Not long ago I took a trip to an RC club to meet some of the pilots I have watched on their FB page and since I had no idea what to expect, I decided to not take my gear with me.
I got to the field far earlier than expected, so I sat and listened to the old-timers talk and at one point one of the members started asking me about what I flew and if I had my AMA membership, which I said that I didn’t because I fly a 3" quad around my yard which I was rewarded with a bit of a look of disapproval from the gentleman.
When the first quad pilot arrived, I agreed to be a spotter for him and we talked between flights. I learned that I would have to have an AMA membership to fly at the field. Later, when the other pilots arrived I ran the gauntlet of questions that lead to their evaluation that I was ready to go to 5" (a story of it’s own.)
In my mind, it’s hard to justify a membership as I do not fly outside my yard with something that is more prone to be damaged in an impact than to do damage.
This made me wonder, for those who stay in the brushed or micro (1s) brushless, do you maintain an AMA membership?