04 November 2019 21:08
When we first formed the Suffolk Kite Flyers Club in 1993, we decided that as a responsible club of kite flyers, we must have our own safety rules. Many changes in membership over the years has taken place, as well as developments in the type and power of kites.
Kite flying is our hobby.
It can be safe and great fun!!
It can also be the opposite!!
Let us, as responsible kite flyers, promote kite flying in a positive way and be ambassadors for our sport by following these club safety rules.
* Always learn to fly small kites before attempting to fly larger and more powerful kites.
* Beginners should learn to fly power kites in light winds.
* Remember, we never stop learning, no matter how experienced we are!
* Do not fly in electrical storms (wet lines conduct electricity).
* Never fly kites in conditions that are too extreme or winds that are too strong for your skill level.
* Never fly your kite if you cannot safely handle its power (i.e. if you are overpowered). Use a smaller kite or wait for lighter winds.
* Do not fly your kite above 60m or within 5km (3 miles) of an airport - without exemption from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).
* Do not fly your kite near overhead power cables.
* Make sure you have adequate space to launch, fly and land your kite safely (especially stunt/power kites, buggying / mountain boarding) and do not fly close to roads, buildings, railways and potential obstacles etc.
PERSONAL SAFTEY AND ENJOYMENT
* Never exceed your own limitations and abilities when kite flying.
* Wear suitable clothing/footwear and wear gloves when flying single liners (as the kite lines can give you painful cuts and burns).
* Be aware of who or what is behind you as well as what's in front of you - uneven ground, kite bags, flying lines etc.
* Beware of running, scudding, jumping whilst kiting (twisted or even broken ankles are painful)!
CONSIDERATION TO OTHERS
* Be aware of spectators, pedestrians and young children who might not be aware of the dangers of kites. Remember that the safety of others is the responsibility of the kite flyer.
* When flying take notice of other users, giving a safe distance between them and you so you don’t over fly them.
* Respect the peace (stunt kites can be noisy).
* Respect nature and animals (wildlife and livestock can be frightened by kites - especially horses ).
* Be tidy (no old lines or rubbish left on site).
* Always check your equipment for wear and tear before flying. Do not fly with worn or damaged equipment or flying lines. Repair or replace accordingly.
* Stake your handles and disable your kite when not in use, as a kite can easily re-launch itself at any time.
* Tethered single liners should be clearly marked with a coloured telltale on the stake and preferably a coloured telltale on the flying line at eye height.
* Remember that you are always responsible for the safe operation of your kite and equipment. Use common sense.
ADDITIONAL RULES FOR POWER KITING/SKUDDING/JUMPING/BUGGYING/BOARDING
* Wear suitable protective clothing/footwear, a safety helmet is advised to be worn at all times.
* Before each flying session make an assessment of the flying site, look for potential hazards - uneven ground, trees, potholes, large rocks and other obstacles that may cause injury.
* When flying have other flyers or people with you (accidents can happen and you may need assistance).
* Kite lines and bridles when under tension can cut like a knife and can cause serious injuries. Always keep your lines away from people and animals.
* Never attach yourself permanently to the kite or tether yourself to any fixed anchor whilst flying, it is very dangerous and can result in serious injury or worse.
* Never allow inexperienced kite flyers to use your equipment unless in a teaching situation under controlled conditions.
* Remember to use EXTREME caution when using kite traction equipment, as improper use of this equipment can cause serious injury or death.
SAFE PRACTISES TO FELLOW BUGGIERS/BOARDERS or RULES OF THE ROAD
* If you are on a head-on collision course turn right and the other pilot should do the same, remember to leave sufficient space between you and them.
* In all other situations, watch for pilots coming from your right and avoid them. Pilots coming from your left will avoid you, so don't confuse them by changing course.
* Look before you gybe/tack and if need be, call out the manoeuvre that you are about to make.
* When passing each other, the downwind pilot must lower his/her kite and the upwind pilot must raise their kite in order to avoid a tangle.
* We recommend that all Buggiers take out British Power Kite Sports Association insurance or any other 3rd party insurance that covers extreme sports (if flying outside of SKF organised events).
SUFFOLK KITE FLYERS - ADDITIONAL RULES FOR THE USE OF ROUGHAM AIRFIELD
SKF formally share the use of the airfield with the Skyward Training Flying School and Bury Model Flyers, no one else is authorised to use the site but we should also be aware that pedestrians and dog walkers also use the field unofficially.
-Issues with Users
Should any issues arise with other users on the field members are requested to use the following guidance:
Unauthorised users - e.g. dog walkers crossing main field please warn them politely (even encourage them to have a go!)
Official user: please inform a committee member either on the field, use the website contact form or through our official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/suffolkkiteflyers/ - 'Send Message')
- Site Access
To gain access to the site you must use the double gates to the left of Rougham Tower carpark entrance.
If the Flying School is not operating, once inside please lock the gates behind you. Again, if you are last to leave the site please lock the gates.
A maximum 10mph speed limit applies to all vehicles on the airfield and car park area. (This does not apply to buggies etc!)
- Designated flying area on the Airfield
Rougham airfield is a fully operational airfield, so planes can land at any time, and this maybe for emergency purposes so be aware of planes at all times.
The only remaining runway (East/West) is over the far side of the field near the large wind sock, with clearly marked taxi ways to the hangars and flying school.
The Model Flyers have their takeoff and landing area cordoned off by rope which is to the North of the field, near the green storage container on the right hand side of the field at the end of the tree line. Their flying area is much larger than this roped area. We both have our own designated areas when we are both flying. Our area is from Rougham Tower up to the dead tree in the hedge line (North of the tower), stretching over the field taking an imaginary line perpendicular to the hedge.
Finally - We hope that you enjoy flying at Rougham and that we keep it accident free. If there are any questions or you don’t understand the areas, then please contact any committee member with regards to the above rules.