All pilots using Killarney sites must be members of the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia (HGFA) and undertake to follow regulations as set out in the HGFA Operations Manual. The HGFA administers the sport of Hang Gliding and Paragliding in Australia and is regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
As a condition of club membership, you as a pilot have agreed to indemnify landowners from any claim for damages/loss he/she incurs whilst participating in our sport on their land. Members of the HGFA are covered by a HGFA Public Liability Insurance Policy to the value of $20,000,000.
Important Rule No. 1: Prior to flying from the Eagle's Launch East and Southeast sites, each pilot (or any other visitor) must sign, date & submit to a club committee member or the landowner, a Deed of Release document (DOR). The DOR indemnifies the landowner from any claims against him in relation to flying from, or visiting his property. This is a specific condition stipulated by the landowner.
Important Rule No. 2: Prior to flying from the Eagle's Launch East and Southeast sites, there must be in attendance a pilot with an Advanced Certificate who will be the designated Duty Pilot. All pilots must follow their responsibilities according to the HGFA Operations Manual and in particular with respect to seeking advice from the Duty Pilot about suitability of the site and prevailing conditions. This is a specific condition stipulated by the landowner.
The club and its Publicity Officer make every effort to preserve good relations with and protect the interest of landowners. All pilots must remember that they are ambassadors for our sport and club. Pilots are very much in the public eye and as such our conduct is always under scrutiny. First impressions count! Pilots must be aware of the inquisitive and sometimes na´ve nature of the public. Do not assume anything!
- Pilots using club launch sites should use designated landing fields/bombouts as negotiated by the club with local landowners and councils.
- Pilots should ensure that they and fellow visiting pilots are aware of designated landing areas, aswell as the specific conditions of use. These conditions are posted on the club website.
- Pilots must at all times show courtesy and respect in all dealings with the public. You never know whom you may be speaking to.
- Pilots must keep their language in check at all times. Voices do travel, even in flight! There is no excuse!
- Avoid landing in fields with livestock, especially horses, donkeys, ostriches, emus and bulls.
- Avoid landing in paddocks where crops are growing.
- Avoid landing in paddocks with above-ground irrigation.
- When landing stay well away from houses and other structures.
- Following landing, pilots should promptly move the glider to the side of the field for packing up.
- Do not climb over fences, use the nearest gate or go under the fence where practical. If neither is possible, climb over a strainer post.
- Leave all gates as you find them!
- Do not drive any retrieve vehicles onto private land unless you have the explicit approval of landowner or manager. Do not block any laneways or access roads.
- If the landowner is nearby, approach him/her and introduce yourself. Explain what you are doing on their property and thank them for use of land for a safe landing. Ensure that your landing has not caused a problem. Otherwise, pilots should generally avoid going near farmhouses or unnecessarily disturbing landowner privacy.
- When exiting a paddock do not cross cropped areas, go around them.
- Pilots should take all rubbish with them when exiting a property.
- DO NOT SMOKE on any rural or private property.