The Lake George escarpment is our premier inland soaring site.
PILOT NOTIFICATION RE TEMPORARY SITE CLOSURE – DECEMBER 2015
Please be advised that launching or landing on the escarpment from Geary's site at Lake George is not to be used until further notice. Yass Valley Council have formally advised the ACTHPA that paragliding and hang gliding operations are not to be conducted from that site until such time as the necessary permissions have been established. This does not affect operations from the South launch and activities can continue as usual from this launch. The ACTHPA Committee have been working with the Yass Council and we will respond accordingly. Significant updates that change the status of flying operations will be provided as they come to hand, and regular updates on progress will be reported at club meetings. I am seeking your understanding and support by not flying at this site at this time, so as to not compound and complicate the matter further. To assist the committee in maintaining the site, one of the factors is to demonstrate how long we have been flying at the site by providing evidence. Anyone that has evidence of us Hang Gliding before 1970 can you please approach the ACTHPA committee with details? Thank you. Please note: there is no camping allowed on the lake bed.
The primary site used is known as the South launch. Access is from Weereewa Lookout carpark. The launch is a small hike up the hill from the eastern side of the carpark near the fence. The path will take you through a small gate (please keep it closed) and onto the ridge. A picture is attached below that gives you an idea of the layout of the land.
Pilots can either land on top of the escarpment on launch or use anywhere on the lake bed. If you require access to the lake bed please contact someone from the club committee for a key to the gates indicated on the map. Please click on this Google Map Link for directions to Weereewa Lookout carpark.
Our secondary site is Geary's Gap. It is a short 2 minute drive turning off the Barton Hwy onto Harlow Drv, the second right onto Ridge Rd and then as you go through the gate the site is on your right on the escarpment. Pilots can take off and also top land from this site, but people wishing to top land need to take into consideration the rotor that can be experienced off the trees. Given the close proximity over the Highway, care needs to be taken to not scratch on the ridge and get too low.
- At no point should anyone fly over the house or land over the fence adjacent to launch.
There is a grumpy mature wedgy that you will find just north of the first vehicle rest stop on the highway. She will attack paragliders but not hang gliders. There are some juvenile eagles just south of the south launch in the gully. One is mildly aggressive and will make passes at both hang gliders and paragliders but as yet not made contact. There are a pair further south down at Smiths gap over the power lines that will have a go at hang gliders but not paragliders.
If it is your first time at the site, please find a duty pilot, safety officer or contact the club to have a site briefing prior to flying. The following link is some information you should be familiar with regarding the South Launch site: Lake George - South.pdf The next link is info relating to the Geary's Gap site Launch: Lake George - Geary's.pdf
Airspace is quite low due to the close proximity of Canberra Airport. You can have a look at the different layers on XC Planner or just click on the image below to give you an idea of the airspace restrictions.