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I have two HG T1 instructors who were going to do their recerts this spring.
The only HG T2 is incommunicado since last spring.
Those two instructors have been doing HG tandems for 20 years and have been pilots since the dark ages.
To my knowledge they have no accident claims. They have the support of the local mayor who is an HG T1 himself.
In the summer they work in Mt St-Pierre, Gaspe where they have been doing tandems for years. You have to know that this little community of 250 souls claims free flight as its main tourist attraction. In the last year, they have invested 6 figures on access roads to get to the take offs. They bought and maintain a LZ with showers and free camping.
Not having those instructors, would be a terrible economic blow to this "pass through" town where the tourist only stop when there are wings in the sky.
With no available T2s the solutions are few. And remember, this is a major problem for the survival of HG nationwide.
We do have a program, to get seniors and T2s where recert seminars are needed, but who would do it?
Somebody from Ontario, is the obvious answer. But there is the language issue and the cost for us.
We will have to look at the whole recert issue (at least for tandem
instructors) in the fall.
But in the meantime, I would suggest that we make an executive decision to grant them a 6 month extension.
Then we will have to find a long term solution in the coming year while looking at the instructor ratings.
The names of the two instructors are Yvon and Daniel Ouellet.
As soon as I have someone who seconds I will post a motion.
As for Bob Vickars which is a T2 or senior nomination we have to consider, I would like Sam or whoever has the info or file to please share it so that we can put this motion up at the same time.
Thanks for your consideration,
Motion 2010-06-29: Motion to grant a 6 months Extension to Yvon Ouellet and Daniel Ouellet for their Tandem II Instructor Status
Motion presented by: Domagoj Juretic
Motion seconded by: Bruce Busby
Do you agree to grant a 6 month extension of their HG T1 instructor status to Yvon Ouellet and Daniel Ouellet?
Reference: Board of Directors forum.