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Re: to PERRVIEW the CONTRASTS

Postby Craig Muhonen » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:24 pm

Contrast the "health" benefits of paragliding........ (not wishing this on anybody) ......up until the "canopy" collapses .
Also contrast the fairly aggressive marketing .

https://overflytenerife.com/health-bene ... g_outdoors

Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Para pax Paragliding ; Enabling people to be fearless.

Do you cherish a dream of soaring like a bird in the sky? If yes then paragliding is the best option for you that can fulfill your dream. This will enable you to explore the mysterious sky like a hawk. Now you may raise a question, what is paragliding? Actually, this is an outdoor sports activity that has gained global recognition within a very short time. Unlike the other thrilling sports activities this is safer and easier.
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It's an "Extreme" sport.....safer and easier?????

"Like a Hawk?" I doubt you qualify .
And " Global Reconition" means that you can buy a paraglider that is only made in China or Vietnam, and has to be "scrapped" after 2 or 3 years.

I doubt that the Smithsonian will "hang" one, but we'll see.
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Now contrast the "health benefits" of being a ®HangGlider Pilot.
And the "common sense" marketing .

https://www.realbuzz.com/articles-inter ... beginners/
add in the athletic abilities gained from flying and transporting your ®HangGlider and the dedication learned from extensive training.
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Now a parody contrast; "Canape`" under a "canopy", .... sunshade, awning, baldachin.

Canape` - From the French word for sofa, drawing on the analogy that the "garnish" sits atop the bread, as people sit on a couch .

"Garnish" on stale bread, under a sunshade..... Now there's a creative advertising campaign.

I wonder if tandem paragliders feel like "garnish".ha.

CM
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Re: to PERRVIEW the CONTRASTS

Postby Craig Muhonen » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:51 pm

This contrast is one within us all.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ7oyyXZo0Q

A contrast with one foot in chaos and the other in order, knowing we should not "linger" in "one", too long.

Prayers for the Peterson Family.
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Re: to PERRVIEW the CONTRASTS

Postby Craig Muhonen » Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:03 pm

This from 2010.
I have searched for a contrast to perrview, but this unique forum sorta stands on its own. This "foundation" remains strong, even with the small Hang Gliding community of US HAWKS being some what ostracized (for absolutely no reason ) and other pilots finding it easier to pay into a system.
After reading through the "history" of US HAWKS (from its inception in 2010 till now) (it's for all to see in black and white) I have seen a progression of "non hang gliding" issues cause a small "riff" . Personality being What it is, and passion being strong, it's bound to happen. It's almost a David and Goliath sorta thing, with the Goliath being....... (any guesses). With the amount of pressure that has been put on, I can absolutely see why (add names here..........................) fight back. Mistakes are made and personalities "rub", but , pilots being What they are, the "baptism of atmosphere" is at their core.
In my mind, US HAWKS should be granted Journalist status , with all its rights .
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Thank You Bob for this foundation.

What is the US Hawks?
The US Hawks is a national hang gliding organization designed to give all hang glider pilots a platform for sharing information and a focal point for pooling their efforts to further their own flying and the sport of hang gliding.

What does it cost to join the US Hawks?
Currently, membership is free. The US Hawks will follow the model of the Torrey Hawks by providing a voice for all hang glider pilots. The Torrey Hawks did this on the local level, and the US Hawks will attempt to do that on the national level. There may be a time when we need actual money, and we'll address that issue then.

Why do we need another organization?
The need for choice on the national level has been clear for some time. The HGAA, for example, was originally formed to be more of a grass roots organization than USHPA. However, it was quickly overtaken by those who again concentrated power and shunned opposing viewpoints. So the US Hawks was formed to provide yet another alternative.

Won't the US Hawks further fragment our resources?
Hang glider pilots typically pool their resources to reduce the costs of insurance and to lobby for protection of flying sites. There's no reason that the US Hawks couldn't team with either USHPA or the HGAA on both of those issues. In fact, having multiple organizations might increase the total number of people participating, and therefore increase both the insurance pool and the lobbying efforts.

What will keep the US Hawks from becoming another USHPA or HGAA?
You will ... hopefully. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Everyone has to do their part once in a while. If you see something that's not being done correctly, then it's your duty to speak out. One big difference between the US Hawks and other organizations is that the US Hawks really does honor the free speech of its members.

Will the US Hawks offer insurance?
Not at this time. The HGAA is currently working to see if they can get independent insurance. The outcome of their effort will tell us a lot about the "lay of the land" with regard to insurance. One option that I've suggested before is requesting to be included on USHPA's (or even the HGAA's) insurance with a small markup. That means we would have to follow their rating standards which are not unreasonable at this time.

Will the US Hawks try to replace USHPA or the HGAA?
No. I started the HGAA because I wanted pilots to have choices. Eliminating USHPA (or the HGAA) would reduce our choices and that's never been my goal. Pilots who like USHPA should have USHPA. Pilots who like the HGAA should have the HGAA. And pilots who like the US Hawks should have the US Hawks. As I said when founding the HGAA, more choices gives us a better chance of each pilot finding an organization that they like. Hopefully those organizations (USHPA, HGAA, US Hawks) will all work together to make our sport better. They each appeal to different kinds of pilots and that's likely to give us more total pilots participating in our national organizations. Win. Win. Win. I hope the US Hawks' relationships with USHPA and the HGAA will be positive.

How will the US Hawks try to be different from USHPA or the HGAA?
The US Hawks will try to be more of a grass roots organization - more like the start of hang gliding. There's nothing wrong with the strong central control exhibited by other organizations, but the US Hawks will appeal to pilots who want more local control and greater personal participation in decision making. We believe that good decisions sometimes require a significant effort to dig into the facts. Sometimes arguments are heated, and that's not something to be feared or rejected. That's the process - painful or not - that leads to better decisions.

Is there a Board of Directors for the US Hawks?
Not yet. The HGAA's early problems arose because different people wanted to take the organization in different directions. That created power stuggles which cost the HGAA some of its early leadership. For now, I'm going to take the US Hawks in the direction that I believe is right. If people want to go along, then they're welcome. If not, there are at least two other alternatives. :)

Can local chapters join the US Hawks?
Certainly. We currently provide a public forum for each of our chapters to keep them better integrated with the national organization. We may be the first national hang gliding association to do that (watch for others to follow).

Do all local chapters have to have 'Hawks' in their name?
No, but you might think so given our first 3 local chapters (Torrey Hawks, Tooele Hawks, and Lakeview Hawks)! Any club is welcome to apply for membership. All we really want to see is that the club is sincere in being a member of the US Hawks and that they have a desire to promote and protect the sport of hang gliding in their local area.

Do I have to be a member of the US Hawks to use the forum?
No, but your membership in the US Hawks would show a more sincere interest in our organization and an appreciation of our efforts. Eventually we may provide additional services for actual members or place limitations on non-members.

Can I donate to the US Hawks?
No. Our model is based on freedom of speech and freedom of representation. But thanks for asking!! If the US Hawks begins to offer expensive services (such as insurance) then we may have to charge for those services.

If I can't donate, then what can I do to help?
Just try to visit the forum regularly and post as often as you can. It also helps if you spread the word about the US Hawks and try to bring in new members.
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