2 - FLYING OPERATIONS - GENERAL
1 – Authority, Supervision and Control
· The Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) has overall responsibility for all matters concerning flying operations of The Gliding Centre and no flying shall take place at Husbands Bosworth without his authority. The CFI’s decision in flying matters is final.
· The nominated Duty Instructor on each flying day is in charge of all flying operations and acts with the authority of the CFI, but the CFI remains responsible for all flying matters.
· For gliding training to take place, there must be a nominated Duty Instructor in charge of flying operations, who must be a Full Rated Instructor or authorised Assistant Rated Instructor.
· For an Assistant Rated instructor to be nominated as the Duty Instructor in charge of flying operations they must be authorised by the CFI or a DCFI. Basic Instructors cannot be nominated as Duty Instructor in charge of flying operations.
· IFP and trial lesson flights are to be conducted within the limits as set by the BGA weather minima guidelines. All flights conducted with members of the public MUST be conducted in the most risk-free conditions possible – which means keeping within EASY soaring range of the high key point. Under no circumstances should any aerobatic manoeuvre be conducted with a trial lesson / IFP flight by any instructor – regardless of their rating. Cameras or camera phones are not to be carried by a passenger unless securely tethered by means of a lanyard. “Selfie” sticks are not permitted in any club aircraft.
· For ab-initio gliding training courses, there must be a Full Rated or nominated instructor in charge of flying operations.
· Licensed motor glider pilots and powered aircraft pilots may self-authorise their own flying. Motor glider pilots and powered aircraft pilots must, before flying, inform the office of their intentions and flights must be logged out - in the power movement log in the office - before departure, and logged back in again on return.
2 – Membership, Medical, Flying Qualifications and Currency
· Before flying at The Gliding Centre, all pilots (including SLMG pilots) must be full flying members or have completed a membership form.
· Pilots must provide the office with a medical certificate valid for the type of flying intended, and must bring any changes in medical status to the attention of the office.
· All full flying members and visiting pilots must read and sign the ‘Flying Order Book’.
· Visiting pilots must receive a briefing from the Duty Instructor and a copy of Advice for Visiting Pilots – APPENDIX A.
· All full-flying members will be allotted a ‘Check Level’ and may only exercise the privileges of that Check Level. (for details see ‘The Gliding Centre Post-Solo Training System’).
· Pilots are responsible for maintaining their currency as required for their ‘Check Level’ and the type(s) of launch. If a pilot is unable to maintain the required currency, he/she must be authorised by the Duty Instructor before flying as P1.
Post solo pilots converting to a different type of glider:
1. need to read the flight manual for the new type,
2. receive a check flight from a supervising instructor,
3. have a thorough briefing on the new type,
4. have their log book signed by that instructor.
· Before a pilot goes solo, he/she needs to complete a pre solo test quiz, available from the office. It must be marked by the instructor and signed by both pupil and instructor. Return to the office for filing.
· It is the responsibility of an individual instructor to ensure that his/her instructor checks are current. The club requirement for both full and assistant category instructors – including EASA FI instructors, is a refresher check every three years and a more detailed refresher training session every five years. Basic instructors and IFP’s require an annual check session.
3 – Airfield Safety
Everyone on the airfield, including visiting pilots and members of the public must read and understand the contents of the leaflet ‘The Gliding Centre - Safety Advice for Visitors’.
The organisational arrangements for the management of Health and Safety are described in the document ‘Health and Safety at The Gliding Centre’.
4 – Fire trailer
The fire trailer must be attached to a vehicle ready to use whenever aerotowing is taking place.
The Duty Instructor is responsible for Daily Inspection of the fire trailer at the start of the flying day.
Every pilot is responsible for finding out how to operate the equipment in the fire trailer.
5 – Weather Minima
No glider launching is to take place unless the following weather minima are met, unless specifically authorised by the CFI or a DCFI:
▪ Cloudbase not lower than 800 feet agl
▪ Wind strength not more that 25 knots max and varying by no more than 15 kts
▪ Cross wind within limits for aerotowing, as agreed with the tug pilot
▪ Cross wind within limits for winching as detailed in the Winch Go/No-go Chart APPENDIX B
▪ Visibility not less than 3000 metres (3 km)
▪ No precipitation
▪ No ice, snow or water on any part of the wings, tailplane or canopy
▪ No lightning strikes within 5 miles (ie 25 secs between flash and thunder)
The ‘Rule of 3’ must be applied: if any 3 limits are being approached, STOP FLYING (ie three ‘ambers’ makes a ‘red’)
6 – The Launch point.
The position of the launch point is selected by the Duty Instructor following the rules and criteria given in APPENDIX C.
Winch launching and cable runs will normally be confined to the North side of the grass.
All aircraft shall launch or take off from abeam the control box.
Glider and tug wings must be well clear of the cable runs.
When operating on 27, vehicle parking is confined to downwind of the launch point, in the approved area. Enough space must be left at all times for gliders to be towed past the control box on its dead side.
7 - Vehicle Movements.
There is a blanket speed limit on the airfield of 20 mph and 5 mph in front of the hangars.
Keep to the edges of the airfield wherever possible and be aware that all areas of the airfield are available for landing.
Vehicles must not use the tarmac runway strip when flying operations are in progress.
The midfield gate at the right of way must be kept closed at all times when flying. However, care must still be taken to ensure that the right of way is clear before commencing a launch.
Do not obstruct the ‘clear lane’ in front of the hangars for vehicles, and leave clear access to the fuel pumps for tugs.
Do not park cars on the peri track. This reduces the room for aircraft taxiing.
8 - Trailer parking.
Do not leave trailers or gliders parked out overnight at the eastern end of the airfield.
Do not park trailers or gliders where they will obstruct rigging from ‘hitched’ trailers.
Be aware that broken cables/strops may fall in the area between the hangars and the tarmac strip.
Do not park trailers too near to the peri track so that they obstruct the tugs taxi route.
9 – Accidents and Incidents.
Accidents or Incidents involving any person or aircraft, or involving any aspect of flying operations must be reported immediately to the Duty Instructor or CFI.
Emergency procedures are at the end of the Flying Order Book.
10 – Occurrences, Near-Misses and Potential Incidents
Any occurrences or situations that cause any safety concerns should be reported immediately to the Duty Instructor.
Any occurrences or situations that cause any safety concerns should also be noted in the Safety Incident Book in the launch point bus. We welcome candid pilot error contributions, so that we can all learn from others’ mistakes. e.g. “I failed to anticipate the severe wind gradient in the lee of the trees when landing on Tarmac 27.” This can be done anonymously if preferred.
11 – Daily Briefings.
The Duty Instructor will give a Flying Operations Briefing; normally at 09:00 every flying day. The content of the briefing should be as described in the attached Flying Operations Briefing sheet. (see next page)
On days with a weather forecast suitable for cross-country gliding, a Task Briefing may also be given by the pilot rostered to do so, providing a more detailed weather forecast, airspace information and suggested tasks, normally at 10:00.
12 – Use of Radio.
The airfield frequency is 127.580. Use of radio must be in accordance with the attached Radio Procedures at Husbands Bosworth