An WOR Observer is an experienced
pilot with a USHPA Observer appointment who volunteers to assist other pilots
by signing off observed skills and thereby assisting pilots in acquiring new USHPA ratings.
WOR Observers also help ensure compliance with the Ed Levin Site Procedures.
Every pilot (including every student) at Ed Levin must be familiar with the Site Procedures
and comply with them. Permission to fly at Ed Levin is renewed annually in a Special Use Permit granted
by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department (SCCPRD). The Wings Of Rogallo's Special
Use Permit specifies that flying at Ed Levin is contingent upon compliance with the Site Procedures.
WOR Observers are treasured assets who should be treated with respect and viewed as mentors, not simply
as observers of skills and/or policemen who enforce the Site Procedures. WOR Observers are volunteers who
sacrifice time for the benefit of the flying community which could instead be spent flying or with friends and
family. WOR Observers invest their time and energy to preserve our access to the Ed Levin flying site, which
was difficult to obtain and can be easily lost.
Hang gliding Observers are available many Saturdays at Ed Levin Park from 9:00am
until noon. In addition, many
Hang Gliding Observers are available by appointment, for Sundays and/or weekdays and
can be contacted by posting requests on the WOR Bulletin Board and/or contacting them
Paragliding Observers are
available by appointment only.
- An Observer can only
observe skills which the Observer holds. If you require a skill sign off
(RLF, FSL, etc.), you should verify the scheduled Observer is qualified.
Hang gliding Observers can only observe hang glider pilots and paragliding
Observers can only observe paraglider pilots.
- Only authorized
WOR Observers and WOR Advanced Instructors
can sponsor H2/P2 pilots off of the 600' and top launches. An H2/P2 pilot can not use
the 600' launch without an appropriate sponsor on launch with the pilot, unless the
pilot has a log book sign off from an authorized WOR Observer or WOR Advance
Instructor stating otherwise. A Blue Sticker sponsor is required for the
top launch even with a sign off.
- Our Observer's schedules and availability may change. An concerted
effort is made to keep this page up to date, but the best way to ensure the
scheduled Observer will be at the hill is to call, email or post a request on the
WOR Bulletin Board.
- When an Observer is on duty, a flag should be flying at the corner
of the LZ fence near the walk through. However this is sometimes forgotten,
so don't be afraid to ask around to see if there's an Observer on site.
- Be sure you arrive at 9:00am because the Observer may not wait around
if no one shows up (or he may have already headed up the hill with an observee
who arrived on time).
- For more information on how to get sign-offs, be sure to
see the "How
to get your sign-offs" page.
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