OK, first, Im NOT taking sides here, but my old flight instructor habits urge me to bring factual information to FAA related discussions whenever possible. So, here is one first hand data point.I hope you are correct. But so far you have provided little to no evidence to backup your statements. You have repeatedly told us that we were wrong. I'm sorry, I'm just not going to just take your word for it, I need some kind of evidence.
I will ask again. Please provide a link that says "The FAA was abundantly clear (as surprising as that may be) that FRIAs were for fields used ORGANIZATIONS. Not individuals." And another that says the AMA insurance will still be good after Sept16
I belong to a small RC club in Pacific Northwest. I’d prefer to not give the exact member count, but a 6 pack covers the post flight ‘discussion sessions’ quite adequately. We are independent, that is, Not affiliated with the AMA or any other organizations . We do, just for the record, have liability insurance that is primary. AMA insurance is ‘secondary’ . If that is not clear, research it, not gonna get side tracked.
I volunteered to take on the FRIA situation last winter and after researching the options available at that time, I paid for a FTCA membership and worked with them to submit a FRIA application to the FAA. It was approved on the first pass about a month ago.
So, to my point: Based on my experience, the FAA is not limiting FRIA approvals to sanctioned clubs or other large organizations.
Moving to a bit of informed speculation, approval seems to be more influenced by the proposed FRIA boundaries.
Ours is most of a section of farmland ( crop fields) where we lease a corner for the runway and parking, etc. Overflight and careful retrieval is included in the lease. The area I submitted for the FRIA boundaries has no roads, buildings, or other ‘ human activities’ areas.
Credible reports from other clubs that had rejected applications seem to all have overfly conflicts with parking lots, roads, buildings, etc.
The takeaway is that it seems feasible for a small group (club) to have an approved FRIA in a suitable open space, without any affiliations other than a CBO to process the application. As most know, FTCA requires no membership other than the one person submitting the application.