USHPA wrote:ACA is conducting tandem flights that do not comply with all of the operating conditions of FAA Exemption 4721 issued to USHPA for tandem instructional flights.
Hi Mark, How long has USHPA known that ACA was operating outside of the USHPA tandem exemption? How long have you known that Mark?
Also, if you did know, then what did USHPA do and when did you do it? And if you didn't know, then how can you be considered to be effectively managing the exemption that the FAA has entrusted to you?
Bob,Bob Kuczewski wrote:I've been swamped with phone calls this evening. During my last conversation, a bunch of new posts were put up on hanggliding.org. Red is a good man, but he may not have known that there were other sources of FAA tandem exemptions when he wrote this. So his statement that "Without the USHPA exemption, tandem ultralight flight (anywhere in the USA) is illegal at the federal level" is mistaken.
You're too kind.
) The FAA requires that all tandem parachutes have an AAD installed on the
reserve parachute. Industry associations, such as the USPA, require their affiliated skydiving
schools and clubs to provide and/or require the use of an AAD for all student or unlicensed
Rick Masters wrote:The United States Parachuting Association advises pulling the main at 2000 feet so there will be time to cutaway and deploy the emergency reserve if something goes wrong.
flysurfski wrote:In light of the Hamby video, USHPA had no choice but to pull Max Marien's tandem rating.
Robin Marien (Torrey concessionaire) certainly didn't like seeing his son Max on the sidelines and so he purchased tandem exemptions through AeroSports.
USHPA has viewed their tandem exemption as their own little monopoly, and they're furious about Robin Marien going around them.
So while USHPA had known of Torrey's non-FAA-compliant tandem operations for over a decade (who sold Marien all those U$HPA 30 day memberships for all those years?), they only decided to drop the hammer when Robin Marien snubbed his nose at USHPA's monopoly.
Mark Forbes wrote:I don't know who's spinning these fake stories, but this is false.
Mark Forbes wrote:Both Max and Robin are current USHPA tandem instructors.
mgforbes wrote:Joined: 28 Feb 2007
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:36 pm
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I don't know who's spinning these fake stories, but this is false.
ACA has stated that they no longer intend to sign up students as USHPA 30-day members. It is required that they do so to use the USHPA tandem exemption, according to the terms laid out by FAA. They are not authorized to use our exemption unless they comply with its terms. At present they choose not to, so we have notified them and the membership generally that they are not authorized to use our exemption. Is that clear enough for you?
ASC also has an exemption. It does not require membership in ASC. If ACA chooses to operate under that exemption's terms, then that's their prerogative. They are not insured by us, and they have some insurance/bond arrangement with their landowner. We have not determined how we may handle these sorts of situation moving forward. That will be a topic of discussion at the BOD meeting later this month.
Both Max and Robin are current USHPA tandem instructors.
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