|06-16-2005, 03:01 PM||#41|
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It's been an interesting progression, although most of the discussion seems to have revolved around the insurance issue - what does MAAC cover, your homeowners insurance will cover you, etc.
As far as reasons offered for joining a club, the main one seems to be "fellowship". I used to be quite active in model railroading, and belonged to a medium-sized club (notice the past tense). Now things are a little different with a model RR club than a flying club, to be sure, but while the fellowship was fun, the "lowest common denominator" aspect of our club layout and modelling frustrated me. I'm a bit of a lone-wolf, and like doing things my way (i.e. the right way! ).
But while it's nice to share time with people who have a common interest, for me, flying is my time to get away from people. It's me, my plane, and an empty patch of sky in a field away from everything. I guess that's why I'm reluctant to join a club and have to share airspace. I guess I'm quite fortunate in that I have access to large open spaces that are quite a ways from MAAC flying fields (I checked!), and/or people in general.
As for the knowledge that members have and can impart to a newbie like myself, yes, that's valuable, but the on-line community is much larger than any club, and I've received excellent advice and help from them. Also, I'm an experiential learner... I've learned more about flying (and fixing!) from my mistakes than I have from reading or simulators.
I haven't had a chance to get out to the local clubs yet, but I'm still going to, and get a feel for what they're like, what they do, etc. I haven't ruled it out yet, but I guess I'm still looking for a compelling reason to join one.
Eagles may soar,
but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
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