We Take Safety Seriously in the HKPA

It is in everyones best interest to Paraglide safely. Please read the following information and encourage all fellow pilots to fly as safely as possible. Remember, if you see someone doing something that jeopardises safety, it is your responsibility to bring it to their attention.

Always fly within your personal limits and Keep an eye on the conditions. Conditions change during the day, if you see wind on the water, or a different cloud structure coming, or rain in the distance, don't leave it too late to get back on the ground.

Plan your flight and keep your options open. 

 

 

Remote Control Models

On some of the sites ( Mostly Ma On Shan ) there sometimes can be remote controlled aircraft being flown at the same time as paragliders are operating.

Whilst it is generally safe to fly at the same time as the RC aircraft, try to avoid flying too close to them.

At Ma On Shan their launch site is in the "bowl" to the north just before Pyramid hill. 

On Strong wind days there will be more RC activity, and generally there is enough lift for there to not be a problem. When the lift starts to drop and you require to fly near the cliff is where we sometimes conflict. 

Please read the powerpoint atricle in the downloads area. 

Pragmatically, if you need to fly near the cliff, try to get enough height and fly overhead and slightly behind the RC pilots, this will enable them to maintain view of their aircraft. If you must fly in front of them near the cliff, try not to do it very often as obviously this will annoy then and make it difficult for them to see their aircraft. 

The HKPA committee has provided members with a whistle to alert the RC pilots of their intent to cross the RC flying area. 

I think the message here is try to cooperate, but remember at all times, if the RC modellers are flying too close to you land and approach them nicely and express your concerns. 

There has been history where paragliders have been struck by RC models, so be careful.

if you feel that safety has been compromised, contact safety officer ( safety@hkpa.net )

Sports Medicine

Some articles on specific threats of paragliding in Hong Kong

Minimum Equipment

The Minimum Equipment for flight is

  • Helmet
  • Reserve Parachute
  • Paragliding Shoes e.g. Hanwag, Crissipi ..etc
  • Radio set to our local frequency

Consideration should be given to the following

  • Hook Knife
  • Compass
  • Adequate Water
  • Food
  • Fly with a friend
  • Have seen the landing areas - some are quite challenging
  • Consider taking a rubbish bag up with you. On your last flight down you may be able to bring down left behind water bottles.
  • If you are new to the sport please consider trailing a ribbon behind your wing to let other pilots know to please give you more room. 

Right Of Way

The following summary of the Right of Way rules is taken from the AIR NAVIGATION (HONG KONG) ORDER 1995 and INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION (ICAO) ANNEX 2.  This is the law for pilots of all aircraft including paraglider pilots:

 

1. Head-on

When two aircraft are approaching head-on each aircraft will turn right.  (‘Drive' on the right side of the ‘road’).


 

2. Converging

When two aircraft are converging the aircraft on the right has right-of-way.  (On the right is in the right).


 

3. Overtaking

An aircraft which is being overtaken will have right-of-way over the overtaking aircraft.  (Give way when overtaking)


 

4. Landing

A landing aircraft has right-of-way over other aircraft in flight or on the ground, however, a pilot can not use this rule to cut in front of another aircraft.  (Give way to landing traffic).



5. Visual Flight
No flying in clouds.



6. General
An aircraft which has the right-of-way will maintain its course and speed, but, if the other pilot does not react appropriately you are expected to take every action necessary to avoid a collision.


 

 

The following rules are internationally recognised for glider pilots:

 

7. Ridge-soaring Head-on

When approaching head-on while ridge-soaring ONLY the glider with the ridge on the left will be able to turn right.




8. Ridge-soaring Overtaking

When overtaking while ridge-soaring always pass between the other glider and the ridge.



9. Thermals

When joining a thermal always circle in the same direction as the gliders that have entered before you.