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URGENT: NZHGPA safety advisory 2-2013 Franz Joseph area and MBZ

It has come to the attention of the NZHGPA that paragliders have been flying from a site known as Alex Knob in the Franz Joseph area of the West Coast. This is within NZB 978, a high use MBZ with frequent helicopter flights serving the tourist area. Incorrect information has been posted in web sites such as Paragliding Earth that suggests contacting the local helicopter operators and/or flying outside their normal operating hours is sufficient to fly from this site. This is not true. It is dangerous and illegal to fly in this or any MBZ unless you comply with all of the rules for that MBZ. The only purpose of an MBZ is to assist in the safety of flights in a congested area. By not adhering to these rules pilots are putting themselves and other air users in danger.
NZB extends from ground level to 12500ft and covers the region as shown on the map. (map added to "New flying pictures")

To fly in this area you MUST:
1. Carry and use an airband radio tuned to 118.6 MHz. For this you require a flight radio operator rating.
2. Transmit you position, altitude and intentions before take off and at least every 15 mins.
3. Listen for the transmissions of other aircraft in the area and ensure safe clearance will be maintained.
4. Comply with all other VFR rules for visibility and separation from cloud.

If you can not comply with these safety rules then DO NOT FLY IN THIS AREA.