I created this group so that I could publish places I intend to fly for food, and let others know should they want to join. I am hoping we can all make new friends, have fun flying, fill our bellies, and enjoy ourselves.
We are all pilots or lovers of flying. There are inherent risks in flying. This group and the organizers are not responsible for any resulting accident or incident should you chose to come to a meetup. We simply post a location where we plan to be and you chose to join us.
Due to liability issues, organizers will not directly provide members with a ride to meetups. It appears meetup does not allow posting of phone numbers on RSVPs. You can post that you are looking for a ride in your RSVP and a member with a seat can click on your profile to send you a message if they have a seat. How you work this out is up to you.
Flying can be dangerous. Accidents do happen and when they do you can be injured or killed. You agree to hold the organizers, assistant organizers, and other members harmless as this is an 'at risk' activity.
Is there anything I need to sign? I know some clubs have liability forms and such.
Please re-read meetup.com’s terms of service, especially section 6. You agreed to it in order to use this site. You may not have read it, but you had to check the box that said you did. In general, section 6 says if an organizer or any member places a event on the calendar and you get injured at it, it’s your own fault. If you can’t live with that, this group isn’t for you.
Who runs this group?
This is a group of people who like to fly. There is no one in charge. If someone starts telling you what to do and you don’t agree with it, don’t do it. Use your own common sense and leave the event if you think it is too risky for your taste.
So who is this Mara "Lead Organizer"? Isn’t she in charge?
Mara runs the web site. She can post calendar entries and moderate the message board, as can the other organizers. (Moderate means if someone puts something up that is inappropriate, she can delete it.) But she is not in charge. She does not make the final go no/go decision, preflight your aircraft, figure out the planned route, or decide if the conditions are suitable to your level of experience. The decision to attend an event is yours and yours alone.
What are the rules?
If you want a group that has rules, you don’t want this group. Ok .. there is one rule, and that is to be safe. That means if someone does something you think is unsafe, don’t fly with them. If that isn’t good enough, tell them about your concerns directly or tell whoever organized the event that you are uncomfortable. Or email the organizers. Nothing may get done about it, so be prepared for that. No one forced you to go to an event, and no one will force you to stay on one. You can leave at any time.