Re: [Para5-0] Insurance brokers warning to DZO's/Plane owners
In reply to:
I can assure you this letter is not to be taken lightly. It was constructed by Jeff Norris the leading underwriter for jump aircraft insurance. I also believe he has jump experience. I am sure if you ask around you will find out that a majority of dropzones are using them to insure thier aircrafts.
I liken this letter to federal funds for the highways. If you choose to have a higher speed limit on your highways then you will not receive federal funds. In this case come up with some standard or we will raise your rates or worse not insure you.
It's not a surprise to see this has finally hit the public airwaves. This is but one of the concerns facing the wingsuit community and DZO's. It came up in the DZO questionnaire a few times.
This is also why I've been in support of a standardized wingsuit training program. Without standards, skydiving cannot show insurers nor the FAA that we have a baseline from which people are taught.
There will be a question on the November USPA ballot, asking "Should USPA adopt a standardized wingsuit instructor rating?"
Rich Winstock USPA National Director
Thanks for your reply, Rich, but sorry, it's just more puppy poop. What they want to see is reduced wingsuit-related tailstrikes, not a training system that is 99 percent not devoted to avoiding tailstrikes.
They want people to quit hitting the airplanes they insure, not a new bureaucracy.
If Mr. Norris is a real guy, then he is parroting one "solution" that has only peripheral relevance to his concern.
And if Mr. Norris is such a parachuting-educated insurance guy, then why does he lump wingsuit tailstrikes with formation takeoffs, which have zero relevance to wingsuit tailstrikes, and which have gone on essentially incident-free for decades?
But I digress, so I ask again:
Why do you need a bureaucracy in order to tell people to not open their wings until they're one second out of the airplane? A whuffo can do it, or the loader, or the pilot, or the last non-wingsuit people out of the plane.
All you supporters of this new bureaucracy talk a grand glorious and convoluted game and not one of you has yet answered this really simple question.
(This post was edited by robinheid on Sep 12, 2012, 6:02 PM)
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