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David Pietsch from Canberra GC has produced a set of training and safety notes for our annual wave soaring camp for many years.  His guidance document has evolved and been improved over time.  The current 2014 version is now a very mature, polished product, with some great attachments all relevant to flying in the hazardous high altitude environment.  I endorse its contents without reservation.

CASA’s sport aviation website www.casa.gov.au/sportaviation has been updated and refreshed.

Click this link for Safety Management Forms  or use the Documents / Forms menu link

These documents will be updated from time to time so please check here for the latest information.

NOTE: Every GFA pilot is responsible for ensuring safety comes first and must:

  • COMPLY WITH RELEVANT REGULATORY AND STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS
  • OPERATE THEIR AIRCRAFT WITHIN APPROVED PARAMETERS; and
  • PROACTIVELY IDENTIFY AND MANAGE RISK RELATED TO THEIR INTENDED OPERATIONS.
  • Flying is a discipline ...
    Safety is an attitude.

Guidelines and instructions for submitting reports of safety related occurrences (accidents and incidents) related to gliding operations and related club activities.  Note that IRIS has now been replaced by the in-house developed SOAR system.

There are two ways of submitting a Safety Occurrence Report, online using SOAR or by using a hard copy paper form awhich can be downloaded from the website and sent to the GFA office for entry into SOAR

The British Gliding Association has developed a number of useful training aids aimed at improving winch launch knowledge and safety.  The information is available through the BGA Website and the GFA acknowledges and thanks the British Gliding Association for permission to use this gliding safety related material.

GFA winch launching standards, procedures and requirements are contained in GFA Operational documents and where they differ from those of the BGA pilots must ensure that operations are conducted in compliance with GFA operational standards, procedures and requirements.

GFA Operations Panel

Risk Management provides a structured way of identifying and analysing potential risks, and devising and implementing responses appropriate to their impact. These responses generally draw on strategies of risk prevention, risk transfer, impact mitigation or risk acceptance. With all the activities that we do, each of these strategies may have application for different individual risks.

Accidents and serious incidents (commonly called Immediately Reportable Matters), which affect the safety of aircraft must, in the first instance, be notified to the ATSB by telephone toll-free call: 1800 011 034 or fax (02) 6274 6434.

NOTIFICATION TO GFA: In addition to the above statutory requirement, it is a GFA requirement that Immediately Reportable Matters are also reported to the GFA Executive Managre, Operations (EM/O) or the Chairman of the Operations Panel (COP) at or around the time they are reported to ATSB.   The telephone contact details for the EM/O and COP can be found on the GFA website.  The EM/O or COP will notify the appropriate GFA officers and the Regional Manager Operations of the relevant Region.

WARNING:  Gliding as with any flying activity can be DANGEROUS.  Any person participating in the sport of gliding or learning to glide or participating in the activities of The Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA) does so entirely at their own risk.

David Pietsch from Canberra GC has produced a set of training and safety notes for our annual wave soaring camp for many years.  His guidance document has evolved and been improved over time.  The current 2014 version is now a very mature, polished product, with some great attachments all relevant to flying in the hazardous high altitude environment.  I endorse its contents without reservation.