Sign in, say "hi", ... and be welcomed.

Site Insurance Scam

Postby eagle » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:13 pm

PAY BOTH PARTIES
THE UNNEEDED INSURANCE RACKET
AND
THE CITIES CRIMINAL GLIDERPORT ~ CEO ~ ZAR


~ SHUT UP AND PAY THEM ~

PUBLIC Extortion Racket.jpg
PUBLIC Extortion Racket.jpg (66.38 KiB) Viewed 142 times
eagle
User avatar
Contributor
Contributor
 
Posts: 918
Joined: Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:58 pm

Re: Site Insurance

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:25 am

Lloyd's dropped 3rd party liability insurance in part because of the inclusion of paragliding and it's disastrous actuarial numbers.


A paraglider knocking over a mother and her baby carriage on a public beach says it all.
The USHGA Directors who chose to add this risk on top of existing hang gliding accidents and present it
to the insurance companies should have been tarred and feathered and run out of the sport.
Instead, paragliding was brought into the association without a membership vote and within a decade
had reached parity with hang gliding in influence.
A few years later, it dominated decision-making and hang glider pilots were absorbed into a new sport called "freeflight."
That was the end of the national hang gliding association in the United States.
So it went in almost all other countries.
It's not enough for hang glider pilots to whine and moan about this being the end of their sport.
They need to get up off their knees and once again form a strong national hang gliding association.
Rick Masters
User avatar
Contributor
Contributor
 
Posts: 2602
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:11 am

Re: Site Insurance/ Free Flight 2.0

Postby FiascoDave » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:46 pm

It’s no secret that I was never a fan of USHPA’s mandatory national insurance scheme. There were two basic reasons for that; I believed it will be detrimental to growing or even maintaining our sport and, The statements made that insurance would, “save free flight” and that over 200 sites nationally were “ar risk” were knowingly false - made to scare pilots into donating $2 Million to fund the insurance company run largely by USHPA’s “leaders”.

Sadly, as many believed would occur, our sport was and will continue to be irreparably harmed by this costly and grossly false scheme until it collapses entirely.

Individual instructors across the Country have ended their schools. Many large, well established flight schools that were previously profitable - for 20 years and more! - have closed their doors forever. Why? The burden of sky-high insurance premiums demanded by USHPA’s RRRG has proven too be wildly too expensive to justify continued operations.

Our sport is dying (unless we return the basics - Free Flight). USHPA in their myopic determination to maintain control of our sport, and thus their bureaucratic existence, has largely, in just one year, destroyed hang gliding instruction across the Country.

The only HG schools still in existence (Mission, Wallaby & Quest) are eventually going to fold under the burden of continued declining students with simultaneously increasing USHPA & RRRG fees & costs.

Owners of Cloud 9 in Northville Michigan, Lisa & Tracy Tillman are selling their entire school, lock, stock & barrel. Why? Tracy told me, “Insurance costs are ten times higher while providing one quarter of the coverage.”

Cloud 9 was the first PASA certified school in the Country. Tracy & Lisa have been active pilots from 1976 and at the BOD level of the sport, but their decades-long-earned admonitions and warnings were not heeded by USHPA leadership, who insisted on a focus on competition coverage funded by instructors and schools.

At the same time USHPA did nothing to rein-in the accident rate of PGs which remain extremely excessive. “At a greater rate than the Vietnam War causualty rate.” Tracy says. “No insurer will cover that kind of casualty or accident rate.”

If this trend continues, (and it can only accelerate) USHPA and it’s RRRG mandatory national insurance scheme will very shortly be the end themselves, if not HG manufacturing.

While the loss of USHPA is of little consequence IMHO, the destruction of HG schools will lead to the loss of HG manufacturing. And that will be the terrible, unintended (but foreseeable) result that has untold ramifications for future of our sport.

My advise: Buy as new a glider as you can. Buy a second for spare parts. Buy plenty of down tubes. And fly like there is no tomorrow.

Because for USHPA, there isn’t.

You may ask yourself, what can we do to save HG? Keep on flying. If you have the knowledge and skill and patience, and gear, teach new HG pilots to fly!

USHPA has made itself its own worst enemy. It has killed itself. But that doesn’t mean that HG is at an end... Only the bureaucracy (that is: USHPA) wants more than anything else to continue expanding itself...it will end. Hang gliding pilots individually will simply return to our roots, hopefully to re-grow and renew our sport just as we began it the first time 40 years ago.

Individuals will spring up to teach new student pilots and we’ll find new sites if necessary and continue to fly established sites where we can.

A post script to this story is that Lisa and Tracy Tillman are now teaching General Aviation “GA” and towing sailplanes at their home site in Michigan - profitably, without the demands of RRRG, PASA insurance and the bloated USHPA bureaucracy! Tracy tells me that there is still one 914 Dragonfly tug and numerous Hang Gliders for sale listed on Hang Gliding.org. Although he is wistful about the loss of Hang Gliding in the flatlands he is encouraged by his now well-established aviation instruction school...He too foresaw the collapse of USHPA and began preparations for his broader aviation activities years ago.

I’ve terminated my association with USHPA & RVHPA. My only interest remains to encourage hang gliding pilots and newcomers to pursue their individual passion for flight. USHPA & RVHPA are mis-managed, self-indulgent, bureaucracies intent on restricting the flight freedoms of non-members.

Where is your interest?

Dave Palmer
FiascoDave
User avatar
Contributor
Contributor
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:09 pm
Location: Ruch, in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon (Woodrat Mountain)

Re: Site Insurance/ Free Flight 2.0

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:08 pm

FiascoDave wrote:It’s no secret that I was never a fan of USHPA’s mandatory national insurance scheme. There were two basic reasons for that; I believed it will be detrimental to growing or even maintaining our sport and, The statements made that insurance would, “save free flight” and that over 200 sites nationally were “ar risk” were knowingly false - made to scare pilots into donating $2 Million to fund the insurance company run largely by USHPA’s “leaders”.


I think you're right on both counts. I think the insurance scam was cooked up to protect those who make money from the sport. I don't have a problem with anyone making money, and I've been very generous with my instructors during my training. I've purchased new equipment to help out manufacturers even when I knew where to get much cheaper used equipment. But the business tail is now wagging the entire sport of hang gliding through USHPA. It's become so corrupted by the business interests, that USHPA now does their bidding. My expulsion was just one example. The Torrey business dragged me through court for 4 months on charges that didn't stand up. I won the case and their request was denied. So they turned to USHPA with the same false charges and USHPA rubber stamped it.

FiascoDave wrote:Sadly, as many believed would occur, our sport was and will continue to be irreparably harmed by this costly and grossly false scheme until it collapses entirely.

Individual instructors across the Country have ended their schools. Many large, well established flight schools that were previously profitable - for 20 years and more! - have closed their doors forever. Why? The burden of sky-high insurance premiums demanded by USHPA’s RRRG has proven too be wildly too expensive to justify continued operations.


Yes, yes, and yes. USHPA could spend pennies on the dollar to have Tim Herr empower chapters with their local Recreational Use Statutes and related court cases. But that doesn't perpetuate USHPA's iron clad monopoly on the sport, so they push the unsustainable insurance option instead.

FiascoDave wrote:Where is your interest?


Right here supporting Recreational Hang Gliding.

Thanks for bringing your perspective. Let's spread the word and save hang gliding!!
Join a National Hang Gliding Organization: US Hawks at ushawks.org
Bob Kuczewski
User avatar
Contributor
Contributor
 
Posts: 4668
Joined: Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:40 pm
Location: San Diego, CA

Previous
Forum Statistics

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests

Options

Return to Hang Gliding General