By Seahawk - Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:51 am
Entelin,entelin wrote: ↑Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:25 pmOnly tangentially related, but maybe requiring platform tow operators to be rated pilots isn't a great idea. It's a direct attack on small clubs and doesn't help to grow HG or PG. At the same time consequential safety issues objectively related to tow operator inexperience are exceedingly rare.
I agree. For years, Rocky Mountain Hang Gliders kept an elderly, non-flying gentleman on the books as an official Observer, who was also the "official" RMHGA cameraman and a Director At Large (always by unanimous voting) for the club. He was able to issue ratings, much to the chagrin of USHPA. His physical limitations may have kept him from flying, but he was otherwise an expert in what he saw, and everybody respected his judgments.