Long Ke Wan

Flyable wind direction:
East (NE-E-SE)

License:
 HKPA3 solo, All levels under instruction

Altitude Limit:
2000ft

Airspace: 
Class G (Port Shelter)

Emergency:  Call 999 (or +852 3661 1630 when using Mainland signal for Sai Kung Police)

Click on the icons to see details of takeoff/landing and walking path

Description:

Long Kee Wan is an easy site with a good landing area and is the primary site for P1/P2 training.

The is in the Sai Kung country park. It involves a 15 minute light-moderate hike. It has a easterly facing ridge facing the sea with a ridge on the Right you can fly if conditions permit.

There is reliable lift in front of Take Off and on the ridge to the right if the wind is suitable.

Launch Area:

The Take Off is on a mount area on a rock and grit mixed surface at approximately 460ft AMSL.

Numerous launch directions are possible ranging from South East to North East.

Landing Zones:

The main LZ is the large beach in front and below launch.

Its makes for a shorter walk to land as near as possible to the base of the Take Off Hill on the beach. You can pack up in shade under the trees.

Top landings are possible, but with careful planning. There are rotor conditions rear of the takeoff.


Weather:

Winds to look for on the HKO website are Tate's Cairn and Waglan with Force 3-4 Easterly for ridge lift, or weaker conditions for sled runs.

Hazards:

  • Helicopter operations of all kinds (GFS/Military/Commercial/Recreational) are common in the vicinity of Long Ke Wan, and are occasionally known to pass at low altitude through the gap directly Southeast of the launch area. 
  • There have been incidents of pilots getting low when soaring the ridge to the Southeast of launch and having insufficient height to reach the landing area, resulting in water landings and cliff-strikes. Always maintain good altitude awareness, and be aware of late afternoon loss of lift and wind direction shifts.

Access:

Access to Long Ke Wan is via the Maclehose Trail Section 2 beginning at High Island East Dam. Walk up the trail from the dam, and take the uphill fork on the left at the trail intersection.

The road between Pak Tam Chung and East Dam is restricted to permit holders only, although public transport and taxis are permitted to pass through.

Taxi: Ask for Long Ke Wan (浪茄灣) or East Dam (東壩). Green taxis are available at Hang Hau or Sai Kung and are familiar with the location.

Minibus: On Sundays 3-5.30pm only, the 9A minibus runs between Pak Tam Chung and East Dam

Car: It is possible to borrow an HKPA Sai Kung Park permit. See the details in the member's section.

Emergency Information:

In an emergency call 999 (or +852 3661 1630 when using Mainland mobile signal for Sai Kung Police)

Mobile signal is heavily degraded around Long Ke Wan, including the on beach and for some providers at launch. If unsure where to get signal, keep heading towards East Dam. 

Emergency services may ask you how to access your location:

Vehicles:

  • Drive to High Island East Dam, then walk along Maclehose Trail Section 2. 
  • Describe the directions from the Maclehose trail to the accident location.

Helicopter:

  • Launch is "hilltop 600 meters North of High Island East Dam"
  • Landing is "beach at Long Ke Wan"
  • Back ridge is "Hillside northwest of beach at Long Ke Wan"
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