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by Bob Kuczewski
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: WINGNUTZ for Regional Director
Replies: 9
Views: 785

Re: WINGNUTZ for Regional Director

My report shows the Northbound pilot was 70% to blame, Donald trump 30% to blame. The Torrey web site states that paragliding requires a P3 with 50 hours of flight time. A P3 rating requires only 20 hours. So the Torrey "requirement" is 2 and a half times higher than the requirement for a new P3. I...
by Bob Kuczewski
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Two Dead at Torrey - Paragliding Collision (March 9, 2019)
Replies: 7
Views: 478

Re: Two Dead at Torrey - Paragliding Collision (March 9, 2019)

Self regulation by USHPA? Accident reporting by USHPA? Accident investigations by USHPA? USHPA is already treating the dead pilot's ratings like state secrets. What does that say about USHPA's ability to provide any "self regulation"? Alan? ... Ken? ... Lawrence? ... Erika? What were the ratings of ...
by Bob Kuczewski
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Politics of flying
Topic: USHPA Refusing to Renew Torrey Hawks ...
Replies: 31
Views: 7052

Re:

Another month passes by and the Torrey Hawks chapter renewal from 2016 remains unprocessed by USHPA headquarters. : I think Doug was correct in his analogy that Torrey is becoming to USHPA what Afghanistan was to the Soviet Union. : USHPA's leadership is making one of the most deadly mistakes in av...
by Bob Kuczewski
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Two Dead at Torrey - Paragliding Collision (March 9, 2019)
Replies: 7
Views: 478

Re: Two Dead at Torrey - Paragliding Collision (March 9, 2019)

Alan? ... Ken? ... Lawrence? ... Erika?

What were the ratings of the two dead paraglider pilots at Torrey Pines?
by Bob Kuczewski
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: WINGNUTZ for Regional Director
Replies: 9
Views: 785

Re: WINGNUTZ for Regional Director

Larry, Ken, Alan, and Erika, That's all 3 of USHPA's Region 3 Directors and USHPA's Communications Manager. Can any one of you state the actual ratings for the two pilots killed at Torrey Pines? Glenn Johnny Peter Bengtsson, Carlsbad (43) Raul Gonzalez Valerio, Laguna Hills (61) Three weeks now and...
by Bob Kuczewski
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Positive Feedback
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Positive Feedback

Good Job on Community Relations!!!
by Bob Kuczewski
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: WINGNUTZ for Regional Director
Replies: 9
Views: 785

Re: WINGNUTZ for Regional Director

Larry, Ken, Alan, and Erika, That's all 3 of USHPA's Region 3 Directors and USHPA's Communications Manager. Can any one of you state the actual ratings for the two pilots killed at Torrey Pines? Glenn Johnny Peter Bengtsson, Carlsbad (43) Raul Gonzalez Valerio, Laguna Hills (61) There have been a nu...
by Bob Kuczewski
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Two Dead at Torrey - Paragliding Collision (March 9, 2019)
Replies: 7
Views: 478

Re: Two Dead at Torrey - Paragliding Collision (March 9, 2019)

Both pilots were "experienced". P4 and P3. They were P3 and P0. I have the information from pilots who knew them. From PG Forum - P3 and P1 ?? pgf_report.png I called USHPA Monday morning to ask for the pilot ratings directly. I spoke to Erika. USHPA had already scrubbed their database of that info...
by Bob Kuczewski
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Two Dead at Torrey - Paragliding Collision (March 9, 2019)
Replies: 7
Views: 478

Re: Two Dead at Torrey - Paragliding Collision (March 9, 2019)

The names have been released ... LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) — The San Diego County Medical Examiner released the identities of the two men who died in yesterday's paragliding accident. Glenn Johnny Peter Bengtsson, Carlsbad (43) Raul Gonzalez Valerio, Laguna Hills (61) ... but not their USHPA ratings o...
by Bob Kuczewski
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Two Dead at Torrey - Paragliding Collision (March 9, 2019)
Replies: 7
Views: 478

Re: Two Dead at Torrey - Paragliding Collision (March 9, 2019)

Steve90266 wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:43 am
Both pilots were "experienced". P4 and P3.
Where did you find that they were P4 and P3?
by Bob Kuczewski
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Two Dead at Torrey - Paragliding Collision (March 9, 2019)
Replies: 7
Views: 478

Two Dead at Torrey - Paragliding Collision (March 9, 2019)

Two PG pilots died at Torrey today in a mid-air collision:

http://ushawks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3434

Always maintain a safe distance between terrain and other pilots.
by Bob Kuczewski
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: WINGNUTZ for Regional Director
Replies: 9
Views: 785

Re: WINGNUTZ for Regional Director

Congratulations Larry Chamblee!! Larry Chamblee 121 votes Darrel Wood 2 votes Josh Cohn 1 vote Rob Sporrer 1 vote Jessica Frump 1 vote USHPA is USELESS 1 vote You were only one vote short ... Bob Kuczewski 122 votes David Jebb 98 votes Peter Michelmore 8 votes Larry Newby 1 vote But to be fair, you...
by Bob Kuczewski
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Land Next to LZ is For Sale
Replies: 7
Views: 376

Re: Land Next to LZ is For Sale

Also the land is zoned for equine Some horses are easily spooked. There's a horse ranch on the coast just south of Funston, and pilots are advised to be considerate of that issue. $750,000? Maybe the US Hawks should buy it and explicitly ban all USHPA members from landing there. Wouldn't that be po...
by Bob Kuczewski
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Politics of flying
Topic: Appeal to USHPA Region 3 Director Ken Andrews
Replies: 5
Views: 1943

Re:

Without getting into a protracted debate (which I will not do) Ken took office for the first time Jan. 1 2016. If you have been hounding him for "a number of months" now, I'd cool your jets, give the guy some time. How much time Richard? I've been unable to fly my favorite sites for 4 years now. It...
by Bob Kuczewski
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Congratulations Joe Greblo on Rob Kells Memorial Award!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 243

Congratulations Joe Greblo on Rob Kells Memorial Award!!!

Frank just posted this: Congratulations to Joe Greblo who has been awarded the Rob Kells Memorial Award. Many wonderful things were said about Joe by some of the nominators. He is truly a deserving recipient of this prestigious award for all of his involvement and efforts over the years in our sport...
by Bob Kuczewski
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Politics of flying
Topic: Calling USHPA's Bluff
Replies: 142
Views: 24220

Re:

dhmartens wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:56 am
My return to flight date might be January 3rd.
Well .... did you fly?

Sorry if I missed your post in some other topic.
by Bob Kuczewski
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gridley Street Neighbors
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: Gridley Street Neighbors

Great job Sylmar Board!!!!

[ lots of clappy emotes belong here ]

Also thanks to Cathy, Kat, and Nancy .... and to Greg Angsten for his newsletter letting everyone know about it!

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by Bob Kuczewski
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Marina Beach
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: Marina Beach

I got a chance to launch this ramp once. ... ... The wind was weak, but we could not resist giving it a go. We both took quick little Dockweiler style flights to the sand. I had a similar experience from the ramp. I ended up walking a little further south and launched. I was able to soar (Dockweile...
by Bob Kuczewski
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Site Negotiation Suggestion by Dave Schy
Replies: 0
Views: 231

Site Negotiation Suggestion by Dave Schy

Hello Friends at Sylmar, Dave Schy just posted an important perspective on the future of hang gliding site negotiations here: https://ushawks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3054&start=10 I've included Dave's message below. This might be considered a "politics" issue by some folks, and I think it cou...
by Bob Kuczewski
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: USHGRS - US Hang Gliding Rating System
Replies: 1
Views: 584

The USHGRS ratings list keeps growing!!

Check it out at:

http://www.ushgrs.org/HGpilots/FullList.html