Safety & SAR

Actively thinking about risks and safety not only reduces the risks but also makes flying more enjoyable, knowing that you have covered the bases.

Looking Out

  • Development of an effective lookout: a comprehensive paper by Graham Garlick on “see and avoid”  (PDF format).
  • Oz-FLARM: This is an in-cockpit system that warns of other FLARM-equipped aircraft nearby. The Gliding Club of Victoria is fitting the entire fleet with FLARM.


  • Outlanding: paper by Graham Barlick covering all aspects of outlandings.
  • Aerotow retrieve check list: GCV checklist for paddock retrieves.
  • Retrieves on Total Fire ban days.

Survival Equipment

What happens if no-one finds you until the next day or two or three? What happens if the weather is extremely hot? Cold? Wet? How will I survive without excessive discomfort?

  • communications
  • shelter
  • sustenance

Search and Rescue

There are several simple steps you can and should take to ensure you can be found in the event of a mishap or outlanding away from the airfield.

A simple thought exercise should demonstrate how important it might be to your health. Imagine any recent XC flight where you were flying over new areas, especially sparsely populated or rugged terrain. Now imagine if you had suddenly found yourself on the ground below, possibly dented or injured; who would know where you where? Where would they start looking for you? When would they start looking for you?

  • GCV SAR Book
  • Airservices SARTIME service
  • SPOT tracking device: see this GCV wiki page for more information.

Other useful links

  • GFA Documents: select menu bar “Documents” then “Operations”to see a list of useful documents, including ones on accident reporting.
  • GFA safety_briefing_pack: A comprehensive look at safety issues:outlandings,collisions, bail-outs, SAR, oxygen, etc.
  • Darling Downs Soaring Club: see their “safety centre” menu item for a list of useful papers.