ATTENTION:You are required to read this orientation guide carefully prior to registering, in order to have your registration accepted. A registration keyword is required in the next step, and is contained in the text below.
This guide has been compiled to help people who are new to the site get up to speed a little quicker, and to establish some guidelines for forum and group protocol. Please read this in earnest to help us create and maintain a fun and positive experience for all, as well as making the Moderators' lives easier. We work to keep information organized and appropriate to your opt-in groups.
Disclaimer of Liability
Flying is an activity that can result in severe injury or death. Backcountry flying poses risks to an even greater extent. The articles and forum posts on BackcountyPilot.Org are simply the opinions contributed by authors and forum participants, and should be regarded appropriately. Just as often as these opinions are correct and helpful, they are also inaccurate and sometimes simply wrong. A discussion forum is not an official source of information regarding flying, aircraft maintenance, or lawful practices, however useful it may be at times. Any and all information provided on this website is done so at the reader's discretion. The forum is not a substitute for instruction from an FAA certified flight instructor or FAA certified airframe and powerplant mechanic. BackcountryPilot.Org and its members are not liable for damage to your property or health resulting from material or statements found in this forum. This site is for entertainment purposes only.
Always be cautious, safe, and vigilant. Seek proper training and certification before emulating any of the types of flying suggested in our articles, videos, photo gallery, or discussion forums.
After you've read this guide completely, you'll find a link at the bottom of this page to start the registration. For both reasons of system security related to spambots and automated hackers, and to provide an orientation to our community, you are required to provide the registration keyword found within this document in your registration form. Read carefully.
As a rule of thumb, it's a bad idea to use your full name as your username. The world views this forum, and it's in your best interest to conceal your actual identity as much as possible. Avoid using N-numbers, as they are just as revealing as your full name and can be tough to remember for others. Politically oriented usernames are not allowed.
Representatives of the FAA and other federal and state law enforcement agencies can and will read your posts. Backcountrypilot.org is very popular and has a very large audience, and many parts of this site are open and visible to the world. Please use discretion as necessary.
Posting new forum topics
If you are going to post a new topic, try to follow these guidelines:
- Search first to make sure you're not posting something that's been posted before. If your question has already been answered in a previous thread, do your best to find it before posting. It's best to join a conversation already underway.
- Choose the appropriate category/forum. Does it pertain to piloting, aircraft, a physical place, or this website? Make sure you're within the appropriate forum before you click the New Topic button.
- Name your topic descriptively. For instance, instead of something ambiguous like "Garmin," use something like "Any opinions on the Garmin GTN650?" It makes searching for existing threads much easier.
- If posting a news article from another website, always cite the source and include a link to the website.
- Make some effort to make your posts readable. Use parapgraphs, spellcheck, and avoid using all-capital letters, which indicate yelling.
- If you notice a mistake or typo, just edit your existing post by clicking the edit button (pencil icon) at the bottom of your post.
- Duplicate topics in different subforums are not allowed.
Most people have a good idea of what is appropriate conduct in a real-world social setting. The Internet should be no different, but it often is due to the luxury of anonymity. BackcountryPilot.org is unique in that its members often meet in person, and many members are aquainted outside the site. Do your best to consider members as real people, and exercise politeness and discretion.
- Profanity is tolerated as long as it's used tastefully. That may be an oxymoron to some, but some words have their place in our everyday vernacular. Once again, pay attention to your tone if profanity is used when addressing another user.
- No porn or offensive imagery in open forums. Use the Hot Air forum, which is optional for viewing.
- Political topics should be posted to the Hot Air forum.
- Be respectful of the discussion. Make an effort to not derail or "hijack" a topic with unrelated posts.
- Users who continually engage in the practice of "trolling" by posting intentionally inflammatory statements, or mockery of the forum to elicit emotional response will be deactivated. Our mission is to maintain a genuine, constructive, and positive community, and trolls are a waste of everyone's time.
- Debate to your heart's content with passion and conviction, but direct assaults on individual users in the form of name calling, harassment, posting personal information, and rude private messages will not be tolerated.
- Remember that you're on a stage in front of thousands of readers/members, even though it may feel like a small room.
Discussion of accidents
While accident discussion is a very important part of aviation safety awareness and learning, it must be handled with care and regarded with respect for those who've suffered loss. There are a few typical scenarios that determine to what extent it is appropriate to discuss accidents; here are the guidelines:
- If the accident/incident is one of our own members, please exercise the respect and discretion you'd like bestowed upon yourself in a difficult situation. Rushing to report that someone has had an accident generally is frowned upon, and forum threads to this effect may be heavily moderated. Digging for information that you're not entitled to is poor form.
- If the news stations/websites are already reporting the accident, the cat's out of the bag and discretion is no longer possible. Discuss freely but do not contribute to misinformation or wild speculation.
- Speculation and heresay do not help, and may cause the FAA to exact unnecessary investigation.
- Condemnation or villification of a pilot, alive or deceased, is extremely frowned upon. The families and loved ones of deceased pilots often turn to this community looking for answers, and they should only see positive and supportive commentary, despite circumstances.
- Accident discussion should be a learning experience but also remain as respectful as possible.
Content Moderation Policy
First and foremost, BackcountryPilot.org is an aviation website. All topics submitted, and especially those outside the scope of aviation, are subject to evaluation, moderation, or removal at the discretion of moderators. Administrators and moderators reserve the right to move, edit, or delete user-contributed forum posts and images.
To maintain an enjoyable forum for everyone, certain subjects like politics are relegated to an "opt-in" subforum called Hot Air. Users must actively subscribe to this forum to views its topics. New topics that are overtly political are only allowed in this subforum. This policy lets the user shape their experience here at BackcountryPilot.org, and allows those who would use this website as a relaxing escape from mainstream news avoid being subjected to more of the same.
The purpose of moderation is to maintain this forum as a superior backcountry flying resource, surrounded by a community of aviators. Controversial ancillary and unrelated topics appearing in Google search results often attract registrants who may not be interested in aviation at all, and they are not welcome in the discussion. Moderation decisions are sometimes unpopular, and it only makes our job more difficult to be criticized. Repeated comments about moderator actions will provoke a warning, and eventually banishment from use of the site.
Solicitation and Promotion
Since the release of BCP 3.0, advertising is available for purchase here at BackcountryPilot.org. This is the recommended method for official product and services promotion.
One of the great things about web communities though is the opportunity to directly engage with consumers, however it must be done appropriately. It's considered poor form to sign up and immediately spam us, even if you're a pilot. If your first post is promotional, your account will be deactivated. If every single post you make is an effort to pimp your wares, it's going to hurt you more than help, because your account will be deactivated as it would any spammer.
Go ahead and post in the forum about your product or service, but make an effort to stay involved and answer questions that members may have. Be real and be modest. The secret to success in selling to our community is to simply put your link in your signature, and then genuinely interact with us. Be one of us. Continued disingenuous plugging of your wares will only garner contempt.
If you satisfy the requirements of being a personally engaged member of the community, you may engage in limited promotion of your business or services. If you're posting to promote your business, you get 1 dedicated thread. Additional promotional threads added will be deleted, but you may continue to update your 1 promotional thread.
Solicitation of donations
Solicitation of donations without an official organization is frowned upon. We require that you either represent an established advocacy group like the RAF or a localized pilots association. The power of our small army of aviators on this site is great, and we can effect nearly immediate change on focused efforts like airport and airstrip facilities. The r.egistration k.eyword is "yankee echo." However, history of fraud and abuse in similar scenarios make it something that we are forced to scrutinize. The first time someone collects a bunch of donations and then does not follow through on their promises, all future campaigns are tarnished and I personally will be hearing from those who consider themselves defrauded. Consult users Zzz or MountainMatt prior to posting if you're unsure.
Ads keep us running
This site is free for users because of advertising. We usually break even, but often run at a loss. The only income that supports the server hosting, developer time, and software costs is the advertising that you see around the site. Occasional donations are a huge help, but these are not predictable or reliable. If you run ad blocker software, please consider making a donation to us using the link at the bottom of every page.
Thank you for taking the time to read the orientation guide. If you have any additional questions, visit the Help section or ask a question in the Website section of the forum. Enjoy our community and please fly safely.Begin registration