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Ochils Paragliding Club

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Pilots flying OPC sites must be current members of the BHPA, or hold Third Party Legal Liability Insurance Covers relevant to the sport.

Pilots flying OPC sites understand that no liability is attached to the OPC, or its members, for the contents of this website; each pilot must assess for himself, or herself, that the conditions - where, and at the time of intending to fly - are within his/her own abilities.

 

Sites Access

 

Accessing sites invariably implies access first by vehicles and then on foot.

When on tracks or small roads, (i.e. Glinns Road) return closed gates to their position, and when parking vehicles, do so on the verge - providing plenty of room for traffic. Beware of ditches, sometimes hidden by vegetation!

When on foot, follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code:

   - Take responsibility for your own actions; take care of yourself and others with you.
   - Respect the interests of others, their needs and privacy.
   - Care for the environment, take your rubbish home, consider picking up other litter as well.
   - Do not disturb wildlife.
   - Return gates to the position you find them in, whatever open or closed!

Use gates and styles whenever possible, should you need to climb over a gate do so on the hinge side;
as this place is less likely to place strain on the post.

For other good advices on making use of the countryside visit the 'ramblers' website!

 

 

Sites hazards

 

While usually electric lines are visible - beware if the sun is low, in your face and you are not too familiar with the site - be also aware that very thin aerial telephone cables are a serious hazard on approaches to landing.

 

 

Code of Conduct

 

Whatever you are a visiting pilot or a club member; we would like you to pay particular attention of the following:

By the nature of the sport we are accessing lands owned, worked or used by a variety of people; the principal category being farmers - in most circumstances we are welcomed, sometimes tolerated, sometimes not! Such land may contain crop or livestock, namely: sheep, cattle or horses; or it may be used by people for recreational purpose.

To keep the peace, over the years we have encounter many scenarios leading to a good experience - adhere to our advices!

   - Accessing a Take-off Zone (TZ)

   While walking to a TZ preferably stick to established tracks, in their absence or if taking a shortcut:
      - Avoid cropped fields or walk following the edges.
      - Give livestock plenty of time to make their own arrangements.
      - Stop if they start running and wait for them to settle.
      - Let them know you are there - rather than surprise them!
      - Do not make loud noise, but also do not be too quite!

   - Take-off Zone and Ground Handling

   On TZ - generally livestock will have moved away on your approach and should not be a problem;
   however during lambing [see below] after take-off do not scrape for lift, come away from the hill.

   - Flying

   While flying; should you have sufficient high, generally livestock do not constitute a problem;
   do take in consideration that:
      - It is the noise above them that frighten livestock; and while flying does not generate a great deal of noise,
         the size of the wing is threatening to livestock.
      - If in doubt, err on the side of caution.

   If you need to scrape for lift; act with consideration, as when walking:
      - Let them know you are there - rather than surprise them!
      - Make yourself be known without being too loud.

   - Landing

   Before landing - select your LZ well in advance:
      - Avoid cropped fields while they are in growth or maturing.
      - Avoid farmland with livestock if possible; if not: land away from the animals.
      - During your approach make it with caution, let yourself be known to the livestock.
         - Sheep - unless lambing times [see below], sheep are generally not a problem,
         just try to give them notice that you are approaching and plenty of room to make an escape.
         - Cattle - should be avoided if possible, young bullocks particularly are very frisky and
         can go on a stampede; land as far away as possible from cattle if the field permits to do so!
         - Horses - should be avoided altogether - they are easily frightened, the size of the wing and
         the sudden appearance of someone in the field could lead them to panic!
         - People - should your aimed LZ be used for formal recreational purpose, you made a wrong selection;
         find an alternative if it is still possible or - having made yourself known to the people below -
         aim for a quite place by the sideline.

   - Emergency

   In case of an emergency, ignore all the above and act mainly for your own well being!
   Then, if needed explain why you had to land in such a way and always report the incident to the club.

   - Challenges

   Should you be confronted by owners/ farmers or others with comments regarding your activity on their land,
   please be polite, explain calmly our activity, try to obtain their name
   and later contact the club to report the incident and circumstances.

 

 

Lambing

 

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Lambing - a period of 5 to 9 weeks (variable); during March to May
during this period restrictions and/or prohibitions are in place on most flying sites.

For full details follow this link: 'Lambing'.

 

 
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