...if the UShawks find insurance... H
ang gliding suffers from a perception it has created.
Although each state has recreational sporting laws on the books that protect private landowners and hold states, counties and municipalities harmless for informal sporting activities, the USHGA and later, the USHPA, pushed their own formal third-party liability insurance where ever hang gliding was practiced as a method to lock in membership
If you think this view is too cynical, I would ask how much effort has the association spent asserting recreational sporting law as an alternative to 3PL?
This is the big opportunity for the US Hawks: to start building a track record of securing sites under recreational sporting law rather than pushing 3PL insurance - particularly because it is becoming unobtainable due to USHGA/USHPA over-reach in combining a greater number of claims from parachuting (paragliding), joyriding and business-related accidents.
The situation at Torrey Pines appears to be a supreme example of how 3PL can be used to enrich some who take financial advantage of this legal fabrication. It has been pointed out again and again on these pages that personal responsibility under law is sufficient for virtually all other sports from bicycling to surfing when practiced as individual recreational pursuits.
Why is hang gliding singled out?
Perhaps, in many cases, it is because hang glider pilots themselves mistakenly believe that it has to be. They have accepted as gospel the big lie that all extreme wind sports, including commercial aspects, need to be brought together under one 3PL insurance umbrella when this is absolutely the worst thing that could be ever done for the freedom of the sport.
What happens to the paragliders?
The various forms of parachuting need not be a concern of hang glider pilots. It's a different sport.
And this should be emphasized when necessary.
Hang glider pilots must put their interests ahead of other sports.
This can only be done through a hang gliding association that is actually a hang gliding association
-- Form a national hang gliding association because we really need one! --