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 beyond he locked gate, a text message must be sent to the landowner at the top of the mountain (Kevin) saying that you will be using the road.
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.
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 John prior to using it to ensure that you can get hold of the gate opener.
2/. The person who collects the gate opener from John’s house IS RESPONSIBLE for putting the opener back. john has only one opener and it’s his 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 for sending a text message to Kevin (the manager of Saddleback; the property the top of the hill behind launch).
Rating: Paragliding-Restricted, 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.
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.