I assume that the reason this equipment has ICASA approval, is to ensure the safe operation of the equipment, and to ensure that it complies with the local 2.4 gig regulations. As I understand "Type Approval", if a Futaba 8FG is certified by ICASA to meet the local requirements, then all models of this radio, with the same specs, should do so. If I buy one from the States, and it matches the specs of the locally sold units, how can this unit not be acceptable to both ICASA and our insurance company? The insurance company operates independently from ICASA, and should be concerned with potential risk. If your radio does not meet the local spec's, and is inferior, then I would agree that they may resist paying out in the event of an accident. I can assure you that my Futaba Radio bought in the States, or an imported JR for that matter, is far less likely to cause an accident than a number of other cheaper locally available products.In terms of the opening statement, as long as the radio equipment used is ICASA approved - there is no insurance related distinction between using 35 Mhz or 2.4 Ghz equipment. 35 Mhz & the other documented frequencies that are approved by ICASA for RC Model Flying are all covered by insurance and also as long as the equipment is ICASA type approved.
I do have confirmation from Futaba, that the radios sold in the States meet the same output requirements as we have in South Africa. France seems to be the only anomaly, where only 10 mw is allowed. In fact, the Futaba 8FG has a “FRANCE” setting in the menu. The concern for SAMAA must be that, if we as modelers do not enjoy insurance cover, by virtue of us importing our own radios, then there may be a fair proportion of your members that have no benefit in renewing their SAMAA membership. I would think that this would be of grave concern to SAMAA, to ensure the maintenance of its membership levels, and associated revenue. Based on this, I believe that SAMAA should be posing the case a little differently to our insurers.