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02-10-2006 02:55 PM  12 years agoPost 1
wakeboarder2342

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Ok, i will first of all appologize for the newb question but i have never been to a funfly or evenflow at a club before!

my brother-in-law and i are planning on making the drive down to the las vegas fun fly next weekend on saturday.

i am just a little curious what all i need to bring and what should i expect? if i bring a few helis will i be able to fly them? Or do you mainly just go watch?

any input would be appreciated!!

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02-10-2006 02:58 PM  12 years agoPost 2
z11355

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you fly at funfly's.

You bring everything you need to FLY. Bring shade, chairs, table,
cas, extra fuel, chargers, battery hookup, etc etc

bring your AMA card

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02-10-2006 03:00 PM  12 years agoPost 3
Coloradoheli3d

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Well just bring a crap load of fun and a heli, you'll fly some and you'll watch alot. There will be some competitions if you wish to join, hovering and autos. The main thing is just to have fun.

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02-10-2006 03:10 PM  12 years agoPost 4
Grant H

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Here are a couple of things that I suggest bringing to each Fun Fly..

Now, keep in mind, Most fun flys are just a bunch of guys in a field some where, with a grill for food and whole bunch of helis.. :

I suggest at least brining somthing to sit on and something for shade and of course anything you would need to maintain your heli.

Beer and cute women are always welcomed too..

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02-10-2006 03:19 PM  12 years agoPost 5
wakeboarder2342

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i am not a member of AMA, will i need to be? and can i sign up there?


thanks

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02-10-2006 03:22 PM  12 years agoPost 6
Grant H

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i am not a member of AMA, will i need to be? and can i sign up there?
Yes..You will have to be a member of the AMA to fly at just about any organized field.

Can you sign up there, NO. You would have to go apply online a couple of weeks before, so you get your temp card or your real card in time for the fun fly.

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02-10-2006 03:23 PM  12 years agoPost 7
z11355

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I believe you can signup on the ama website and immediately
get a membership #. I'd suppose you could bring a printout of the
membership page to the funfly
since you wont have the actual card in time.

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02-10-2006 03:26 PM  12 years agoPost 8
Ralphw

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If you apply online, they (the AMA) will send you an email validating your membership status. Most clubs will accept that in lieu of the actual card. It would be a good idea to check with the event CD first to be sure.

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02-10-2006 05:04 PM  12 years agoPost 9
Professorwiz

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The ama thing is such a bunch of junk. It's secondary insurance, this has been gone over more than I'd like to research. It's more like a club that you have to join, in order to join another club, but without real benifits. (oh yeah the planker mags... wohoooo). SOrry had to rage againt the establishment..

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02-10-2006 05:04 PM  12 years agoPost 10
Coloradoheli3d

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AMA, yes you can sign up there, I think you can even do a weekend type of member ship.

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02-10-2006 05:23 PM  12 years agoPost 11
helibird

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wakeboarder2342,

Wow I didn't know anyone was flying heli's in Cedar City, I'm just down the road a little bit in St. George. I'm also going down to the Vegas FF. Deffinately bring your heli's as you will want to fly them. Also bring a table and some chairs so you can relax and watch some excellent flying. According to the flyer you can sign up for ama at the field, but I'm not sure how that works. You will also have to pay $35 for registration.

When you get there you will want to go to the impound and sign in your radio (very important!) They will explain the procedure for when you want to fly.

What day are you going down. I'm heading down Friday morning, you will probably want to plan on being there on friday or staying until sunday if you want to fly a lot. Last year saturday I didn't really fly much at all because they were doing demos and other things.

It's a great funfly!!

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02-11-2006 01:51 AM  12 years agoPost 12
alvinrc

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The ama thing is such a bunch of junk. It's secondary insurance, this has been gone over more than I'd like to research. It's more like a club that you have to join, in order to join another club, but without real benifits. (oh yeah the planker mags... wohoooo). SOrry had to rage againt the establishment..
I can tell that some people probably have not flown much beyond their own backyard or maybe you have and have good reason to slam AMA.
I think that overall, AMA has been good for model aviation.

AMA was the best deal going to provide my club with a couple million dollars worth of liability insurance required for the lease.

There are many real benifits if one searches and yes, it is the establishment without which would be anarchy.

Going to any RC event requireing AMA membership, and you don't have one, best to get one in time or check with event people to see if the signup at field thing is available. No law says they have to do it.
I am not sure that AMA offers that service any longer and I can imagine why. Sign up at event, pay with bad/cancelled check or bogus credit card, fly the weekend and still have no AMA membership because membership is not granted till payment clears.

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02-11-2006 02:10 AM  12 years agoPost 13
vortechZ230

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AMA.... Their magazine is worth it's weight in gold!, I would join!

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02-11-2006 02:18 AM  12 years agoPost 14
Professorwiz

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I agree that it is a decent club, I've been flying some kind of RC for over 15 years. I've been in the AMA 3. I didn't really want to hijack the thread which I guess I did by starting this whole thing, I just feel that you shouldn't HAVE to have their insurance to fly. I have a similiar attitude about the High Powered Rocketry insurance I was forced to buy to fly at events.
Russ

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02-11-2006 05:36 AM  12 years agoPost 15
fritzthecat

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You only feel that way about insurance until you need it.
On my old field one guy flew a speed 400 glider into a car. Windhield, trim, wiperarm came to about U$1500 with labor. I'd hate to see a 90 heli slam into a Lexus. And that is only material stuff. I can garuunteee that if you so much as chip a nail on a spectator, the medical and pain/suffering payout would reach 6 digits or more.
I don't have much need for the AMA, tha magazine and a bunch of old farts arguing but U$2.5 mill insurance for U$58 a year is pretty cheap. I'm not even in a club, I'm a proud 'outlaw' flyer - with AMA.

Fritz


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02-11-2006 06:35 AM  12 years agoPost 16
HiroboEric

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I knew a guy who cut his arm off with a DA50. Even though he was a wreckless Frac Head, he still got 30K toward his re-attachment. That's pretty dark I know but true just the same.

As far as the AMA goes they lobby for all of us. If you don't know about them, take the time and see just what they have to offer. You may find a gift horse after all.

The past two fun fly's I have been to in Vegas got rained out so with the forecast I gonna sit this one out. Not that I wouldn't like seeing everyone but the library is just to expensive. Plus the forecast seems to look poor. You guys have fun though.

Las Vegas, NV
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Feb 18 Scattered Showers
63°/40° 40%
63°F

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02-11-2006 06:49 AM  12 years agoPost 17
Wa11banger

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AMA, Ive used them, 20 something years ago.. It works.. I have been a member every flying year for the past 30 years. Have a plank or a heli go out of control and hit a car, If you do not have AMA you are screwed for out of pocket funds. It pays for itself.

As far as not being able to sign up at the FF's. It's a shame used to be able to sign up at any FF as that is what FF's were originally about. The local club would get together with the local hobby shops and put on a "PUBLIC" show. You know one that had flyers in the newspaper or maybe at the mall etc. That way we got new members interested by seeing what we do. The hobby exploded that way, now most FF's are elitist style, only us pilots seem to know they are going on and attend them.. Very little growth happens. Sure FF's are for us too.. a place we can have fun, congregate, meet and show off even. But they should be more driven towards gaining public interest. I know the Vegas show and the LA show do a very good job of publicizing thier events. We need to to more of it. The bigger this hobby gets the cheaper it gets lol.. Anyone around in the mid 80's can attest to that, holy crap that was a growth spurt.

Rick

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02-11-2006 07:44 AM  12 years agoPost 18
Rogue123

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AMA is law, its like Auto insurance. You dont need it until its to late. CYA plus if a cop comes up to you its just that added coverage, when he says," You cant fly here." " Im going to right you a ticket."

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02-11-2006 01:32 PM  12 years agoPost 19
Pistol Pete

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You cant fly here." " Im going to right you a ticket."
Has this really happened to you or anyone you know? if so...what was the violation under?

As far as I know, other than private property without permission, you can pretty much fly "anywhere" provided you fly at less than 400ft as per FCC regulations. Also flying next to an airport is a big no-no withour permission as well.

I'm I wrong?

I guess if you fly at a local public park and people start complaining...then maybe that could also be an issue but I don't know of any "local" laws about it.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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02-11-2006 01:54 PM  12 years agoPost 20
Professorwiz

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Has the ama paid out claims? From everything I understood the insurance is 2ndary after the cars no fault insurance, or homeowners covers the majority. The couple incidences that Ive heard of the people involved had to use their homeowners (not at home accident but covered).
Russ

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