Before flying ensure that:
- Your gear is sound
- You are fit mentally and physically to fly
- The wind and the weather are within your abilities
If in doubt - repack and WALK home!
The most dramatic accident while flying is a crash landing of one sort or another.
Should there be a casualty - and more so if severely hurt - time to recue is important.
What to do in case of a major emergency?
DONOT MOVE THE CASUALTY - SUSPECT SPINE/PELVIS/NECK/HEAD INJURY -
unless it is clear that this is NOT the case!
- Do not rush all to the injured
- But divide the tasks between you:
o Alerting Emergency Services - [see: "Rescue"]
o Treating the casualty ... - if you are competent and able to do so
o Inform other pilots to clear the airspace if 'Helivac' initiated [see: "Helivac"]
o Monitoring of sector / Helicopter arrival
- Calm the casualty (and calm others/bystanders ...)
- Isolate the casualty from cold and wind
(emergency blanket or wing / create wall with harnesses or other bags)
Please report an incident you have witnessed or been involved in, if it:
- Involves injury, whether to participants or others
- Involves damage to property, third party or not
- May give rise to an insurance or legal claim
- Involves non-standard equipment or techniques
- Involves failed or malfunctioned equipment
- Highlights safety points or was unusual
- Is something you feel the sport may learn from
Submitting an Incident Report
- It is a legal requirement and your duty to report air incidents
- The BHPA Incident Reporting System has now been replaced by
a pan European system remotely hosted by the European Hang Gliding and Paragliding Union (EHPU)
- All Incident Reports should be submitted to the BHPA and EHPU within 48 hours
- Serious incidents should be reported as soon as possible
- Fatal or potentially fatal incidents must be reported IMMEDIATELY to the BHPA/EHPU
and to: the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) and the Police
- Incident Reporting to BHPA/EHPU
- Incident Reporting to AAIB
- Incident Reporting to Police Scotland
Word of Caution!
This applies to all, whatever: victim, originator, witness or bystander.
"If you're being invited to make a statement by the Police, contact the BHPA for Legal Advice first - don't dig yourself a hole
by signing anything in an attempt to be helpful"
- Martin Heywood (solicitor) - BHPA Executive Council
This advice is issued after the Police, had they been successful, might have unjustifiably prosecuted a Club CFI and
other club members.