Emergency Procedures

In case of Accident
  • Call out that an accident has occurred on the radio.
  • All pilots need to keep the radio frequency clear. Only communicate if you can contribute. Pilots in the air can relay emergency communications as needed.
  • Airborne pilots - fly your wing. Land safely. Don't create additional problems.
  • Attempt to communicate with the pilot over radio. If you can't communicate with the pilot call 911.
  • Someone with medical/rescue experience take command.
  • If this is a minor incident. Communicate that the incident has been resolved:
  • Communicate on radio that there is a major incident.
  • Call 911


    1. Nature of incident and degree of injury
    2. Location: nearby roads, landmarks and GPS coordinates
    3. include access information
    4. where to meet EMS
    5. Will helicopter possibly be necessary; is there a location for them to land?

In addition to an Incident Commander you may need

  • Person to contact all pilots in air to inform them of incident and request to keep channel clear.
  • Person to retrieve first aid kit
  • Person to monitor vital signs, pulse and respirations (CPR certified)
  • Person to contact pilot’s immediate family
  • Person to be a scribe – document everything at intervals or when there is a change in condition.

The Incident Commander is responsible for submitting a report to USHPA.