PeteSpencer wrote:Of course its not just the jump aeroplane clawing its way skywards or the meat bombs dropping at terminal velocity you need to be aware of:
During my weekend coastal bimble, having heard the paradrop aircraft in the air working Norwich I elected to pass well east of Beccles (offshore and well downwind actually) as he ran in for the drop:
I was glad I had switched to a Traffic service from Norwich as the aircraft stood on its nose and dived groundwards in front of me , hell bent on picking up more bombs.
More a 'dome' than a cone...................
Edit for clarity.
If I’m ever going near Beccles (although I now tend to use the listening squawk for Norwich), I will ask Norwich if they’re aware of any parachute activity there and if so, give it a wide berth. Having undertaken my PPL training at Old Buck while the parachutists were there (and having had to hold on many occasions while waiting for confirmation that all canopies were down), I learned to stay well out of their way. It might sometimes be a little inconvenient, but it’s far better than the possible alternative outcome if I get too close.
Likewise with gliding sites, if I’m likely to potentially fly near one marked on a map, I’ll give it a wide berth. Having been involved with 611 VGS for a number of years (albeit on the ground, not as a gliding instructor), I’ve seen a number of aircraft blasting straight through the overhead at or below maximum winch launch height (2000’ or less) when gliding operations were active, particularly when they were based at Swanton Morley; it left a lasting impression on me which I’ve taken into account to this day.