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Offline Dave Dupre  
#1 Posted : Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:54:38 PM(UTC)
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I'm thinking of making a trip up to one of the contests in Canada. Is there anything I need to be aware of regarding AMA or MAAC? How about getting a trailer with planes across the border?

Dave
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Offline Bill Teeter  
#2 Posted : Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:30:01 PM(UTC)
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Dave - I have gone the other direction to Michigan, Ohio, or Indiana about 20 times in the past dozen years. Rarely any issue at the border. Usually I get asked what is in the trailer (both sides) and I explain that it is a large RC model plane and that I am going to a competition. About 10% of the time I get asked to open the trailer and that usually starts an interesting discussion about the plane and flying etc. Often the reaction is "wow that's big" and "look at the little pilot".

Then the questions turn to the usual - citizenship, where I live, where I am going, for how long etc. Anything to declare.

MAAC considers AMA equivalent through a reciprocal agreement. At a contest you are flying at a MAAC sanctioned club following the same rules as AMA. At this point we do not need to register our planes in Canada. MAAC requires contact info to be clearly displayed similar to AMA.

Truthfully I never have had any issue, just a lot of questions sometimes. I get a lot of "I always wanted to fly RC, or my son flies RC or some other family member".

Only other advice - do not try to bring guns into Canada. Hunters can register rifles during hunting season, but hand guns will get you turned back and banned from re-entry.
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Offline Paul Deppe  
#3 Posted : Friday, June 21, 2019 10:55:48 PM(UTC)
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Dave - Living by the border in Buffalo NY I have been to several contests in Canada and also traveled through Ontario many times on my way to contests in Michigan. I have never had any issues at the border in either direction, just the occasional interested questions as Bill describes. Of course I travel with my dog who distracts the border agents and we breeze right through. Seriously, you should have no issues, and our neighbors to the north always put on a good contest. Good luck and hope to see you there! - Paul
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Offline Bill Teeter  
#4 Posted : Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:12:44 AM(UTC)
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We always enjoy having Paul at our contests and especially his dog Rush. In fact Rush was given a special award at our Sudbury contest last year for being the Best Behaved Participant.

Dave - hopefully you will not encounter any issues. I am always just open and honest with the Customs folks on both sides and have never had a problem. When it comes to the planes we have had some interesting conversations about how high it flies, how far away it can fly, how big is the wingspan etc but most of their questions are the usual ones about what else I am bringing into the country - food, liquor, tobacco etc
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