| Doug McLaren wrote:
| > | for a crappy magazine and $6 worth of
| > | insurance that we wouldn't even notice if it was gone.
| > Out of curiosity, where did your the $6 figure come from?
| You may not like my sources, but it's a lot closer to
| "under $10" than it is to $50.
Well, nobody ever said all $58 went to insurance.
In any event, there's no need to guess. Here's the payouts for 2006 --
$1.5 million, or about $8.35/member. 2005 figures were similar --
And looking at their 2006 financial statement ...
They took in $7.6 M in memberships. $234K in club charter fees.
For expenses, MA was $2M, and brought in about $1M in advertising and
subscriptions. So that works out to about $5/member, though not all
members get the magazine.
If I'm reading this right, they paid $1.2M for membership insurance in
2006. I don't know how that relates to the $1.5M figure given above.
If you are an AMA member, you can view the whole thing at
(The 175,000 members in 2003 figure came from a AMA BPL FCC filing.
They don't seem to advertise just how many members they have very
often, but I doubt it's changed much since then. I imagine I could
work it out exactly from the financial report, as they do give revenue
from each membership class, but it's not worth the effort -- it's
obviously still close to 175K.)
The magazine isn't crappy. It's mediocre, granted, but not really
| > I suspect that the AMA feels they're providing something that people
| > want badly enough to pay for too.
| You're probably right, but I suspect that most people pay for it only
| because they believe that they have to.
I doubt many people pay for it just because they feel they need an
`AMA license' to fly their plane at the local park. However, if the
local park or flying field *requires*
AMA membership, then I'd say
that they really do `have to' join (or not fly, of course.)
Perhaps the rules could be changed so that AMA membership isn't
required, and insurance can be provided in other ways, but that sort
of change tends to be difficult to push through. Not impossible, but
The AMA does do good things for the hobby. When dealing the FCC and
FAA (or the government as a whole), they're pretty much seen as the
voice of the hobby, for example, and they seem to try and take care of
everybody as well as possible.
I'm not saying they're perfect, or they don't have some `pork' in
their budget (really, how many millions were spent on the Muncie
facility?), but they're not the enemy either.
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