As stated in Safety section;
The CHGC committee wishes to remind pilots of their responsibilities, as well as outlining new requirements for Supervising and Supervised pilots.
Hang Gliding UHF Ch 19 CTCSS 97.4
2/. On arrival at the site, and prior to setting up their aircraft, all PG-2 and HG Supervised pilots must make contact with their “supervising” pilot for a site/conditions briefing.
3/. All supervised pilots must be able to communicate via radio at any time with their supervising pilot.
4/. Supervising pilots must make regular contact with their supervised pilots via radio. If radio contact is lost (no response from the supervised pilot) the supervising pilot must attempt verbal comms with the supervised pilot (air to air vocal commands) and direct the pilot to land.
5/. If any supervised pilot is involved in an incident/ accident, their supervising pilot is required to make a brief written report (email or text) to the a CHGC SSO within 12hrs of the incident/accident.
Please note that the requirement for the Supervising pilot to send a brief email or txt message to a CHGC SSO following any incident/ accident involving their Supervised pilot, does not negate the HGFA requirement for the pilot involved in the incident to complete a AIRS accident report within 72hrs
Contacts for CHGC SSO’s are:
HG. Ken Hill
PG. Phil Hystek
PG. Brandon O’Donnell
CHGC Contact details
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) required all users in CTAF areas, 10nm circle around airports including tiny country airstrips, and class E airspace to make calls on airband radios (VHF AM 118-136mHz) to improve safety and avoid aircraft mid-air collisions.
Regarding the need to both “carry” and “use” a VHF radio during certain flights;
2/. Operates within 10nm of certified, registered and military aerodromes, as identified and published in ERSA, or any other aerodromes designated by CASA on a case by case basis, as published in ERSA or by NOTAM
All aircraft flying in Class E airspace are required to operate at "cruising altitudes".
The chance of any aircraft flying IFR through a cloud while in Class G airspace is “relatively” low, however the chance of an aircraft flying IFR in Class E airspace is relatively high. This means that the cloud you may be flying illegally close to in Class E may suddenly produce a very fast flying aircraft who not only isn’t looking, but is completely unaware of the potential of someone else being there.
I would consider it highly advisable to make occasional VHF calls on the appropriate area frequency stating your position and altitude, when operating in Class E, especially when operating above 8,500’. Class E airspace in our area begins above 8,500’ and this is particularly true above Killarney. All flights above 8500’ in the Killarney can only be conducted by appropriately equipped (carrying a VHF radio) and qualified (holding a VHF airband operators license) HGFA member. And I’d recommend that calls be made, especially if you are flying close to cloud.
By: Phil Hystek
Example: Brisbane Valley: CTAF Watts Bridge
Recommended reading HGFA - VHF Airband Radio Syllabus and Textbook PDF
Aviation VHF frequencies courtesy of Kingaroy (Gliding) Soaring club: Kingaroy Soaring
CTAF areas: 10nm circle around airports including tiny country airstrips, and class E airspace.