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Many of you will know of the (ahh, friendly) rivalry between the glidernut gliding school and my own. You can't go to an airport nowadays without seeing one of his hangars around the place, and although my gliding school is not quite as developed (consisting at this point of only one badly-damaged hangar, no gliders and no pilots), it is certainly a Force for the Future.And many of you will know that glidernut recently placed a T-Rex in my hangar. Quite deliberately. So I applied to my insurance company for damages. And I just wanted to explain why I'm changing insurance companies. This is my record of the conversation.I was met at the claims front counter by a brisk, efficient young lady. Good, I thought, this won't take long. "What can I do for you sir?""Ahh, yes, good morning. A T-Rex poked holes in my hangar. Can I place a claim here?""A what?""A T-Rex, you know, a Tyrannosaurus, Jurassic Park, you know.""A T-Rex? Poked holes?"I hadn't noticed before, but clearly she was stressed. Sometimes these big companies don't give their staff enough holidays. Anyway, I showed her photos of the damaged hangar."Its a bit skew-if". Meaning the hangar wasn't quite square. In most places."Yes, but its the holes here. He poked his head through," I explained."I think that's rust". "Well there's a bit of rust, when the hangar sunk. I only noticed it when I got back from Stonehenge ...""Sunk? The hangar sunk?" She really did have quite a lot of grey hair. I notice these things. I'm a student of human nature. That's why I remember my wedding anniversary every year (just not on the right day)."Yes, and it was dropped too. That's why its a bit crooked. Anyway, after I built Stonehenge I noticed ...""You built Stonehenge?" I hadn't noticed before the tremor in her voice, almost a stammer."Well that's not important here. So can I place a claim ...""Ahh, where do you think the T-Rex came from?""Well glidernut""Sir, there's no need to get personal!""No no, glidernut's the name of the T-Rex's owner ...""But where did it come from? T-Rex's don't grow on trees ...""Well from New Zealand of course. Is that relevant?""New Zealand! I see. And do you think dragons may have caused the scorch marks on the side of the hangar?" she asked in an odd tone of voice."YES!! Or course! I hadn't thought of that! I know glidernut flies a white dragon, that must be it!! Or it could have been the fire ...""And I suppose you see flying saucers?""No, of course not. There are no flying saucers in England ...""Well that's a relief at least ...""They're all in Seattle. And the crop circles and pyramids are in San Francisco too. And Mars."At this point a security guard appeared and escorted me from the building. I am very disappointed at their attitude, and have decided to change companies.Gotta go now. This important looking white van has just pulled up in the driveway. Cheers everyone.(with apologies to John)RobD.

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HEHE!!To get damage covering by insurance companies is not that easy.I did try that at the "Pier Glass aviation" after grading to the licence, buying my new Piper Arrow.Asking for damage covering we ended up with a roll of Duct-tape.Standard equipment in all planes.But that was before the T-REX showed up.-so may be you have some better luck in the end.Otherwise you better build the hangar in solid concrete like a bunker.HMMM.T-REX,- better get two rolls of tape then.Lars Peter.:+

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Gee Rob,What with the UK industrial action over BSP Engineering, the best way to resolve this issue may be to enter a commercial agreement with The Glidernut School. The problem is your hangars. What the insurance people didn't mention (or you....) is the 76 outstanding claims for damages as a result of people's aircraft being exposed to the weather, bird droppings and bat pee. By definition, a hangar is a place where aircraft can be stored or worked upon securely and safely. Installing pre-bent hangars might appear to be what others do (PGA) but at least they tell you to "abandon all hope" when entering!Besides, "The" School has already been instrumental in upgrading facilities at airports at which it has schools. For example, look at the great new comfy FBO I saw at Harvey! It's got toilets (as opposed to the BSP portaloos) and even provides a comfy lounge with a TV and a combustion heater! See the Glidernut poster inside the door on the right?http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/62044.jpgOh, they also contributed to the upgrade at Clare's Valley (Renegade Creek). Sorry for not mentioning this earlier but we needed a new FBO at CVA and the luggage shed is real handy too ;)http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/62045.jpgWith all this high-level competition (and possible future legal issues), a partnership may be the answer after all. Besides, tape doesn't last forever, just ask NASA (sorry, Folks ;) )Haha :-wave******************* Jonathan Point *******************

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