There are many factors that contributed to the founding of the US Hawks. USHPA, of course, plays a prominent role. But so does Jack Axaopoulos - who operates hanggliding.org.
I captured the images below shortly after Jack banned me from hanggliding.org in October of 2010. I'm just now getting around to posting them - it wasn't high on my list of priorities for the US Hawks!!
In late July of 2010, Jack Axaopoulos banned Scott Wise ("Wingspan34") from hanggliding.org. On July 28th, 2010, I started a poll on hanggliding.org asking fellow pilots whether they thought Scott should have been banned. My post was very respectful of Jack, and I had hoped that enough people would step forward to help give him some much needed guidance. Here's my first post which started topic (note that this snapshot was taken in October of 2010, and I believe the poll results were more in Scott's favor back in July of 2010 when these posts were made):
Jack Axaopoulos was boasting about all the support he had gotten for the ban (which the poll at that time seemed to contradict). The discussion continued, and Ryan Voight made a comment that he was essentially surrendering and Jack could do whatever he wanted.
I replied with what might be my all time shortest - and most concise - post of all time:
"Yup. Just like the SGAA forum."
I was, of course, referring to the HGAA which I had co-founded with a bunch of other pilots. The HGAA was taken over by Jack (using the screen name "SG") just prior to my post, and so my "SGAA" comment was right on target. Jack banned me immediately. Here's the record of that ban captured a few months later in October of 2010:
The moral of the story is twofold:
1. Don't criticize Jack Axaopoulos on hanggliding.org.
2. You won't get the whole truth on hanglgiding.org.