Safety is everyone's responsibility.
Before a safety incident occurs, every member has a duty of care to fellow pilots to guide safety concern to prevent and avoid any safety incident.
For example: Get on the radio; "Hey buddy, you look a little low from here. Risk landing short. You better start heading out to a safe landing option."
If you can witness a safety incident, you have earlier the opportunity to take action to prevent it, and guide safety for everyones benefit. In a minority sport activity we have to stick together and support one another.
To ensure everyone's safety and minimise the risk of losing any of our sites, the CHGC enforces a landing-short Three Strike Rule. If you land in a No-Landing area the following consequences apply.
Please take note of the procedure you MUST follow, should you have a short landing at any of the CHGC sites and the consequences involved with short landings and not following procedure:
Three Strike Rule.
1st Safety Infringement- Incident Report within 7 days OR $50 fine:
You can avoid a fine by completing online form "Report a Safety Incident" OR emailing your respective SSO (Ken Hill – HG, Phil Hystek or Brandon O’Donnell – PG) within one week to explain your decisions that lead to this error. You can use the Report an Incident form on this website to do so.
2nd Safety Infringement in 12 months - written incident report to relevant SSO and a $50 fine paid to the club.
Mandatory one-off payment.
Note: if you do not report this short landing but you reported your first and this one is witnessed and reported by another member/s, you will receive a 2 month ban from flying CHGC sites
3rd Safety Infringement in 12 months - 2 month ban from flying CHGC sites.
If within 12 months of the first infringement, then a 2 month ban from all CHGC site during which time the pilot should seek further training/advice from a SSO or instructor.
As we all treasure the sites that we fly and, I am sure, all hope to be flying them for many years to come as well as preserving them for those that follow us in the future. Those that witness a short landing can report it with an incident report or email to the relevant SSO.
"Report an Incident" is a complete online Incident report on CHGC website. Or you may email to the relevant SSO, your own incident report which should include the following:
- Full name
- HGFA number
- Pilot Rating
- Date of short landing
- Time of landing (approximate is fine)
- Explanation of why you believe you landed short
- How you will attempt to ensure that this does not happen again
- Supervising SO or supervising pilot if you are PG2, PG3 or a Supervised Rated Hang Glider
Let’s all work together to protect each other’s safety and our world class sites.
Happy and safe flying,
The CHGC Committee and Senior Safety Officers