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 Post subject: Results of USHPA's Failure to Correct Problems at Torrey
PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:12 pm 
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Most of us know this famous picture by now ...

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That was from a video I took on November 9th, 2014 of Gabriel (Gabe) Jebb kiting without a helmet in flyable conditions while instructing students at the Torrey Pines Gliderport.

I published that video, and subsequently got this email message from USHPA's President, Rich Hass 19 days (what a coincidence!) later:

Rich Hass on 11/28/2014 04:13:47 PM wrote:
Bob,

You should be pleased to know; earlier this week, the EC voted to amend the safety requirements in SOP 12-01.05 to to require members to wear a helmet whenever they are hooked into their glider. It will take a few days to get the SOP updated and posted on the USHPA website. USHPA will make reference to the updated requirement in its next members newsletter.

Thanks,

Rich Hass


Here's what that SOP states:

USHPA SOP 12.01-05 Equipment wrote:
B. Other Equipment
1. It is required that pilots wear protective headgear whenever they are in their harness and hooked-in or otherwise attached to their glider.


That's pretty clear. And that was November of 2014. Let's fast forward to today ...

Today (March 13th, 2016) I witnessed exactly the same behavior that I recorded on November 9th of 2014. Gabriel "Gabe" Jebb was kiting his paraglider while instructing a student at Torrey Pines without wearing a helmet (sorry about the dust in my camera):


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Robin Marien sends a messenger to let Gabe Jebb know that I'm filming.

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As the messenger delivers the message, the student turns to see who is filming.

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The messenger returns, and Gabe Jebb continues to thumb his nose at USHPA safety regulations:

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This frame shows how high the other gliders are ... which marks it as a very strong and windy day.

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Gabe continues to thumb his nose at USHPA safety regulations:

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This frame shows glider height (strong day) and Gabe kiting without a helmet:

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Let's see what USHPA does this time.

Maybe they'll try to expel me ... again?    :srofl:

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 Post subject: Re: Results of USHPA's Failure to Correct Problems at Torrey
PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:25 pm 
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4 6 or possibly $8 million dollars loss to Lloyds of London profits.
But only time will tell if conversion to the RRG was a good idea. Wait and see.


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 Post subject: Re: Results of USHPA's Failure to Correct Problems at Torrey
PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:50 am 
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I just sent this email message to the new Region 3 Director Ken Andrews.

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Hello Region 3 Director Ken Andrews (cc/bcc observers),

I was at Torrey Pines yesterday (Sunday March 13th, 2016), and I again witnessed Gabriel Jebb kiting without a helmet while instructing.

I have a video record of this event, and I've posted frames here:

     http://ushawks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2397

USHPA collected money from its members to form a Risk Retention Group under the pretense that USHPA would be more serious about fixing the safety violations that led to USHPA's uninsurability.

What actions you will you be taking with this serial offender?

Bob Kuczewski
858-204-7499


There's more to today's events than I've posted here, but it will take some time to compile it all. It will be interesting to see what USHPA does differently now that they're really "getting serious" about safety problems.    :lol:

Any predictions about what will happen to Gabe Jebb's instructor/tandem certification?

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 Post subject: Re: Results of USHPA's Failure to Correct Problems at Torrey
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Let's see what USHPA does this time.

My research indicates a probability of lip service with a chance of crocodile tears.
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lip service -
Verbal expression of agreement or allegiance, unsupported by real conviction or action; hypocritical respect
Insincere support or respect expressed but not put into practice
insincere profession of friendship, admiration, support, etc.; service by words only.
An expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction
hypocrisy, dissembling, feigning, pretense, pretence - pretending with intention to deceive

crocodile tears -
a hypocritical display of sorrow; false or insincere weeping

Crocodiles were once thought to shed large tears before devouring their prey. This belief, which dates to ancient times, comes from the fact that crocodiles have small ducts in the corner of their eyes which release “tears” when the crocodile opens its jaws wide. Obviously, a cold-blooded reptile has no real feelings of sympathy for its prey.
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The "prey" in this instance seems to be the RRG.
You paid for it.
Now you get to watch the soaring parachutists destroy it.
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 Post subject: Re: Results of USHPA's Failure to Correct Problems at Torrey
PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:11 am 
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bobk wrote:
Let's see what USHPA does this time.


RickMasters wrote:
My research indicates a probability of lip service with a chance of crocodile tears.


I'd put my money on your research: "lip service with a chance of crocodile tears".

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:44 am 
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This morning, I sent a follow up message to the newest USHPA Region 3 Director Ken Andrews:

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Hello Ken (cc/bcc others),

I've asked if there were any predictions about what will happen to Gabe Jebb's instructor/tandem certification for repeatedly thumbing his nose at USHPA regulations while instructing at Torrey:

     http://ushawks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2397

Rick Masters predicted: "lip service with a chance of crocodile tears".

It's in your region. What do you say? What will you do?

Let me also remind you that my expulsion was based partially on retaliation for me reporting just such an incident in late 2014. As I predicted, USHPA's actions in expelling the person reporting the violations sent a strong message to Jebb that he could do whatever he wanted with no repercussions. The photos from yesterday prove that I was right. But USHPA would rather shoot the messenger than fix the problems. Again, what will YOU do?

Bob Kuczewski
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Let's see what happens ...

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:11 pm 
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What should I do?
Should I pin my decision to renew $150.00 membership in USHPA or not on whether or not Gabe Jebb's instructor rating undergoes at least a short suspension? (Maybe even just a verbal smack down at least.)
Why is it that I think if I did do that - I wouldn't be sending money in for membership renewal.

I could stay in for one more year writing more emails to RD's, coming from a paid up member, (as if that has worked for me in the past.)
Or follow Rick Masters advice and realize that USHPA is confident with their monopoly and secure in their feeling that they hold all the cards.

Anyway, I'll be looking closely for some type of a response immediately and not after the next quarterly meeting.

Bill Cummings #30448, HG pilot since my first flight January 1978. Most recent flight 3-11-2016.


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Or follow Rick Masters advice and realize that USHPA is confident with their monopoly and secure in their feeling that they hold all the cards.

My advice to hang glider pilots is to form a national recreational hang gliding association.
Rather than attempt to change the USHPA, walk away and start over.
That corporation is dominated by paragliding and business interests antithetical to recreational hang gliding.
Realize that an alternative association will stand on equal footing with the USHPA in the eyes of the FAA.

My displeasure with the USHPA is a result of recreational hang gliding being forced into a destructive marriage
with the most dangerous forms of parachuting - paragliding and speedflying - and rampant joyriding for profit disguised as instruction.
Did hang glider pilots really ask for this?
The ones who did not ask for it need to form a national recreational hang gliding association.
There is none, right now.
Wasting time arguing with USHPA is pointless but it works in their favor because nothing gets accomplished in forming the new association.


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What were the exact wind conditions at the time? where on the grass did it take place? for how long? we need exact details. If he is too fat to get airborne there is no risk to the sport. If the RRG which is a separate corporation doesn't prosecute, we can sue the RRG as being a fraudulent paraglider front money laundering company.


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dhmartens wrote:
What were the exact wind conditions at the time? where on the grass did it take place? for how long? we need exact details. If he is too fat to get airborne there is no risk to the sport. If the RRG which is a separate corporation doesn't prosecute, we can sue the RRG as being a fraudulent paraglider front money laundering company.

I don't think anyone needs to put forth any effort getting details the SOP language looks like a slam dunk.
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USHPA SOP 12.01-05 Equipment wrote:
B. Other Equipment
1. It is required that pilots wear protective headgear whenever they are in their harness and hooked-in or otherwise attached to their glider.

D.H.M, you are correct. If the RRG doesn't respond to the infraction pictured it would look suspicious to pilots funding the RRG. Good Point :!:


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