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.

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