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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:34 AM
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No Club No AMA Life is Good.

First time In 10 years I'm not a club member or have AMA.

I have found a remote area to fly and clearing the area for a runway.

No club Politics or flying rules. This is refreshing.

I should renew my AMA though as they support our hobby in many ways. I don't really care for the Rag Mag.

I may join a club later if I miss the club scene but for now I'm happy.

Just wanted to express my new outlook in the hobby.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:39 AM
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Good for you, I wish there was an option to not get the magazine with a primary membership.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:45 AM
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Before everyone jumps on me how I should renew my AMA, I will renew soon.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:56 AM
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Good on you! The only reason I am AMA is so I can fly demos of my products at gatherings. Otherwise I fly off private property with a few friends that feel the same as I do about AMA.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 12:10 PM
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So, you guys are glad that you no longer have to "deal" with the AMA? You don't like the magazine? Wow, I don't get why you don't want to support an organization that has the interests of your hobby at heart. What's not to like about the magazine? If that's the only reason you maintain your AMA memebership, I sure won't buy anything from you. Hmmm...............$58 bucks a year must be a real burden on you, too bad.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 12:25 PM
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So, you guys are glad that you no longer have to "deal" with the AMA? You don't like the magazine? Wow, I don't get why you don't want to support an organization that has the interests of your hobby at heart. What's not to like about the magazine? If that's the only reason you maintain your AMA memebership, I sure won't buy anything from you. Hmmm...............$58 bucks a year must be a real burden on you, too bad.
They probably disregard what the AMA has done on their behalf over the decades.
They'll ignore the work with the FCC to provide bandwidth.
They already forgot the FAA wanted to greatly limit our flying and the AMA stepped in and worked with Congress to give us a huge "hands-off" from the FAA.

Two kinds of people in the world... "takers" and "givers".
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 01:06 PM
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Simply put, more regulation where there should be none. I won't go into details, it is not worth arguing over. Like I said, I am AMA and I pay my dues, but don't really care for the mag., or the restrictions.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 01:09 PM
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At least for me it was more about the AMA association with clubs than anything else that made me consider not renewing my membership. From reading this forum I know I am not the only one who has had a very bad experience with an AMA flying club.

I have renewed at least for the time being because there still are some places and events I intend to visit. Other than that, the magazine and sketchy insurance are not incentives to remain part of the organization.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 01:38 PM
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I would just be interested in what AMA/Club rules/regulations you found to it 'refreshing' to be away from.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 01:51 PM
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...Some people apparently prefer to live in the woods, staring at themselves...

Why not, at least we'll not have to listen to them whine at the clubfield...

I appreciate the fact that organizations like the AMA exist to give the particular, private, person a voice.
If we need a few rules to live together, I'd find it a resonable prize to pay... It allows you to exist too!
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:12 PM
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I applaud your decision to rejoin the AMA. I would disagree with your opinion concerning the magazine. It has improved over the last few years and does contain much information on AMA activities.



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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:20 PM
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I can assure you that MrRC flying will not be seeing any of my dead presidents as well
The AMA is an organization dedicated to promoting model aviation--not someones personal wealth.

Ranander
If you have had an unpleasant club experience there is a solution. Run for an office within the club and do your best to change things. Turning and running is not solving anything.

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There'll be a lot people showing up at SuperBowl parties this Sunday...
They'll bring a 6-pack of cheap beer, drink all the good beer, snarf the brownies, stuff themselves with BBQ, and wonder next year why they don't get invited back.

They expect everyone else to pay for the party.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:24 PM
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I can assure you that MrRC flying will not be seeing any of my dead presidents as well
The AMA is an organization dedicated to promoting model aviation--not someones personal wealth.

Ranander
If you have had an unpleasant club experience there is a solution. Run for an office within the club and do your best to change things. Turning and running is not solving anything.

BM
That's fine. Have a good day Bill. All I was doing was expressing an opinion. If that offends you, I am truly sorry. Those are my feelings and opinions. I have a right to them just as you do.

I am sure that most of you feel differently, but my experience with clubs and the AMA have all been less than positive. I am sure they do some good though.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:28 PM
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Option out the magazine with a lower cost. If you can't live without it then pay the upcharge and continue to receive it. For me and I'm sure many others it is a waste of postage and paper.
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