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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About HKMEC in General

Q: What is the mission statement of HKMEC?
A: HKMEC promotes and protects model flying in Hong Kong, undertakes to represent all model fliers at the highest level.
Q: Who manage the HKMEC?
A: HKMEC is managed by a Management Committee. Members of the Management Committee are elected by a majority of members at meetings of members once every four years. The Management Committee can setup sub-committees and appoint members to them in order to share the work load.
Q: Do members of the Management Committee and personnel of HKMEC receiving a salary?
A: No! At this moment, all Management Committee members and personnel of HKMEC are working on gratis basis. These members devote their time (and sometimes money) to take care of affairs of the Club, all for the love of their hobby and the Club.

About HKMEC membership

Q: I want to join, but I don't know any Committee Member that could cosign my admission form. What should I do?
A:

The Cosign requirement is purely to give a chance to potential member for the Committee Members to introduce facility and rules of the Club. It is also a chance for potential member to pose any questions they might have related to the Club and have it answered before deciding to join the Club. If you do not know any Committee members, please contact us. Our Committee Members are more than happy to arrange for a meeting and cosign on your form as they see fit.

Q: The entrance fee seems quite high, why?
A:

The Club face a paradox situation on this issue....

On one hand, the Club is fortunate enough to receive a piece of vacant land from The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to build up an airfield (IMAC). Unfortunately, associated cost of construction is high, and we have a schedule of construction works to be done to keep up with our land grant conditions with the Government. Up till today our Club spent over HK$3million on construction of facilities at the IMAC alone. It still requires more constructions and maintenance works, and these costs lots of money. Simple math has it that even if all our members each contributing the full entrance fee the total amounts to less than half of the total cost spent up till now, not to mention the cost of maintenance. While the Club operates as a non-profit organization, it relies solely on members contributions as funding sources. While some of our members are kind enough to advance loans and gifts to our Club for construction of the IMAC, it is not fair to put the burden of costs on just a few members. The entrance fee makes up a significant contribution to the funds of the Club, so we set an amount in order to spread the burden of cost to members.

On the other hand, if we set an entrance fee amount high enough to cover most of the burden of construction cost at the airfield, it would be an amount that is far from reach of the general public. As a result, we set the entrance fee value at an amount that is equivalent to the cost of a medium quality model, so most modelers should be able to afford admission into the Club. Our entrance fees and per day usage fee of our airfield facilities are approved by Home Affairs Department of HKSAR.

Responding to the request of some modelers, the Club introduce an installment payment option for Full Member entrance fee in order to receive more members.

Q: I am not a member of HKMEC, can I come to IMAC and fly my model?
A:

Yes. Non-members have to pay a per day usage fee (Currently HK$200- per day) to fly at the IMAC. Our insurance policy allows maximum of 5 non-members to fly. However, for safety reasons, any non-members have to pass a proficiency check by the marshal-in-charge or the site manager before they are allowed to fly at the IMAC.

About HKMEC insurance policy

Q: What does your third party liability insurance policy cover?
A: Our third party liability insurance policy is maintained with [Blue Cross], a worldwide insurance underwriter. It is a group policy that covers damage to bodily and property of third party by accident of models operated by our members. The coverage is up to HK$30million.

About HKMEC safety rules

Q: Why does HKMEC have so many safety rules? Are they to prevent us to fully enjoy ourselves with our models?
A:

HKMEC knows more than anyone that the feeling of freedom in model flying is what attracts most into this hobby. However, when operated carelessly, a flying model could be a lethal weapon that endangers lives. That is why we have safety rules enforced not only to protect but also to promote safe flying so everyone could enjoy this hobby. We are proud that from the establishment of HKMEC there was yet to have one incidence that leads to major injury by aero model under our operation.

Q: Who approves the safety rules?
A: These rules are setup with the help and approval of Civil Aviation Department of HKSAR.

About HKMEC International Model Aviation Centre (IMAC)

 

Q: Where is the IMAC located?
A: See here

 

Q: Is the IMAC open to public?
A:

Yes, IMAC is open to public. Basically, anyone is welcomed, but some management and safety measures to limit people into IMAC is instill to lessen the risk of injury in case of accident. To preserve order, we reserve our rights to refuse entrance to IMAC by certain individuals in order to preserve integrity and order.

Q: What facility does the IMAC have?
A: See here
Q: I am not a member of HKMEC, can I come to IMAC and fly my model?
A:

Yes. Non-members have to pay a per day usage fee (Currently HK$200- per day) to fly at the IMAC. Our insurance policy allows maximum of 5 non-members to fly. However, for safety reasons, any non-members have to pass a proficiency check by the marshal in charge or the site manager before they are allowed to fly at the IMAC. Flying students could fly only at the supervision of an instructor who must be a member and possess flying skills accepted by HKMEC.

Q: I want to learn flying a model, does HKMEC offers flying classes?
A:

No. Currently HKMEC does not offer any flying classes. However, certain members are professional instructors themselves and offers personal flight tutoring at the IMAC. HKMEC is not responsible whatsoever with these members' conduct and fees charged.

Q: There seems not many supporting facilities available in the IMAC now...
A:

Progress takes time and money....lots of it!

Before any constructions is even planned, we have to work with various departments of HKSAR to get pre-approval. While in the way of building the IMAC we stumbled across quite some mistakes, but the wonderful people of HKSAR always extend to us helping hands. After the approval we have to fund raise to get these works done, so adding up all these procedures takes up quite a bit of time. However, we are taking one step at a time to make sure that one day the IMAC would have enough facilities to make it into a world class facility.