Wanted to start a discussion about the proposed changes to the sponsor program rules. Here is an excerpt from the meeting notes:
Proposed Rules (changes underlined): …NOTE…only affects new pilots, not existing P2 pilots.
(Local) P2: Minimum of 90 flights with instructor/observer reference
Sponsored until P3
Sponsor or observer must perform walk through and the 1st flight for P2’s.
Minimum of 3 mountain flights minimum over 1000’ AGL
Strongly recommend a tandem for first flight
USHPA recommended operating limitations also apply
Here are my thoughts:
First off, the sponsor program is working great and we can make it even better.
I am FOR P2 pilots always needing a sponsor and not being able to fly solo. Yes, pretty inconvenient for everyone but LO is dangerous regardless of the planned LZ changes. This is a good thing. P2’s would still be welcome. There would be some good motivation to get that P3.
I am AGAINST P2 pilots needing an instructor reference. I’ve never seen such a reference. It is a barrier. Would make it pretty unlikely that visiting pilots would be able to participate.
I am AGAINST P2 pilots needing 90 flights. I think 60 is good enough to start trying LO with a sponsor in ideal conditions. Plus…I have no way of validating if someone has 90 flights but I can validate if they are a P2 or P3.
I am AGAINST the mountain flight over 1000 feet requirement. There is no way to validate it. It doesn’t’ provide any tangible benefits. It is just a road block.
I’m against the tandem strongly recommended wording. This is mostly not observed. That is, most sponsored pilots do not have their first flights as tandem. I think it is extraneous.
OK. Well there it is. Many of you will have different ideas than me. Let’s talk.