourself, you don't get the advantage of other people's experience.

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10-08-2016 06:55 PM  8 months agoPost 7
flycatch

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Barstow, California

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Thirty-five miles away is a short distance to travel give it a try.

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10-09-2016 12:48 AM  8 months agoPost 8
cyclicpitch743

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Jersey City, NJ, USA

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Where to Fly

AMA rules have changed perhaps in their effort to draw more aviation enthusiast to their fold. As a member, you are allowed to fly in any vacant field away from people and property, airports and public land, or private land with the owners permission, (a housing development where there are paved or unpaved roads that are under construction with virtually no or only a few houses.) You will be covered with $M against accidents to persons or property. AMA, has become flexible. Of course, follow "know before you fly" rules of the FAA.

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10-09-2016 05:04 PM  8 months agoPost 9
flycatch

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AMA insurance is not primary but secondary.

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10-10-2016 05:12 PM  8 months agoPost 10
CW46

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Michigan

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Since when do you have to be a AMA member to fly on public, private, open land?

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10-10-2016 05:57 PM  8 months agoPost 11
Slowpoke

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I think they mean that the AMA insurance will cover you in these places, and not just at an AMA sanctioned club field.

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10-12-2016 12:41 PM  8 months agoPost 12
MartyH

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USA

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I think the point was that while the OP is looking for a flying club and mentioned searching through the AMA clubs, he can fly in the cow pasture and have AMA insurance coverage.

In regards to "flying alone does not get one the benefit of other's experiences", in this day and age of communication like this website for example, I think flying alone is fine. There is plenty of online access to other r/c enthusiasts for advice and opinions. I used to belong to two flying clubs. We bought a place in the country a couple years ago that we plan to transition to which has taken me away from the clubs. We bought some adjoining acreage last year and now I have a 60ft x 300ft runway and my own 12ft x 20ft clubhouse with electric, heat, WIFI and TV. I should have air conditioning next Summer as I expand the solar from 460 amp hrs at 12V on 400 watts of panels to 230 amp hours at 48 volts on 1200 watts of panels. So, if you can't find a club, maybe you can start your own or at least create your own little private spot to play.

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10-12-2016 01:08 PM  8 months agoPost 13
rpat

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Weirton, W. Va.

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To me flying alone has two problems. One is like someone else said, you don't get the benefit of flying with people of the same interest and to me it is boring as all get out.
Second is the safety factor. There is a certain amount of danger flying helis and not wanting to get into it we all know why. Two years ago at our club a fella was starting up a 1/4 scale slab for his buddy with a carbon fiber prop and it started up full throttle and took off all of his fingers and almost took his arm with it. If he was alone he probably would have died

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10-12-2016 01:44 PM  8 months agoPost 14
Slowpoke

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Dublin, OH

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yes, the safety factor is a definite concern. I actually fly better though when I'm alone. I'm still in the learning stages and sometimes get self-conscious when others are watching, laughing, and scratching their heads at my flying.

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10-12-2016 02:12 PM  8 months agoPost 15
neverhappy

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Piedmont.Al. USA

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Clubs

I've decided once or twice a month I'm going the distance to a club. That way I have the people around me that have the experience. I'm new to this hobby again after a now ex wife made me sell all my (as she called them TOYS) helicopters. I'm also in love with scale helicopters so the extra help is always nice. I've chosen a club that has that kind of experience in it. As for the cow pasture I've always got my girlfriend there with me as she loves to see me enjoy my hobby!!

Jeffrey:) (Love and Peace to all)

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