Because of the requirements of HOTMAC's flying site owner, all membership levels must have membership in the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics). Your AMA Membership has many benefits, including a monthly magazine and additional insurance. Check out the many benefits and AMA membership is available HERE.
Fly legally within FAA rules
All RC pilots at HOTMAC are legally required to obtain an FAA Recreational User Registration Number for their aircraft under "The Exception for Recreational Users". A small fee covers multiple years. One registration number is for multiple aircraft. Details on how to register, label your aircraft and fly legally and safely can be found HERE.
All RC pilots at HOTMAC are legally required to complete "The Recreational UAS Safety Test" (TRUST). There is no cost to take the Test and a certificate is available upon completion. Details of test and completion instructions can be found HERE.
If the situation should ever arise, upon a request from law enforcement, you are required to produce both your recreational user number and your TRUST certificate.
HOTMAC Pilot Certification
All RC pilots that join HOTMAC are required to be approved for SOLO FLIGHT by an approved Instructor using the form (SOLO FLIGHT CHECK LIST) on the last page of the HOTMAC Flight Training Manual. Beginners will enroll in the HOTMAC Flight Training Program and be qualified when they complete the training. Experienced pilots need to schedule with an Instructor to get a Check Flight scheduled. Here is a link to the HOTMAC Flight Training Manual v20200702.pdf For a list of Instructors, click HOTMAC Flight Instructors.pdf