PRACTICE COMPETITION FINISHES

 

1. It is recognised that there is a need to practise task and competition finishes outside of normal competition times, in order to remain current and maintain safety when taking part in competitive events. Therefore the following framework outlines the rules under which these may be carried out at Husbands Bosworth outside of competitions.

2. It is the finishing pilot’s responsibility to adhere to the spirit of these rules, the law of the land and to maintain a high standard of airmanship at all times during the procedure. Any infringement of these rules reported to the CFI may result in privileges being curtailed, including a recommendation to the main club committee.

3. All pilots flying from Husbands Bosworth are reminded that they must be aware of and fly within the requirements of RoA Rule 5 (low flying rule) and ANO Article 64 (reckless flying by endangering person or property).

4. In light of a fatal accident at the 2005 World Gliding Championships held at Husbands Bosworth, the BGA has issued a statement on task finishes and final glides.  

5. Any practice competition finishes from cross country flights outside of official competition days, are to be planned so that they result in a safe finish for the pilot concerned, all other pilots flying from Husbands Bosworth and those engaged in the neighbouring flying operations to the South of the airfield.

6. The final glide must be arranged so that there is a continually descending glide path.. The Husbands Bosworth airfield boundary must be crossed at a minimum of 500 feet. A high energy finish that necessitates a go around must not be conducted less than 700ft above the highest fixed structure, vehicle or person that lies directly beneath the flight path of the glider.
Be aware we have the police helicopter (Call sign ‘Police22’) as well as another private strip to the south of the airfield.

7. The finish direction must be such that it is 30 degrees either side of the landing direction in use, to allow a straight ahead landing. This may require the use of a control point on organised cross countries. This means that to do a finish it may only be executed in an Easterly, or Westerly direction. On no account must the flight path of a finishing glider cross the line of the winch cables.

8. Weekend task setters are responsible for setting appropriate control points for those taking part in organised task flying.

9. Glider pilots wishing to practice a competition finish must announce their intention over the radio by giving a distance or time to finish call, e,g, ‘Alpha Bravo – 2 minutes from the east’. If there is no reply, or any risk of conflict with gliders already established in the standard circuit, then the finishing pilot should be prepared to abandon the practice finish at an early stage.

10. These rules may be changed or modified by the competition director for a rated competition.

 

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