Beauraing

GPS Coordinates 50.1130°N 5.0093°E

N (330°-30°)
Usage Hang Gliding / Paragliding
Flight Type Vols thermodynamiques (site classique)
Opening dates 01 January - 31 December
Height take off 260 m
Height difference 100 m

Général

This site is made available by the Belgian free flight association, who owns the start and obtained the landing areas. Support the actions of the BELGIAN FREE FLIGHT ASSOCIATION by becoming a member, so that this site can survive and other sites can be opened.

Thanks to: Mr. Benoit Baudoin of Martouzin, Mr. and Ms. Lissoir of Mahoux, Mr. and Ms. Botton-Lissoir of Martouzin, Mr. Jean Minet of Falmagne, Mr. Alaime-Wautelet of Martouzin, Mr. Pusturino of Charleroi,  Mr. and Ms. Bar-Tshoffen of Brussels, the municipality of Beauraing and all inhabitants of Martouzin-Neuville.

Use : Hang gliding – Paragliding (not motorized)

Open: All the year except on hunting days (see http://www.bvvf.be or signs at the entrance of the forest).

Type of flights : Soaring, thermals flights (starting point for overland flights).

 

Rules

The three conditions for flying at the Beauraing site are:

    • Hold a hang glider or paraglider Pilot license – XC-license mandatory (IPPI5).
    • Be a member of the FBVL or a foreign association and have a legal liability insurance for hang/paragliding.
    • Obtain an access card.
How do I get my access card?
    • Request to be mailed to beauraing@fbvl.be stating:
    • Your first and last name
    • Your phone
    • your FBVL membership number (for foreign associations, you must send a copy of your license in pdf-format).
Flying site rules:
    • The practice of distance flying is highly recommended: for local flights, we ask you to go to the Rochefort site!
    • The landing needs to be done mainly towards Pondrôme (landing towards the chapel behind the site).
    • If it is not possible to land at Pondrôme (insufficient altitude), it is recommended to "outland" in the meadows outside the village (towards Beauraing or Neuville).
    • Landing at the bottom (attention: new field) should only be carried out in case of absolute necessity (see flight plan in the part "landings").
    • The flight plan will absolutely have to be respected (watch out for the no FLYING ZONE!)
    • Climbing back to the start can only be done on foot! To leave the landing field, please respect the circuit on the flight plan.
    • Retrieval shuttles and parking in the center of the village (Martouzin) FORBIDDEN!
    • Respect the tranquility of the place.
    • No shouting will be tolerated on the ridge or above the village!

By flying in Beauraing, you unconditionally accept the above regulations! In exchange you will receive a sticker on your first visit. This sticker acts as an access card and should be worn on your person in a visible way and any circumstance.

The regulations and the flight plan should accompany you on the site.

In the event of a serious breach or repeated misconduct, your authorization will be withdrawn.

The local club, Les Mousquet'air, located Ferme Sainte-Marie, 11 in 5570 Beauraing will ensure compliance with the rules on the field.

Your cooperation is essential if we are to maintain this site for many years to come.

 

It is forbidden to fly over the electrified railway line at a low altitude ! Mortal danger !

Prepare the gliders on the road behind the start and don't obstruct the start.

 

Access and parking:

Park your car behind the start, either on the road from the cemetery of Pondrôme, either on the dirt road on the edge of the forest, just before the forest road that leads to the start (demarcated parking), or on the few places at the beginning of this forest road (it is forbidden to park or drive further in the forest, except to unload hang gliders). Leave a passage of at least 4 m wide for the emergency services or agricultural vehicles. At the express demand of the local residents and of the municipality of Beauraing, it is forbidden to park at the foot of the site or in the village of MARTOUZIN-NEUVILLE. If this rule is not observed, the municipality will close the site!

During your flight:

Respect scrupulously the priority rules (paraglider = hang glider !) and maintain, depending on the flight conditions, sufficient distance from the slope and the other pilots. Don't fly "on the spot" and let the others turn in thermals. Respect the quietness of the forest and of the local residents and do not shout !

Return to the start (by foot):

Follow the road at the foot of the site to the East to a path that runs diagonally back to the start. Do not use the first small private road that is perpendicular to the main road, which is a dead end. Possibly take the road that runs along the train station to go back to the car park between the Chapel and the cemetery.

 

Airspace

This site is located (75 m) below the airspace zones HTA04 (Helicopter Training Area) and LFA04 (Low Flying Area).
This last can be used by fighter aircraft at low altitude (during the week, from the 1 st of september until the 31 th of May): check the NOTAMS!

On working days the maximum altitude for VFR operations in Belgium is usually limited to 1370m/AMSL (4500 ft AMSL)!

Take off

Just after the start is REQUIRED to turn to the right (to the East). The start can be very turbulent and a flight incident above the electrified railway line could be disastrous, both for the pilot and the site.

Respect the quietness of the forest and the local residents and do not shout !

Landing

  • The landing needs to be done mainly towards Pondrôme (landing towards the chapel behind the site).
  • If it is not possible to land at Pondrôme (insufficient altitude), it is recommended to "outland" in the meadows outside the village (towards Beauraing or Neuville).
  • Landing at the bottom (attention: new field) should only be carried out in case of absolute necessity (see flight plan in the part "landings").
  • The flight plan will absolutely have to be respected (watch out for the no FLYING ZONE!)

TOP LANDING

The municipality ask with insistence, to limit the hindrances in the village, to land as much as possible on the landing fields on the plateau behind the start. These are located close to the parking between the Chapel and the cemetery. See map and photo.

 

 

BOTTOM LANDING

The meadow in front of the start, but on the other side of the road. This field should only be used when it is really necessary and when the crops are not yet not ripe (yellow), even when there is wheat. The house that is located between the road and landing field is not to overfly. Do not land in the meadow left of this field. This landing field is made available to us by Mr. Paul Lissoir, which only asks to fold our wings on the concrete road or elsewhere outside the meadow.

Lift-to-drag ratio required: 5

Access & Parking: one must ABSOLUTELY leave the helper landing via the small concrete road that ends in the meadow and not through the garden of the house at the beginning of the field. Do not drive your car on the concrete road except for loading hang gliders. In the latter case one should not drive the car in the meadow and thus drive in reverse to leave the road.
No parking on the concrete road or in the village!

 

EMERGENCY PARAGLIDER LANDING

The meadow at the foot of the slope just below the start, before the road. The owner has formally forbidden us to use this meadow as an official landing, it is therefore absolutely necessary to make sure before starting that the weather conditions are good enough so that one does not has to land in this meadow (too much or too little wind).
Please note the electricity line along the road, because the meadow runs down to the road and the dynamic lift can make your landing significantly longer that foreseen.

If you still need to make an emergency landing, then leave the meadow as quickly as possible and fold your screen on the main landing field.

 

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