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Bo Frazier
General Member

I agree with everything Gary said.  I get the hell away from Marshall launch area when the 5 o’clock crowd shows up.  I had one really near miss on a mid air there with a low airtime pilot who had no clue what he was doing and there are plenty of other areas providing good life.

But regarding my suggestions about p2 restrictions, I think something that would be helpful would be to encourage an official or unofficial mentoring program for P2 pilots.  P3 and P4 pilots who are experiences with flying at Marshall could provide much needed advice and guidance to the newer pilots.  It doesn’t need to come from instructors.  I am certain that cost alone prevents many newer pilots from having instructors present to provide guidance.  And even if the P2 pilot gets a local instructor to sign them off to fly unsupervised, it would still be very valuable to have mentors there telling them that launching at 4 pm into 16 gusting to 21 in summertime isn’t a good idea.  I enjoy helping newer pilots progress in part to due self preservation by having better prepared and experienced flying around me.  I believe that the current rules actually hamper safe development.  This is a for what it’s worth opinion from me but I would like for others to give this some thought and input here or to club officers who could consider some reasonable changes.