1/ Current membership of the BHPA is mandatory when flying at any of our sites.
2/ An area is designated active when the tow coach says that it is, or where it is
clearly in use. If in doubt please ask.
3/ For your and the flying pilots safety no one may access the active flight line
(active winch line) either by car or on foot without first obtaining winch operator
permission via the radio (there is one available at the caravan). NEVER enter
an active flight line during a winch launch!
4/ Winches can be dangerous – Please approach winches from the rear only.
Only appropriately qualified people may operate the winches.
5/ Only appropriately qualified people may act as launch marshal.
6/ The wearing of helmets is mandatory when flying with the club at any of our
sites AND when ever you are wearing a harness attached to a Paraglider!.
7/ The use of wheels on hang gliders is mandatory when flying off the winch or
8/ Footwear providing ankle protection is highly recommended when flying and without lace hooks (which can catch lines).
9/ Only those rated to drive the quad may do so.
Take extra care if transporting others on the quad.
If at all possible, avoid driving the vehicle on the concrete and unmade roads,
if it is necessary to do so then drive slowly to save the tyres.
The quad is expensive to maintain – please take care of it.
10/ No driving of cars on active rigging areas. (We’ve had several
11/ Parking is permitted only in the designated areas adjacent to the caravan;
once you have dropped your kit at launch please park your car at the caravan.
12/ No smoking in caravan, launch / rigging areas and winch area.
All cigarette buts must be taken away and discarded safely (not on the field).
13/ All rubbish must be taken away. (Please do this even if the rubbish is not
yours, thank you).
14/ Dogs must be kept under control at all times and any mess made by them
cleared up, please keep dogs off the furniture.
15/ When driving near the field please help to foster good relations with the locals
by driving courteously, slowly and with all due respect for others. Slow
down for horses, dog walkers, blind corners and other traffic.
16/ Our club areas should be enjoyable and relaxing. Please do not ignore the
safety rules, which are there to make life and flying more enjoyable and safer
for all. Ignoring the rules will result in someone having to ‘re-educate’ you and
this can ruin that poor person’s day!
17/ Please be aware that on thermic days’ tow conversion training will be
undertaken early morning i.e. 7.30am to around 11am at which time those
pilots looking to undertake Cross Country flights will take priority. This will
last between 11am through to 2.30pm after which time further tow
conversion training can recommence.
Where there are no pilots wishing to undertake Cross Country flights tow
conversion/training will continue throughout the day.
18/ Winch Log books to be completed after checking each winch is in working
Areas to check:
a) Oil and petrol is okay if not top up
b) Clutch light working
d) Brakes for the winch drums
e) Check Wheel chucks are available
f) Fire extinguisher is in date
g) Starts and idles okay
h) Check weak links for damage and integrity – if in doubt
change the weak link
I) Check all drogues are serviceable and attached
appropriately to the leader
Date, print and sign name of winch OPERATOR undertaking these checks
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MUST ANYONE NOT TRAINED IN WINCH
OPERATION UNDERTAKE THESE CHECKS. TRAINEE OPERATORS CAN DO
THESE CHECKS UNDER THE INSTRUCTION OF A QUALIFIED WINCH OPERATOR.
On some occasions the committee may invite non club members to come
and fly in Norfolk. These pilots will have extensive experience in
Paragliding and possibly other aviation disciplines. Where this is the case
there will be no charge for those pilots and it is expected the club will
receive good reviews via popular media and so encourage new members
to join the club.
End of day pack up:
Please help to clear the field and pack away the equipment at the end of the flying day.
Usually a few people are left to do all the work – please help wherever possible even
where you feel the “mess” wasn’t of your doing.
Packed away and placed in container.
All windsocks placed in caravan.
General tidy up and litter removal.
All windows secure.
All chairs, signage and canvas for ‘H’ sign placed inside.
Rubbish bin emptied.
Gas bottle inside.
Check area outside for litter.
Radios placed in case with headsets and batteries.
Launch log placed in with radios
Quad extension poles removed and quad in hangar with key removed.
Warning and greeting signs placed in caravan.
Roll up and secure “winching in progress” (H) sign in rigging area.
The Tow Coach running the field on any given day will be responsible for updating
member’s flights, tows. This will be submitted to the Membership Secretary who in
turn will forward to the Club Treasurer.