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02-07-2010 10:30 PM  8 years agoPost 21
rcmadness

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I have 5 acres that my house sets in the middle of it, I fly in the side pasture and have a horse stall mat as a landing pad.

I used to belong to the local flying club, great bunch of guys but not many helis. Just decided to fly at home, heck I can fire up my nitro in the garage and walk out to my private flying area and let it rip. My neighbors have never complained and I do fly over there open property at times.

As for AMA insurance it only pays after your homeowners or if you do not have home owners. I will still probably renew my membership to help support the hobby.

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02-07-2010 11:35 PM  8 years agoPost 22
JasonJ

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North Idaho

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1: i am an AMA member and i pay full dues but i am only allowed in the hovering section because i suck. i tried to ask to get some forward flight in, but all i got was a big FU. i see some clubs only allow 3D pilots and i think this is one of those clubs; i pay full dues and i am a junior member. i thought if your club is AMA sanctioned, everyone has the same opportunity.
That just sucks. I wouldn't stay a member of that club. I think some clubs forget their purpose or fall under the regime of a small power hungry idiot league. As far as I am concerned, you should be able to fly any way or style you want as long as you are safe.

So none of them fly forward flight? Ever? What do they do, just do pirotocticflippididoos in a 20 foot box? Sounds kind of lame to me...

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02-08-2010 12:05 AM  8 years agoPost 23
djrformcar

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ttsingram, sounds like not much has change at that field. I was a visitor, belonged to the Cobras out of Council Buffs back with I lived in Bellevue. The Omahawks were a fun group back them but never really got a warm and fussy at the Lincoln field with either a heli or a plans. I guess some people must take a while to warm up to outsiders. Heck when I lived in Grand Junction Co. they were friendlier there, and that's saying a lot come from Nebraska!

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02-08-2010 12:11 AM  8 years agoPost 24
Steff Giguere

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58 members at our heli only club...

http://www.clubcrash.ca

Team Synergy, Rail blades, Team Scorpion, V-Team

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02-08-2010 12:50 AM  8 years agoPost 25
Cowjock

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Pa.

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I fly at my own field, I'll probably join the local club this year but I do most of my flying at home.

Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?

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02-08-2010 03:49 AM  8 years agoPost 26
ttsingram

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Lincoln, Ne

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djrformcar

I'm not sure which club in Omaha it is but there is one that was heli friendly, than all of a sudden without any warning they banned helis. I think it might have been LaVista, not sure. I cannot remember who it was who told me that but it was a member here on RR that told me.

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02-08-2010 04:11 AM  8 years agoPost 27
ch-47c

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san jose, ca

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So my AMA insurance dosn't pay if I'm out flying somewhere else than a AMA field? What happens if that plane or heli flies off club land and hits a house or car not on AMA sanctioned land? Actualy, whats the point then of having insurance and not just charging the field for insurance and passing that on to the members?
AMA is a secondary liability coverage if you have a homeowners or renters policy. If you don't have homeowners or renters liability coverage, then AMA is primary. If your model flys off a AMA sanctioned club field, your homeowners or renters covers you, unless you don't have coverage then AMA covers the incident as long as you complied with their safety code. Even if you fly at a place other than a club field, the insurance is the coverage first.

Now the $64k question is why have the AMA insurance? In one word because. Because the AMA clubs require it. No other reason. They don't have time to be sure who has what insurance and if the policy is current. It also helps the national organization.

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02-08-2010 05:15 AM  8 years agoPost 28
lugnutz

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trenton,nj

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i belong to several clubs in my area and i also fly at some school yards,thats until anyone shows up then i go to the field

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02-08-2010 06:33 AM  8 years agoPost 29
djrformcar

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Las Vegas, Nevada USA

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The AMA is also our lobbing group to keep our rights to fly our models, Helli's and planks. Every thing from allowing RC frequencies, (even 2.4), to helping with airfields. Insurance is just a part but the one we are told you have to have to fly "here".

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02-08-2010 11:56 AM  8 years agoPost 30
Mutt

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What happens if that plane or heli flies off club land and hits a house or car not on AMA sanctioned land?
Your still covered as you were flying at a ama sanctioned field.
Actualy, whats the point then of having insurance
To help protect you and your club. it is just what it is insurance. Try flying at a club without it and see what happens.

Clubs pay a fee to be sanctioned with out it your insurance wouldnt be worth 2 cents. So it is a liabilty coverage to have it so you and your club dont get sued.
I myself wont allow anyone who does not have ama fly on my private property even. To me it shows they are trying to be responsible. Most I have found that refuse to get it just dont give a crap what they do or happens if they do damage someones property and to be honest I do not want them even around me flying.

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02-08-2010 01:40 PM  8 years agoPost 31
ch-47c

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san jose, ca

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If AMA is your primary insurance, you are still covered even if not at an AMA sanctioned field. You must comply with the AMA Safety Code.

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02-08-2010 09:11 PM  8 years agoPost 32
dhc8guru

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Fort Worth, Texas

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this is a touchy subject for me.

1: i am an AMA member and i pay full dues but i am only allowed in the hovering section because i suck. i tried to ask to get some forward flight in, but all i got was a big FU. i see some clubs only allow 3D pilots and i think this is one of those clubs; i pay full dues and i am a junior member. i thought if your club is AMA sanctioned, everyone has the same opportunity.

2: i heard some off-color remarks by some old farts that just sit there and BS, so i may not go back.

not my cup of tea
What kinda goose steppin club do you belong to? Only allowed to hover? thats Ghey! Let me guess, you have to have some "experienced" flyer sign off so you can do more? But that guy isn't going to do it because he hate heli's... They think flying a model is like getting a Boeing 747 rating. I would bail on those tools, go fly an electric in a park and have your own fun. Clubs like that are disappearing for obvious reasons.

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02-08-2010 09:14 PM  8 years agoPost 33
dhc8guru

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Fort Worth, Texas

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58 members at our heli only club...

http://www.clubcrash.ca
Right on! Looks cool..literally. The photos on the front page with all the snow were from your summer Fly-in? LOL!

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02-08-2010 09:21 PM  8 years agoPost 34
Gyronut

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Martinsville In.

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I have been flying at my home where I have a 10ac plot of grass.

The downside to this is that everyone can see me including the local rif raf and I dont want my home to be robbed again. So I have rejoined the local club.

They have a great field and there are about 15 other heli flyers there..

I carry a 12ga to deal with the plankers.........

Rick

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02-08-2010 09:29 PM  8 years agoPost 35
Jim Patterson

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I carry a 12ga to deal with the plankers.........
LOL

Highly addicted to carbon fiber.....

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02-09-2010 01:21 AM  8 years agoPost 36
tjrhodes01

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walkerton IN. US

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i honestly fly with a guy that was flying in his neibors bean feild had a nice runway cut for takoff and another neibor literly took a shotgun to his trainer in midair you want to talk about shot down when we got to it it was riddled with buckshot all we could do was laugh

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02-09-2010 04:39 AM  8 years agoPost 37
neilg.

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north of borston

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Jason: you have to go 100 miles an hour and a slow poke like me will get in their way. 2 people are pretty good guys, that's about it. maybe i'll go up their on the last day of my membership and tell them how bad they suck

i can't spell premodona's

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02-09-2010 07:28 AM  8 years agoPost 38
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Big Coppitt Key, FL

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I've almost been taken out, and my heli, by foamies and old men with old talent.
For guys new to RC there's really no substitute for the club field experience. You get help, you develop lasting friendships and you enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of a great hobby at venues often attended by fellow hobbyists.

But after a certain amount of time in RC, one sometimes finds that solitude is a better environment for growth, both in skills and in one's attitude towards it.

A year ago a large flood control basin became usable less than a mile from my home. Since then I visit the sanctioned field only rarely. It's nearly 20 miles away -- and quite frankly, the growing number of thoughtless twerps and rude blootnorfs who often hang out there have diluted the value in making the trip.

I still maintain contact and still sometimes fly with a few friends I made at that 1st club field, but now we mostly meet at the basin. And it's time better spent.

Club field flying has real value. Secluded flying has a different sort of value.

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