This page contains important safety information for members flying our sites.
It is important to note that the information given here is summarised for reference purposes.
Complete information is included in the PSA Sites Guide which is available to all members and needs to be carefully read before flying any of our sites.
There is a lot of information in the sites guide on safety and procedures as well as specific information on our sites including grid references and potential dangers. These should be read carefully in conjunction with this summary guide.
An overview of the process is:
If you think you have witnessed an accident while you are flying, land as soon and as safely as possible, then:
Contact the emergency services
AFTER THE EVENT
If you witness a flying-related accident or incident, report it as soon as possible (after the police & AAIB) to the BHPA Technical officers:
Tel 0116 289 4316.
Complete a BHPA Incident Report Form (IRF) from the BHPA web site (on-line) as soon as possible.
Also record full details of any witnesses before they depart and get them to submit a form also.
BHPA Report Form Online
Do not approach a casualty if any part of their aircraft are in contact with power lines or any cables are touching the ground.
Automatic circuit breakers may attempt to reconnect the power several times without warning.
Contact the emergency services/electricity company to cut power.
LANDING OUTSIDE OF A DESIGNATED LANDING FIELD
If you must land out, select and approach your landing field with great care, scan for power lines, buildings and trees and look out for footpaths.
Try to avoid livestock and crops or long grass (silage).
De-rig in an area clear of crops and animals.
Do not walk through crops unnecessarily but skirt around them.
If you think you have done any damage to things such as gates, fences and crops then find the landowner and report it.