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08-27-2013 12:48 PM  5 years agoPost 1
Rotohopper

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Wheeling, WV, U freakin S of A

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A friend of mine had his Avant Aurora stolen at our flying field about a month ago by some degenerates. We know who took it, but no one saw them, so they couldn't make an arrest. They were questioned by the authorities, all that probably did was make them get rid of it by tossing it somewhere. Anyhow, he turned the $3500 claim into his homeowners insurance and they turned him down because he wasn't able to prove he owned the thing.
Make sure that you document with photos and receipts your investments. His was purchased from a friend and upgrades were added, not enough to prove he ever had it. TOTAL LOSS!!!!!

Rotors up and the Skids down, takeoffs and landings of course!!!

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08-27-2013 02:54 PM  5 years agoPost 2
Rudy

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Can't prove he owned it, really

As most mail order places use 8x11.5 paper for receipts/packing list now days.

Get on a computer, open MS word and type up a receipt.

3,500 for a 700 class helicopter is a bit much. Shoot I think 2,500 is pushing it, but that's me.

Rudy Ackerman Houston TX/Bend OR

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08-27-2013 02:56 PM  5 years agoPost 3
qraptor

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Perhaps your friend's friend could produce his own purchase receipts, and then make a bill of sale and have it notarized. After all, a police report has been filed, so you should have something to go on.

I am not a lawyer, and do not even play one on TV, so take this for what its worth. But the amount is not chump change,so it may be worth pursuing.

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08-27-2013 03:14 PM  5 years agoPost 4
Stephen Born

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USA

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Most homeowners insurance companies will approve claims without receipts, but will require a filing of a police report.

Your friend will need to obtain the police report, regardless if the offender was arrested or not.

I am sure the claim has expired, but he can resubmit.

NOTE: Keep all correspondence from the insurance company AND all receipts of future purchases.

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08-27-2013 04:53 PM  5 years agoPost 5
Rotohopper

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Wheeling, WV, U freakin S of A

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There is a police report, Itemized replacement value of everything came to $3500, HV servos, FBL unit, Onboard glow, regulator for governor, ETC. Nothing on this bird was done cheap. This machine was an investment into a persons love for the hobby. And it was taken from him by the scum of the earth.
Thats not the point here, protect your investment wisely, don't take for granted you are covered.

Rotors up and the Skids down, takeoffs and landings of course!!!

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08-27-2013 05:25 PM  5 years agoPost 6
rexxigpilot

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Looks like he should have used Allstate!

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08-27-2013 05:29 PM  5 years agoPost 7
niyot

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I personally would not file a claim (unless it was over $5 grand) that could potentially have increased rates for multiple years or non renewal down the line. I say this because after having a clean driving record, i bumped my neighbors car as we were both coming out of our opposing driveways and my insurance increased 45% for $1600 on the next renewal(thanks Liberty Mutual). I would have made out better paying out of pocket which i wanted to do at first but... I know thats what insurance is there for but for something like a heli I would use it as a learning experience (watch your stuff).
Again sorry this happened and hope you get back up soon.

Hood HeLi : RIP Roman

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08-27-2013 05:37 PM  5 years agoPost 8
DSW

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Oviedo, Florida 32765

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AMA provide some coverage for loss or theft?

http://www.modelaircraft.org/files/memanual.pdf

Fire, Vandalism, and Theft Coverage
(Effective March 31, 2013)
• Provides up to $1,000 for loss of aircraft models and accessories,
including RC equipment. All theft loss claims must be accompanied
by a police report. NOTE: Theft has to occur from a locked vehicle
or residential dwelling. There must be physical evidence of violent
forcible entry.
• Has a $100 deductible.
• Is “excess” to any other applicable coverage such as homeowner’s.

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08-27-2013 10:51 PM  5 years agoPost 9
BENTDABOOM

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west seattle

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I had some model stuff swiped few yrs back and know exactly who did it! filed out a report with the cops and they claimed to show up at the guys house but didn't have a search warrant, that's the last I heard, pretty piss poor cop work, but what else is new

CAUTION!!! politicians may be hazerdous to your well being

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08-27-2013 11:11 PM  5 years agoPost 10
Ace Dude

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USA

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There is a police report, Itemized replacement value of everything came to $3500, HV servos, FBL unit, Onboard glow, regulator for governor, ETC. Nothing on this bird was done cheap. This machine was an investment into a persons love for the hobby. And it was taken from him by the scum of the earth.
Thats not the point here, protect your investment wisely, don't take for granted you are covered.
Unless he purchased used, each vendor he purchased equipment from to assemble the machine should be able to provide receipts/proof of purchase. Many vendors even show your purchase history going back several years on their website.

  

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08-28-2013 12:30 AM  5 years agoPost 11
mustang67ford

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Central Pennsylvania

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I have heard if this before where helis are stolen from flying clubs. How does this happen? What I mean, is at our flying club, we are surrounded by trees and one road in. As soon as somebody comes in, we all know if it is a club memeber or not. We can hear people driving in before the vehicle is ever seen. I can't imagine how somebody could come into our club without anybody noticing let alone leaving with our stuff. Now if we ha a fly-in, this may be a little different, but you can tell who looks like trouble; yes profiling. As for our club members, everybody is very trustworty.

Team HeliProz - Retired
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08-28-2013 02:51 AM  5 years agoPost 12
Glenn Goodlett

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California

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Insurance=scam

Just my opinion.

Sorry for your loss.

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08-28-2013 03:48 AM  5 years agoPost 13
Einzelganger

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Campbell, Texas

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The only insurance I trust my stuff to is a keen pair of eyes and a .45.
.....or 500 mag. Whichever is the flavor of the day.

Wayne

I love the smell of nitro in the morning.
RIP Roman

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08-28-2013 04:19 AM  5 years agoPost 14
MXRACERX43

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Hazleton,PA USA

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I had some model stuff swiped few yrs back and know exactly who did it! filed out a report with the cops and they claimed to show up at the guys house but didn't have a search warrant, that's the last I heard, pretty piss poor cop work, but what else is new
Contrary to what you may see on TV an issuing authority doesn't grant search warrants at the blink of an eye.

Team Miniature Aircraft~Team GensAce

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08-28-2013 09:09 PM  5 years agoPost 15
qraptor

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Illinois

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And without some witness, it becomes a case of someone's suspicions against someone else's rights.

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