H O F T E C
Drummondville Seminar with Transport Canada & Ultralighters
The Value of Belonging to an Organization
Best Western, 915 Rue Haines, Drummondville (Exit 177)
9:30 - 16:00, Sept. 18, 2004
A presentation to Ultralight owners discussing the value of strong regional associations devoted to promote the sport, to provide enjoyable activities, and to help its members in their quest to operate safely. The Challenger Association is discussed as a viable model for other organizations.
Types of Organizations
National - COPA, UPAC, EAA, RAA,
Type Clubs - almost every type has a club
The Challenger Organization - a type club
Few accidents - Why?
23 year continuous existence - How?
History Started in 1983 Numbers Currently 500+ members Membership composition Mostly owners
Activities Annual Rendez-vous
Good website giving technical and social information
Administrative Functions 1 webmaster - must control Chat Room and database
2 professional Instructors - must represent Best Practices
1 national dealer/distributor - must support product
2 professional builders - must certify AULA's
What makes a good organization?
- Universal aim - what is that aim? - Fun? Safety? Economy? Neighbours?
- Membership - paid up, legally certified,
- Leadership - must be credible
- Willingness to communicate - good, friendly phone skills, write articles, publish news and pictures
- Hard work - people must expect no personal rewards, consistency
- Demonstrated success - the group must be able to point to successful initiatives
- Activities - appropriate to the season; inspections, technical sessions
- What are the trends determining the direction of our Sport?
Safety record; news media; insurance; costs; technology
- Threat and Error Management
For each phase of flight determine the worst that can happen and decide what you can do to avoid the situation.
- Role of a Code of Conduct.
- Develop Recommended Practices for the group; e.g. adhering to Air Regulations, encourage self-regulation, develop personal minimums, minimize turns below 500' AGL, always act in the interests of passengers, maintain proficiency, act as a GA ambassador.
These Recommended Practices to be developed by the group. The aim is to address all the factors stated in the Universal Aim, above.
Examples: value openness, humility, personal improvement
How do you start a club?
Aim - fun, legal, informed, friendly, helpful, safe
Activities - flying, social
Input from everyone