Flying Sites in the Area
You have to make your own decisions about flying!
- Please check the Pilot Code of Conduct.
- You absolutely need to have a current HGFA membership for insurance reasons; the club requires that you either take out a (short-term) CHGC membership or that you pay site fees.
- As a visiting pilot you must fly a site only in the presence of CHGC members!
- We strongly recommend that you only fly if you've got a working UHF radio with you. Many dangerous incidents could be avoided if experienced pilots on launch could contact visiting pilots before they get themselves (and subsequently us) into trouble.
- Make sure you to follow the access rules specific to a site and be aware of height and landing zone restrictions.
- No acrobatics within a cylinder of 300m radius around any CHGC launch.
- Familiarise yourself with the sites: Beechmont, Mt. Tamborine, Hinchcliffe's and Flying Fox.
- Our sites are relatively demanding to fly with conditions changing seasonally, please make certain you are sufficiently rated, experienced and briefed about the current status before flying here.
- It is CHGC Policy that all Supervised (aka Restricted) Pilots must have a streamer attached to their hang glider king post or paraglider harness during all flights.
- It is also very much suggested that you fly with club members initially; You will be welcomed by the local pilots and benefit from our detailed knowledge about the area.
New pilots and visiting pilots may not realise how fragile our connection to these sites are for Hang gliding and Paragliding in the near and far future. Hang gliding and Paragliding are quite different in this respect from mainstream sports. If not for continuing work by the Club and awesome efforts by certain individuals, it is probable that these sites would be lost forever. All pilots should be super considerate and respectful towards landowners and nearby residents (close gates, pick up rubbish, drive slowly etc), support the Club and don't begrudge paying Club fees and Site fees.
This is only a guide to basic practicalities, safety, legalities and club rules for the CHGC flying sites. It is not perfect and will need periodic updating. The intentions for this guide are to help new pilots and to promote attitudes that will help protect the sites.
The established term 'bombout' is used for designated landing zones at the bases of the mountains. Pilots should remember that bottom landings are usually safer than top landings on mountains and try not to sacrifice safety for convenience or bravado.
Here is a comprehensive map showing club launches, landing areas, and especially, established No-Landing Zones for those pilots going XC. Please take the time to study the location of these zones to avoid antagonising those landowners.
CHGC members are friendly, cooperative and trustworthy. On weekends there are enough people flying that transport usually works out. The club uses UHF radio channels 19 and 18 with CTCSS frequency 97.4 (aka. CTCSS channel 11), and you will find there are social, convenience, educational and safety benefits in being radio-equipped.
Most of the sites have adequate coverage for Telstra GSM mobile phones.
Some club members meet at Canungra and carpool up to launch before flying. Some leave a car at Tambo bombout and then carpool up to launch to fly. If you get a ride up in a pilot's car it is accepted custom to pay $3(Tambo)/$5(Beechmont) towards petrol, as some pilots are providing their vehicle much more often than are others. There is a taxi (0755451577) which can take you from Tambo bombout to launch for $20-$25. At Beechmont walking up works quite well and hitchhiking is not so rewarding as the region is less populated and possibly the proximity of the prison farm deters motorists from stopping for strangers.
XC outlanding retrieves. It is suggested that the following contributions to fuel are made following a retrieve from:
- Biddadaba/Kerry/Beaudesert - $10
- Rathdowney/ Hillview - $10
- Boonah - $15
- Aratula - $20
- Over the Range you'll have to negotiate with the driver.
New rules for Canungra Army Base airspace: As of Sept 2012 we are also allowed to fly in some parts of the otherwise restricted airspace areas R634A/B, thanks to negotiations by Rob Wilton. On the map shown on the right the area shaded in green is no-fly zone as before, but the areas between pink and green boundaries are now fine to fly in.
We are now also allowed to land at the southern end of the Canungra Golf Course (which is just inside the no-fly zone). It's at the small golf marker on the map (south-west of the army base), and the landing area there is between the club house and Beechmont Road and has a large windsock. If you do land at the Golf Course please contact our military liaison officer Rob Wilton (0418732325 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell him who landed there.
The status of Amberley Military Airspace can be accessed by calling 07 5361 3581 (ATIS/AWIS, automated service - also on VHF 316.2). Oakey airspace info: 07 4577 7235 (ATIS/AWIS)