2016 Hang Gliding Site Protocol - Qu’Appelle Valley, SK (Crooked Lake Area)
April 30, 2016
TO: All Hang Gliding and Paragliding pilots who intend on flying sites in the Crooked Lake area of the Qu’Appelle Valley.
As a result of the positive relationships that we have continued to maintain with the landowners in the Crooked Lake area of the Qu’Appelle Valley during the 2015 flying season, the Qu’Appelle Valley Site Contact has successfully negotiated access to the sites that we fly in the Qu’Appelle Valley for the 2016 flying season.
The privilege of our continued access to these sites depends entirely on the conduct of the flying community. We must strictly adhere to the rules requested / established by the landowners and agreed to by the Site Contacts.
All hang gliding and paragliding sites in the Crooked Lake area of the Qu’Appelle Valley are regulated by the following protocol.
ALL pilots must have a valid HPAC membership card in their possession.
If you don’t have your card – DO NOT GO. The landowners have indicated that they will be checking all pilots for proof of current HPAC membership cards. The landowners have also stated that if any pilots are found on their land without a current membership card in their possession, everyone will lose the privilege of using their lands.
ALL pilots must phone one of the Site Contacts a minimum of 48 hours before leaving for any of the hang gliding sites in the Crooked Lake area of the Qu’Appelle Valley. The Site Contacts only (as requested by the landowners) will then notify the landowners that pilots plan to use their land. Contact from one person per group is acceptable.
ALL pilots must phone one of the Site Contact people within 24 hours of leaving the Crooked Lake area of the Qu’Appelle Valley with the following information:
Time that they left the site
Any unusual or helpful information for the Site Contact people.
Damage done to any crop, fence, structure or field.
The Site Contacts will then inform the landowners of the details of the sites accessed.
These arrangements have been made for recreational hang gliding only. There will be no commercial (teaching) operations from these sites under this agreement.
All pilots must comply with the “Hang Gliding and Paragliding Site Rules of Conduct” of the Manitoba Hang Gliding Association (MHGA). See attached Appendix 1.
This is a one-year agreement. Violation of any of the above mentioned items will result in the loss of the sites.
Qu’Appelle Valley Hang Gliding and Paragliding Site Status as of April 30, 2016:
- Flegel’s - Site use agreement in place.
- West Indian Point - Site use agreement in place.
- East Indian Point - Site use agreement in place.
- Hazel’s Place - Site use agreement in place. Insure that the gates are left as found, do not scare the cattle and do not drive on the field if wet – as per owner request.
- The Hyde - Site use agreement in place.
- Gravel Pit - Site use agreement in place.
- Jubilee - Site use agreement in place.
For additional information on infrequently used sites, please call the 2016 Qu’Appelle Valley Site Contact (listed below).
The hang gliding/paragliding community is the most visible group in the valley. Therefore, when we have been seen near a site, any damage done to / around a site by other parties WILL be blamed on us. Please do your part to improve the good will.
Some of these lands are rented and leased to other parties, so please be mindful of others who may have concerns with your presence.
2016 Site Usage Fee Schedule
After a review of the 2015 operating costs the following fee structure will be applied for the 2016 - flying season:
We will be collecting a $60 site usage fee which includes a non-refundable $10.00 administration fee. This site usage fee will entitle the pilot to fly for 2 – 3 day weekends at a cost of $25 per 3 day weekend. This fee is due prior to flying in the valley and is payable to the Site Contacts. If a pilot does not use up all of their credits, the site contacts will promptly issue a credit at the end of the flying season. This $60 fee will be used to cover the costs of maintaining site related activities.
We are continuing in 2016 with the “Incentive to Call Back” plan. If the site contact is not contacted within 24 hours of returning from the valley with the information requested above, we will levy a $25 fine. If a second “no call” occurs the fine will be doubled to $50.
Please call Rick for the current mailing address to send the site use fees to. Please insure that you include a signed copy of the “Acknowledgment Statement” below with your site fees.
The Sakimay First Nation and other landowners have been very generous in their agreement to continue to allow HPAC insured pilots to fly on their lands. It is our hope that, by having all pilots follow the agreement protocol, we may be allowed the privilege of a similar agreement next year.
If any problems/concerns arise, please call the Site Contacts so that the situation can be resolved as soon as possible.
All pilots sending in their Qu’Appelle Valley 2016 site user fee must also sign and send in the “Acknowledgement Statement” below with their cheque:
I ________________________________Print name,
have read and will abide by the 2016 Site Protocol - Qu’Appelle Valley, SK (Crooked Lake Area) dated this _____________________ 2016.
Postal Code ______________________
HPAC membership # _______________
Expiry date _______________________
We thank all pilots in advance for their cooperation.
2016 Qu’Appelle Valley Site Contact:
(Calls between 9:00 am to 9:00 pm only please)
Hang Gliding and Paragliding Site Rules of Conduct
» Carry your insurance and membership cards at all times while on site.
» Remember that the use of any flying site is a privilege, not a right.
» Ensure that permission has been granted for a launch or a landing zone before using each site. Keep off fields unless you have permission. If denied access to a site, do not fly it, even if it is the only one suitable. Do something else (swim, hike, golf...) until the conditions change and another site is usable.
» Always leave gates the way you found them, open or closed. Do not remove locks.
» The valley slopes are crown land, and it may be illegal to drive on them, since this starts erosion.
» Don't drive through crop or seeded fields. Don't make serious ruts in gravel or dirt roads, trails or fields.
» No using illegal or non-prescription drugs, including alcohol.
» No speeding on local highways, and drive carefully when passing the beach resort areas. Many pedestrians cross, walk or bike along the highways in the valley. Drive considerately; you are easily identifiable with a hang glider on your vehicle.
» Drive slowly on gravel roads, so as to keep the dust from annoying the local residents. Also drive slowly on winding or hilly roads to avoid collisions with slow-moving farm implements and other motorists.
» Please park your vehicles with consideration to other road users and landowners, well off to the side or on an approach, at launch or the landing zones.
» Do not park in dry grass or stubble that will contact your vehicle's exhaust system. This can easily start a fire.
» Do not land in standing crop. If you have to land (emergency) in a cropped field insure that you inform the site contact person, so that they can on your behalf inform and offer the landowner compensation for crop damage
» Do not litter, not even cigarette butts. If there is litter at a site please pick it up and dispose of it properly later. Although MHGA members may not have created the mess, we are highly visible and might be held responsible for it anyway.
» Owners don't like it when their livestock are scared. Avoid flying over them, and don't scream at them. Don't land near livestock, especially horses. Keep all pets on a leash and under control at all times. Do not take them into a field with livestock.
» Be courteous to any spectators and answer their questions politely.