West Coast Soaring Club (WCSC), as the founding developer
of the Fraser Valley flying site known as Woodside, has as
its priority the preservation of the site and the long
term recreational accessibility to its members and the
general public. The following site safety standards are
intended to promote the safe and courteous use of the site
by all users, including, but not limited to, rated Hang
Glider and Paraglider pilots, training schools, students,
and tandem operators. The term "Standards"
implies no regulatory authority but should be adhered to
out of courtesy to the WCSC. The WCSC thanks you for your
For pilots intending to fly only
Flying Area, a HPAC Novice rating (or foreign
equivalent) is required. For pilots with less than a
HPAC/ACVL Novice rating (or foreign equivalent)
instructional supervision by an HPAC/ACVL Certified
Instructor is required.
For pilots intending to fly from
Flying Area (XC), a full HPAC/ACVL Intermediate Rating
(or foreign equivalent for visiting pilot) is
required. For pilots with less than a full HPAC/ACVL
Intermediate rating, instructional supervision by an
Instructor/School is required.
HPAC/ACVL Insured (or temporary
insurance for visiting pilots).
WCSC Membership (Visitors may fly
as a guest of, and under the guidance of, a WCSC
Member. Visiting Student pilots must fly under the
supervision of a recognized Instructor/School.
Users of this site are expected
to operate with airworthy equipment and fly with a
suitable helmet and parachute reserve.
Any required landing fees must
have been paid.
Pilots performing their
"first flight" are asked to contact an
Instructor for a site briefing. Please be prepared to
provide proof of flight experience.
All pilots are
expected to follow BCHPA and HPAC/ACVL policies for all
items and areas not addressed by the WCSC Woodside Site
All pilots are expected to abide
by Transport Canada flight rules, specifically those
Instructors/Schools are required
to operate within BC Land & Water commercial use
Each School will limit its use of
Group at a time
Hours. The club reserves the option of extending this
standard to all flyable hours.
encouraged to participate in WCSC sponsored instructional
Instructors/Schools will maintain
a daily log of site use and file an annual report with the
WCSC. Information to be recorded will include: number of
supervised Student or Novice pilots, number of flights,
number of trips up the mountain, summary of incidents or
accidents (as defined by HPAC/ACVL). The information
gathered will assist in future site planning.
Instructors/Schools must register
an emergency response/procedures action plan with the WCSC
The WCSC leaves the determination
of safe operating conditions for instruction up to
Instructors/Schools. Therefore Instructors/Schools are
responsible for their actions, and the actions of those
pilots under their supervision, while operating at the
"Woodside" flying site.
Instructors/Schools are requested
to limit operation during periods of substantial
Hours for example, and will yield to requests for
A Hang Gliding Student will have
a minimum of 20 foot-launched take-offs and landings
(excluding all tow or tether launches) and have performed
a minimum of 5 foot -launched solo flights "from
altitude" at a site other than Woodside.
Before flying Woodside, a
paragliding Student will require 3 hours of theory training,
and a minimum of 4 hours of training hill, low altitude
flights, conducted within the prior 2 weeks.
A Student pilot will remain under
the direct supervision of an Instructor/School and will be
considered as a participant of
Group, until an HPAC/ACVL Novice rating is
A Student pilot is entitled to a
one-time $10 WCSC Student membership. Instructors/Schools
will encourage and facilitate a Student's registration in
this membership program. Student membership should begin
when the Student commences instruction, and will expire on
the following October 31st (WCSC fiscal year
The Instructors/Schools will
ensure that the Student or Novice has paid all required
The Instructors/Schools will
ensure that the Student or Novice has been briefed on all
WCSC Site Safety Standards and operates in accordance with
As there are more than one type
of aircraft using the Woodside launch, launch order is to
be determined by alternating launches (example: if a Hang
Glider is launching, a Paraglider will be next to
launch. If no other Paraglider is ready to launch or the
next pilot has chosen not to go, then the next Hang Glider
may proceed to takeoff).
The launch area should not be
occupied until ready to launch. Gliders are expected to
set up away from the launch area when there are more than
6 pilots preparing to fly, as follows:
Hang Gliders should set up away
from the launch area, and move into the launch queue only
when ready to fly. Pilots should avoid setting up in areas
where a blown Paraglider launch could result in a
Paraglider wrapped around a glider, especially on windy
Paragliders should clear lines
and clip in away from the launch area, then bunch their
gliders and move into the launch queue. Pilots in the
queue should be ready to launch, except for a final layout
of the glider.
Regarding the Hang Glider Ramp,
also known as "The Point":
On light wind days, Hang Glider
pilots going down to the ramp to launch should expect to
launch in light winds quickly and safely. This is an ideal
time for novice Paraglider pilots to launch, but they will
wait for the Hang Glider pilot. If the pilot decides to
delay launch, the pilot should move completely clear of
the ramp, and signal the upper launch area, using a
spotter, that the ramp is clear, and launch is
delayed. Before returning to the ramp in preparation for
another launch attempt, the Hang Glider pilot should
signal upper launch of the intention, before moving back
onto the ramp.
For ALL pilots launching from the
upper launch area, do not launch if there is a Hang Glider
pilot on the way down to, or on the lower ramp. Wait for
the Hang Glider pilot to launch, or to completely clear
the ramp area. Only launch if the Hang Glider has
indicated, using a spotter, that he has cleared the ramp
area, and is ready and waiting for you to launch.
After an aborted launch, a pilot
may immediately re-attempt a launch only if there are no
other pilots immediately ready to launch. If there are,
the abort pilot may re-enter the queue after rechecking
glider and equipment. After three aborted launch
attempts, a pilot must move to the end of the launch
Pilots should endeavor to assist
one another at launch as requested by the launching
pilot. All pilots (Paraglider and Hang Glider) are
encouraged to learn how to wire assist a Hang Glider, and
how to lay out a Paraglider.
In The Air
Once in the air, all pilots
should endeavor to remain well clear of the launch area to
avoid any possible launch conflict.
Pilots must be familiar with
"Right of Way" and "See and be seen"
procedures. Pilots must use standard ridge and thermalling
rules, and must practice safe airmanship at all
Pilots are asked to refrain from
"stunting" or "aerobatic" flight where
conditions or traffic may be unsuitable.
During periods of severe
in-flight congestion, pilots having already logged
substantial airtime should be courteous to fellow pilots
and move away from the congested area to allow others the
opportunity to safely enjoy the site.
Please respect all land owners
and their wishes. Contact a WCSC director or local
HPAC/ACVL Instructor to gain accurate knowledge of all
active landing zones. Be sure that where necessary,
landing passes have been purchased prior to
Respect neighboring properties or
any property that is deemed "Out of Bounds".
Please do not trespass.
When an out-landing cannot be
avoided, pilots should pack up and clear the area quickly,
keeping property or crop damage to an absolute minimum. If
approached by a landowner, be respectful, courteous, and
apologetic, regardless of the landowner's treatment of
you. Remember, you are trespassing.
While the launch / setup area is
occupied, no top landing should be attempted.
should not attempt top landings at any time.
Unless assisting a launch, all
spectators and ground crew are asked to remain well clear
of the launch area. This includes pets, which should be
leashed at all times, and children.
No vehicles should be parked
anywhere, and in any way, that prevents or impedes
emergency access all the way to the launch / setup area
from the Highway 7.
The road and parking area beyond
the spur road should only be used by 4-wheel drive pilot
and ground crew transportation. Spectators should park
before the launch spur road and walk in. When the site is
busy, Paraglider transport vehicles should also park
beyond the launch spur road, to allow Hang Glider
transport vehicles closer access to the launch / setup
Garbage and Waste
Everyone is encouraged to avoid
littering, and to clean up any garbage found for transport
and disposal down the mountain.
Everyone is expected to use
available toilet facilities, and to avoid using the
|Please keep the site
clean, and above all, help the WCSC preserve
for the enjoyment of others for many years to come! Thank
The airspace defined by the Woodside CYA
(Canadian Alert Area), and including the Class G
airspace immediately surrounding the Riverside Landing
Training Group is defined as: 1 or 2 Instructors, with a
maximum total of 5 Student or Novice pilots on the
launch and/or setup area for the purposes of a launch to
landing training flight.
Periods of the day which typically produce
strong thermic and/or turbulent conditions, generally,
but not exclusively, between the hours of 12 noon and 5
pm, from April through October. In addition, any time of
day, regardless of flying conditions, when 25 or more
pilots are either flying, or preparing to fly, will be
considered "Peak Hours".
Unless otherwise noted, the word "Student"
applies to a paraglider pilot who has not yet achieved a
HPAC/ACVL Novice Pilot rating, or a "Beginner"
Hang Glider pilot rating, as defined by HPAC/ACVL. The
word "Novice" applies to the Novice Pilot rating
(Paraglider or Hang Glider), as defined by HPAC/ACVL.