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Spion Site Details and Induction Brochure

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Spion Details

 

Spion Launch Reopens to Exempted Pilots ONLY!  See the Site Specific Induction Brochure further down on this page for details.

Due to the effort of many pilots within the Hang Gliding and Paragliding community and the co-operation of Energy Safe Victoria, in accordance with Regulation 6 of the Electrical Safety (Network Assets) Regulations (Vic) 1999, permission has been granted for the resumption of flying activities from Spion by EXEMPTED PILOTS ONLY.

PIlots are reminded that A DETECTED BREACH OF ANY OF THE CONDITIONS AND REGULATIONS CONTAINED IN THE Site Specific Induction Brochure WILL result in both HGFA disciplinary action, and prosecution under the relevant regulations.  FURTHER a breach WILL LIKELY result in THE SITE BEING LOST FOREVER.

Authorised Dynasoarers Officers able to induct pilots to Spion are as follows

Darren Brown

Dale Appleton

Mark Pike

Rob van der Klooster

 

Please email Dynasoarers to contact us to arrange a Spion Site Specific Induction





 

Site Specific Induction Brochure

Spion Kopje Hang Gliding and Paragliding Site

Moggs Creek Victoria

  Site managed by the

 

On the 21st of January 2005, Spion Kopje (“Spion”) was officially closed to hang gliding and paragliding operations.

Regulation 32 of the Electrical Safety (Network Assets) Regulations (Vic) 1999 prohibits amongst other things, the operation of a hang glider or paraglider within 45 metres of a power pole or associated asset. 

Spion launch and set up area falls within 45 metres of the power installations located immediately to the rear of the site.  The Spion site was closed on this basis.

Whilst Regulation 32 was not enforced in the past, in light of recent events concerning the site, Energy Safe Victoria officially closed Spion based on the site's infringement of the said Regulations.

Due to the effort of many pilots within the Hang Gliding and Paragliding community and the co-operation of Energy Safe Victoria, in accordance with Regulation 6 of the Electrical Safety (Network Assets) Regulations (Vic) 1999, permission has been granted for the resumption of flying activities from Spion by EXEMPTED PILOTS ONLY.

 

Who is an Exempted Pilot?

 An Exempted Pilot is defined as; 

1.                  A person that holds a valid RESTRICTED (NOVICE) hang glider or paraglider pilot certificate issued by the HGFA; and 

(a)              is under the direct onsite supervision of a certified instructor, a safety officer or a duty pilot; 

(b)              has been successfully inducted to the Spion Site by a Dynasoarers Hang Gliding Club Authorised Officer; and 

(c)             has had their log book stamped by the Dynasoarers Hang Gliding Club or the VHPA verifying the successful completion of the Spion site specific induction;   

OR  

2.                  A person that holds a valid INTERMEDIATE or ADVANCED hang glider or paraglider pilot certificate issued by the HGFA; and 

(a)              has been successfully inducted to the Spion Site by a Dynasoarers Hang Gliding Club Authorised Officer; and 

(b)              has had their log book stamped by the Dynasoarers Hang Gliding Club or the VHPA verifying the successful completion of the Spion site specific induction;

 

To meet the criteria of an Exempted Pilot, it is necessary to complete the Spion site specific induction. Such induction will be explained within this brochure and pilots will be required to comply with a number of factors and conditions that will be addressed therein.

Student pilots are not mentioned within the framework of an exempted pilot as unfortunately it was not possible to obtain permission for student pilots to fly at Spion.  Accordingly, student instruction and tandem operations are no longer permitted from Spion.

 
Conditions for the resumption of flying at Spion

 

There are a number of conditions and criteria that must be adhered to and met by pilots intending to fly Spion which are as follows.

  

1.                All instructional flights by student pilots at Moggs Creek and Spion are prohibited.

This condition is self explanatory.  No instruction may take place anywhere at Spion or Moggs Creek.  This includes ground handling, practicing inflations, teaching how to set up hang gliders etc.  This condition also means that pilots may not undertake tandem operations from Spion.

  

2.                Restricted (Novice) pilots may not fly at Moggs Creek unless directly supervised by an instructor, or a safety officer, or a duty pilot.

If you're a Restricted (Novice) pilot, you must not fly from Spion unless an instructor, safety officer or duty pilot supervises you.  If you are a Restricted (Novice) pilot, please introduce yourself to a Dynasoarers pilot at launch (just look for the Pterodactyl Dynasoarers T-Shirt) and they will point you in the direction of a safety officer or the duty pilot.

  

3.                All pilots that intend to fly at Spion must complete the Spion site specific induction training and endorsement.

If you're reading this, you are part way to completing the necessary training and endorsement required by the terms of the exemption.  Essentially to complete the endorsement you must; 

(a)               be an eligible pilot (i.e. not a student) and be a current financial member of the HGFA. 

(b)               read and understand this brochure.  If there is anything you do not understand, ask! 

(c)               be inducted at the site.  Simply approach an authorised Dynasoarers club member (read on to find out who is authorised) when next at the Site.  He or she will identify the site hazards and conditions to you. 

(d)               Agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the Exemption (as outlined in this brochure) and demonstrate an understanding of the terms and conditions of such exemption to an authorised Dynasoarers Officer. 

(e)               Have your logbook stamped with the Dynasoarers Endorsement Stamp and have your details entered into the Endorsed Pilots register. 

(f)                 Put your endorsement sticker on a visable part of your helmet.

  

4.                Landings on the beach in the creek estuary are prohibited.

Self explanatory – Don't land in creek estuary which is located to the right of launch.  The estuary is marked in red on the photograph below.   During the site specific induction, the estuary will be identified to you visually.

 

  

5.                Top landings are prohibited without exception.

Self explanatory – You may not top land anywhere on the Spion ridge.

  

6.                Launches other than from the specified part of the launch area is prohibited.

You may only launch (and inflate paragliders) at the Spion site in the designated launch area.  The launch area will be identified to you when completing the Spion site specific induction.  This regulation also means that you may not launch from any other part of the Spion ridge, including private property and crown land.  

  

7.                Pilots must not launch without a functioning altimeter.

Remember your vario probably has a built in altimeter.  So don't forget your vario!  If you don't have a serviceable altimeter you can't fly.

  

8.                No paraglider launches are permitted with more than 1 anchor person.

Paraglider pilots may launch either unassisted or with no more than 1 anchor person. 

  

9.                Pilots must not allow any part of a hang glider or paraglider to come within 45 metres of any overhead power line save where else permitted by the terms of the exemption.

When on the ground, obey the terms and conditions of the exemption as identified in this brochure.  When in the air, do not fly within 45 metres of a power line.  Pay particular attention to the power lines at the immediate rear of launch.

  

10.           Pilots must not set up, pack up or ground handle a hang glider or paraglider within 10 metres of a power installation.

There have been some changes to the set up area.  Bollards have been erected to indicate the new set up area.  During the Spion site specific induction we will identify where you may set up you hang glider or paraglider.   Do not under any circumstances set up or pack up your equipment in any area other than the designated set up area.

 Also pay careful attention when ground handling your craft that it does not protrude outside of the designated set up or launch area.

  

11.           Pilots must not launch within 30 metres of a power installation.

We have marked out a designated launch area that complies with the terms of the 30 metre requirement.  You may only launch from, and inflate in, the designated launch area.  Pilots are prohibited from setting up in the designated launch area.  During your Spion site specific induction we will identify the launch area to you.

  

12.           Pilots must be aware of the potential ramifications of a power line impact.

As part of it's statutory role, Energy Safe Victoria reviews electrical incidents in Victoria with a view to determining the cause and identifying trends that may be developing so that further incidents may be prevented.

 The act of deliberately or inadvertently interfering with an electricity network asset can create a very serious and hazardous situation that can result in death, injury, and/or significant property damage.  Further, such action may breach the Electricity Safety (Network Assets) Regulations 1999.

 Energy Safe Victoria takes a serious view of any incident involving an electrical network asset and may exercise its power to initiate legal proceedings against a pilot as a result of such an incident with such charges to be heard by the Magistrate's Court.

 Further the HGFA may exercise it's powers under the HGFA's Operations Manual to take disciplinary action against a pilot and/or suspend the pilot's licence to fly.

  

PIlots are reminded that A DETECTED BREACH OF ANY OF THE CONDITIONS AND REGULATIONS CONTAINED IN THIS BROCHurE WILL result in both HGFA disciplinary action, and prosecution under the relevant regulations.  FURTHER a breach WILL LIKELY result in THE SITE BEING LOST FOREVER.

 

So put simply, what do these conditions mean?

 Who may fly the site?

Only Exempted Pilots may fly from Spion.  Essentially, an Exempted Pilot is a licensed HGFA pilot that is; 

(a)               a Restricted (Novice) pilot under the direct supervision of an instructor, safety officer or duty pilot; or

(b)               an intermediate or advanced pilot;

that has completed the Spion site specific induction and has had their log book stamped verifying such.

  

Who may not fly the site?

Student Pilots may not under any circumstances fly at Spion.  This also applies to student pilots undertaking a tandem instructional flight. 

  

So do I really need to complete the induction and have my logbook stamped?  I have been flying Spion for XX years and have over XX hours – I know the site like the back of my hand!

Yes.  There are no exceptions.  Spion is one of the most sensitive sites in the country.  A detected breach of the Exemption Regulations will result in the site being closed, most likely permanently. 

The VHPA and the Dynasoarers, as well as the relevant authorities will be conducting spot checks from time to time of pilots flying the site.  Whilst you may not have your logbook on you at the time, your name may be taken.  If you are not on the list of Exempted Pilots when checked by ourselves or the relevant authorities, you will likely face criminal prosecution under the relevant Regulations, HGFA disciplinary action, and the wrath of your fellow pilots after the site is permanently closed.

  

Alright, where and how can I do this induction?

You can complete the Spion site specific induction with any authorised officer of the Dynasoarers Hang Gliding Club.  Simply email us at dyna@hgfa.asn.au.

  

Bugger, it's a southerly tomorrow.  I'm not inducted and I really want to fly!

No problem.  Provided you meet the relevant criteria of an Exempted Pilot, bring your logbook and HGFA membership card down to the site when you intend to fly.  Hardly a southerly goes past without a Dynasoarers Hang Gliding Club Member being at the site. 

Provided you have read the relevant materials (namely this brochure) we can generally have you inducted at the site in no time so you can get up in the air straight away!

 

I'm not a member of the HGFA as I don't believe I should have to because (***insert ridiculous excuse here***) and I'm going to fly any way!  You can't stop me.

Yes we can.  If you're found out, we are under a duty to report you not only to the HGFA but also to the relevant authorities.  The relevant authorities will likely charge and prosecute you under the Regulations (which is a quasi criminal charge). 

You can explain your reasons for not wanting to be a member of the HGFA to the Magistrate.  In the meantime because of your actions, the site will probably be shut down permanently.   

You can then try and justify your reasons for not being a member of the HGFA (and choosing to fly the site anyway) to your fellow flying colleagues after you have finished with the Magistrate.

Remember, in accordance with Federal Aviation Laws, you are required to be a member of the HGFA to legally fly in Australia.  If you're not a member, don't fly, and particularly, don't fly at Spion.

  

I'm a Restricted (Novice Pilot).  Why do I need someone to supervise me?

Not only is it a requirement of the Exemption, but a requirement under the HGFA Operations Manual.  Remember, an infraction of the Exemption Regulations will result in the loss of the site for everyone so don't risk it.  Anyway, chances are there will always be someone who can assist you at the site just about every flyable day.

  

I want to fly tandem from Spion.  Can I still do this?

Unfortunately no.

  

I want to fly without doing the induction or do a tandem or instruct from Spion.  I will just launch at a different part of Spion rather than the designated launch site so I can get around the Regulations.

This is not permitted under the terms of the Exemption.  If you're caught (and you likely will be) we will lose the site for good. 

You may only launch on the Spion ridge from the designated launch site – nowhere else, not even from a landowner's private property elsewhere on the Spion ridge,

  

The tide is in and I really need to land in the estuary where landings are prohibited.

If you can't land without breaking the rules, you shouldn't have launched.  It is not an excuse and nor will it prevent the site being closed if you are caught.  The beach is long and there is plenty of space where you can legally land.  You may have to walk a little further to return to launch than you have been used to in the past.

 

What's this requirement of not more than one anchor person?  It's a windy day and I need two anchor people to launch for safety reasons.

If you need 2 or more anchor persons to launch – It's simple - Don't launch!  Come and fly on another day or wait for the wind calms down until it is safe to launch with one anchor person.

  

I'm a Restricted (Novice) but have X hundred hours.  Do I really need someone to supervise me?

Yes!  The exemption does not differentiate between low hour and high hour Restricted (novice) pilots and neither will a Magistrate or the relevant authorities.

 

I'm a Pilot from overseas.  Do these rules and regulations apply to me?

Yes!  Remember that to legally fly a hang glider or paraglider in Australia you must be a member of the HGFA.  Make sure you check the HGFA web site (www.hgfa.asn.au) to find out how to obtain your visiting pilot membership.  Once you have your membership, just contact a local Dynasoarers pilot to arrange for a site induction.  Remember to bring your logbook and HGFA visiting pilots membership card.

 

I don't care, I'm not going to follow these rules and regulations.  They wont take away the site again.

Yes they will.  The exemption may be withdrawn by the relevant authorities without reason upon the giving of 20 days notice.   So obey the rules and don't blow it for the rest of us. 

Many pilots have given an enormous amount of time, effort and money to get the site back up and running and if you choose to break the rules, not only will you loose the site again, but it will be a slap in the face to those pilots who worked tirelessly to allow pilots to once again enjoy the site.

 

Summary

No one wants to see any more regulation or rules in our sport.  However the compromises made and conditions imposed by the Exemption was the only way of getting the site up and running again for pilots to enjoy (that is unless any of you have a spare $250,000.00 to underground the powerlines).

Spion remains an extremely sensitive site.  A detected breach of the conditions and criteria contained in this brochure will likely result in the site being permanently closed with the infringing pilot facing HGFA Disciplinary action together with Criminal Prosecution by the relevant authorities. 

Whilst we have been unable to keep the site open for student pilots we believe the outcome has been a positive one with the majority of pilots once again being able to enjoy flying along the Great Ocean Road.

 

So get inducted and get flying at Spion again!  And most importantly obey the site rules so that for many years to come, pilots can enjoy the magnificent flying Spion has to offer!