Pat Sin

Flyable wind direction:
South (S)

License:
 HKPA4

Altitude Limit:
2500ft

Airspace: 
Class G (New Town)

NO LANDING ZONE
Emergency:  Call 999 (or +852 3661 1674 when using Mainland signal for Tai Po Police)

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

Description:

Pat Sin is a Seldom flown site. It requires S winds which come in the Summer. 
The Ridge is quite long and can produce good flying conditions and great views. Thermic and Soaring can be experienced here. 

Landing Areas:

NO IDENTIFIED LANDING ZONES CURRENTLY EXIST WITHIN THE AREA

Before launching, you must:

  • Identify your target landing zone
  • Investigate the landing zone on foot for hazards
  • Optain permission from the lawful occupier of any private land you intend to land on

Limitations:

Winds to look for on the HKO website are Tai Mei Tuk with as much S as possible. The site is flyable in SW and 

Height Limit 2000 feet = 610m

Pilot Rating:

Club Pilot and above. This is a difficult site

Threats:

The Takeoff is from a bowl that funnels the wind in. You have to be aware of the loss of wind after takeoff. Assess the conditions prior to setting up. 
The LZ's are small and sheltered from the ambient wind. Expect the wind to be NIL on the ground while there is still wind above any trees. If the tide is out there is a chance to land on the sandy shoreline if the sand is exposed. 

Access:

Drive to Tai Mei Tuk ( see above map and park in the car park .)

Walk up the Road to the start of the Trail

This is the Trail Entrance

This is another option to walk up

This is the Start of the Hard Bit

This is a demanding 1:30-2:00hr walk. In the summer with 30+ deg heat the trail is sheltered from the wind so there is no relief with any breeze. The first part of the trail is pretty easy going for an hour, but dont be fooled and wast your energy, it then slowly steepens and after arriving at the phone box, steepens again into a 30-45min direct uphill. 
After arriving at the top, you must traverse over 2 hills to the NW to arrive at the Takeoff. The views are outstanding.
If the wind is suitable , Takeoff can be achieved prior to reaching the area described above.

  • Minimum water would be 2 L ( i took 3 L and used 2 getting up to the top)
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