Civil and Criminal Actions

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Civil and Criminal Actions

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The breaking point

Previous Oz Report stories on this issue:

https://ozreport.com/toc.php?25.043#2"> https://ozreport.com/toc.php?25.043#2

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target="_blank" href="https://ozreport.com/toc.php?25.044#2"> https://ozreport.com/toc.php?25.044#2

target="_blank" href="https://ozreport.com/toc.php?25.056#1"> https://ozreport.com/toc.php?25.056#1

target="_blank" href="https://ozreport.com/toc.php?25.057#1"> https://ozreport.com/toc.php?25.057#1

The USHPA has issued Insurance Exclusions for Flying Camp and SVS locations. If you are a USHPA member you can find the notice and historical justifications for these actions here: https://www.ushpa.org/member/2021-insurance-exclusions"> https://www.ushpa.org//member/2021-insurance-exclusions>. The previous stories in the Oz Report go over some of these justifications. Here is an excerpt:

Tennessee Tree Toppers has announced to the hang gliding and paragliding community that their landing zone is off limits and has requested that no pilot use it as a landing zone on flights originating at JustFly-SVS or Flying Camp. Instead of honoring that request, JustFly-SVS and Flying Camp communicate to their patrons and students that the Tennessee Tree Topper's landing zone is the "best landing zone" and that they should use it notwithstanding the Tennessee Tree Toppers request not to.

The Tennessee Tree Toppers have reached a breaking point and have decided to pursue legal action - civil and criminal - against pilots who continue to land on their property when launching from JustFly-SVS or Flying Camp. Unless we add JustFly-SVS Flight Parks and Flying Camp to the "Excluded Locations" in the USHPA GL Policy, we anticipate having to defend numerous USHPA members in civil suits brought against them by Tennessee Tree Toppers for using the Tree Topper's landing zone without permission. Providing coverage in this way would be counterproductive to USHPA's goal of having a sustainable source of insurance to keep the sport alive and healthy. It would also be rewarding pilots for violating the property rights of the Tennessee Tree Toppers.