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AMA Introductory Pilot Program

AMA Introductory Pilot Program

This program is intended to introduce the non-AMA member to aeromodeling while providing liability insurance coverage to the non-AMA member and the Rivanna Radio Control Club (RRCC) which is an AMA chartered club.

A non-AMA member may fly at the Rivanna Radio Control Club flying field at the University of Virginia’s Milton Airport and will receive AMA member liability insurance protection as long as he/she is flying under the direct supervision of a RRCC-designated Introductory Pilot Instructor. Supervised instruction must take place at RRCC’s flying site at Milton Airport, and will be closely supervised. The non-AMA member will have the same liability insurance coverage that other AMA members receive, solely while under the direct, one-on-one supervision of the Intro Pilot Instructor, for a period of 60 consecutive days starting from the first session. No other AMA benefits are provided to the non-AMA member.

Participation in this program is on a one-time basis only. This program covers assisting new modelers through education and training activities only, and does not constitute permission to fly in any organized event of AMA members or clubs, sanctioned or otherwise. No AMA card will be issued to the non-AMA member during the 60 day introduction period.

If the non-AMA member’s model is used, it will be carefully checked and the Intro Pilot Instructor will fly it until familiar with it.  High performance aircraft will not be used for training.  If the non-members radio is “buddy-box” ready, its use is recommended.

All record keeping is the responsibility of the RRCC and its designated Intro Pilot Instructors.  Using forms provided by AMA, RRCC will establish and maintain up-to-date records showing date of enrollment and date of termination for each non-AMA member enrolled in the program.  Neither the RRCC nor the Intro Pilot Instructor is permitted to charge any training fees.

The Intro Pilot Instructor will instruct the non-AMA member in RRCC’s site safety rules.  Each non-AMA member will be given a copy of the AMA National Model Aircraft Safety Code, and a copy of this document, along with any other introductory material the Intro Pilot Instructor feels is appropriate.

Policy limits for model aircraft are $2,500,000 per occurrence involving bodily injury and/or property damage.  This coverage is provided as “excess” to other applicable coverage the non-AMA member, club or Intro Pilot Instructor may have including homeowners insurance.  The $250 property damage claim deductible is waived by AMA and is not the responsibility of either the Introductory Pilot Instructor or the non-AMA member student during this training period.  No liability protection is provided to the non-AMA member when flying away from the RRCC flying site, with or without the Intro Pilot Instructor.  Neither AMA, RRCC, nor the Intro Pilot Instructor shall be liable for any damage to a non-AMA member’s aircraft.