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Tim PonsotTim Ponsot

A man answered a “Help Wanted” ad that read “Hiring Welders $18-24 per Hour” When he arrived he was told he’d have to take a welding test. He turned in 2 sets of welds. One was a great weld, the other was a mess. When the boss asked him why he did this he replied “One is $18/hr, the other is $24/hr”.


Point is, it’s a free market, and every member’s time is valuable. Some people make a free choice to pitch in, others do not. However, those choices generally depend on the incentives being offered to do so.


Helping out with mowing and field maintenance generally yields the adulation and social acceptance of our fellow group members.


Leading a retrieve crew for a land out generally involves a steak dinner.


Those who are capable of performing aircraft maintenance tend to command a unique level of respect in every aviation circle, and their requests for modest financial compensation rarely, if ever, go unanswered. Except for here.


We as instructors and tow pilots feel that our incentive is to have a financial burden lifted. Deny us our incentive with no attempt to compromise, we deny you our services. It’s that simple.


I find it interesting that the board has fielded the idea of “UPGRADING SKY SOARING“. An UPGRADE in what? Equipment? The board is still asking about selling the winch. I think the hope is that if we say no 999 times and yes 1 time their confirmation bias will take care of the rest.


We’ll have fancy UPGRADED club equipment we can’t tow, train in or maintain because we’ve DOWNGRADED all the people who previously chose to take on those responsibilities.

  • This reply was modified 6 months ago by Tim PonsotTim Ponsot.