20 - WINCH CABLE DROPPED OVER THE SOUTH FENCE

 

This could happen if a cable break occurs close to the winch.  It is avoided by:

 

not launching when outside of the limits shown on the Winch Launch Go/No-Go Chart

limiting the height of the launch to that shown for the prevailing conditions on the Winch Launch Go/No-Go Chart

The glider pilot laying off for drift to ensure the cable is released upwind of the runway centreline.

 

In the event that, despite adherence to these controls, a cable were to fall over the fence, the following IMMEDIATE ACTIONS must be performed:

 

1. The winch driver or winch tractor driver goes directly to the south fence and STOPS TRAFFIC going down the road from the winch end.

The Launch Point Controller (or a person nominated by the Launch Point Controller) goes directly to the south fence and STOPS TRAFFIC going down the road from the Launch Point end.

Both people should ideally grab a walkie-talkie, a flag and a high-visibility jacket on the way, but not let this delay getting to the road as quickly as possible.

 

Once there are people in place to stop traffic, the retrieval of the cable from over the fence is the next priority.

 

Once the cable is retrieved back inside the airfield, the two people stopping the traffic must be informed.  They should then apologise to the drivers of any vehicles they have stopped and thank them for their patience.

 

 

The CFI must be informed as soon as practically possible of details of the incident.

Aifield Brief

Flying Ops

Gliders

Club Aircraft

Check System

Ground Ops

Instructing

Fault Reporting

Radio Use

Ground Vehicles

Mutual Flying

Expeditions

Syndicates

XCountry

Motor Gliding

Power Flying

Child Protection

Launch Point Ops

Winch

Go/No go

EMERGENCY

Cable on Road

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