HKPA report number 24

Site: Lantau

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Date of Event: Monday 12th of August 2013

This Incident report was filed on Tuesday 13th of August 2013 and the last change to the report was made on Tuesday 13th of August 2013 by Trevor Gribble

Injury Index = 0
( 0 =No Injuries or Minor - brief visit to Doctor)
( 1 =Significant - hospitalized or work time loss less than 48 hours)
( 2 =Temporary Disabling Injuries)
( 3 =Permanent Partial Disabling Injuries)
( 4 =Permanent Total Disability)
( 5 =Fatal injuries)

Details:

A pilot holding a Club Pilot (PG2) Licence with years of experience whist flying at Lantau at approximately 12-1400hrs on Monday 12th of August 2013.

The conditions at the time were reported to be Variable with a S wind blowing approximately 21-25kph. The temperature was 30-34deg C with A Little Cloud and Slight Haze Visibility.

There were reported to be 2-5 pilots at the site.

Factors in this Incident:
Airmanship
GFS

Event Description:

GFS REPORT

A Paraglider was seen soaring near Silvermine Bay (Mui Wo) - East of the Sth Lantau Paragliding Zone, by GFS helicopter. Report made to HK ATC by the GFS.

HKPA is waiting for the report ( IF ANY ) from the HKCAD

Committee Response: (if any )

Pilot concerned has written to the Safety Officer and Chairman with explanation for the event.

Pilot had previously witnessed many pilots flying on from the eastern end of the South Lantau Zone to land at Mui Wo. This is why he "assumed" that it was OK to do so.

As you can see in the images below, Mui Wo is far outside the Approved Area, also with a Max height of 600m. (http://hkpa.net/index.php/home/flying-information/site-guide/south-winds/south-lantau)

In the second image you can see that "8" is a helicopter transit area called "Silvermine". The GFS helicopters fly through this area very regularly. When we Phone up to advise GFS that we are flying at Sth Lantau, they might stop using "4" (Tung Chung Pass) [NOTE THEY DONT HAVE TO] and subsequently "8" will become busier. This is why it is important that we Fly within the Zones.

Image 3 is a picture of the aircraft involved, these are BIG machines, that fly fast and will create massive turbulence as they transit the area. You dont want to have an incident with a helicopter.

Please remember that we are all responsible to know the rules when flying in hong kong. We dont need to have GFS create a problem for us. If there are too many incidents , we risk losing the site.

Committee Action: (if any )

NIL Action Yet

Attached Files: CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE LARGER VERSION