Oct 5, 2016, 2:10 AM
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Chamonix Wingsuit Flying Rules Reminder
Hi, can you make this post sticky please.
This message is written by the French "Association de Paralpinisme" bureau
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.
The recent events in Chamonix are jeopardizing our activity in the valley. While minor incidents during the season were reported to the authorities, the last accident directly hit the city center and make the situation difficult to control and hard to argue against temporary banishment of the activity.
Our association will defend our sport to keep jumping in the valley, however hours of meeting with the authorities can be shattered by one jumper's mistake. So we need a full support from the jumper community to decrease the pressure over the Chamonix valley, especially until the end of the year.
Here is a reminder of the rules:
Insurance: - Every flying object/person must be insured with a civil responsibility insurance (responsabilité aérienne) covering damage to others.
Basic flying rules: - No flight in wingsuit over cities - No low pull - No flight next to people or refugee (no flyby), Gondola and Cables.
Local rules : - Always call the PGHM +33 (0)4 50 53 16 89 and CMBH +33 (0)4 50 54 13 82 before jumping to avoid collision with Rescue and Helicopters - Respect the jumping hours - Respect the authorized landing areas - Information is available at cable car station
Living rules: - Don't pack anywhere / Ask if you can pack in doubt. - Be polite and kind to local people and tourists - If you have any kind of emergency landing, explain calmly and apologize for the situation. - Don't walk and land into high grass fields
Climatic rules: - Be aware of wind direction and its effect on the terrain. Don't hesitate to ask local jumpers or paragliders.
BASE Jumping basic checks: - Check your pins, your pilot chute, leg straps, chest strap, wingsuit zips, double check other jumpers - Winter is coming, you will have more layers under your wingsuits and probably gloves, check that you can reach your pilot chute with your equipment. - Refresh your skills in terms of line twists situation, especially with gloves. - Always have a plan B for your jump, plan Z is and should always be : "Pitch in any doubt"
There will be changes in Chamonix. This valley is one of the key place of the sport, if we are not behaving perfectly in Chamonix, then nothing will save us from banishment.
The image of our sport is in your hands !!!!
From the French "Association de Paralpinisme" Rodolphe Cassan - Président Antoine Laporte - Secrétaire Julien Millot - Trésorier
Wingsuit flying is now suspended until further notice over the Chamonix area. (see attached, in french)
Local authorities took this decision, which was the easiest for them given the political stress they were having.
This "pause" will allow our association and the FBA to redefine with them the scope of our sport in the valley. The dialogue is far from closed with the authorities, and while there will be a high chance of heavier set of rules, we will hopefully be able to jump again those legendary exits.
The above rules we mentioned still stand anyways for any other place in France and in general in the world.
The general assembly of the "Association de Paralpinisme" will be held in Chamonix on the 29th of october. A proposal for the "new rules in Chamonix" will of course be defined and discussed during this assembly.
For the "Association de Paralpinisme" bureau Rodolphe Cassan, Antoine Laporte, Julien Millot
A great quote that I have posted before... maybe it should be read again.
"...it behooves us to remember that men can never escape being governed. Either they must govern themselves or they must submit to being governed by others. If from lawlessness or fickleness, from folly or self-indulgence, they refuse to govern themselves then most assuredly in the end they will have to be governed from the outside. They can prevent the need of government from without only by showing they possess the power of government from within.....”
-President Theodore Roosevelt; Opening of the Jamestown Exposition; Norfolk, VA, April 26, 1907
I still don't really give a shit but I know people who do and I'm sometime awre of some stuff: - there are people working on the reopening of Aiguille du Midi - Brévent is probably closed forever because all the line are ending over houses and the guy who died in a building wall will be in the local authorities minds for long - a call for rescue after 2 people jumping Brévent has probably not worked in favor of a reopening around: why opening some jumps around if people are not following the rules and are still jumping when it is not allowed. If the authorities are saying that it is allowed and an other accident downtown happened they might be taken as responsible
Some people are fighting for the reopening of Aiguille, do not mess with their fight !
A friendly reminder to all basejumpers that the Aiguille du Midi is still closed as well as all mountain jumps in Chamonix.
The French associations have been working closely with local officials over the past few years and recently have made significant progress. However, the process for a long term solution is still ongoing. It is vital that everyone respect the current interdiction, as well as any upcoming rules in order to protect our access in the valley and all the surrounding exit points. Chamonix is a very sensitive place, please help our efforts to regain access by not jumping. The future of BASE in Chamonix relies on our ability to self regulate.