Re: [WickedWingsuits] Insurance brokers warning to DZO's/Plane owners
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1. How many of these alleged strikes involved newbies?
Does it matter?
Yes it matters a lot because the strikes I am aware of included people that really knew they needed to keep their wings closed.
What aircraft were these? I think a totally valid solution is to restrict wing suiting to the more forgiving aircraft.
To be clear you are saying that it would be acceptable to you to ban wingsuiting from DZ's entirely that don't operate higher tail aircraft. And that you find this position to be more reasonable than taking a serious look at establishing a formal training doctrine and instructors to over see it?
I'm sorry I just have a hard time agreeing with that. The insurance company(ies) might take that position in which case no one is gonna have much of a choice in the matter. But for us a community to cut the legs out from under potential wingsuiters because they can't regularly jump an Otter is just wrong.
EDIT: IIRC in one of the many threads on the WSI topic I seem to recall you being against for several reasons. One of which was access to a WSI at smaller dropzones. What you've posted above is clearly in disagreement with what I recall you saying earlier. If that wasn't you I apologize.
Would a WSI program fully prevent a tail strike from ever happening again? Of course not. Would it help? I think it couldn't hurt. Will insurance companies be happier if there was a formalized training program for wingsuiters? Yes, in their eyes and in reality it has a large potential to reduce risks associated with the discipline. Insurance whatever you want to say about it is largely about risk mitigation.
(This post was edited by GobbleGobble on Sep 13, 2012, 5:28 PM)