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dabase  (D 17403)

Mar 1, 2012, 11:17 AM
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Does anyone have any more info on this new BSR?:

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At its recent meeting, the USPA Board approved a new Basic Safety Requirement that applies a minimum age requirement to all skydiving equipment. Now, all skydives must be made in accordance with the specific manufacturer’s age requirement for each component used for the jump, including the main and reserve canopies, harness and container, automatic activation device and accessories. This requirement was previously only applied to tandem equipment. According to the Parachute Industry Association, whose representatives brought this request to the USPA Board, all of the U.S. equipment manufacturers that PIA represents require users of their equipment to be the age of legal majority.
-USPA Update


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JohnRich  (D License)

Mar 1, 2012, 11:26 AM
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What is the source of your quote?


dabase  (D 17403)

Mar 1, 2012, 11:29 AM
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It's a copy paste from the USPA Update email. I just updated the original post. Wink


headoverheels  (D License)

Mar 1, 2012, 1:06 PM
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I'm pretty sure they meant maximum, not minimum.


matthewcline  (D 21585)

Mar 1, 2012, 1:22 PM
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I'm pretty sure they meant maximum, not minimum.

Minimum Age for a Jumper is now determined by the Manufacturer of ALL components of the Gear to be used in the jump.

If a Rig builder says 21 yrs, a reserve builder says 16 yrs, main is 17 yrs and aad is 30 yrs, then 30 yrs it is.

They took the Tandem minimum age and went a few steps further. They may not have wanted too, and may have made a mistake, but USPA wrote and posted it.

Matt


JohnRich  (D License)

Mar 1, 2012, 2:22 PM
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Minimum Age for a Jumper is now determined by...

Oh, so this is about the age of the person jumping the equipment.

I was confused, and thought it was about some kind of new age limit on the gear itself.


JerryBaumchen  (D 1543)

Mar 1, 2012, 3:21 PM
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Hi John,

Well, it does say:

applies a minimum age requirement to all skydiving equipment

Crazy

Those people need someone to help them write simple sentences.

JerryBaumchen


diablopilot  (D License)

Mar 1, 2012, 4:40 PM
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Is this really a problem in the industry that needs addressing? And who's it protecting? It the USPA wanted to protect it's self they could have simply made the minimum age of membership to be 18 years old.

THis serves to protect DZO's and is one more indication of the focus of the BOD.

Where's the wingloading guideline BSR? Where is the camera use BSR? What is really going on?


DrewEckhardt  (D 28461)

Mar 1, 2012, 5:12 PM
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Is this really a problem in the industry that needs addressing? And who's it protecting?

The gear manufacturers. It lets them set a minimum age so they're less likely to pay civil suit damages when an underage person hurts themselves and sues.

With large manufacturers that do a lot of military business having much deeper pockets than the average DZO it makes a lot of sense to me.


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SStewart  (D 10405)

Mar 1, 2012, 5:55 PM
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Those people need someone to help them write simple sentences.

JerryBaumchen

Agreed, and maybe they should stop and think before writing anything at all.


topdocker  (D 12018)

Mar 2, 2012, 12:07 AM
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Now that we have online voting, perhaps new BSR's should be put to the general membership for a vote. If a new BSR is so important, then the members will approve it.

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SStewart  (D 10405)

Mar 2, 2012, 12:11 AM
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I like the way you think Craig.


diablopilot  (D License)

Mar 2, 2012, 5:30 AM
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The gear manufacturers. It lets them set a minimum age so they're less likely to pay civil suit damages when an underage person hurts themselves and sues.

There's nothing to stop them from doing that WITHOUT the USPA. Put it on the warning label and the user's manual. "Hey you need to be XX years old before you use this." Works for other human conditions like weight.


MakeItHappen

Mar 2, 2012, 2:39 PM
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Does anyone have any more info on this new BSR?:

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At its recent meeting, the USPA Board approved a new Basic Safety Requirement that applies a minimum age requirement to all skydiving equipment. Now, all skydives must be made in accordance with the specific manufacturer’s age requirement for each component used for the jump, including the main and reserve canopies, harness and container, automatic activation device and accessories. This requirement was previously only applied to tandem equipment. According to the Parachute Industry Association, whose representatives brought this request to the USPA Board, all of the U.S. equipment manufacturers that PIA represents require users of their equipment to be the age of legal majority.
-USPA Update


The motion was:
Add to section 2-1.D [Age Requirements]
2. All skydives must be conducted in accordance with the specific manufacturer's age requirements for each component of the parachute, harness and container, AAD and accessories used for that jump.

- delete section SIM 2-1 E.4.c.(5)

This section [SIM 2-1 E.4.c.(5)] read:
"(5) All student tandem skydives must be
conducted in accordance with the specific
manufacturer’s age requirements for the tandem
system used for that jump."

The age requirements are on the user of the equipment, not on the equipment itself.

The new BSR is a generalization of the previous BSR in two directions.
1. It goes from student tandem jumps to all jumps.
2. It goes from tandem equipment to 'each component of the parachute, harness and container, AAD and accessories used for that jump'.

The new BSR also reiterates common USPA recommendations that say:
~follow the manufacturer's instructions, guidance and requirements

USPA is not setting any user age requirements.
The mfg may or may not do that. Some of them are doing that now.
All USPA is saying is to 'do what the mfg says to do.'


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diablopilot  (D License)

Mar 2, 2012, 3:46 PM
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What could possibly be the mindset for this BSR? It protects only a very small portion of the membership (if the manufacturers are members) and it exposes the USPA to the chain of liability.


iopenhi  (D 30110)

Mar 2, 2012, 4:22 PM
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At its recent meeting, the USPA Board approved a new Basic Safety Requirement that applies a minimum age requirement to all skydiving equipment. Now, all skydives must be made in accordance with the specific manufacturer’s age requirement for each component used for the jump, including the main and reserve canopies, harness and container, automatic activation device and accessories. This requirement was previously only applied to tandem equipment. According to the Parachute Industry Association, whose representatives brought this request to the USPA Board, all of the U.S. equipment manufacturers that PIA represents require users of their equipment to be the age of legal majority.
-USPA Update




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USPA is not setting any user age requirements.
The mfg may or may not do that. Some of them are doing that now.
All USPA is saying is to 'do what the mfg says to do.'

Thank you for that clarification, MIH.

I have visited PIA's website, but can't distinguish between those U.S. manufacturers PIA "represents", and those manufacturers who have a relationship of another nature with PIA.

Can any one shed some light on this?


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MakeItHappen

Mar 2, 2012, 6:23 PM
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What could possibly be the mindset for this BSR? It protects only a very small portion of the membership (if the manufacturers are members) and it exposes the USPA to the chain of liability.

This gets USPA out of the liability issue of under-age jumpers.

If some lawsuit is filed that claims Junior Jumper jumped abc equipment and that equipment had a user age restriction, then USPA can be dismissed from the lawsuit easier because USPA has a BSR that says 'follow what the mfg says about user age restrictions.'

For most of the equipment out in the field today this BSR has no effect since there are no user age restrictions on most existing equipment.
There are a couple of mfgs that have recently (within the last year or so) put in user age restrictions.
This only applies to that equipment and any equipment in the future that may have a mfg imposed user age restriction.

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topdocker  (D 12018)

Mar 3, 2012, 12:26 AM
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What could possibly be the mindset for this BSR? It protects only a very small portion of the membership (if the manufacturers are members) and it exposes the USPA to the chain of liability.

This gets USPA out of the liability issue of under-age jumpers.

If some lawsuit is filed that claims Junior Jumper jumped abc equipment and that equipment had a user age restriction, then USPA can be dismissed from the lawsuit easier because USPA has a BSR that says 'follow what the mfg says about user age restrictions.'

For most of the equipment out in the field today this BSR has no effect since there are no user age restrictions on most existing equipment.
There are a couple of mfgs that have recently (within the last year or so) put in user age restrictions.
This only applies to that equipment and any equipment in the future that may have a mfg imposed user age restriction.

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Weak argument at best.

The manufacturers have stepped into the world of the non-student jumper. A 19 year-old jumper who buys gear in CA cannot legally jump it in the state of MS, and somehow the gear manufacturers have pawned off to USPA the responsibility of enforcing their rules to protect them. This does nothing to keep USPA out of a lawsuit because it would be easy to demonstrate how unenforceable it is.

This is a BLR... Basic Liability Restructuring and does not belong in the BSRs.

And the way this is worded, ANY manufacturer is free to retroactively put ANY age restriction on ANY gear-user jumping gear in ANY way on ANY skydive.

And there is no way to know what components have what age restrictions. So, a DZ may be letting someone break a BSR without knowing it, then when there is a problem, the DZ is hung out to dry for not enforcing a BSR.

This is wrong on soooo many levels.

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Para5-0  (D 19054)

Mar 3, 2012, 7:22 AM
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I agree with you Craig and viamently opposed this BSR.
The problem is we now gave all of the power to every component manufacturer to determine the age of a US skydiver. There was absolutely no statistical data to support getting involved in this.

What really happend was last meeting we argued for hours upon hours about the Tandem age requirement. After exhausting efforts and problems we decided to make it a BSR to follow age requirements for Tandem jumps ONLY!!! The manufactureres (Ted, Bill) wanted this for all jumps and we rejected it for AFF, IAD, Static line, only giving in to tandems. Arguably the highest liability risk to them.
Now 6 monthes later they came back to us wanting the full monty again and we crumbled. So for the history of USPA a 16 year old could get certified via one of several methods and go on to compete at the highest level and now that is gone. Unless they use a rig and components that do not have an age requirement.

This did not make sense to me, rather we should have made the camera 200 jump requirement a BSR. I was really outvoted on that one. Some even suggested 25 jumps, A license as a recommendation.
Rich Winstock


sacex250

Mar 3, 2012, 7:33 AM
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This did not make sense to me, rather we should have made the camera 200 jump requirement a BSR. I was really outvoted on that one. Some even suggested 25 jumps, A license as a recommendation.

This warms my heart!


stratostar  (Student)

Mar 3, 2012, 7:34 AM
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Gee glad all this current leadership was not holding seats on the BOD when I started @ age 16.

You can solo a sailplane @14 with the FAA's blessing, no reason we can skydivers @ age 16 if a DZO is willing to take the legal risks involved.


mark  (D 6108)

Mar 3, 2012, 8:29 AM
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. . . no reason we can['t take] skydivers @ age 16 if a DZO is willing to take the legal risks involved.

If the DZO were the only one at legal risk, you would be right.

Mark


stratostar  (Student)

Mar 3, 2012, 2:20 PM
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What you don't think there is any risk in Cessna, piper or schweizer being sued in any sailplane operations if little 14 yr old johnny crashes on his solo or other flights.

Sorry it's lame as hell for USPA to be passing this type of BSR, knocking out under age tandems is one thing, changing how a great deal of us learned to jump is another, there is no reason a 16 yr old can't SL or AFF, in fact I bet the records will show very few have ever sued after the fact once they turned 18 or 19 in some states.

Also its kind of funny that some of those who have been bitching the loudest have had no problem taking their own underage kids on tandem jumps... guess it's a do as we say and not as we do kind of thing.


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SStewart  (D 10405)

Mar 3, 2012, 4:12 PM
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What could possibly be the mindset for this BSR? It protects only a very small portion of the membership (if the manufacturers are members) and it exposes the USPA to the chain of liability.

This gets USPA out of the liability issue of under-age jumpers.

If some lawsuit is filed that claims Junior Jumper jumped abc equipment and that equipment had a user age restriction, then USPA can be dismissed from the lawsuit easier because USPA has a BSR that says 'follow what the mfg says about user age restrictions.'

For most of the equipment out in the field today this BSR has no effect since there are no user age restrictions on most existing equipment.
There are a couple of mfgs that have recently (within the last year or so) put in user age restrictions.
This only applies to that equipment and any equipment in the future that may have a mfg imposed user age restriction.

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Weak argument at best.

The manufacturers have stepped into the world of the non-student jumper. A 19 year-old jumper who buys gear in CA cannot legally jump it in the state of MS, and somehow the gear manufacturers have pawned off to USPA the responsibility of enforcing their rules to protect them. This does nothing to keep USPA out of a lawsuit because it would be easy to demonstrate how unenforceable it is.

This is a BLR... Basic Liability Restructuring and does not belong in the BSRs.

And the way this is worded, ANY manufacturer is free to retroactively put ANY age restriction on ANY gear-user jumping gear in ANY way on ANY skydive.

And there is no way to know what components have what age restrictions. So, a DZ may be letting someone break a BSR without knowing it, then when there is a problem, the DZ is hung out to dry for not enforcing a BSR.

This is wrong on soooo many levels.

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Exactly!

We discussed this on the board 4 years ago and the wisdom at the time was that it was a bad idea, and the majority of the board was against it.

I wonder what changed?

No more BSR's! We have enough already and many are either ignored or not enforced at all.

As this action clearly demonstrates it is not too difficult to enact a new BSR. But, once in place they are next to impossible to revoke. If I am not mistaken that has never happened.

Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. Mad


LeapingGnome  (D 9331)

Mar 3, 2012, 6:19 PM
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I am pretty sure this is the age of the equipment not the jumper>>>>


airtwardo  (D License)

Mar 3, 2012, 7:10 PM
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I am pretty sure this is the age of the equipment not the jumper>>>>

Not from the way it's being explained, it appears to be a regulation regarding the age of the jumper using the equiptment.


dabase  (D 17403)

Mar 3, 2012, 8:03 PM
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I am pretty sure this is the age of the equipment not the jumper>>>>

Not from the way it's being explained, it appears to be a regulation regarding the age of the jumper using the equiptment.

The above quotes are just the reason why I posted this. It confused me as well. Are they putting an end date on the equipment or and age limit on the newbie?

It just seems very limited on the way it was written in the USPA Update. Hopefully it is explained better when it's "officially" released.

Bob


diablopilot  (D License)

Mar 4, 2012, 4:56 AM
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This gets USPA out of the liability issue of under-age jumpers.

Horsepucky.


Now if the BOD were REALLY worried about that they'd drop the GM program because OUR (USPA) endorsement of DZ's by allowing them to be Group Members is what exposes US to the liability in the first place ESPECIALLY when the BOD sit's on it's hands in the event of DZ's (and members) who flagrantly violate BSR/FAR's

Did anyone even consult with a lawyer?


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peek  (D 8884)

Mar 4, 2012, 5:51 AM
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We [BOD] discussed this on the board 4 years ago and the wisdom at the time was that it was a bad idea, and the majority of the board was against it.

I wonder what changed?

USPA was successfully lobbied by PIA. (The BOD was told by PIA at previous meetings that they would be back to continue to ask for this.)

By the way, I voted "no". The vote was about 70%-30% from what I remember, so it was far from unanimous.


topdocker  (D 12018)

Mar 4, 2012, 10:57 AM
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I think we should move this discussion to General, not many people read this forum.

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pchapman  (D 1014)

Mar 4, 2012, 7:55 PM
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And the way this is worded, ANY manufacturer is free to retroactively put ANY age restriction on ANY gear-user jumping gear in ANY way on ANY skydive.

Yeah, that really worries me too.

The retroactive thing is especially scary. If we buy a PD reserve, we know about the check boxes; if we buy a Strong Tandem, we know about the mandatory inspections and finite life. But at least we know the rules when we buy the equipment.

To a great degree we already have a system where companies can ban anything, anytime, retroactively, because we already have a system where riggers must follow manufacturers' instructions.

A company wants 10 year old rigs off the market? Update the instruction manual so that the rig has a 10 year life.

Now we do debate that: Some will say that if a TSO'd rig was delivered with manual version 1.1, nothing other than the FAA revoking the TSO or issuing an AD can ever change it being legal to rig and use according to that manual that first came with the rig. But that's certainly not the unanimous opinion, and many riggers aren't going to go against what they see in the latest manual!

This new BSR is another way for a company to do stop equipment from being used: Put out a manual saying only those 90 years or older can jump a certain rig.

But now the manufacturers' power is clearly extended to non-TSO'd components too, like main canopies.

A company like Pioneer Aerospace no longer sells to sport skydivers. It would cost them no real market if they said that those old civilian ParaCommanders are grounded, unless jumped by 90 year olds.

Companies won't try to piss off too many of their customers, but all this is still an area where the company has absolute power to determine who uses their products and how -- for reasons unrelated to actual safety (e.g. TSO'd speed tests).

"BLR" ... Nice one!


diablopilot  (D License)

Mar 5, 2012, 5:50 AM
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You're a good man Mr. Peek.


Para5-0  (D 19054)

Mar 5, 2012, 8:59 AM
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Well,
I know you, Craig, and myself were all a "NO" on this one. In S&T it was argued against, but we lost and it passed and went onto Full BOD.


dabase  (D 17403)

Mar 5, 2012, 9:29 AM
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I think we should move this discussion to General, not many people read this forum.

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If that would be a better place, I say move it. I would like to see what more have to say.


Bob


matthewcline  (D 21585)

Mar 5, 2012, 10:07 AM
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Well,
I know you, Craig, and myself were all a "NO" on this one. In S&T it was argued against, but we lost and it passed and went onto Full BOD.

The by name vote should be posted, since scuttle butt has it more people on the BOD are saying they voted no than the previous post showing a 70/30 split.

Matt


robinheid  (D 5533)

Mar 5, 2012, 10:49 AM
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Hi John,

Well, it does say:

applies a minimum age requirement to all skydiving equipment

Crazy

Those people need someone to help them write simple sentences.

JerryBaumchen

Indeed. Now every manufacturer can be sued for fielding equipment that is not old enough to be in the air according to its own stated standard.

LOL

This is what happens when you make a BOD member the USPA Director of Publications instead of hiring a professional.

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robinheid  (D 5533)

Mar 5, 2012, 11:16 AM
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In reply to:
In reply to:
Does anyone have any more info on this new BSR?:

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This section [SIM 2-1 E.4.c.(5)] read:
"(5) All student tandem skydives must be
conducted in accordance with the specific
manufacturer’s age requirements for the tandem
system used for that jump."

The age requirements are on the user of the equipment, not on the equipment itself.

FAIL.

According to your excerpt and English Sentence Structure 101, the age requirements are, in fact, not on the user of the equipment, but on the equipment itself.


English Sentence Structure 101: The subject of the sentence is "tandem system" -- not "user," "passenger" or "student."

Thus this section -- as written, not intended -- specifically refers to the age of the tandem system being used, not to the users thereof.

Again, USPA and the manufacturers have now given lawyers a green light to go after any manufacturer fielding equipment that is not at least 18 years old.

LOL

Good job, BOD. Better do an EC emergency change and fix that. All you need to do is this:

[SIM 2-1 E.4.c.(5)]:

IS:
"(5) All student tandem skydives must be
conducted in accordance with the specific
manufacturer’s age requirements for the tandem
system used for that jump."

SHOULD BE:
"(5) All tandem skydives must be conducted
in accordance with the specific tandem
manufacturer’s student/passenger age
requirements for its tandem systems."

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P.S. Helping the BOD fix its functionally illiterate sentence structure is in no way an endorsement of:

a) the concept of age restrictions generally; or

b) codifying manufacturer business practices into the operating rules and policies of a membership sporting association specifically.

I just don't want my organization going off an another dollar-eating skyride because its alleged leaders can't think straight during their meetings.


robinheid  (D 5533)

Mar 5, 2012, 12:10 PM
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In reply to:
In reply to:
What could possibly be the mindset for this BSR? It protects only a very small portion of the membership (if the manufacturers are members) and it exposes the USPA to the chain of liability.

This gets USPA out of the liability issue of under-age jumpers.

If some lawsuit is filed that claims Junior Jumper jumped abc equipment and that equipment had a user age restriction, then USPA can be dismissed from the lawsuit easier because USPA has a BSR that says 'follow what the mfg says about user age restrictions.'

For most of the equipment out in the field today this BSR has no effect since there are no user age restrictions on most existing equipment.
There are a couple of mfgs that have recently (within the last year or so) put in user age restrictions.
This only applies to that equipment and any equipment in the future that may have a mfg imposed user age restriction.

.

Weak argument at best.

The manufacturers have stepped into the world of the non-student jumper. A 19 year-old jumper who buys gear in CA cannot legally jump it in the state of MS, and somehow the gear manufacturers have pawned off to USPA the responsibility of enforcing their rules to protect them. This does nothing to keep USPA out of a lawsuit because it would be easy to demonstrate how unenforceable it is.

This is a BLR... Basic Liability Restructuring and does not belong in the BSRs.

And the way this is worded, ANY manufacturer is free to retroactively put ANY age restriction on ANY gear-user jumping gear in ANY way on ANY skydive.

And there is no way to know what components have what age restrictions. So, a DZ may be letting someone break a BSR without knowing it, then when there is a problem, the DZ is hung out to dry for not enforcing a BSR.

This is wrong on soooo many levels.

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Concur.

And yes, isn't it interesting that this BOD member justified the creation of a new Basic SAFETY Requirement not in terms of safety but in terms of liability?

Isn't it also interesting that USPA has, in fact, expanded the size of the lawsuit target to include all DZs, instructors, coaches and ST&As who, knowingly or unknowingly, permit a user-age component violation to occur on their watch?

Good thinking, BOD. That deserves a song.

The USPA Board of Directors Song
(with apologies to the U.S. Air Force Song)

Off we go onto another skyride
Blowing bucks out of our a$$

All to protect some of our fellow cronies
Sucking up, ain't it a blast?

Members, hey! If you don’t like it, too bad
Try to jump without our card!

We have no brains and we’re half insane
Whatever we do we always do worse!



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DiverMike  (C 40024)

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This section [SIM 2-1 E.4.c.(5)] read:
"(5) All student tandem skydives must be
conducted in accordance with the specific
manufacturer’s age requirements for the tandem
system used for that jump."

The age requirements are on the user of the equipment, not on the equipment itself.

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FAIL.

According to your excerpt and English Sentence Structure 101, the age requirements are, in fact, not on the user of the equipment, but on the equipment itself.


English Sentence Structure 101: The subject of the sentence is "tandem system" -- not "user," "passenger" or "student."

If you are going to be a grammar nazi, at least be correct. The subject of the sentence is "skydives". Everything else is an object of a prepositional phrase.

The statement isn't really that open for interpretation, but it is vague and does give the manufacturer a lot of leeway as has been stated in previous postings. Based on this requirement, the manufacture could say "the skydive could not be performed if it is capable of being witnessed on the ground by somebody under the age of 30."


peek  (D 8884)

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The by name vote should be posted, since scuttle butt has it more people on the BOD are saying they voted no than the previous post showing a 70/30 split.

Wait a minute. That was a WAG on my part. It was as accurate as I recall. +/- 20% maybe even....


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diablopilot  (D License)

Mar 5, 2012, 4:14 PM
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Every vote the BOD makes should be reported "by name". We as the membership have the right to know who's voting and which way. All a BOD member needs to do when the cast a vote is to say "By name" to have it recorded in the minutes.


loudtom  (D 23115)

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I agree, but all that has done is hurt this cause damnit.
Sorry.


dabase  (D 17403)

Mar 7, 2012, 9:08 AM
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Hey everyone, this was posted on USPA.org today:

"USPA’s Executive Committee took action yesterday, March 6, to delay implementation of a new Basic Safety Requirement that would have required all skydivers to comply with any minimum age requirements set by a parachute equipment or component manufacturer for any users of its equipment. Many, if not most, manufacturers want to require that any users of their parachute equipment be at least the age of legal majority for liability reasons. By interim action, the Executive Committee set the implementation date for this new BSR as October 1, 2012, unless further modified by the full board of directors at its August 3-5 meeting in Minneapolis. This delay will provide another opportunity for the board to discuss all the ramifications of the new rule at the summer meeting, as well to gather and consider member input. Please feel free to contact USPA Headquarters or any member of the board of directors with your input to this BSR."


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Premier MidwestFreefall  (D 11112)

Mar 7, 2012, 9:15 AM
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We decided the BSR change needed a bit more time for consideration of all the consequences. Please feel free to provide input.


http://www.uspa.org/...9/Default.aspx#26645

Randy Allison
USPA Mideastern Regional Director
USPA Vice President


Para5-0  (D 19054)

Mar 7, 2012, 1:29 PM
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We decided the BSR change needed a bit more time for consideration of all the consequences. Please feel free to provide input.


http://www.uspa.org/...9/Default.aspx#26645

Randy Allison
USPA Mideastern Regional Director
USPA Vice President


+1 Randy, I have let my position be known on this topic.


matthewcline  (D 21585)

Mar 8, 2012, 6:53 AM
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The by name vote should be posted, since scuttle butt has it more people on the BOD are saying they voted no than the previous post showing a 70/30 split.

Wait a minute. That was a WAG on my part. It was as accurate as I recall. +/- 20% maybe even....

70/30, 80/20, is immaterial. The BOD had to have a at least a 51% majority. But now, so many are saying they voted against it, that it should have been around 120% opposed.

You, Rich and Randy may have been the ones opposed, I dunno, and as of the first of this month, mi opinion as to matters of USPA is moot as far as the BOD cares.

Matt


Para5-0  (D 19054)

Mar 8, 2012, 8:30 AM
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Matt,

Not true. The executive committee has tabled the implementation of the age requirement to after the next meeting to allow for more discussion.

This was initiated by Randy Allison and has my full support. If I would have remembered I would have voted by name but I think if you speak to any BOD member you will see I was completely opposed to this from committee on through full BOD. Randy, Craig Stapleton, and Gary Peek should be commended on standing firm on there beliefs regarding this decision.

I had many many reasons for my stance and would be happy to share them if you want to ring me.

Your voice is heard and represented I promise.


matthewcline  (D 21585)

Mar 8, 2012, 8:44 AM
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Matt,

Not true. The executive committee has tabled the implementation of the age requirement to after the next meeting to allow for more discussion.

This was initiated by Randy Allison and has my full support. If I would have remembered I would have voted by name but I think if you speak to any BOD member you will see I was completely opposed to this from committee on through full BOD. Randy, Craig Stapleton, and Gary Peek should be commended on standing firm on there beliefs regarding this decision.

I had many many reasons for my stance and would be happy to share them if you want to ring me.

Your voice is heard and represented I promise.

Not picking a direct fight with you, but you're the one answering questions though, so you get the heat, sort of.

I think my point about the %'s may have been unclear. The BSR passed, it had to have at least the 51 % to do so (I do not know the bi-laws actual % required). But so many BOD members are saying privately they are in the "Opposed Vote Camp", if so then that the BSR proposal could not have even made it out of committee.

My opinion should not matter, I am no longer a member. I do not see a reason to change that status at the moment.

But, to beat on the horse as it has its last breath, You say my opinion mattered, it was the same, as what appears to be, as what the majority of the membership feels on numerous topics, yet, I felt the opinion meant nothing and the BOD was self serving, not membership serving.

It is y'all's ship to sail, I got off at the last port, unnoticed but by a few.

Matt


Para5-0  (D 19054)

Mar 8, 2012, 9:19 AM
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To the best of my recollection which isn't the best. Myself and Jesse Farrington on Safety and Training were definitely NO. There was a third but I do not recall who it was.
S&T consists of:
Todd Spillers
Tony Thacker
Sherry Butcher
Merriah Eakins
Jesse Farrington
Mike Mullins (not present this meeting)
Myself.


theonlyski  (D License)

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To the best of my recollection which isn't the best. Myself and Jesse Farrington on Safety and Training were definitely NO. There was a third but I do not recall who it was.
S&T consists of:
Todd Spillers
Tony Thacker
Sherry Butcher
Merriah Eakins
Jesse Farrington
Mike Mullins (not present this meeting)
Myself.


Out of 7 members, 1 was not present, 3 voted no, 3 voted yes, how is that a majority vote?


diablopilot  (D License)

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The chairperson usually does not vote unless needed to break a tie.


theonlyski  (D License)

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Ok, so if 3 people voted no and none of them were Todd Spillers, how could it have passed?


Para5-0  (D 19054)

Mar 8, 2012, 4:42 PM
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Again, I am not certain but I think Randy Allison may have been filling in for Mr. Mulliins. I will check into it for an exact vote. Randy is on here maybe he can ellaborate.


matthewcline  (D 21585)

Mar 9, 2012, 7:34 AM
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Again, I am not certain but I think Randy Allison may have been filling in for Mr. Mulliins. I will check into it for an exact vote. Randy is on here maybe he can ellaborate.

What does that mean?

Matt


Para5-0  (D 19054)

Mar 9, 2012, 7:42 AM
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Mike Mullins who is on the committee was not present. Randy Allison who is an advisor to the committee may have been filling in for him for the vote regarding the age bsr.

I am not sure of the exact vote I am trying to reach out for the answer. I dont know how it will help.

I can update you a bit. The implementation has been tabled until after the next meeting to allow more deliberation. Apparently, some directors have changed their minds for whatever reason.

I also know there was some scuttlebutt about it not being officially on the agenda in a timely fashion, allowing those with comments or concerns the time to show up.

Again, I am just trying to clarify the best I can.


MakeItHappen

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Again, I am not certain but I think Randy Allison may have been filling in for Mr. Mulliins. I will check into it for an exact vote. Randy is on here maybe he can ellaborate.

What does that mean?

Matt

It means that USPA is flippant on how the abide by the bylaws and parliamentary authority.

The vote of the FB was 12 ayes - 6 nays - 1 abstain

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matthewcline  (D 21585)

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Again, I am not certain but I think Randy Allison may have been filling in for Mr. Mulliins. I will check into it for an exact vote. Randy is on here maybe he can ellaborate.

What does that mean?

Matt

It means that USPA is flippant on how the abide by the bylaws and parliamentary authority.
IIRC, Jay voted for the motion. The President is an ex-officio member of all appointed committees.

The vote of the FB was 12 ayes - 6 nays - 1 abstain

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So the BSR should never have made it out of committee?

And members of the BOD wonder why I shredded my second renewal notice and called to say don't send the third.

Matt


MakeItHappen

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So the BSR should never have made it out of committee?

I do not know how you reached that conclusion.
I do not have a record of the Comm vote, but it did have a majority.


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matthewcline  (D 21585)

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So the BSR should never have made it out of committee?

I do not know how you reached that conclusion.
I do not have a record of the Comm vote, but it did have a majority.


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In reading the history of the posts it appears there is a debate on that "majority" part.

Matt


chuckakers  (D 10855)

Mar 10, 2012, 5:07 AM
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....Please feel free to provide input.....

Maybe I'm being a bit simple-minded, but the BSR's already require us to follow FAR's, and the FAR's require users of equipment to follow the manufacturer's terms of use.

Doesn't that mean if a manufacturer places an age restriction on the use of its gear that we are already obligated by the BSR's to abide by it?


Para5-0  (D 19054)

Mar 10, 2012, 9:12 AM
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Chuck,

You ask a great question. I do not want to give the wrong answer, so let me reach out to confirm before I make myself look stupid. I am pretty sure Mike Mullins will know the ins and outs of it.

Also, it is was my understanding that the TSO of the rig has a plays an important role. In fact speaking to Ted Strong, he told me at the last meeting that he was goin gto change the TSO to include age.


sacex250

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In reply to:
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....Please feel free to provide input.....

Maybe I'm being a bit simple-minded, but the BSR's already require us to follow FAR's, and the FAR's require users of equipment to follow the manufacturer's terms of use.

Doesn't that mean if a manufacturer places an age restriction on the use of its gear that we are already obligated by the BSR's to abide by it?

Where does it say that the manufacturer can specify the "terms of use"? The FARs only specify that tandems be "maintained" per manufacturer's instructions.

The new BSR seems to empower all manufacturers, not just tandems, to specify age limits for their gear.

Can you think of any other sport or activity in which a minimum age limit is mandated by the manufacturer?


matthewcline  (D 21585)

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In reply to:
In reply to:
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....Please feel free to provide input.....

Maybe I'm being a bit simple-minded, but the BSR's already require us to follow FAR's, and the FAR's require users of equipment to follow the manufacturer's terms of use.

Doesn't that mean if a manufacturer places an age restriction on the use of its gear that we are already obligated by the BSR's to abide by it?

Where does it say that the manufacturer can specify the "terms of use"? The FARs only specify that tandems be "maintained" per manufacturer's instructions.

The new BSR seems to empower all manufacturers, not just tandems, to specify age limits for their gear.

Can you think of any other sport or activity in which a minimum age limit is mandated by the manufacturer?

Not off hand, but I can also not think of a sport so small and sued for such high numbers. You could say what about dirt bikes, the manufacturer is huge compared to skydiving and has millions in sales quarterly.

The Manufacturers would not be in this position of they, their users and the national body had all agreed to enforce the rules they had in place. They got lazy, let things go "this one time", time, and time again. Now they have to put their foot down, and in so doing press the feet of others to the fire.

Matt


sacex250

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Also, it is was my understanding that the TSO of the rig has a plays an important role. In fact speaking to Ted Strong, he told me at the last meeting that he was goin gto change the TSO to include age.

I don't think that's possible, at least, it better not be.

How would it be if aircraft manufacturers could suddenly change their Type Certificate Data Sheets to prohibit pilots under the age of consent from flying their aircraft?

This is a case of the manufacturers being worse than the lawyers.


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sacex250

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Not off hand, but I can also not think of a sport so small and sued for such high numbers. You could say what about dirt bikes, the manufacturer is huge compared to skydiving and has millions in sales quarterly.

The Manufacturers would not be in this position of they, their users and the national body had all agreed to enforce the rules they had in place. They got lazy, let things go "this one time", time, and time again. Now they have to put their foot down, and in so doing press the feet of others to the fire.
Do you actually have any numbers to support that, or is your imagination running away with you?

Your analogy to the size of the sport is not valid. Bicycle manufacturers may sell thousands upon thousands of bicycles intended for use by children for just a few hundred dollars but their liablility is not proportional to the purchase price, however, their liability exposure grows proportionally with each bicycle sold.

Do you really want to spend $5,000 dollars, on a product your life depends on, from manufacturers who have done everything they can to limit use of the product to just the people least likely to win a lawsuit? There's something unethical, or at least fishy, about that!


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matthewcline  (D 21585)

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Not off hand, but I can also not think of a sport so small and sued for such high numbers. You could say what about dirt bikes, the manufacturer is huge compared to skydiving and has millions in sales quarterly.

The Manufacturers would not be in this position of they, their users and the national body had all agreed to enforce the rules they had in place. They got lazy, let things go "this one time", time, and time again. Now they have to put their foot down, and in so doing press the feet of others to the fire.
Do you actually have any numbers to support that, or is your imagination running away with you?

Your analogy to the size of the sport is not valid. Bicycle manufacturers may sell thousands upon thousands of bicycles intended for use by children for just a few hundred dollars but their liablility is not proportional to the purchase price, however, their liability exposure grows proportionally with each bicycle sold.

Do you really want to spend $5,000 dollars, on a product your life depends on, from manufacturers who have done everything they can to limit use of the product to just the people least likely to win a lawsuit? There's something unethical, or at least fishy, about that!

Dirt Bikes means Motorcycle in my world, sorry if that confused you. Now in that context it should make sense.

For the last 12 years as a T-I and I/E, I have watched the whole group previously named do exactly what I said.

Now they are in a corner and have to act.

If it was not in the US, it would not be an issue, but it is what it is. The US has litigated itself through lack of personal accountability to this position and manufacturers have to take actions.

So no my imagination is not running wild. There are thread after thread and incident report after incident report full of data to back the Manufacturers decision up.

Matt

Matt


sacex250

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Yes, I understood that you were talking about motorcycles, I used bicycles as a different example. Now regarding motorcycles, have the manufacturers stopped making and selling motorcycles and ATVs for kids? The answer is No!

My question about whether you had any numbers was in reference to skydiving lawsuits which you claim, "I can also not think of a sport so small and sued for such high numbers."

The truth of the matter is that skydiving lawsuits are rare, and the vast majority of them are dismissed before trial. The Parachute Center in Lodi has been sued three times since 2000, the first two were dismissed, and Parachute Center won the third one; yet, there have been 7+ fatalities there in the last ten years.

And how many equipment manufacturers have lost or settled lawsuits in the past ten years? I'm sorry but there is no crisis of litigation that is threatening the sport or the manufacturers no matter how much you want to believe it so you can hate on the United States judicial system.

The BSR before the BOD is nothing but a preemptive power grab by PIA and the manufacturers to manipulate USPA, and its members, for their own self-serving purposes. You can't blame the lawyers or the courts for this one; it's the manufacturers that are deliberately doing it to the sport.


airtwardo  (D License)

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Now regarding motorcycles, have the manufacturers stopped making and selling motorcycles and ATVs for kids? The answer is No!

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Wanna bet?
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sacex250

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Now regarding motorcycles, have the manufacturers stopped making and selling motorcycles and ATVs for kids? The answer is No!

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Wanna bet?

Well, they still make motorcycles and ATVs for kids.

They don't make three-wheelers in general anymore because of lawsuits and went to 4-wheelers instead.

Tried to buy a new round-canopy lately?


airtwardo  (D License)

Mar 10, 2012, 8:03 PM
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Tried to buy a new round-canopy lately?


Yup..last year.

http://www.strongparachutes.com/...ergency/midlite.html


chuckakers  (D 10855)

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In reply to:
In reply to:
In reply to:
....Please feel free to provide input.....

Maybe I'm being a bit simple-minded, but the BSR's already require us to follow FAR's, and the FAR's require users of equipment to follow the manufacturer's terms of use.

Doesn't that mean if a manufacturer places an age restriction on the use of its gear that we are already obligated by the BSR's to abide by it?

Where does it say that the manufacturer can specify the "terms of use"? The FARs only specify that tandems be "maintained" per manufacturer's instructions.

The new BSR seems to empower all manufacturers, not just tandems, to specify age limits for their gear.

Can you think of any other sport or activity in which a minimum age limit is mandated by the manufacturer?

The BSR's do not empower the manufacturers. The manufacturers have the ultimate power over the use of their gear to begin with.

The FAA dictates that the manufacturer of any equipment - parachutes, airplanes, parts, mods, accessories, or anything else - controls the use of that product first and foremost. Regardless of what may be allowed otherwise, if the manufacturer of any given product restricts the use of that product, that restriction must be adhered to under the FAR's.

We are not on the top of the FAR food chain. Use and restrictions begin with the manufacturer, not with us or USPA's rulebook.


airtwardo  (D License)

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They don't make three-wheelers in general anymore because of lawsuits...

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Oh that's right, ...because people were putting untrained, unqualified riders on them and the kids were making bad decisions...turning them too sharply at speeds not recommended and getting hurt.

Makes perfect sense...pull them from the market and make a more idiot proof product! Cool

Is that what you're suggesting the parachute manufactures do?


sacex250

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They don't make three-wheelers in general anymore because of lawsuits...

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Oh that's right, ...because people were putting untrained, unqualified riders on them and the kids were making bad decisions...turning them too sharply at speeds not recommended and getting hurt.

Makes perfect sense...pull them from the market and make a more idiot proof product! Cool

Is that what you're suggesting the parachute manufactures do?

You mean like three-ring releases? RSLs? Skyhook? AADs? Audibles? Dual parachute containers?


airtwardo  (D License)

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They don't make three-wheelers in general anymore because of lawsuits...

In reply to:

Oh that's right, ...because people were putting untrained, unqualified riders on them and the kids were making bad decisions...turning them too sharply at speeds not recommended and getting hurt.

Makes perfect sense...pull them from the market and make a more idiot proof product! Cool

Is that what you're suggesting the parachute manufactures do?

You mean like three-ring releases? RSLs? Skyhook? AADs? Audibles? Dual parachute containers?


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sacex250

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The BSR's do not empower the manufacturers.

Yes, they do! Why does there need to be a BSR? Oh yeah, because the manufacturers cannot specify age limits on their gear through the FAA. So, by using the USPA as a choke-point then they have control over what the GM dropzones do, and, ultimately, what members using the dropzones do.


sacex250

Mar 10, 2012, 8:39 PM
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They don't make three-wheelers in general anymore because of lawsuits...

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Oh that's right, ...because people were putting untrained, unqualified riders on them and the kids were making bad decisions...turning them too sharply at speeds not recommended and getting hurt.

Makes perfect sense...pull them from the market and make a more idiot proof product! Cool

Is that what you're suggesting the parachute manufactures do?

You mean like three-ring releases? RSLs? Skyhook? AADs? Audibles? Dual parachute containers?


LaughLaughLaugh Woosh

So, your solution would be to simply not let anyone under the age of 18 ride a three-wheeler?


chuckakers  (D 10855)

Mar 10, 2012, 9:14 PM
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The BSR's do not empower the manufacturers.

Yes, they do! Why does there need to be a BSR? Oh yeah, because the manufacturers cannot specify age limits on their gear through the FAA. So, by using the USPA as a choke-point then they have control over what the GM dropzones do, and, ultimately, what members using the dropzones do.


Can't help ya here, bro. You seem to believe that USPA's authority comes before that of the manufacturer's relationship with the FAA. If that's your truth I don't know what I can say.

Anyone want to help explain this one?


matthewcline  (D 21585)

Mar 11, 2012, 9:58 AM
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Now regarding motorcycles, have the manufacturers stopped making and selling motorcycles and ATVs for kids? The answer is No!

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Wanna bet?

Well, they still make motorcycles and ATVs for kids.That you have yo be the age of majority to purchase.

They don't make three-wheelers in general anymore because of lawsuits and went to 4-wheelers instead.

Tried to buy a new round-canopy lately?

Lodi is lucky, but as the FAA has not dropped any thing as far as those charges, maybe not so much.

Matt


robinheid  (D 5533)

Mar 11, 2012, 12:11 PM
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Does anyone have any more info on this new BSR?:

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This section [SIM 2-1 E.4.c.(5)] read:
"(5) All student tandem skydives must be
conducted in accordance with the specific
manufacturer’s age requirements for the tandem
system used for that jump."

The age requirements are on the user of the equipment, not on the equipment itself.

FAIL.

According to your excerpt and English Sentence Structure 101, the age requirements are, in fact, not on the user of the equipment, but on the equipment itself.


English Sentence Structure 101: The subject object of the sentence preposition is "tandem system" -- not "user," "passenger" or "student."

Thus this section -- as written, not intended -- specifically refers to the age of the tandem system being used, not to the users thereof.

Again, USPA and the manufacturers have now given lawyers a green light to go after any manufacturer fielding equipment that is not at least 18 years old.

LOL

Good job, BOD. Better do an EC emergency change and fix that. All you need to do is this:

[SIM 2-1 E.4.c.(5)]:

IS:
"(5) All student tandem skydives must be
conducted in accordance with the specific
manufacturer’s age requirements for the tandem
system used for that jump."

SHOULD BE:
"(5) All tandem skydives must be conducted
in accordance with the specific tandem
manufacturer’s student/passenger age
requirements for its tandem systems."

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P.S. Helping the BOD fix its functionally illiterate sentence structure is in no way an endorsement of:

a) the concept of age restrictions generally; or

b) codifying manufacturer business practices into the operating rules and policies of a membership sporting association specifically.

I just don't want my organization going off an another dollar-eating skyride because its alleged leaders can't think straight during their meetings.

Kudos and congratulations to the USPA Executive Committee for heeding advice and walking this silliness back a few steps.

Few bureaucracies have leadership with the fortitude or foresight to not only admit they are (or even may) be wrong but to actually take concrete action to change course.

Naturally, we don't know how all this will come out at the next BOD meeting (to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, no one's life, liberty or gear is safe while our BOD is in session*), but the fact that the EC acted swiftly and decisively is a good sign, and they deserve our thanks.

Good on ya, guys.

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* Sometimes attributed to Mark Twain and Judge Gideon Tucker.


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airtwardo  (D License)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTmfwklFM-M Angelic


DougH  (D License)

Mar 19, 2012, 8:26 AM
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Has the board consulted legal council about the legal exposure this may cause?

I don't see where we are protecting the manufacturers from lawsuits. If they already set the age of use how is the USPA BSR adding any meaningful legal defense to the manufacturers for lawsuits brought by underage litigants?

I do see it adding a layer of inconsistency that could get the USPA drawn into lawsuits.

Picture this, lawsuit is brought against a canopy manufacturer who did not have a age restriction, maybe the whole system didn't have an age-restriction.

Personal injury lawyer makes a case that age requirements must be important to safety since many manufacturers set this age. USPA also has taken the position that age matters because they piggy back of the manufacturers and have a BSR.

Personal injury lawyer states that by not setting a blanket age restriction USPA failed to keep the injured party safe.

Am I off base here?

Edit: for spelling only, personally injury lawyer, wtf was I typing!


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robinheid  (D 5533)

Mar 19, 2012, 10:10 AM
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Has the board consulted legal council about the legal exposure this may cause?

I don't see where we are protecting the manufacturers from lawsuits. If they already set the age of use how is the USPA BSR adding any meaningful legal defense to the manufacturers for lawsuits brought by underage litigants?

I do see it adding a layer of inconsistency that could get the USPA drawn into lawsuits.

Picture this, lawsuit is brought against a canopy manufacturer who did not have a age restriction, maybe the whole system didn't have an age-restriction.

Personally injury lawyer makes a case that age requirements must be important to safety since many manufacturers set this age. USPA also has taken the position that age matters because they piggy back of the manufacturers and have a BSR.

Personally injury lawyer states that by not setting a blanket age restriction USPA failed to keep the injured party safe.

Am I off base here?

No, you threw a strike. I wrote a story in the last issue of SKYDIVING about the legal ramifications of letting minors jump, and in a sidebar I examined the general legal climate surrounding any risky sporting activity.

One thing I found: When portable, anyone-can-use-them defibrillators showed up, many recreation centers did not get one because they were afraid of being sued if someone misused one, it didn't work as advertised, whatever.

Then someone sued a recreation center because it did NOT have one -- and the legal argument was pretty much exactly what you posited:

"Personal injury lawyer states that by not setting a blanket age restriction USPA keeping a defibrillator on-site, the center failed to keep the injured party safe."

The legal concept of which the USPA BOD seems to be wholly ignorant is "staying silent" on a given matter rather than establishing a position, the purpose of which is to avoid becoming entangled and/or targeted over that matter.

It really is Skyride all over again in that USPA is sticking its nose where it doesn't belong and will most likely get bitten again and the membership (and the sport) will pay the price.

Hopefully, the EC's decisive action portends well for the full BOD cutting this streamer away at the next meeting, Ben Franklin's maxim notwithstanding.

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sacex250

Mar 20, 2012, 6:21 PM
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If they already set the age of use how is the USPA BSR adding any meaningful legal defense to the manufacturers for lawsuits brought by underage litigants?
Strike Two, A USPA BSR would effectivly protect manufacturers from litigation by eliminating anyone under the age of majority from the sport. The manufacturers in their self-serving view of the world are afraid of getting sued by a minor so they seek to manipulate USPA into eliminating all minors from the sport. It's just another example of big business playing big brother.

The underlying fact here is that the manufacturers cannot set an age limit on who uses their sporting equipment. They can set a recommendation, and they're trying to get the USPA to enforce it as a de facto restriction. It's not USPAs place to do that.


DougH  (D License)

Mar 20, 2012, 8:29 PM
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You are mixing up analogies and the content of the BSR.

It is not a blanket age restriction. It does require that any age limits set by the manufacturers is followed. The two are not the same.

I can put together a sport rig from odds and ends that has no age limits, and all the manufacturers are no longer in existence.


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diablopilot  (D License)

Mar 21, 2012, 5:26 PM
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If they already set the age of use how is the USPA BSR adding any meaningful legal defense to the manufacturers for lawsuits brought by underage litigants?
Strike Two, A USPA BSR would effectivly protect manufacturers from litigation by eliminating anyone under the age of majority from the sport. The manufacturers in their self-serving view of the world are afraid of getting sued by a minor so they seek to manipulate USPA into eliminating all minors from the sport. It's just another example of big business playing big brother.

The underlying fact here is that the manufacturers cannot set an age limit on who uses their sporting equipment. They can set a recommendation, and they're trying to get the USPA to enforce it as a de facto restriction. It's not USPAs place to do that.

Here's one of the first things you've said on this forum that I agree with! The exception to what you've written, is that a manufacturer MAY place an age restriction on the use of their equipment. People can choose to ignore it, and if injured will have been using it outside of manufacturer's recommendations, just as those who are jumping equipment over TSO limits are.

The only party that can effectively create such rules is the FAA. If the USPA puts this BSR back into effect, they only expose the organization to liability when (as history has shown) they fail to enforce and cause sanctions agains violators.

Is this a problem? For whom? And when?


RIGGER160  (D 12345)

Mar 28, 2012, 9:39 PM
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Strike Two, A USPA BSR would effectivly protect manufacturers from litigation by eliminating anyone under the age of majority from the sport.

IF they are a USPA member...if not then a BSR is meaningless to them


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matthewcline  (D 21585)

Mar 29, 2012, 12:12 PM
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Strike Two, A USPA BSR would effectivly protect manufacturers from litigation by eliminating anyone under the age of majority from the sport.

IF they are a USPA member...if not then a BSR is meaningless to them

True, if the Manufacturers didn't have it as their rule too. But the number of under the age of majority is a not a big enough factor to impact solo sport rig sales.

Tandem Jumps is different. Which is why a few DZ's don't use US made gear for Tandem Ops. The DZ's that do, have the age of majority (mostly 18) as the Manufacturer directed minimum age to participate.

Matt


RIGGER160  (D 12345)

Mar 29, 2012, 8:04 PM
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Correct thats why i'm confused as to why the USPA would waste their time on this.


sundevil777  (D License)

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According to the Parachute Industry Association, whose representatives brought this request to the USPA Board, all of the U.S. equipment manufacturers that PIA represents require users of their equipment to be the age of legal majority.

Where have the manufacturers stated that? I looked around at a few and haven't found it.


matthewcline  (D 21585)

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Correct thats why i'm confused as to why the USPA would waste their time on this.

Because they felt, wrongly, they needed to do this to help out. Reality is the Manufacturers needed to enforce their own rules and USPA go back to be a INDIVIDUAL Membership, none DZO, organization.

The Manufacturers brought this one due to our society not taking responsibility for its own actions.

Matt



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