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  • 28 Mar 2018 9:36 AM | Andrew (Administrator)

    Most property owners want to be assured that they are protected if they allow a club or an event to use their property as a flying site. Generally, a site owner will ask for an insurance certificate or to be named as an “additional insured.” AMA chartered clubs and sanctioned events have the ability to obtain liability insurance for a site owner and provide that extra level of protection.

         AMA chartered clubs, or Contest Directors(CDs)/Event Managers(EMs) of sanctioned events, will need to submit a completed application, along with the appropriate processing fee. It’s important that we receive the correct data because this will be used to issue the insurance certificate. Clubs, CDs/EMs are strongly encouraged to verify the legal name, as well as the correct mailing address for the additional insured/site owner. After the application and payment has been received by AMA, a certificate of insurance will be issued naming the site owner as an additional insured to the liability policy. AMA will mail the certificate to the site owner and email a copy to the designated club contact officer or the CD/EM listed for the sanctioned event.

         This coverage applies if the site owner is named in a claim due to property damage or a bodily injury incident caused by the club or an AMA member. It provides primary coverage to the site owner. This means that the AMA policy pays on the site owner’s behalf without involvement of the site owner’s personal insurance.

         The policy limit is $2,500,000 per occurrence (accident) and $5,000,000 aggregate (annually) for all claims per location (flying site). This limit of liability usually exceeds most site owners’ requirements. The “aggregate per location” means the site owner does not share the limit with other site owners. Each flying site that is insured through AMA’s policy would be afforded an annual policy limit of $5,000,000. This is a unique and special benefit of this program.

          If your club owns its own flying site, there is no need to request any additional insurance. The club, through its chartering status with AMA, is automatically covered as a site owner.

    However, it is still important that we have all flying site information on file!       If your club owns its site or if your club is not providing your site owner with insurance coverage, we ask that you please complete the flying site information section of the application.


    Do you have more questions about this topic? Email us at insurance@modelaircraft.org.


    Note: It is important to understand that the information we share will provide general guidance and should not be interpreted as a final coverage determination of a situation.


  • 18 Feb 2018 1:40 PM | Andrew (Administrator)
    Although we continue to ask the FAA to prosecute illegal drone operators, they do little to nothing. As a result when incidents occur, the true culprits never get identified and we the hobbyists continue to get blamed. Hobbyist who fly drones and are not members of a CBO are operating illegally and in violation of Part 107 just as the commercial operators mentioned in the following article. 


    Andy


    FAA Takes No Action to Prosecute Illegal Drone Operations


    Illegal drone operators are flying under the radar, but what is the FAA doing about it? 


    According toThe NY Post, not much at all.


    Since 2016, when the Federal Aviation Administration began requiring commercial drone pilots to obtain a license, the agency has only busted a single pilot for operating illegally — and even he got off with a gentle slap on the wrist, according to FOIA documents obtained by MarketWatch.


    Last year, Jeffrey Slentz was caught by a cop flying a drone over Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., for a music video.

    The officer reported him to the FBI and FAA — but all Slentz received was a warning letter telling him to obtain a drone pilot’s license.


    Read More: CybAero Partners With Missing People

    Three other licensed pilots who violated FAA rules have been given warning letters or told to take a safety course at a local Flight Standards District Office, MarketWatch reported.

    Some licensed pilots are upset that illegal operators are getting off easy.

    “It’s annoying that other drone businesses are operating without a license and I have no competitive advantage,” said Flo Minton, a Florida-based photographer.

    “I went through all this trouble to pass the test to get my license, including paying for a study course and the test fee, and it took me weeks to study.”

    Another drone pilot, Daniel Carnahan, said he’s reached out to the Kansas City Flight Standards Office three times to report a pilot who’s been breaking licensing rules, called Part 107. He believes that pilot has gone unpunished. Continue reading about what the FAA is doing about illegal drone pilots.

    Sent from my iPad


  • 12 Nov 2017 8:28 PM | Andrew (Administrator)

    AMA has partnered with the University Aviation Association (UAA) , the unifying voice for collegiate aviation education, to launch a joint UAS program for college students. The UAS4STEM Collegiate Challenge will encourage teamwork, competition, and success through a STEM-based education platform. Much like the program currently available to high schools, the UAS4STEM Collegiate Challenge will provide university teams access to training, insurance, licensing, and equipment for the competition. The competitions will be held in spring 2018 at regional flying locations and hosted by AMA’s University Model Aviation Students Clubs (UMASC).

                                                              READ MORE-> UAS4STEM


  • 12 Oct 2017 7:30 AM | Andrew (Administrator)


    Large Model Airplane Program

    Throughout the last several years, AMA and the Safety Committee had been approached about concerns regarding the layout/concept of the current Large Model Airplane (LMA) program document, as well as some potential inconsistencies. One of the LMA inspectors (LMAIs) submitted a proposal regarding these issues. The Safety Committee chair tasked a subcommittee to review the proposal and restructure/reorganize the program. This subcommittee, consisting of 12 LMAIs, volunteered their time and expertise for this project.

    The intent of the review was not to change the program itself or to implement/recommend any drastic changes, but to simplify and streamline the document. Although we generally try to clearly mark any additions in bold letters, this approach proves more difficult with a document restructuring. The following is a summary of the changes that were approved by the AMA Executive Council at its July meeting:


    Regulation rewrite
    We divided the document into five sections for easier digestion and comprehension. They will eventually be available as separate documents/downloads:

    • Program and model requirements.
    • Supplemental information (servo torque).
    • Inspectors.
    • Foreign participants.
    • Forms.

    There was a major emphasis on simplification:

    • Combined LMA and LTMA sections to eliminate redundancy.
    • Some basic requirements displayed in tabular form to aid in overall comprehension and reduce text.
    • Created a single table outlining FAA, national residency, weight of model, type of model, insurance, and other LMA requirements to aid in the understanding of these complex relationships. This will be a supplemental chart hosted separately on the AMA website (#540-F), but will be referenced in the LMA document.
    • Eliminated items that were either unenforceable, change frequently due to evolution of technology, or were otherwise felt to be unnecessary.
    • Collapsed multiple inspection forms into a single section.

    Permits

    • LMAIs can sign off on their own aircraft.
    • Three-view photographs required.
    • Unless the model crashes or is modified, permits will be valid for three years.

    Inspectors

    • Clarified and expanded inspector requirements.
    • Created “Guidelines for Inspection” to promote consistency in approach.
    • Eliminated open-book test in favor of more practical evidence of relevant experience in the inspector’s application process.

    Servo Torque

    • Extracted existing torque calculations into a separate appendix (Section 2).

    Speeds and Weights

    • Raised the LTMA-2 limit from 140 to 170 mph to provide more latitude in speed envelope and to conform with a more realistic expectation of how these models are operated.
    • All other speeds remain unchanged.
    • All weights remain unchanged.
    • All weights in pounds and ounces, should be consistent with other AMA documents.

    The safety committee, in assistance with HQ staff, will also look into additional, mainly administrative improvements of the program, including detailed clarification of forms and procedures, fillable web-forms, etc.

    Please take a moment and review the updated document on our website at www.modelaircraft.org/files/520-a.pdf and contact us at safety@modelaircraft.org if you have any questions regarding the changes.


  • 31 Aug 2017 1:25 AM | Andrew (Administrator)

    One Club, One Leader Member


    Every AMA Chartered Club should make it a priority to have at least one active Leader Member among its membership. AMA needs active Leader Members who will assist AMA vice presidents and associate vice presidents with their day-to-day district functions.

    Are you a Leader Members or potential one? Are you willing to keep up-to-date with AMA programs and benefits offered to AMA members? Are you willing to go to your club’s meetings and functions and keep the members informed of all that the AMA has to offer?

    It’s challenging, but not difficult. Everything needed is available online on the AMA website. There are Leader Members throughout the AMA who have taken up the challenge and are seeing positive results. Clubs and members are learning more about AMA than ever before. If you want to volunteer as an active Leader Member and want to know more, visit www.modelaircraft.org/membership/leadermember.aspx and meet the challenge.



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