June 27, 2017: Fire a few miles east of AJX LZ

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Site Protocols and Etiquette

Andy Jackson Airpark Protocols & Etiquette

To protect our site, and the pilots who fly here, we request you respect the following few rules of site etiquette:

  • All pilots and passengers must have a valid USHPA membership.

  • All pilots and passengers must wear helmets.

  • This site requires a USHPA Intermediate (H3 or P3) rating to fly from any launch site above the training hill. Pilots with USHPA memberships but who are below Intermediate level may fly with local, USHPA certified instructor supervision or signoff. For details, see "HG Signoff" and "PG Signoff" in the "Forms" section.

  • This site requires either a USHPA Beginner (H1 or P1) rating to fly from the training hill, kite on the LZ or fly from the South-West corner of the landing zone; or requires direct supervision by an USHPA certified instructor.
  • Check with local pilots or instructors when flying our site.

  • Crestline Soaring Society Membership or day-use fees are required, day use fees and visiting pilot information forms must be filled out and in the dropbox before launching. Day Use & Waiver PDF may be printed and filled out before visiting.

  • No aerobatics below 700 ft (AGL).

  • Dogs are permitted only in the parking lot or on the patio if on a leash and supervised constantly by the owner, and nowhere else in the LZ. The owner will be responsible for any damage the dog may cause.

  • No unattended children at any time.

  • All pilots must be familiar with the CSS Emergency Action Plan

  • Please respect the standard landing approaches, particularly on busy days and clear the field as soon as possible after landing. (See Figure 1)

  • If you are leaving a vehicle overnight in the LZ, please leave a note or let a Club Officer know to avoid unnecessary concern for your well being.

  • During mid-day thermic conditions, hang glider pilots should use tie downs to secure parked gliders and/or break down their gliders promptly after landing.

  • During mid-day thermic conditions, pilots must keep spectators clear of parked gliders

  • The South-west corner of the LZ is the designated paraglider kiting area. When kiting in strong winds or when there are a lot of other pilots kiting be aware of your location at all times. Be aware of other aircraft landing. You must drop you wing when there is a glider on approach.

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(Figure 1) Andy Jackson Airpark Approach Pattern.

Hang gliders should fly a left hand approach pattern and land to the east side of the field. Paragliders should fly a right hand approach pattern and land to the west side of the field.

Be sure to clear the landing area promptly after landing and check for other gliders on approach.
 

Andy Jackson Airpark Hazards and Obstacles

  • There are power lines to the north and west of the landing area. Pilots must be aware of their location before flying and not fly in any way that causes risk of collision

  • Thunderstorms can develop, particularly in the spring and fall which can lead to gust fronts. Be on the lookout for a “wall of dust” on days with towering cumulus (See figures 2 and 3)

  • Wildlife danger - snakes, mountain lions, bears

(Figure 2) “Wall of Dust” indicator of a gust front approaching from the southeast

(Figure 3) Closer view of “wall of dust”

 

Marshall Launch Protocols & Etiquette

  • Please drive slowly on 2N40 (the dirt road to launch.) There are several blind corners and there have been head on collisions

  • Hang glider tie downs must be used during mid-day thermic conditions

  • Spectators should be kept clear of the glider setup areas during mid-day thermic conditions

 

Marshall Launch Hazards and Obstacles

  • Marshall is a key thermal generator and can see extreme mid-day thermic conditions. There have been instances of gliders getting turned back into the hill and paraglider collapses close to the terrain.

  • Hang Glider pilots are strongly encouraged to walk down to the lower launch next to the windsock.

  • Top landings are not recommended during mid-day thermic conditions.

  • Pilots intending to top land should yell down to those on the ground to make their intent clear.

  • Wildlife danger - snakes, mountain lions, bears

  • Thunderstorms can develop, particularly in the spring and fall which can lead to gust fronts. Be on the lookout for a “wall of dust” (See figure 2 and 3) on days with towering cumulus

 

Crestline Launch Protocols & Etiquette

  • No gliders allowed on launch ramp if spectators are on rocks. Pilots must clear spectators before getting to the ramp. No paragliders launching if spectators on rocks

  • No “buzzing” of spectators. All pilots must keep at least 50 ft from spectators.

  • No top landing if spectators are present and within 50 feet of the intended flight path.

 

Crestline Launch Hazards and Obstacles

  • It is possible to sink out and not make the glide out across the Marshall ridge to Andy Jackson Airpark. There is a bailout LZ available in Devils Canyon. (See map Figure 4.)

  • Wildlife danger - snakes, mountain lions, bears

  • Thunderstorms can develop, particularly in the spring and fall which can lead to gust fronts. Be on the lookout for a “wall of dust” on days with towering cumulus

 


Training Protocol and Requirements:

The Training Protocol and Requirements applies to all training and instruction conducted at Andy Jackson Airpark. The protocol is divided into two categories: 1) instruction provided for compensation of any form and 2) instruction provide without compensation. 

All Training (Compensated and Uncompensated):

  • Training at Andy Jackson Airpark shall be supervised by a certified by USHPA instructor.

  • The student shall be a member of the USHPA

    • The student’s USHPA membership can be obtained by purchasing a 30 day, temporary membership from the CSS.

    • Temporary USHPA membership forms are available from any CSS board member.

  • Only USHPA certified instructors can sign-off on ratings per the USHPA guidelines

  • Only USHPA certified instructors recognized by the CSS board as a local instructor with site knowledge can sign-off on H2/P2 permission to solo from the launches above the training hill.

Compensated Training: All compensated training shall be performed by an instructor who is part of a school that meets the following criteria:

  • The school shall be certified through Professional Air Sports Association (PASA)

  • The school shall be a current member of PASA as a Small Business Flight School (SBFS) or a Large Business Flight School (LBFS)

  • The school shall list the California Department of Water Resources as additional insured using the following:
    The State of California, its officers, agents, employees and servants
    c/o Dept. of Water Resources, Div of Engrg/Real Estate
    PO Box 942836
    Sacramento, CA 94236-0001

  • The school shall provide to CSS a copy of their current PASA certification and membership that shows proof of insurance as described above.

Uncompensated Training: Uncompensated training may be performed by USHPA certified instructors after the instructor and student sign a statement of non-compensation.  Form is available from any CSS board member.

 


Rules Enforcement:

The CSS Board is to follow this procedure to maintain a fair and predetermined response to rule infractions. If an incident causes a significant and tangible effect on the CSS or to the sport of hang gliding/paragliding, the Board will respond by using the procedures described under Significant Incidents. Incidents need not be witnessed by a Director or a CSS member to result in action by the Board.

1. Standard Incidents – Standard Incidents include infractions of all Site Protocols. The following procedures will be followed in case of violations of Standard Incidents.

First Infraction: Verbal Warning from a Director.

The Verbal Warning to the pilot shall include:

 

  1. A description of the rule and the Incident.
  2. A warning that the next Incident will result in a Written Warning.

Most Incidents are errors of ignorance or other unintentional acts. In any case, the pilot should be given the benefit of any doubt, and the Verbal Warning must be respectful and non-confrontational. The Verbal Warning will be discussed at the next Board meeting and recorded in the Board Minutes.

Second Infraction: Written Warning from the Board.

A Written Warning may result if a pilot repeats an Incident within 18 months after receiving an Verbal Warning. The Board shall, at a regular or special meeting, discuss the Incident. The alleged violator shall be requested to participate. After the discussion, the Board shall vote to issue a Warning from the Board to the pilot. The Written Warning, if issued, shall include:

  1. A description of the rule and the infraction.
  2. A description of the prior Warning.
  3. A warning that the next Infraction will result in a Suspension of Flight Privileges of up to two months.

Third Infraction: May result in a Flying Privilege Suspension.
A Flying Privilege Suspension may result if a pilot repeats an Incident within 18 months after receiving a Written Warning. The suspension may be up to two months in length. The Board shall, at a regular or special meeting, discuss the Incident. The alleged violator shall be requested to participate. After the discussion, the Board shall vote to suspend the pilot’s flying privileges and issue a written notice providing details of the suspension, if appropriate. The notice shall include:

  1. A description for the rule and the infraction.
  2. A description of the prior warnings.
  3. The period of the flying suspension, this may be up to two months in length for this category of incident.
  4. A warning that the next infraction will be treated as a Significant Incident and may result in a lengthy Flying Privilege Suspension.

2. Significant Incidents – Significant Incidents include any infraction that causes a significant or tangible negative effect on the CSS or the sport of hang gliding. A continued pattern of Standard Incidents may also be treated as a Significant Incident (see above). For this reason, the enforcement policy is rigid and serious. A lengthy, up to and including permanent, Suspension of Flight Privileges may result from this category of Incident. The Board shall, at a regular or special meeting, discuss the Incident. The alleged violator shall be requested to participate. After the discussion, the Board shall vote to determine the appropriate sanction, if any. A written notice providing details of any sanction will be provided to the violator. The notice shall include:

  1. A description for the rule and the infraction.
  2. A description of the prior warnings (where appropriate).
  3. The period of the flying suspension, this may be up to a permanent Flying Privilege Suspension for this category of incident.

A Flying Privilege Suspension of one year or more is to be considered an extreme remedy. A suspension of this type may be appealed at the subsequent Annual Meeting (either Spring or Fall, whichever occurs first). The CSS Board may take subsequent action to commute a permanent Flying Privilege Suspension to a suspension with a fixed term.

 

 

Maps

Figure 4. Site overview map

 

Figure 5. Andy Jackson Airpark

 

Figure 6. Marshall Peak Launch

 

Figure 7. Crestline Launch

Version 1.45, May 1 2017