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View Poll Results: Would you put your contact details on the plane?
Yes - (Not every one is bad, I am insured, I will risk it) 69 74.19%
No - (I would rather lose a plane than face litigation, fines) 24 25.81%
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 12:03 PM
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IMHO that's a bit like asking if you would leave your contact info if you accidentally hit a parked car while you were driving.

Of course I would.

I'm careful when I drive, and I'm careful when I fly, so the chances of damaging property or causing injury is slim, but there is always risk.

If you aren't prepared to take responsibility for an action or activity, then I'd say don't engage in that action or activity.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 12:25 PM
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Being an old free flighter I put the AMA stickers on all my stuff out of habit. It has brought a few planes back home over the years. And being a contest flyer it's a rule that you have your name stuck on the planes somewhere. As said, if you can't take resposiblity for your actions then maybe you shouldn't be flying models. I've seen all kinds of goofy crashes in 40 years of playing with model airplanes,stuff happens,simple as that. But if when stuff does happen and someone gets injured or property gets damaged you should step up to the plate. Paranoia be damned, do the right thing even though you think it might hurt. No excuses for not doing so in my book.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 12:54 PM
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None of my indoor planes have my info, because#1 I have never had one go outside without me carrying it. #2 most all my outdoor planes will not get out of the flying site, that is 10 miles from town, and the nearest house is 3 miles away. That being said, they will go on my wife's trainers, that can fly for some period of time with little to no input. We consider ourselves to be safe and responsible flyers after 53 years of flying together, and me as a contest flyer for quite a few years. Got burned out and out hucked by the younger crowd Yes we have had several lost free flight models returned over the years, and one by a youngster of about 10 years of age. We promptly told him to keep it, gave him some fuel and a glow clip, instructed him on the proper use of the plane and sent him home a "Happy Camper" which gave us a warm and cozy feeling, and made him a hero. Cell phone# and reward are sufficient. Roy AMA # 8045/CD
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 06:16 PM
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Hey now,
If you're in the AMA and don't put contact info or your AMA number on the model it voids your insurance. But that's a side issue. I take responsability for my actions. Now I don't put a lot of info on the plane just phone number email and the word $reward$. I've found that most folks think fifty bux is a great reward for a plane and even a slope Zagi is worth more than that.
RobII
I take responsibility for my action, however I just forget to put my name on my plane, and there is no houses that are extreamely close to our field.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 07:47 PM
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i think its more useful for folks who fly farther out and higher up - i fly low altitude and close to me so i never saw the need for putting my contact info. not saying you can't lose a plane that way but typically you'll know where it lands. plus, i don't fly anywhere else except my club field and keep it close. if i cause anyone any trouble they know where i am.
but while i do have AMA i also don't assume that if someone does decide to sue me they would stay within the limits of AMA coverage. you can be sued for any amount. specially in CA.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 08:07 AM
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yep phone number,mailing addy,and name on all my planes.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 09:02 AM
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I use a black sharpie and write my name and phone number on the belly of all my planes. I am willing to own up!
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 09:18 AM
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It seems that most AMA members will put their name on the plane. I do not because of the litigious nature of Americans. Just as bad are the police. Should link to the plane fail for what ever reason and your plane inpacts a car with someone in it, you will get sued and the police will find a way to write you a ticket. If given the chance, the police will even haul you off to jail. If you were doing 3D then the witnesses will all claim that you were flying erratic.

When someone says they put their name and number on their plane because they do not mind owing up to their actions, they should realize that it is not they that owe up ... it is the insurance company. Saying they are going to 'owe up' or 'man up' is admirable, but the reality is that it could cost them a lot more than the actual damages caused by the errant plane.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 09:34 PM
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It seems that most AMA members will put their name on the plane. I do not because of the litigious nature of Americans. Just as bad are the police. Should link to the plane fail for what ever reason and your plane inpacts a car with someone in it, you will get sued and the police will find a way to write you a ticket. If given the chance, the police will even haul you off to jail. If you were doing 3D then the witnesses will all claim that you were flying erratic.

When someone says they put their name and number on their plane because they do not mind owing up to their actions, they should realize that it is not they that owe up ... it is the insurance company. Saying they are going to 'owe up' or 'man up' is admirable, but the reality is that it could cost them a lot more than the actual damages caused by the errant plane.
Just because your paranoid don't mean there not really watching you
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 10:27 PM
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I know, I have been guilty of it on many occasions. It's very common that people overlook this rule. I am trying to get back into the habit, because quite frankly, if you put the address in the plane you have a better chance of getting it back if you ever lose it.
By receiving an AMA card you have agreed to their practices and rules. You don't adhere to their rules, you don't get anything from them in return when the sh_t hits the fan.

Curious as to what your defence argument would be in a liability trial? Cause the AMA lawyer is going to stand up and produce evidence you did not meet their criteria, you falsified your application and therefore...you are screwed by a simple, irresponsible mistake.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 10:36 PM
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I actually put my contact info on other pilot's planes when they aren't looking.............so far I have a dozen free planes I need to rebuild and the phone keeps ringing
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 11:41 PM
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Lol!
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 01:14 AM
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I fly close to a prison. I don't need to loose one over the fence and have them think I'm delivering drugs or something.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:11 AM
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By receiving an AMA card you have agreed to their practices and rules. You don't adhere to their rules, you don't get anything from them in return when the sh_t hits the fan.

Curious as to what your defence argument would be in a liability trial? Cause the AMA lawyer is going to stand up and produce evidence you did not meet their criteria, you falsified your application and therefore...you are screwed by a simple, irresponsible mistake.
There are quite a few guidelines that are regularly ignored, especially by park fliers.

If you read the safety code, it actually states that you have to maintain control through the entire flight. I'm willing to bet that in a large claim, the AMA would try to use that to avoid paying out. Lawyers would make it a very complicated ordeal.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 08:37 AM
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Just because your paranoid don't mean there not really watching you
There every where I tell you, every where!! Watching, listening .... even the chipmunks are wired.
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