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Student orientation at Ed Levin

The WOR must comply with the Ed Levin Park Site Procedures as a condition of the Special Use Permit (renewed yearly) by which the Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation Department (SCCPRD) allows us to fly there and grants the WOR access to areas of Ed Levin from which motor vehicle traffic is otherwise prohibited. The waiver and the registration form are important to the SCCPRD, and it is important to the SCCPRD that students read the waiver before signing it. The waiver says:

"I ACKNOWLEDGE that I am aware of all Site Procedures for hang gliding and paragliding activities at Ed R. Levin County Park. I PROMISE to comply with all of these Site Procedures. I RECOGNIZE THAT NEITHER THE EXISTENCE OF THE SITE PROCEDURES NOR MY ADHERENCE TO THE SITE PROCEDURES CAN INSURE MY SAFETY. I ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT THE SITE PROCEDURES MAY ACTUALLY CREATE RISKS OF PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE NOT EXIST."

If a student asks about this statement, it is important to affirm that there is no substitute for personal knowledge of the Site Procedures. The student must be given time to read and study the Site Procedures if the student wishes to do so. Whether or not a student chooses to read the Site Procedures, it is a duty of WOR Instructors to educate students regarding the Site Procedures. Before a student enters the flying site for the first time, the student's instructor should say something to the student similar to the following:

"Ed Levin Park is owned by Santa Clara County. Pilots who fly ultralight aircraft at Ed Levin are allowed to use the Park only if we comply with a set of rules imposed by the County. Breaking these rules can jeopardize your safety, the safety of others, and our access to Ed Levin. The rules are documented in the Ed Levin Site Procedures."

(At this point, show the student a copy of the Site Procedures, open the Site Procedures to Section VII.E, 'Spectators, Smoking, Riding Trails, Drugs and Alcohol', and point out the section to the student.

"One of those rules is that, due to extreme fire danger, smoking is not permitted once we enter the flying site. Alcohol and other recreational pharmaceuticals are not permitted either. Neither is medical marijuana. Can you follow those rules?"

(Pause here and insist upon an affirmative answer from the student.)

(At this point, open the Site Procedures to Section V.A which starts, "Student pilots must fly under the direct supervision of a WOR Instructor" and point out the section to the student.

"Another rule is that, until you obtain a WOR proficiency helmet sticker, you can fly or kite at Ed Levin ONLY under the direct supervision of an authorized WOR Instructor (like me) who is present with you. Can you follow that rule?"

(Pause here and insist upon an affirmative answer from the student.)

"I will inform you of additional rules as we proceed. Please help me and my fellow pilots by complying."

 

 
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