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NACOGDOCHES AERO MODELERS CLUB

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  1. What does it cost to become a club member?  

    2017 annual club dues are $40.00.  Dues are waived for anyone 16 years and under as well as any full time student both high school and college.  We 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.
     
  2. Why do I have to join AMA?  

    AMA provides insurance to it membership.  The insurance protects both the member and club from liability in the event of an accident while flying.  It also provides limited medical coverage for accidents.  Membership in AMA is mandatory for club members. For general AMA membership information click here: AMA INFO

  3. How do I join?  

    Contact any club member or officer. See the "Club Officers" link.  There are no restrictions on Club membership other than AMA membership.  

  4. Can non-members fly at your club field?

    Yes, but with some restrictions.  Pilots who are members of other clubs and hold a current AMA card  may fly as guests of our club.  Just check in with any of our officers.  Visitors from other clubs are welcome.   It is recommended that you contact an officer 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 and not yet received their AMA card are restricted to flying with an instructor on a buddy box until they receive it.

  5. I can't fly!  How do I learn to fly?

    We have well qualified instructors to teach you.  Technology today 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 the fear of crashing an airplane.  Call one of our contacts on the Officers page and we'll help.

  6. My 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?

    The first thing to do is bring them to the flying field and talk with experienced model airplane builders and pilots.  Today, there is a wide range of model aircraft and equipment from which to choose.  Choosing the right combination is essential to learning how to 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.  Come 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.

  7. When I was young all that was available were hard to build stick-built models made of balsa.  I can't build.  What alternatives are there?

    It is absolutely not necessary to build a model aircraft today.  Model Kits come in many different forms.  They range from the stick-built models to RTF's (Ready to Fly) models.  There are also ARF's which are "almost ready to fly" kits that require only a few hours of assembly.  Many kits come complete with all the necessary equipment, including the radio gear, to get you in the air immediately.

    Of course, there are still some purists around that enjoy the building process as much as they do the flying.  We can help you regardless of how you decide to fly!


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