| Probably the same group of cretins who don't vote in national or local
| elections because they are dissatisfied with the system.
Irrelevant. Though it does seem to be a good example of the
`poisoning the well' logical fallacy --
| If it weren't for the AMA we would not have any dedicated
We don't have dedicated frequencies *now*
Oh sure, part of the 72 MHz and 75 MHz bands are allocated to R/C
usage, but being unlicensed users, we really have zero recourse for
any sort of interference that shows up. And with pager towers showing
up in-between our frequencies with hundreds of watts of power and
things like wireless mikes, small paging systems (like used by
restraunts) and other similar things in there as well, it's amazing
that it works as well as it does.
Those pager towers are licensed. What that means is that if we
interfere with them, we have to stop, even if we're following all the
FCC regulations. If they're interfering with us, and they're
following all the FCC regulations, then we have no recourse. You lost
your plane? Too bad. It crashed into somebody's house and the whole
thing burned down? So sad ... hope you're insured.
If it wasn't for the AMA's meddling in the FCC's business, we might
have all been flying with spread spectrum gear for years now !$^#$!@
(For the humor impaired, that's meant as somewhat of a joke, but it's
somewhat true too.)
| Fields would be virtually impossible to obtain without the AMA
Of course. They'd just get insurance somewhere else. There might be
more paperwork, and it might cost more (as it wouldn't be subsidized
by AMA membership dues) but it's certainly not *virtually impossible*
Not even close.
| A safe hobby would become a disaster because of the idiots who'd
| like to demonstrate their questionable skills by buzzing the
| spectators, fellow pilots, and parking areas.
The AMA has magically made people not-stupid? Wow -- I had no idea!
How did the human race ever survive before the AMA arrived to save us?
Oh yeah, I remember now ... people can think, and can generally figure
out the difference between safe and dangerous and govern themselves
even without the AMA.
Strangely enough, even with the AMA around, I've still encountered
people like that. Even at AMA clubs.
| Of course the AMA is not perfect but name an organization/group that
Well, once they achieve perfection, we will stop pointing out their
Though just in case you get the wrong idea ... I don't really consider
myself to be an `AMA bashers'. But then again, I also realize that
many of the things they're bashed for are generally true, at least to
| AFAIK, *every*
aero-modeler who has made *any*
| contribution to the hobby has been an AMA member.
`Confusing Cause and Effect'
While this statement may be technically accurate (or have only a few
exceptions), this really doesn't mean anything. It ranks right up
there with `dihydrogen monoxide has been found in excised tumors of
termincal cancer patients!')
Ultimately, the way things have turned out (and this is no accident),
if you want to fly at an AMA chartered club field, or compete in
almost any national modelling event, or break any world records and be
recognized for it, you have to be an AMA member (if in the US.) What
this means is that if you're serious about modelling, you tend to be
an AMA member. Not because you want to support the AMA or agree with
their goals or because they push you to excel or anything like that --
it's just that if you're not an AMA member, what you can do is very
The people who have made very signifigant contributions to the hobby
as a whole tend to be serious modelers, and serious modelers generally
tend to be members of the AMA. It's not the AMA that causes them to
provide signifigant contributions -- it's more the other way around.
(Though really it's more that being a `serious' modeler tends to 1)
require an AMA membership and 2) make people provide `signifigant
contributions' to the hobby.)
| If you don't like the AMA for whatever the reason, fine, that's your
| prerogative but why continue this constant barrage of fruitless,
| irrational, and usually unsubstantiated negative comments? Classic
| error - feeding trolls - my bad ;-)
At least it's on-topic.
Doug McLaren, firstname.lastname@example.org
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