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Membership Application

All members must have a MAAC number to apply for membership and that number must be registered in our Member Data Base.  If you are a new member and would like to apply for membership as described below, please contact theto have your MAAC number registered in our system.

Although an application for membership will be accepted if the MAAC number is not active, new membership cards will only be issued to members when their MAAC membership is actived for the Membership year requested.

Application for Club membership will require acceptance of our Rules (see below).

Membership is for a calendar year, January 1st to December 31st. 

All members must pay an annual membership fee, of which there are several types:

  • Junior Member (under 18 Years old), $25 
  • Adult Member, $100
  • Social Member, $30
  • Associate Members, $50

A renewing Adult member's fee will be reduced to $75 if paid (using the PayPal button at the end of the Application procedure or check or cash received by the Treasurer) before February 1st.

New Adult members must pay a one time initiation fee but their first year membership fee depends upon when in the year they join.  Fees are as follows:

  • join for the full year, $75 membership plus $50 initiation
  • join after July 1st, $50 membership plus $50 initiation
  • join after September 1st, $25 membership plus $50 initiation

The Social Membership is to accommodate those who, because of age or other reasons, don't fly but still enjoy the social aspects and camaraderie of our club.  This is a non-voting membership.

Associate Members are Astronomers who don't participate in our Club, but visit our flying field at night for star viewing.

The process for both new and returning Members includes the following steps:

  1. complete (or review) your online membership data and make any necessary changes;
  2. complete and submit the application form presented following the data review; 
  3. pay the fee (online, by mail, or in person); and
  4. receive their membership card (and field gate key if requested) by mail from the Club Treasurer.

To begin this process, please follow the instructions on the Member Data Update page.

New Member Introduction

When the application process described above has been completed, the new member will be contacted by the PDQ New Member Director to arrange a meeting:

  • to introduce you to our club, our airfield and safety rules, and to review general R/C field etiquette;
  • to discuss training needs and, if required, coordinate a training program with the Club Instructors; and
  • for new Members who can already fly, to arrange for a flight check with one of our Instructors (an informal observed flight to validate that the new member qualifies for their PDQ Wings without going through the formal test procedure).

This process is called "Ground School" and it is a pre-requisite to obtaining your PDQ Wings.

Regardless of flying skills, ALL new members require PDQ Club certification before they are allowed to fly at our main field (indoor flying is excluded).  The training and certification procedures are described on our Training Program page.

The Importance of our Rules

Some people feel that rules are merely guidelines, to be rigorously followed only by the anal and not by free-thinking people like themselves.  If you are one of these, DON'T join our Club.

We have gone to some trouble to ensure that our Rules are reasonable and ALL have one of three objects in mind:

  • Safety
    • Most of our aircraft use powerful engines which spin an object with sharp edges at high speeds that can inflict serious damage to the human body if an accident occurs.  We have to be very careful to make sure that this doesn't happen.
  • Continued access to our Flying Field
    • Our agreement with the DND gives us access to an enviable location and is subject to the Military's good will.  It is extremely important that we abide by their rules and maintain their property in a way that they find acceptable.
  • Neighbour Relations
    • The major cause of the loss of a flying facility is neighbour complaints, usually about noise.  Although our nearest neighbours are not overly close, it is still important that we don't disturb them with our activites.

Our Application Form requires that you have read and agree to abide by our Rules (which you can find here).  All members should take the trouble to alert another member who seems unaware of one of our Rules but repeated or intentional infractions are dealt with by our Executive Committee.

MAAC Insurance

The total cost of all the Insurance Policies our Club carries at MAAC is about $120,000, of which  approximately $84,000 is for the members general liability policy.  The deductible for each incident is $5,000.  MAAC absorbs $4,500  of the deductible (self insures.)   The remaining $500 comes from the member involved ($250) and the club involved ($250.)  If someone from another club has an accident, then he is responsible for the $500 deductible.  If an accident occurs at a Sanctioned Event then the club and the individual involved split the $500.

 

 
  
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