Hinchcliffe's Launch is on the ridge running parallel to Beechmont further inland (West) from the coast. Known as Hinchies, it is often flown when the wind strength is too strong to fly from Beechmont. As it is a few Kms inland from the coast, it is a good site to go XC! Private road access is through a locked gate (conditions apply to obtain the key).
Hinchies bombout is open to spectators awhens it is on a public road, however the Launch area is only open to members. Access to the site is only possible by obtaining the electronic gate opener from John Hinchcliffe. Please car pool by leaving vehicles at the bottom of Toe Holt Road but be mindful of not blocking driveways or access easements. Before driving up ensure contact senior Safety Officer Phil Hystek.
When parking vehicles at the Hinchies Bombout, please park as far off the road as possible. Be careful when doing a U turn at the bombout as that part of the road is a crest and passing vehicles may not see you until it’s too late.
Note No parking at Saddleback; the property the top of the hill behind launch.
The owner of the site (John Hinchcliffe) is hugely supportive of the CHGC but history of difficulties with neighbouring land owners makes this site very sensitive. Please bear this in mind when flying this site.
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1/. If you plan to use Hinchies launch, please contact Senoir Safety Officer Phil Hystek for prior permission from the land owner, and gate opener device.
2/. The person who collects the gate opener IS RESPONSIBLE for putting the opener back. There is only one opener and it’s the landowners only access to the top of his property. He’s happy to let us use it but he has to have it back at the end of the day. If he doesn’t have it, or it’s lost, then he has no access. If the opener is left in a different location, then this must only be done after direct consultation with John, not hearsay from another pilot.
3/. The person who takes the opener IS RESPONSIBLE.
Rating: Paragliding - PG2, (PG2 or PG3, if under supervision of Instructor or Club Safety Officer.) , Hanggliding - Intermediate
Required Wind Direction: SE through to S
Altitude: 1730ft / 527m ASL
CTA: Above 6500ft, then steps to 8500ft behind launch
Weather Station: None
Launch coordinates: [ Pending ]
Hinchcliffe's Bombout (click to enlarge)
There is absolutely no top landing, no face landing or landing anywhere in the valley other than the official bombout.
Thanks for your understanding.
Whist we spend time focused on the safety of flying our aircraft, it is equally important to consider the safety of those who reside in our community.
One important consideration is how we park our vehicles around our various launch sites.
Many of our local roads are quite narrow, and generally require both vehicles to move on to the road verge in order to pass an oncoming car.
It is imperative that we park vehicles as far off the road as possible so the public have ample room to pass, especially in the event there is a car coming in the opposite direction.
This should apply in all areas including around Launches, Bombouts and even if retrieving a pilot who has outlanded XC.
Many CHGC sites have established protocols regarding safe appropriate parking areas which are outlined on the Club website. Most of these protocols have been negotiated by the Club and local landowners, whilst others have been created for pure common sense.
Recently, work has taken place opposite Tambo launch to address some parking issues, and Beechmont may see some further changes with a new café being built across the road.
Potential changes to the parking arrangements at the Tambo bombout are also being discussed.
Earlier this year, a review was taken on the parking arrangements at Hinchcliffe bombout. It has been decided that parking close to the windsock was not the safest area, and an area to the north near the bus stop is more appropriate. There is a gate there, and the stile near the windsock will be relocated closer to that area soon.
Attached are pics showing the parking options around the Hinchcliffe bombout. If space has run out around the bus stop area, John Hinchcliffe has suggested two other areas that can be used if needed. The first overflow area is about 80m north of the bus stop. If you are not sure where they are, let me know.
Can all commercial operators please ensure your students or tandem clients park in the appropriate areas aswell. Remaining vigilant and considerate of our impact on the local community is vital in the CHGC’s ability to continue operations in this area.
Brandon CHGC SSO
At all times, position your flight path according to the weather conditions and according to the performance of your flying equipment and your experience so you always have glide to a safe landing option. Ensure you make wise decisions to Fly a safe flight path and have climbed enough to a safe height to avoid leeward rotor flying over mountains.