The US Secret Service and FAA have granted the Capitol Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association permission to engage in hang glider flight operations within the TFR surrounding P-40 from 27 December, 2002 through 31 January, 2003 under the following conditions:
This waiver represents both an opportunity and a test. An opportunity to fly. A test of our ability to control our operations with sufficient maturity and responsibility. Our goal is to demonstrate our ability to fly on a regular basis without compromising the security of Camp David and/or increasing the workload of the personnel tasked with maintaining that security. Do this, and we will be well on our way to regaining the privilege of flying High Rock on a regular basis once again.
In order to ensure that we can honor both the letter and the spirit of this waiver, the following procedures should be adhered to whenever flying at High Rock:
The FAA/USSS coordinator (currently Joe Gregor) will be responsible for obtaining waivers to fly at High Rock and for making the Day-Prior calls as outlined in Block 1 of the Special Provisions outlined above. Individuals volunteering for Site Manager duty will be responsible for making the Day-Of Call as outlined in Block 2 of the Special Provisions.
Physical Waiver Location:
A copy of the waiver must be in-hand, with the Site Manager, at launch, at all times while hang gliders are flying within the TFR surrounding P-40. The waiver may be faxed or otherwise handed-off from one site manager to the next. A copy will be maintained at Emma Jane`s in the event that the Site Manager is unable to secure a copy prior to departing for High Rock.
FAA/USSS Coordinator Responsibilities:
The FAA/USSS coordinator will be responsible for obtaining waivers to fly at High Rock and for making the Day-prior calls as outlined in Block 1 of the Special Provisions. These waivers do not, and will not, have a waiver number associated with them. The first time we activate for a new waiver period (and after a longish break without flying) we may be asked to a fax a copy of the waiver to the Washington ARTCC or the U.S. Secret Service, if they are unable to locate their copy of the waiver. The U.S. Secret Service Frederick Domicile is often difficult to contact. If we are unable to get a message through despite consistent efforts, we may proceed as planned and continue attempts to inform them on the day-of. The U.S. Secret Service JOC (day-of call) should be made aware of what is going on. Follow their instructions.
Site Manager Responsibilities:
The Site Manager will make the call to the U.S. Secret Service JOC once arriving at launch, and at least 1 hour prior to commencing flight operations. Flight is not authorized until this call is successfully made. In order to ensure uniformity and completeness, the following procedures should be adhered to during the flying day:
Two individuals will be designated and share Site Manager duties throughout the day. This will permit a sharing of responsibilities throughout the day, and afford one or both individuals an opportunity to fly. Both individuals should have cell phones with them capable of operating at launch. When making the day-of call, giving the U.S. Secret Service BOTH cell phone numbers will ensure that we have a backup in case one phone fails to operate later in the day.
A Site Manager MUST be on-duty, at launch, with a copy of the current waiver and a working cell phone at all times while hang gliders are flying within the TFR. If for ANY reason the Site Manager cannot carry out his/her duties, he/she must designate another qualified individual to take their place, or else direct all pilots to land immediately.
The Site Manager`s primary responsibility is to report any suspected incursions into P-40, be they intentional or accidental, and to ensure that pilots land immediately if so directed by the U.S. Secret Service. In order to accomplish this, the Site Manager must remain cognizant of the number of pilots in the air and their approximate locations at all times. As a technique, the Site Manager should maintain a list of pilots who are flying within the TFR and check off those pilots once they have landed. This list must be cleared prior to leaving launch for the day.
The Site Manager will outline the rules-of-engagement for the day to every pilot prior to flight within the TFR. The site manager must be able to communicate with all pilots flying within the TFR - to direct them to land (if necessary), and to obtain an advisory on their location and status. Working two-way radio communications backed up by a prominent visual signal from launch is required.
If at any time the Site Manager loses track of a pilot in flight, or if the Site manager cannot verify that all pilots are down at the end of the flying day, an immediate and comprehensive search for the missing pilot(s) should be initiated. If, after an appropriate period of time has passed, the search is deemed unsuccessful, a judgment must be made regarding notification of U.S. Secret Service of a possible incursion into P-40. Variables include the last known position of the pilot, the likelihood of the pilot actually making it to, or being forced into P-40, etc. The Site Manager is clearly in the best position to make this determination.
In the event of a major hang gliding accident with potential for serious injury, the Site Manager shall direct all pilots to land immediately until the situation is resolved. Any request for aerial med-evac must be reported to the U.S. Secret Service as soon as practicable after handling the emergency on the ground.
In the event of a major hang gliding accident, the rescue of the pilot(s) involved obviously takes precedence. The Site Manager must make a determination, based on conditions and the number of pilots present, that sufficient manpower will be available to address this contingency while permitting the Site Manager to continue their duties. If this cannot be assured, High Rock should not be opened to flight.
Pilots must obtain a briefing from the Site Manager prior to flying within the TFR. If no Site Manager is present at launch, flight is NOT permitted. No exceptions! Flight operations at High Rock are NOT authorized.
All pilots must remain well forward of the radio towers when in the air, to prevent any incursion into P-40. The TFR waiver in no way changes the situation with regard to P-40 : that airspace is, and always has been, completely prohibited.
Pilots must fly with a working radio capable of two-way communications while in-flight. If the pilot suspects for any reason that he/she has lost communication capability while in-flight, he/she must remain within sight of launch in order to take advantage of visual-signal backup, and to ensure that the site monitor can determine their location. If visual-signal backup is not available, the pilot should land immediately to resolve the radio problem. Pilots should pay close attention to others in the air and immediately follow suit if they perceive that everyone is landing; such may be your only indication of a missed `land-immediately` call.
If directed by the Site Manager to land, pilots should sequence themselves expeditiously toward the LZ in logical order. Do not compromise safety in an effort to get on the ground in minimum time. Land as soon as practicable.
Upon landing, ALL pilots MUST get word back to the Site Manager that they are on the ground. This must be accomplished in a timely manner using any means available. If you cannot establish radio communications or cell phone contact, consider breaking down within-sight of launch as a visual indication.
If a pilot feels that they have inadvertently entered P-40, he/she MUST notify the Site Manager as soon as possible using any and all means available.
Phone numbers for the Washington ARTCC, the U.S. Secret Service Frederick Domicile (Day-Prior Call), and the U.S. Secret Service JOC (Day-Of Call) are included on the waiver itself. These number are to be considered CONFIDENTIAL and are not for general dissemination. A list of names is included as a required element of the waiver application. This list was not returned as part of the current waiver, as is normally custom. The list sent in with the application is repeated below for reference:
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