I would like to see more on the GM program and think we should work on how to make it pay for itself. Need more facts... Doing away with it is difficult because many Airports and insurance require it now.
I beleive your second issue has been discussed already. Personally, I feel that as a business a civiallian DZ could deal with this financial regardless of USPA. They just make lift tickets $50 to 10k for example.
When someone opens a DZ, one thing they have to decide is do they want a 'tandem factory', a destination dz, or something in between. If they decide they don't want fun jumpers, then price is one way to do that. There are many drop zones that cater to fun jumpers and many that would prefer not to have any. If we (USPA) decide to make them by the GM program allow fun jumpers, then price is a way they can control that.
I had just reread my first post and I wasn't sure I was communicating my thoughts as to why that may not be the most important issue and even if we choose to do something, the end result may not be what people were looking for.
I would rather see them raise the rates and donate the money to the Todd Spillers Retirement Fund
well my point is if the dz is a group member and the group member program is not self sustaining and Joe and Jane fun jumpers dues go to off set the short fall then I have a real problem with not being able to jump at a dz that we are funding.
USPA can't and shouldn't regulate pricing though. So if there were a rule made the DZ's that didn't want fun jumpers could just price it so very few people would spend the money to make even 1 jump there.
I think the GM program needs to be looked into. One solution would be to start a group associated with USPA that is for the GM's/DZ's that did represtent them. Maybe a volunteer group of DZO's to minimize cost. Just a thought.