Joining and Re-Joining MAR/C
Part 0: Potential New Members:
Thank you for your interest in joining our club! We welcome new members. You may learn more about the club by checking out our About Us as well as our Training and Education page. In general, there are three requirements for flying at our field:
- You will need a full AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) membership
- You will need a Marymoor RC (MAR/C) club membership
- Your model aircraft, helicopter or drone are all considered 'drones' in the eyes of the FAA and will need to be registered with the FAA.
Instructions for all these steps are listed below.
Part 1: Everyone Read First:
AMA Membership – JOIN, RENEW, OR EXTEND at:
You must hold AMA Open, or Junior/Youth membership to join MAR/C. Park Flyer membership and the three-month Trial membership are not sufficient.
You may have to join AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) for two years or extend your current membership by one year before applying to MAR/C.
Your AMA membership must be valid for all of the CALENDAR YEAR for which you are applying for MAR/C membership
The AMA membership year is based on WHEN YOU LAST APPLIED. They changed to this system recently.
MAR/C membership is issued for one CALENDAR year, from January 1st through December 31st. We do not currently have a way to change to the AMA system.
Example: If your AMA membership expires during 2022, and you are applying for MAR/C for 2022, you must first extend you AMA membership by a year before applying to MAR/C.
APPLICATION ON OCTOBER 1 OR LATER
You may renew for the upcoming year as early as October 1.
A NEW MEMBER applying October 1 or later will receive membership for the following calendar year, which will be recognized at the field as valid for the remainder of the current year.
Active Youth members may check in as early as October 1, but must do so before the end of the current year.
You must LOG IN to the MAR/C website for the online membership process to work.
Current members have an account.
Lapsed members may still have an account. If you do, you will be able to log in. If you cannot log in, you have been away for too long and your old account was deleted. In this case you must create an account, just as if you are a new member.
See Part 2 (below) for instructions on the registration process.
New members must CREATE AN ACCOUNT and then LOG IN, for the online membership renewal to work. Instructions to create one are under New Member Registration (Online) below.
FAA UAS Registration
You must also register with the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a Recreational Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). This costs $5 for three years.
Go to faaregisterdrone.com
COSTS and PAYMENT
MAR/C Club Cost
Calendar year membership fee is $60 for adults, and free for Junior/Youth (under age of 19 on July 1st of the membership year). This is less than the cost of a couple servos, and less than most any other club you can find, for a beautiful field and welcoming community.
MAR/C membership is issued for one calendar year, from January 1st through December 31st.
AMA Membership Cost
Membership is $75 for adults and $15 for youth. This provides liability insurance and is required under the Special Use Agreement with King County Parks.
FAA UAS Registration
This costs $5 for three years and can be used on multiple aircraft.
Payments Options for MAR/C Membership Fee:
A. PayPal guest - personal PayPal account not required, you will need to provide credit card information
B. Personal PayPal account - PayPal already has your credit card information
C. Personal check - mail check to the Membership Coordinator.
Options A or B are recommended.
BEFORE YOU FLY – Badge Color and Proficiency Check
New members and those rejoining more than a year after their last membership will be issued a yellow badge that indicates they are not yet full members, meaning they are not permitted to fly without a buddy-box connection with a full member.
A proficiency check (a demonstration of your flying skills and oral knowledge quiz of the rules administered by a board member or flight instructor) is required for full membership status, after which you will be issued a badge with a unique color for the membership year.
Reactivating members (both Junior and Adult) who have not been active for the previous year must also have a proficiency check.
It is the responsibility of the member to contact an examiner to schedule their proficiency check.
Marking all of your aircraft:
Inside: Your name, AMA number, and contact information
Outside: FAA UAS number
Part 2: MAR/C Registration or Renewal
Please note the paper versus Online Registration Processing Time
Online: 10 days Paper: 20 days
You will receive your MAR/C badge via US Mail
New Club Member Registration (Online)
Click on REGISTER and provide the requested information, then click on Create New Account. It can take 1 or 2 days to verify your AMA and then activate process your account registration. Once processed, you will receive an email containing a link to activate your MAR/C account. Click on the link and follow the instructions. You will now see a Membership Annual Fee link on the left side of the website home page. Click on this to pay for your membership.
Current Club Member Renewal (Online)
LOG IN, then click on the Membership Annual Fee link on the home page to renew your membership.
Alternately, you may mail a check to the Membership Coordinator (contact information below).
Active Club Youth Member Check In (Online)
All active Youth MAR/C members (under the age of 19 on July 1st of the membership year) are required to check in annually before the end of the calendar year in order to maintain their Active Youth status, which permits them to fly solo. By checking in, the member affirms that he or she has maintained flight proficiency.
Youth members are required to file notice of Active Status with the club in order to be issued an annual membership card for the subsequent year.
If a Youth Member does not check in for a year or more, they must re-apply as a new member and will be issued the yellow membership badge that indicates they may not fly without being buddy boxed to a full member until passing a proficiency check.
Expired Club Membership Reactivation
If you let your membership expire, you can reactivate it by paying the current year's membership fee. Your website account is retained for a period of time, and then expires. If expired, you will not be able to log in, and you will need to re-register as a new member (see above).
If you must use the paper system, go HERE to get the paper form or ask a friend to do it. Membership form
Print the form, follow the instructions, and contact the Membership Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must include a copy of their AMA card.
Questions about membership process may be directed to Eric Benjamin, MAR/C Membership Coordinator: email@example.com