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Date: 15 août 1997|
De: Claude Tamone (8)
Sujet: Pre-mondiaux de parapente acrobatique
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>Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 23:10:47 -0500
>From: Gilles Tuchschmid <email@example.com>
>Subject: Pre-Mondiaux de parapente acrobatique
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>COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE POUR DIFFUSION LIBRE ET IMMEDIATE
>Pre-Mondiaux de parapente acrobatique
>(Canton de Vaud/Suisse)
>Groupe Christophe Smith Delta/Parapente/Swift
>5 rte de Valliere
>Fax: +41.22.756.31.54 Telephone: +41.79.357.55.50
>28 fevrier - 2 mars 1998
>En cas de mauvais temps reporte au 7-9 mars
>Aujourd'hui, le parapente acrobatique n'est plus uniquement pratique
>par des Bourquin ou des Hediger. Sur tous les sites, la pratique du
>wagga et du pilotage engage peut être observes. C'est une evolution du
>parapente qui deplait a certains, mais qui a le merite d'exister et de
>prendre de l'ampleur. Cette discipline est la pour ceux qui n'aiment
>pas uniquement thermiquer, plouffer ou manger du kilometre. C'est
>egalement une des rares manifestations que l'on peut suivre dans son
>integralite et sans jumelles. Les 30'000 spectateurs qui ont assiste
>aux trois premieres editions du Par'Acro ne le contrediront pas.
>Les Pre-Mondiaux permettront aux meilleurs pilotes du moment d'affiner
>leur connaissance du site où se derouleront en 1999 les premiers
>Championnats Mondiaux de parapente acrobatique.
>Cette competition est ouverte aux pilotes experimentes et conscients
>que ce style d'exercice merite beaucoup de preparation, de maitrise de
>son aile, de connaissance de ses capacites ainsi que d'une grande
>maturite. Nous npus reservons le droit de refuser toute inscription.
>Il s'agit d'une competition basee sur l'esthetisme et l'enchainement
>de figures parfaitement maitrisees. Les kamikazes inconscients et
>irresponsables seront instantanement disqualifies.
>Les pilotes enchaineront leurs circonvolutions a partir de deux aires
>de decollage aux deniveles differents: 180 m. pour effectuer des
>figures au ras du sol; 360 m. pour permettre des configurations apres
>transition a partir d'environ 150 metres/sol.
>Un jury de cinq personnes est charge de noter les competiteurs selon
>des criteres d'esthetisme, de technique, d'enchainement et
>d'atterrissage. L'originalite des figures presentees sera un atout
>tres important pour le classement final. Il faut eviter de toujours
>presenter les mêmes figures (wing-over).
>En parallele de la competition, il y aura un concours photo de vol
>libre hivernal (delai: 1 fevrier 1998), une seance d'essais et
>presentation par les constructeurs de voiles propices a l'acro (les
>parapentes specifiquement etudies pour l'acro n'existant pas encore),
>ainsi qu'une journee decouverte du parapente pour le grand public
>(vols biplaces a prix symbolique, pente ecole, presentation du
>Programme provisoire (valable pour le deuxieme week-end en cas de
>Vendredi: Entrainement sur le site et selection eventuelle des pilotes
>Samedi: Deroulement de la competition en trois ou quatre manches
>separees par des animations. Il n'y a pas de figure imposee et aucune
>figure interdite. Le soir, remise des prix suivie d'une grande fête.
>En cas de meteo instable: reporte au dimanche.
>Dimanche: Journee libre sans la pression de la veille. Liberte totale
>sans jury, seul un prix special du public sera decerne. Les pilotes
>peuvent exprimer leur art par des vols de groupe, fumigenes, effets
>sonores etc. Journee decouverte du parapente pour le public, seance
>d'essais de voiles "acro" pour les pilotes, vols biplaces etc.
Claude Tamone Tel. (Home) : +41 22 735-5878
MacTamone Tel. (Work) : +41 77 46-4026
Rue du Lac 8
CH-1207 GENEVA http://www.mactamone.com/
"Quand il y a du bromure dans le pinard, il y a du mou dans la corde a
noeud" [P. Dac]
Date: 15 août 1997|
De: Fred T. L. Wilson" (12)
Sujet: Fatality report: student under instruction.
for the first time, to a student whilst under instruction. We have received
a thorough accident report from the Instructor which has been fully
Accidents are investigated to provide guidance toward the prevention of a
The content and record of this report is confined to cause-related
circumstances and is for statistical record keeping and accident prevention
HPAC accident investigations follow under the guidelines of the
Transportation Safety Board of Canada. It is not the responsibility of the
HPAC nor any of its members to apportion blame. That is the duty of police
and coroners. Our goal is the prevention of a recurrence.
For your future reference, the file Number for this occurrence is # 1807.
Therefore, for (internet) security reasons, you can refer to section XXX in
File # 1807 for comments or questions without opening up any other doors.
All reports are considered confidential.
The fatality occurred Aug. 6th 1997 at approximately 12:30 PM at the
Etobicoke Centennial Park training field. The victim was a 24 year old
young lady named Julie Pogson.
With all due respect to the victim's family and to the witnesses to the
event, this occurrence was as unexpected and as accidental as I can
imagine, given the information provided to date. I believe there is a clear
dividing line between what would be best described as classroom (ground
school) instruction and flight instruction. In my estimation, again based
on current information, this fatality clearly occurred during what I would
consider a classroom stage of instruction.
The instruction was taking place on a soccer field in an area north of the
training hill. The students were being shown an opened Paraglider and were
being given the opportunity to inflate it to see the proper layout of the
glider and lines as well as to get a feel for the aircraft. At no point
leading up to the event, nor after it, were there any thermals. The victim
was experiencing difficulty inflating the canopy, and the instructor was
pushing her in the back to ensure an adequate counterweight to inflate the
canopy, when a freak thermal came through and lifted the student about 6'
off the ground. A second gust came through, which lifted her up to about
15' AGL and then carried her about 30' to the side and out of site of the
witnesses where she impacted the ground.
The accident report lists one of the students (and witness) as a paramedic.
The police report states all three students were paramedics: but the young
lady succumbed to head injuries.
She was not wearing a helmet at the time. I have had several discussions
with several Instructors who agree with my opinion that, as in this case,
the wearing of helmets is always recommended but that at this stage of
instruction is optional (and in my opinion possibly counter-productive.
This is because the critical factor at this stage is to get the student to
have a full and unobstructed view of the canopy and its lines and controls
as the wing inflates.)
If one were to ask: "What would a similar instructor with similar
experience have done in a similar situation?" I believe one would answer
that "they would have had a similar prerequisite for the use of helmets:
that is, it would not be mandatory."
Therefore we extend our condolences to the family of the victim and to our
friends and witnesses to the accident. This must be a very difficult time
for all of them, and I would ask all of you to extend your support to them
at this time.
However, no matter how unexpected and accidental this occurrence was, it is
in the nature of commercial operations to be more exposed to litigation
than would a recreational accident. Therefore, accident investigations, by
nature, can or may extend to a far different level in these circumstances
than you or I may have previously experienced.
It is expected practice for accident investigations to have a reverse
hierarchy or "flow chart" in a commercial or industrial occurrence than in
a recreational. By this, it is expected us to start our investigation from
the top down, not the bottom up.
Therefore we have initiated a wholesale analysis of the HPAC Accident Form,
its questions, the HPAC Safety Policies and Procedures Manual and whether
or not the leadership we provide is adequate to the task.
Further to this I have asked the Instructor to prepare for a
self-examination called a Postmortem in which he will reanalyse the
accident, utilizing the viewpoints of the witnesses. This will include an
analysis of the operational policies and procedures of the school involved.
I am pleased to announce that this process will be overseen and critiqued by:
Instruction Standards Committee Chairman
Mark Tulloch Email firstname.lastname@example.org
615 Brookleigh Rd. Victoria BC V8Z 3K1
Hm / Wk. / Fax: 250-658-0119
Wayne Bertrand Email: email@example.com
I am grateful to the instructor for allowing me to include Wayne Bertrand
in this investigation process. Wayne is the PGer half of the BCHPA Safety
Committee (me being the other half.) He is also employed each year in Risk
Management for Big White Ski Hill near Kelowna BC.
I have been intensively involved in Safety throughout my career: it is how
I earn my living. However, since leaving Fletcher Challenge in 1988, my
experience with industrial accident investigation has been _rather_
restricted. Wayne, on the other hand is actively involved in this area,
including Risk Management.
He has also been in court on cases relating to sport / business liability
exposure and will be able to give advise and council that would be
inappropriate for me, in my position, to do. I hope you find him as helpful
and as useful as I do.
This event also highlights the requirement under CARs for us to develop an
Operations Manual for use by schools throughout Canada. (Schools would
append documents where there were significant variances to the norm.) I
hope that Wayne, myself and you will join Mark in pooling the talents and
experience of our HPAC instructors in order to develop such a manual as it
is unreasonable to expect each school to do so each on their own.
It is expected of us to review such policies and procedures manuals as are
found on Operations Manuals and Procedures subsequent to such an occurance.
The time has come for us to prepare one.
In finality I would like to clearly express two statements.
It is inappropriate for anyone to make any comments in public or in private
on matters relating to this occurrence. I would ask you all to listen to
what may said, but at some point it will be obvious to you when a point has
come for you interrupt and to state that any further comment would be not
be acceptable. Anyone can file a written, signed report relating to any
accident in our history, and I would ask you to ask them to submit the same
to me. However, let me state clearly I will have little tolerance for
speculative comments on this or any other accident.
Secondly, again, we extend our condolences and support to the family and
friends of the victim and witnesses.
HPAC Accident Review & Safety Committee Chairman
Fred T L Wilson Email: fwilson@IslandNet.com
102 - 1236 Pandora Victoria B.C. Canada V8R 3R4
Ph: 1-250-360-0696 Work: 250-386-6773 Fax: 250-386-3941