Coastal Cliff HG: NE-E, PG: East. Site will accommodate ENE to ESE for PG2. PG4 rated pilots may fly NE ridge in NE wind direction.
130' / 40m PG4 with the following exceptions:
  • PG2/PG3 but only after approval from a trained SPHGC Safety Officer or a Duty Pilot before each launch.
  • PG2 need direct on-ground supervision from a trained SPHGC Safety Officer or a Duty Pilot during the period of their operations.
HG Advanced.
Sydney's Northern Beaches. Near the intersection of Narrabeen Park Parade and Cook Terrace, fifty minutes drive from the city centre. Traveling north on Pittwater Rd, turn right at the hospital into Coronation St, then follow the road out to the beach and turn right again up the hill. Parking in the car park along Narrabeen Park Parade.

Landowners

Public land

Contact

Sydney Paragliding & Hang Gliding Club, SPHGC Safety Officers

Responsible

Sydney Paragliding & Hang Gliding Club
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Cooks Terrace

A.k.a. Robert Dunn Reserve. A large grassy park atop a sandstone cliff which faces almost due East but has a turn towards the North West at the northern end. This is a great fun site that is very popular due to the large grass park and non-metered parking right next to the site. During busy days a Duty pilots will manage flying activities, launching, ground handling and duration of each pilot's flight. Pilots are asked to share the air. Due to site sensitivity, please maintain 25m separation from houses and remember this is a popular public shared space. Best behavior please.

Takeoff

HG: In the past cliff launches were the only launches considered possible but recent experience has shown that a conventional launch is now possible. Seek advice from local hang glider pilots before attempting. You need to carefully line up your take off and will need the help of local experienced hang glider pilots.

PG: When launching, do not step on or launch from the low wooden fence. Be aware that at the northern end of the cliff, the circuit direction may vary based on conditions. Speak to a duty pilots for advice. Be aware of this possibility.

Landing

HG: Mona Vale beach, Warriewood beach or on the relative flat grassed area north of launch and between the vegetated sand dune and the line of trees behind.

PG: The beaches to either the north or south of the headland. The park at the northern end in front of the hospital helipad is an excellent landing area when the wind is E, ENE or NE. Due to the slope exercise caution when the wind is ESE and do not land in the park when the wind is SE. Top landing is suitable for experienced pilots. Always remain east of the road. Non-experienced pilots should seek advice. Take care to look out for spectators as this is a very popular park. Once you've landed, please drop your wing to make it easy for others to also launch or land.

Flight

Lower Level of controlled airspace is at 2500'

Hazards/Comments

HG: There is considerable turbulence behind the tree near the wooden bench. Its nature is related to the wind direction bias and strength.

  • The Safety Signs and Cones and Wind sock, at Long Reef and Cooks Terrace should be used at all times that flying operations are underway – not just when it begins to get busy. Take the time to prepare the safety of the area before you fly. These signs/cones/windsock are in the lock boxes at launch. If you don’t know how to access these safety tools then ask your colleagues. The last person at the site is to return the safety tools to the lock boxes. Yes, even if you are the only one there please install the safety tools before flying.
  • Before Launching make sure that there is no members of the public behind launch.
  • Before top landing make sure there is no members of the public behind your landing area and assess clearly whether you have the skills to top land in the prevailing conditions. If not head for the beach – it is easier and safer and your colleagues will quietly applaud your good decision making.
  • Observe the SAFA separation rules from members of the public and buildings. Exemption to these rules comes with a set of conditions and these require assessment of the potential danger to a person on the ground and assessment that the operations can always be carried out safely. Accidents always happen very quickly! If you want to practice manoeuvres then move away from the public and buildings. Sure it may be cool to be flying low and “entertaining the crowd” but it is not smart in a public area despite how much you think you are in control. In other words do not spend your flight swooping low near launch or in the front of buildings.