HKPA report number 27

Site: Shek O

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Date of Event: Sunday 17th of November 2013

This Incident report was filed on Tuesday 19th of November 2013 and the last change to the report was made on Thursday 5th of December 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 5 years of experience whist flying at Shek O at approximately 15-1700hrs on Sunday 17th of November 2013.

The conditions at the time were reported to be Smooth with a NE wind blowing approximately 21-25kph. The temperature was 20-24deg C with Nil Cloud and Unlimited Visibility.

There were reported to be 16+ pilots at the site.

Factors in this Incident:
HKCAD
Aircraft Conflict

Event Description:

Time : around 14:45 - 15:15

Pilot was flying rom Dragon Back to HF radio Station satellite dishes on cape d'agulair

Incident zone : HF radio station slope

My atitude around 300Msl

A helicopter was seen to be flying in the direction from Dragons back toward Island Bay at approximately 400ft ( 100 foot above pilot )

Please see attached map showing the meeting point for easy reference.

NOTE : IT HAS COME TO LIGHT THAT INSTEAD OF FEET, THE ALTITUDES ARE IN METERS

Committee Response: (if any )

Thankyou for the incident report

Just for info though. Our paragliding zones are VFR ( visual flight rules ) zones which means SEE AND BE SEEN or SEE AND AVOID. Just because we are flying there does not stop helicopters and other aircraft from being allowed to fly there. The zones are to ALERT other aircraft that paragliding may be happening in our zones and for them to be more cautious.  

I understand this may sound unsafe, but this is the way the law is written and applied. 

If helicopters are around when I am flying I try to top land ASAP !!!

Be careful everyone !

Committee Action: (if any )

Report copy to be sent to HKCAD for their reference

http://www.hkatc.gov.hk/HK_AIP/AIP/ENR/HK_ENR1.2.pdf - visual flight rules info

http://www.hkatc.gov.hk/HK_AIP/AIP/ENR/HK_ENR5.5.pdf - paragliding zones info

UPDATE: 1 Dec 2013. Video and Photographs have come to light. It appears that FEET have been Confused with METERS in the report above.
From the evidence of the video and assessment of the photographs, it appears that whilst the helicopter seems relatively close, the helicopter was at a greater height that 1300ft which is the upper limit of the Shek O Zone.

I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
1. We are flying in SHARED AIRSPACE, Helicopters SHOULD avoid the promulgated sites to increase safety, but are NOT LEGALLY REQUIRED TO DO SO. They do so as it is very risky to fly through the zone.
2. Paragliding pilots NEED TO STAY WITHIN THE ZONES, for the same reason, it is VERY RISKY TO OPERATE OUTSIDE THE ZONES
3. Altitude is difficult to estimate. Even more so when airborne.
4. If considering to file a SAFETY report to the HKCAD, please send it to the HKPA Safety Officer to compile for you. The reason for this is to ensure that (a) a report is warranted (b) the report has correct information on it (c) the report is correctly filled out

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