CLUB SAFETY ESSENTIALS
Accidents in gliding, although they do happen, are extremely rare. However it needs to be understood that flying accidents of any sort are liable to have severe consequences and because of this everyone involved has safety considerations uppermost in their minds. You will find that everyone at Borders is very safety-conscious.
You need to be aware of the following strict rules before participating in any flying activities or indeed even visiting the club.
- When you arrive at the club make yourself known to a Borders club member who will look after you. Do not attempt to make your way around the airfield alone.
- Milfield is an active airfield and aircraft are liable to take off or land anywhere at any time without warning. Do not cross open areas of airfield without authorisation (and usually this will mean with an escort). Remember gliders fly almost silently and you cannot hear them approaching.
- Vehicles are restricted to the approach road and the club car park unless otherwise authorised. In special circumstances such as a disabled person it may be possible for you to take your vehicle on to the field but this is strictly with express permission and under the guidance of an escort. Be aware that it is unlikely that your normal vehicle insurance will cover you and the club can accept no liability.
- Please remember propellers can kill and there is a flying saying that “all aircraft bite fools!”. Do not go anywhere near a powered aircraft without an escort. If you have to pass a powered aircraft pass behind the tail.
- Do not touch parked gliders without permission. Despite gliders being extremely strong, certain parts of them are easily damaged by careless handling. Apart from the obvious expense, a damaged glider may cause danger to some future pilot.
- Enter and leave the aircraft only when instructed. Your instructor will make sure that it is safe for you to do so and will show you where you can safely put your hands and feet.
- When instructed, buckle the straps tightly and keep them on throughout the flight and after landing. Remain seated and strapped in until instructed otherwise.
- In flight do not touch any controls or switches until advised to do so. You will be able to take control of the glider in flight but of course there are times when it is simply unsafe for an inexperienced person to do so.
- Your instructors are British Gliding Association rated instructors. As well as looking after your safety they are keen that you enjoy your flights. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions or discuss any points with them.
- No smoking is allowed near aircraft or the refuelling area. Note that the refuelling area is opposite the clubhouse and hangar. The clubhouse is a no smoking area.
- It is an offence for all pilots including glider pilots and anybody involved in flying operations e.g. wing tip holder, duty pilot etc to be over the prescribed alcohol limit. The legal limit is breath 9 microg/100ml or blood 20mg/100ml. This is the equivalent of a quarter of the equivalent driving limit and is effectively a zero tolerance limit. Consequently Borders operates a zero tolerance alcohol limit
Like every other gliding club in the UK The Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) is personally responsible for all flying activities. In addition we have a safety officer on our committee who has responsibility for safety matters anywhere in the club or on the airfield. We also have a child protection policy and officer.
Gliding is widely recognised as one of the safest of the action sports and most insurance companies acknowledge this by applying no loading to participants. At the Borders Gliding Club we want to keep it that way and to make sure that nobody gets hurt and we can all enjoy our flying.
Don’t forget the safety basics!