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Dec 11, 2017, 11:11 AM
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AMA's Commercial Drone Insurance

This ought to be interesting...AMA is offering Insurance to Commercial Drone Pilots while performing their 'Official Duties'.

I wonder if this works like the non- existent Insurance offered to current members that collect AFTER your Homeowner's Insurance has paid all they will be responsible for ???
I did hear that one guy got around $1100 from AMA (token payment ?), after a $20k loss was covered by his Primary Insurance...

I'm just guessing here, because AMA won't release the actual numbers, but I would imagine AMA has collected a couple of mil in insurance payments, wouldn't you guess ? And there it was, in Black and White- an $1100 dollar pay-out !

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Dec 13, 2017, 06:33 AM
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AMA Insurance

Earl, does the AMA take part of our dues money and pay it to a commercial insurance company or are they self insured ? If that is right they are sitting on a big pile of money. I guess they need it though to keep up with all the lodging and travel expenses involved going back and forth to DC. Just wondering...
Dec 13, 2017, 12:13 PM
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I don't have any idea of how the AMA's Insurance works, Rich...but I promise you...they will leave no dollar left unspent !
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Jan 14, 2018, 09:03 PM
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I came to your blog after you posted on my thread and by the way thank you very much for doing so . I used to belong to the AMA 10 years ago or more and only let my membership lapse because it's only a requirement to get our local Park District stupid little card to fly at the nearest field, which is about 15-20 minutes from me. I have corn fields on three sides of me and woods in the back and I live out where most people don't venture even on a Sunday Drive. Recently though I've gotten into 65 inch and bigger wingspans where taking on and off the road or driveway and flying the field across the street they might be a little big. Plus I have to dodge a few power lines which is no problem for 60 in and below. That being said if I want to fly the bigger planes like my 330sc and such it's back to the Flying Field I go for those. Also, I guess a little comradery while flying would be nice as my buddy owns the local Hobby Town and is always asking me to come out and fly lately. Back down to the park district for the stupid little card I go if I want that, which I'm really not sure after having flown by myself for almost 10 years. If I do though and AMA membership is a must which I didn't really feel was a big deal either way till reading some of your blog. I guess I always thought the insurance paid out the hundred thousand of liability if that amount was required. So a little bit of wisdom with age (I said a lil bit) I started thinking maybe it might not be bad to have just in case anyways. Not that they would cover flying over a cornfield but my wife is in the insurance industry so I'm not adverse to realizing that you pay for a piece of mind. However, I don't want to pay anybody for something I don't need if it's not going to pay out if need be. I guess I also am beginning to have questions about the state troopers and County cops that have always stopped and admired or said looking good as they drove by. Are they going to harass me now and tell me to land to see if I have a stupid name plate in my plane. It's my understanding that local and State Police don't have jurisdiction when it comes to FAA rules, so does that mean it has to be an FAA inspector who tells you to land and checks. It's a small enough Community out here most of the farmers who find a plane know where to come anyway or just till the pieces in come planting season, (like my EF yak 54 canopy last year she's fertilizer now). I don't mean to open what seems to be a Pandora's box with you but you seem very informed so I was curious to see what you thought about all of it. As usual thanks so much for any input and God bless Brett
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Jan 15, 2018, 06:37 PM
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I don't like to say what I know about 'enforcement', because Law Enforcement is a touchy subject for a lot of people.

Let's get started, though...A Law Enforcement Officer, can't just stop and ask what you are doing on someone else's property except two ways..If the owner calls and complains, or if there are 'No Trespassing' signs visible. Well if he's CHASING you, I guess, but that's 'Hot Pursuit', and he can cross State Lines to do that.
We (I) sometimes fly in a Farmer's Field with permission, near a lightly travelled country road, and State Police and Deputy Sheriffs stop and watch or talk even. They aren't approaching with the intent that I'm a Criminal, rather an old man and some kids passing the time.
We were at a Fly-in in Parkton, Maryland some years ago. The Field is situated about a 1/4 mile off a heavily traveled 6 lane Interstate HIghway.. There was a 40% Aerobatic Airplane doing a diving turn at full speed with a tremendous smoke system going.
10 minutes later, with sirens blasting, fire trucks rolled up, escorted by Maryland Transportation Officers and State Police, and a Paramedic or two.
Some Lady traveling Interstate 80 had seen a 'Crashing Airplane on Fire' disappear into the woods.
We all had a good laugh, and The fire Chief said he knew it was probably us, but they had to check it out, just the same.
We put a couple of those guys on Buddy Boxes, and spent probably an hour with them.

At no time were we treated as Idiots, nor asked for ID's, Insurance, AMA cards, or permission slips to fly on the converted Landfill.
Model airplanes have a soft spot in most people's hearts, and Criminal Activity is NOT the first thing that springs to an L E O's mind.

I'm disenchanted with the majority of the people I know of, who have the 'doom and gloom' attitude, instead of just going out and enjoying the fellowship of like minded people.
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