April 13, 2022 at 12:42 PM #14857Jerome DaoustGeneral Member
The info is clear on the website about the requirements/guidelines to fly our site. No amount of fine-tuning it, would help those who do not seek or ignore it.
Some people do not seek info online and just rely on signs, barriers or people, preventing them from launching if they were to just drive to a launch (they may not visit the LZ before). For a few years, we did have signs on the railroad ties, listing requirements and general info.
Regular shuttle drivers can quiz unfamiliar people. But there is nothing preventing visitors from driving themselves up.
Local pilots need to be good ambassadors. Some visiting pilots just follow a local, but are either not told the requirements/guidelines, or not persuaded to follow them.
And there will be people who know the guidelines, but ignore them on purpose.
We can’t save everyone from themselves. The club’s responsibility ends at doing what is reasonably possible to inform.April 13, 2022 at 8:19 PM #14860Jana PivkovaGeneral Member
Agreed, Jerome. We try to impress upon any potential visiting pilot to show up at the LZ for a site intro first, get their temporary or general membership, check out the approach pattern, talk to the local pilots, and then ride up to launch. Anytime anyone asks about visiting AJX, that is my standard answer.
I’ve even walked up to struggling unfamiliar pilots on launch to find out more about their skill level. Unfortunately some don’t want to hear my opinion on whether or not they should keep trying to launch. If it takes you multiple tries in smooth air, you should be on the grass practicing kiting instead. Realistically I can’t tackle anyone to prevent them from going forward with it, and I’m not the police.
I’m not on the board anymore as of this upcoming Saturday, but I think this year the club will have a monitor checking everyone’s ratings and club membership status at the LZ. If you land at the LZ, be ready to show your USHPA rating, active status and club membership.
Which also reminds me, everyone make sure you take a look at the club members list and see if your name appears in red. If it does, that means that either your club membership has expired, or your USHPA membership hasn’t been renewed, or that you didn’t enter your USHPA number into your profile.
Brand new PG/HG students with a temporary 30 day USHPA membership don’t have to worry about that, until they get their permanent/official USHPA numbers. Don’t forget to update your profile.April 14, 2022 at 12:19 AM #14863Jerome DaoustGeneral Member
Thank you Jana, for your time on the board and your continuing efforts to steer visitors in the right direction.
Good idea for the club to resume having an LZ monitor.
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