HISTORY OF THE CLUB
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A MEMBER OF
THE ACADEMY OF MODEL AERONAUTICS
AMA REGION 8
MANGHAM JR. REGIONAL AIRPORT
CONVENTION AND VISITORS CENTER
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
does it cost to become a club member?
annual club dues are $40.00. Dues are waived for
years and under as well as any full time student both high school and
have managed to keep club
expenses very low which has allowed us to keep the dues low. Membership
in the Academy of Model Aeronautics is mandatory. AMA annual
membership dues for 2017 are $75.00 for 19-65 year olds, $65.00 for
over 65, and free for under 19 additional family members $38.00.
- Why do
I have to join AMA?
provides insurance to it membership. The insurance protects
the member and club from liability in the event of an
accident while flying. It also provides limited medical
for accidents. Membership in AMA is mandatory for club
For general AMA membership information click here: AMA
- How do
any club member or officer. See the "Club Officers" link.
There are no restrictions on Club membership other
than AMA membership.
non-members fly at your club field?
but with some restrictions. Pilots who are members of other
and hold a current AMA card may fly as guests of our club.
Just check in with any of our officers. Visitors
clubs are welcome. It is recommended that you contact an
prior to coming to the field to make sure one is present at the field
on the day you wish to fly. New members who have applied for
not yet received their AMA card are restricted to flying with an
instructor on a buddy box until they receive it.
- I can't
fly! How do I learn to fly?
have well qualified instructors to teach you. Technology
allows a beginning student pilot to use a "buddy box" along side an
instructor pilot who can assume control of the aircraft at any time.
This allows a safe way for the student pilot to learn without
fear of crashing an airplane. Call one of our contacts on the
Officers page and we'll help.
daughter/son wants to fly and I don't know the first thing about model
aircraft. What do I do and how do I help her/him?
first thing to do is bring them to the flying field and talk with
experienced model airplane builders and pilots. Today, there
wide range of model aircraft and equipment from which to choose.
Choosing the right combination is essential to learning how
fly. It is really tempting for a young person starting out to
pick the sleekest fastest looking airplane as a first model.
Don't do it because it is setting them up for failure.
talk with us or go to a good reliable hobby shop like "Wings and
Wheels" on our links page where you can get good sound advise.
I was young all that was available were hard to build stick-built
models made of balsa. I can't build. What
It is absolutely not necessary to build a model aircraft
today. Model Kits come in many different forms.
from the stick-built models to RTF's (Ready to Fly) models.
are also ARF's which are "almost ready to fly" kits that require only a
hours of assembly. Many kits come complete with all the
equipment, including the radio gear, to get you in the air immediately.
course, there are still some purists around that enjoy the building
process as much as they do the flying. We can help you
how you decide to fly!