FES equipped gliders are relatively new and unfamiliar to other airfield users who
may not appreciate the dangers of the concealed propeller on the nose of the glider
next to where they might stand.
a. Insist that helpers or onlookers keep well clear of the propeller at all times.
b. Tow-out with motor disarmed and the prop-guard in-place.
b. When joining the aero-tow queue, make it known to the LPC (and any associated
helpers) as to what method of launch you plan to use (Aero-tow or Self-launch).
c. If Self-launching, join the Aero-tow queue and keep the prop-guard in-place at
all times, until ready for launch.
d. If taking an Aero-tow or Winch-launch, make a point of advising those hooking-on
that the propeller is disabled and insist that they
Approach the hook from behind the cockpit – to keep clear of the propeller.
e. Keep the canopy open until you are have completed your pre-flight checks and are
ready to start, then call ‘Clear Prop’ (loudly) before closing the canopy and arming
g. Never attempt to turn a FES equipped glider by pressing down on the nose. This
can cause the blades to become unbalanced.
When self-launching, pay attention to any other traffic in the circuit - which may
not be familiar with electric self-launching sailplanes (and may not expect your
aircraft to launch unassisted).
Ballistic Recovery Systems.
It is the responsibility of the owner with an aircraft on the airfield to make sure
the aircraft is marked with appropriate warning stickers to warn others of the presence
of a ballistic recovery system.
Any aircraft not meeting a minimum standard in accordance to the BGA / Aircraft manual
or to the CFI / Safety officer’s satisfaction is not allowed to be based or flown
at HB until rectified.
a. The owner or operators of this aircraft should follow all the safe guards laid
out in the aircraft manual / operation procedures.