Flying the South Downs is becoming increasingly popular and these notes aim to help visiting pilots with some of the procedures we follow to avoid problems on the airfield and ridge.
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Be familiar with the Airfield layout - Printable version
View the briefing notes on Flying the Southdowns Ridge - please note the locations that the modellers fly. They can be anywhere on the ridge, but particularly at Harting, home ridge (Chanctonbury), Devils Dyke and Ditchling in the bowl.
Things to be aware of :-
Park your trailers in the SE corner near the gate. NO trailers north of the entrance into the car garage (Shown as line 'B' above).
When club flying is in operation we normally operate two launch lines. This allows club gliders to rotate freely without being impacted by private glider launching and vice versa. As gliders launch keep moving the gliders forward otherwise it can become chaos at the back of the launch line.
Be careful to consider space available for tug landing. No glider wing tips beyond the line 'A' which is marked by concrete slabs in the ground. The launchpoint can get busy. Park your glider in-line and then leave your cars in the area marked 'C'
When you land don't try and land too short. The '04' above is a good reference point.
After landing try and roll-out to the east to avoid blocking the field for others.
You should arrange temporary membership & get permission to fly from the duty instructor or appointed responsible member before putting your glider on line.
The Basic Ridge Flying Rules:
The glider with the ridge on it’s right has priority, gliders with the ridge on their left must give way.
· Always make your turn away from the ridge.
· Overtaking gliders pass on the ridge side of the slower glider.
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