News Items for White Horse (Westbury)
31/03/2011 - Horses At Westbury
Following a recent incident when horses were spooked by low flying pilots at the far southern end of the NW ridge pilots adjacent to the road, pilots are requested to keep at least 300' clearance from the ground in this area.   Read More
White Horse (Westbury)
Grid Reference
ST 900 518
Latitude
51.265266
Longitude
-2.144710
Nearest Postcode
BS11OO
Site Code
1.004
Wind Direction
W, WNW, NW, NNW
Height ASL (Feet)
750
Height TTB (Feet)
300
Site Officer
Martin Harris (07887 581566)
Rating
Any rated pilot.
Permission
Open site. THE BOTTOM LANDING IS UNDER THREAT IF PEOPLE SOAR A LOT OVER THE RIDING STABLES (20/8/2015)
Parking
Park in the westernmost car park. Try to leave a gap for gliders to be carried forward to take-off.
Rigging
Do not rig on any of the paths as you'll block the route to take-off. Do not rig hang-gliders on the front of the hill, stay far enough back to give paraglider pilots room to take off and land. Ensure all paths are kept clear. This is a public place and frequently used, occasionally by elderly folk walking to the view at the front, and parents with children in buggys.
Take Off
Either side of the obelisk on the north westerly take-off. When conditions permit, paragliders should launch from well to the east of the obelisk. Never inflate a paraglider in front of a hang glider - blow back accidents have happened.
Local Flying
Make sure you can stay up before you take-off. No top to bottom flights! When flying locally do not fly south of the fence forming the southern boundary of the common area. If you do you will be violating the danger area. There are riding stables just beyond the trees at the western end of the main ridge. Stay at least 600’ ato when we are overflying this area AND DO NOT HANG AROUND!! (See Google map) This site has great potential for flying out in front of the ridge. It is common for pilots to fly out over the cement works, over a kilometre out from the ridge and on good days triangles of 100 kms or more have been flown. Model Flyers: Please allow them space to fly.
XC Flying
If you intend to fly XC make sure you have a map and know the position of the danger area. It is impossible to fly directly down wind from this site due to the danger area, you must first track west for 5 Kms. Airspace has been negotiated for XC around to the West. You can find details on http://www.avonhgpg.co.uk/sites/info_salisbury_plain.php Tracking east, the danger area extends further north in that direction and must be avoided. There is a new (2014) agreement that means the restrictions on Keevil may be lifted on a day to day basis, allowing scoring flights to be made. The status of this can be accessed by the Telegram group.
Top Landing
Do not land on the side of the hill, especially on the White Horse as it is a national monument. Land anywhere on the common area behind the parked cars. Beware of members of the public, especially those flying kites. This area can be very turbulent in fresh winds, especially if the winds are northerly. In these conditions, land back in the rough grass. It is also possible to land in front of the posts on both paragliders and hang gliders. Whenever possible use this area only mid-week when the site is not crowded with members of the public. It is also possible for experienced paraglider pilots to land on the spur to the north of the horse’s nose. Watch out for rabbit holes and carry back to take off via the public footpath which comes up from the road. Do not land on the flat area behind the White Horse. (Turbulence) Do not land in any of the farmer's fields on the top or side of the hill.
Bottom Landing
Bottom landings are a last resort. No deliberate top to bottom flights allowed. Be wary of livestock, especially when there are calves around. Try to land away from livestock. The field that is available for emergency landings only is the large grass field south of the road with the wire gate in the north western corner. If it is full of livestock then use another field. If you do bottom land, clear the area asap as there may be other pilots needing to land as well. De-rig by the gate at best, or at the edge of the field if you can’t. Do not walk back up the face of the hill. Go out of the gate, then along the road to the east and walk up the footpath on the spur. Do not drive your car into this field to retrieve your glider – carry it out. If you end up in another field, you will have to find your way out via the gates.
Hospitals
Frome or Bath.
Directions
Just after leaving Westbury on the B3098 to Bratton turn right up Newton Road. At the crossroads at the top of the hill, turn left and drive until the road reaches the large grass common area.
Ordnance Survey Sheet
184

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