Bridlington Flying Reinstated
We are pleased to inform you that flying can resume at Bridlington.
We have informed the Council of our findings, after receiving reports from an eye witness, the pilot involved and the drivers of the two land trains.
They are happy with our explanation of what happened, however, they have asked for us to remind our members to be mindful of the need to have the necessary skill levels to deal with the conditions we find at Bridlington.
There have now been three incidents at Coastal sites in the last couple of weeks where ‘pilot error’ was the main reason for the occurrence. In each instance, it was only luck that there was no serious injury (or on one occasion, even loss of life!)
Pilots are reminded of:
1. The need to avoid flying when there is little or no beach. Water landings in the waves usually result in loss of life. The glider, when filled with water, can move along with the current pulling the pilot in. Several tonnes of force can result, making it almost impossible to get out of the harness. To make matters worse, the harness usually floats, meaning the pilot is face down in the water and can become entangled in the line
2. The lift band along the cliff can be extremely small or non-existent resulting in the loss of lift.
3. Pilots should only fly in conditions they are able to take off and land safely in.
4. Pilots should ensure that when trying to learn new skills or improve their ground handling skills at Bridlington, they should be under the supervision of a Club Coach, and where necessary eg, in stronger winds, assistants should be stationed behind the pilot to assist with glider control.
5. Pilots should try to take off and land in the designated areas. That said. be mindful of changing conditions, and the fact that areas of rotor can move. If in any doubt, land on a quiet part of the beach.
6. Please remind yourself of the site rules and guidance on Coastal flying on the Club website.
Below is an extract from the latest communication from the Council for your information. Please pay particular attention to the latter part about the cutting of the grass.
” I fully take on board how the accident happened and that your track record has been excellent. I really appreciate how quick you are to respond to incidents and ensure the reputation of the club remains intact.
As this appears to be a one-off incident and the pilot appreciates that she needs to practice her techniques before flying in the conditions again I’m happy to leave it there. I do believe her fellow pilot was dragged across the grass at one point so assume he was similarly inexperienced in the conditions and will also practice further!
I have had an email from a colleague today – never rains! – who says it looks as if someone other than our contractor has cut the grass on the cliff edge in the area used by the club to launch. We don’t know if it is a club member who has done it or someone else but when you communicate with your members can you please let them know that the wild strip along the cliff edge is there as a buffer to keep people away from undercut cliffs and that we need to keep it intact for public safety.”
If anyone feels they are a bit ‘rusty’ following lockdown and would like to take part in some skills improvement sessions, please do not hesitate to contact us.