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  • Nov 2015
    Hang Gliding Paragliding Pilots please read this Events Competitions RSS e News The BHPA is a member of The The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom The BHPA is a member of The European Hang Gliding Paragliding Union Two twenty something mates wanted for Vauxhall Online Christmas Campaign advert Casting House have just started casting on a Vauxhall Online Christmas Campaign advert 3 minute advert which will be shown on Facebook Twitter YouTube etc and are looking for two twenty something mates who get on famously and are used to getting up and going on adventures at the drop of a hat The two friends will be tasked with driving to as many Christmas themed streets around the country as possible e g Noel Street Santa Close at the end of next week around 4th 5th December They will each be paid 150 per day for taking part and go on a road trip like no other If you think you or any of your friends are suited please contact Warren at Casting House on 07840664703 You can also telephone the office landline on 01908 681143 or email your details to w tennyson castinghouse co uk For further information please visit the Casting House website Posted 27 November 2015 Time to climb record goes again Not content with his paramotor time to climb record of 18 minutes 53 seconds set last November a UK record and still pending as an FAI world record in September Mark Morgan knocked over three minutes off that figure with a 3 000m climb in 15 25 and then beat that with a new time of 13 45 on October 9th Mark reported My new MacFly 250 is more powerful than the Bailey Hornet I used last year and I felt confident I could beat my own record with the same 26m Ozone Viper 3 I wasn t sure by how much though the special system I had used to lean out the mixture as I climbed was not possible with the Polini 250 s PWK carb I decided to go for it anyway using the standard jets and standard pitch on my adjustable E Prop I never really plan my records I just seem to have a gut feeling about them For me the best part about these records is the flight back down almost silent with just the wind noise and a chance to do some big spirals This time I was enjoying the view and the warmth so much it took me nearly three times as long to get down as it had to get up there At 13 45 the record could stand for a long time there is nothing out there as powerful as the MacFly 250 or as efficient as the Viper 3 but I am fairly confident I can beat it again And there s the solo time to 6 000m tandem time to 3 000m and Ramon s absolute altitude record at 24 895ft Posted 8

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  • Oct 2015
    Oct 2015 Subscribe to Skywings the official magazine of the BHPA or buy back issues Subscribe to BHPA e news Download the BHPA Elementary Pilot Training Guide 8 11mb Buy the BHPA Pilot Handbook Flight theory meteorology basic and advanced flying skills and more Invaluable for post CP pilots Visiting Overseas Hang Gliding Paragliding Pilots please read this Events Competitions RSS e News The BHPA is a member of The The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom The BHPA is a member of The European Hang Gliding Paragliding Union Tony Hughes is Worthing International Birdman Former European hang gliding champion Tony Hughes took the top prize at this year s Worthing Birdman competition in August Difficult conditions on the second day meant that no one could improve on Tony s 106 5m flight on his Scandal XK on the Saturday 106m proves that an old has been can still glide when there s 10k up for grabs he reported afterwards I hope it will inspire a few more youngsters to take up hang gliding which has always been my true love Tony received a cheque for over 12 000 which will benefit the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Runner up was Kevin Smith who flew 94 4m on an Avian Cheetah last year s winner Ron Freeman could only achieve 59 9m on an Aeros Stealth while first timer Edgar Skukins made 18 3m aboard a Hiway Vision Tony also won the Leonardo homebuilt class on an own design rigid with an early flight of 31 7m in very light winds Ron Freeman made 27m on a modified Hiway Fledge and Sean Frawley s homebuilt also flew well Tony was European champion in 1982 and 1984 and now runs the Wiltshire Microlight Centre he has entered the Worthing Birdman competition every year since 2004 In perfect conditions last year he achieved 116 3m on the same Scandal XK He says he may attack the Leonardo class again with a lighter Mark 2 version of his rigid wing design Next year s event will be on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August details are on the Worthing Birdman website Posted 5 October 2015 Parafest success The Parafest three day free flying event at Llangollen on June 12th 14th was reckoned to be a huge success Tickets had sold out to capacity a month before the event but quite a few chose to stay at home rather than face the expected mudbath of Glastonbury proportions In fact the forecast torrential rain never appeared and Parafest enjoyed dry fields sunshine and low winds Those who committed to having a good time regardless of the weather were rewarded with three flyable days Parafest welcomed over 500 attendees mainly pilots wannabee pilots and their families to the bottom landing fields at the popular North Wales site Nearly 150 paramotor pilots had registered to fly many more didn t bother to bring their kit but came just for the social and to party Paraglider pilots had a

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  • Sep 2015
    similar to that currently in enjoyed by pilots in Scotland where there is a right of responsible access to all land with some exclusions Removing hang gliding and paragliding from Schedule 2 of the CRoW Act at the moment this specifically excludes us from gaining access The consultation can be found on the Welsh Government website and the closing date is 2 Oct 2015 Whilst they ask you to fill in a rather lengthy form there is also an email address AccessandOutdoorRecreation wales gsi gov uk which might be better for shorter messages Posted 11 September 2015 200k fever Saturday July 18th was another banging day down south and some huge flights were made from Milk Hill White Horse Congratulations to Phil Wallbank 310km Alex Coltman 227km Alistair Andrews 222km Graham Steel 215km and Theo Warden 206km on joining the 200 Club Theo Warden gained his CP in August 2013 and is er 16 The day saw a record total of 2819 points secured by 28 paraglider pilots the average distance flown being over 100km Meanwhile on the same day Andy Hollidge flew from Dunstable to Cromer landing on a golf course after five hours for 205km undeclared More was to come for on July 30th Carlo Borsattino made his third 200km flight of the year from Selsley Common to Herstmonceux in East Sussex for 203km and on the following day knocked off yet another 238km from Milk to Spilsby in Lincs Posted 18 August 2015 CAA campaign to reduce airspace infringements The CAA has announced that serious airspace infringements at six of the highest risk controlled airspace CAS locations in the UK should be cut by 50 percent over the next 12 months The hot spots identified are Birmingham Gatwick Heathrow Luton Southampton and Stansted Working Teams at each location have agreed the targets and are committed to delivering the reductions by improving existing procedures by December 2015 Should any of these targets not be met options under consideration include the deployment of bespoke Surveillance Mandatory Zones SMZ to provide a conspicuity buffer around the Class D airspace of a hot spot This could mandate the use of radios and or transponders within that area and thus render it effectively closed to free fliers Other potential solutions include rationalising airspace boundaries Through our self policing inherent in the XC Leagues we and the BGA are the lowest source of infringements Nevertheless it would be disastrous if one of our pilots were to be the tipping point that resulted in fresh CAS particularly as we would be the ones most impacted by it Posted 18 August 2015 Paragliding Accuracy Nationals The re run of the FAI Category 2 Paragliding Accuracy National Championship will be held in the Shropshire Wales area on October 24th 25th with a weather fallback to the following weekend with League status subject to confirmation The Championship is open to all CP H and above rated pilots As well as individual and team honours there are trophies

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  • Aug 2015
    announced that the number of serious airspace infringements at six of the highest risk pieces of controlled airspace CAS in the UK should be cut by much as 50 percent over the next 12 months The six locations are Birmingham Gatwick Heathrow Luton Southampton and Stansted Working Teams local pilots airport operators ATC and CAA representatives at each of the hotspots have agreed the targets and committed to delivering the reductions by improving existing procedures by December 2015 Should the target for a particular hotspot not be met options under consideration include the deployment of bespoke Surveillance Mandatory Zones SMZ to provide a conspicuity buffer around the Class D airspace of a hotspot This could mandate the use of radios and or transponders within that area and thus render it effectively closed to free liers Other potential solutions include rationalising airspace boundaries The BHPA is very concerned to have only heard about this via a Press Release from the CAA there has been no contact from any of the Working Teams Without effective engagement with all airspace user groups and careful analysis of infringement data this initiative may simply result in pilots being faced with further unnecessary airspace restrictions Through our self policing inherent in the XC Leagues we and the BGA are the lowest source of infringements Nevertheless it would be disastrous if one of our pilots were to be the tipping point that resulted in fresh CAS particularly as we would be the ones most impacted by it Posted 22 July 2015 Wonderful Wednesday I Soaring forecasts were looking very good for Wednesday 24th June Keen to break his own 266km UK record set in 2013 Carl Wallbank left Merthyr at 10 20 to land his Moyes RX3 5 just west of Cromer in Norfolk at 6pm for 338km This becomes the UK absolute hang gliding distance record exceeding Nev Almond s 2014 rigid wing mark of 307km Carl also set a new UK declared goal record of 255km A radio interview with the BBC s Mark Forrest was widely syndicated on local radio and the Norfolk press had a field day Carl is a natural media performer and a brilliant advocate of hang gliding he makes it all sound very simple yet carefully explains how it s done You ve got to be in the right frame of mind and have the winds going in the right direction it s very difficult and rare for everything to come together only up to four times a year at best that everything combines and you can do this Posted 22 July 2015 Wonderful Wednesday II On the same day Carlo Borsattino and Nancy Elliott went to Milk Hill and met up with Richard Osborne and Annee Breckenridge at around 10am The sky was looking epic and Carlo set an ambitious declared goal of 200km near Northwold in Norfolk They launched just after 11am and Carlo got away first at around 11 30 followed by Richard Nancy and Graham Steel

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  • July 2015
    Informal Incident Reports Formal Annual Incident Analysis Reports Safety Notices Safety Advisories Manufacturer Safety Notices DHV Safety Journal DHV Safety Notes HPAC Safety Notifications HGFA Defect Notices NZHGPA Safety Notices USHPA Safety Advisories home sport news july 2015 Archive Skywings News July 2015 Subscribe to Skywings the official magazine of the BHPA or buy back issues Subscribe to BHPA e news Download the BHPA Elementary Pilot Training Guide 8 11mb Buy the BHPA Pilot Handbook Flight theory meteorology basic and advanced flying skills and more Invaluable for post CP pilots Visiting Overseas Hang Gliding Paragliding Pilots please read this Events Competitions RSS e News The BHPA is a member of The The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom The BHPA is a member of The European Hang Gliding Paragliding Union Mad May Among the many superb distance flights made in May were Mike Cavanagh s 145km Ozone Mantra M6 in Scotland on the 8th Hugh Miller s 152km Ozone Mantra M6 from Sharpenhoe to the Forest of Dean on the 1st and his 128km from Devils Dyke to Margate on the 17th Nev Almond Atos VR flew 208km from the Long Mynd to Cambridge on the 21st exceeded by Guy Anderson s 213km Ozone Enzo 2 along the same route on the same day Graham Steel Niviuk IcePeak 7 flew 136km from Milk Hill to Biggleswade on the 27th and Alex Coltman Ozone Enzo 2 flew 264km from Frocester to North Norfolk on the 30th along with 203km from Emile Van Wyk and 186km from Guy Anderson Numerous high scoring triangle flights have also been made not least Steve Blackler s 83km Norfolk Suffolk triangle Moyes Litespeed RS on the 13th Posted 22 June 2015 Dean Crosby at large In October and November Dean Crosby of Active Edge will again team up with John Silvester and Eddie Colfox for the annual Himalayan Sky Safaris pilgrimage to Bir India The team offers 1 1 to 1 3 guiding for experienced pilots For more information please visit the Himalayan Sky Safaris website In November Dean heads to Iquique Chile again to guide a group of CP pilots Iquique is said to offer the world s most consistent flying conditions it s a perfect playground to practise thermalling XC flying and dune fun For more information please visit the Active Edge website Next spring will see Dean team up again with Steve Barton in Brazil Between January to March they will run three tours one based at Governador Valadares and two visiting other famous Brazilian sites including Castelo and Baixo Guandu For more information please visit the XC Brazil website Posted 22 June 2015 Aerofix is on the move Nick and Kirsten of Aerofix the UK s leading paraglider repair and service centre have decided to take the plunge and relocate to join family in New Zealand Aerofix has been keeping pilots airborne and safe for the last 19 years Although always based in the northern Lake District last year the business

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  • June 2015
    BHPA Exec Minutes Schools Online Incident Report Form Alerting the military CANP Notices to Airmen NOTAM Emergency Parachute Advice Licensed Parachute Packers EN paraglider classes Safety Notices Safety Advisories Documents Forms Fees Club Bulletins Instructor amp Coach Newsletters BHPA Executive Council BHPA AGM Minutes BHPA Exec Minutes Safety Online Incident Report Form Alerting the military CANP Notices to Airmen NOTAM Emergency Parachute Advice Licensed Parachute Packers EN paraglider classes Versioned Training Documents Who to call in an emergency BHPA BMFA Operating Code Flying Abroad Incident Reports Informal Incident Reports Formal Annual Incident Analysis Reports Safety Notices Safety Advisories Manufacturer Safety Notices DHV Safety Journal DHV Safety Notes HPAC Safety Notifications HGFA Defect Notices NZHGPA Safety Notices USHPA Safety Advisories home sport news june 2015 Archive Skywings News June 2015 Subscribe to Skywings the official magazine of the BHPA or buy back issues Subscribe to BHPA e news Download the BHPA Elementary Pilot Training Guide 8 11mb Buy the BHPA Pilot Handbook Flight theory meteorology basic and advanced flying skills and more Invaluable for post CP pilots Visiting Overseas Hang Gliding Paragliding Pilots please read this Events Competitions RSS e News The BHPA is a member of The The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom The BHPA is a member of The European Hang Gliding Paragliding Union The Blorenge If you re thinking of flying the Blorenge in South Wales during June please be aware that the SE Wales club has agreed to the installation of a temporary transmitter mast on the site from the 11th 14th June 2015 The mast will be sited on a trailer in the vicinity of the trig point and will be used as a repeater for coverage of a major cycling event in the area The mast will be around 17m tall and illuminated to improve visibility for pilots flying the site It will be powered by batteries and solar panels with its own on site security staff The following map indicates the approximate area in which this mast will be located but is for guidance only as the exact location may vary slightly to ensure good reception Pilots intending to fly the Blorenge during this period should take the location of this temporary mast into consideration if flying over the back of the hill Posted 5 June 2015 HPA ornithopter on test South African Greg Vandenberg is in the final stages of building a human powered ornithopter Greg says full size testing of the machine six years in the making in January demonstrated static and dynamic stability responsive control structural integrity and adequate lift A lightweight mechanism transfers pedal power to make the wings that utilise parts from a Wills Wing hang glider flap It s as if that you have inserted yourself into a bird s skeleton Greg reports with all control input and response intuitive to that mind frame His goal is to compete for the last unsecured Kremer prize 100 000 to promote the production of an aircraft suited to

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  • May 2015
    to Airmen NOTAM Emergency Parachute Advice Licensed Parachute Packers EN paraglider classes Versioned Training Documents Who to call in an emergency BHPA BMFA Operating Code Flying Abroad Incident Reports Informal Incident Reports Formal Annual Incident Analysis Reports Safety Notices Safety Advisories Manufacturer Safety Notices DHV Safety Journal DHV Safety Notes HPAC Safety Notifications HGFA Defect Notices NZHGPA Safety Notices USHPA Safety Advisories home sport news may 2015 Archive Skywings News May 2015 Subscribe to Skywings the official magazine of the BHPA or buy back issues Subscribe to BHPA e news Download the BHPA Elementary Pilot Training Guide 8 11mb Buy the BHPA Pilot Handbook Flight theory meteorology basic and advanced flying skills and more Invaluable for post CP pilots Visiting Overseas Hang Gliding Paragliding Pilots please read this Events Competitions RSS e News The BHPA is a member of The The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom The BHPA is a member of The European Hang Gliding Paragliding Union Super Saturday April 11th last year saw Hugh Miller miss the 200km mark on a paraglider by 1km This year the same date provided superb XC conditions rough day strong winds to allow a raft of big hangie XC flights These include Grant Crossingham s 266km from Selsey Common near Stroud to Dymchurch near Folkestone with Nev Almond only a few km behind from the same site Sadly Nev s 250 km flight clipped airspace a Kobo moment no doubt and will not qualify Meanwhile from Devils Dyke Ollie Chitty reached North Foreland for 128km Dave Matthews made Deal 120km and Luke Nicol reached Tenterden near Ashford having launched on a flexie for the first time in six months It was very windy and turbulent at the Dyke too only 50 of the hangies who turned up chose to fly Existing flex wing record holder 276km Carl Wallbank had woken early with a view to driving down south but was put off by lashing rain This time out it was the paragliders and Carl who had to go shopping Posted 13 May 2015 Cambridge comp flies again The Cambridge Aerotow Club will be holding an aerotow competition at their Sutton Meadows base over the August bank holiday weekend with at least five other clubs bringing their own tugs The competition will run from Saturday to Monday and it is hoped to run a practice day on the Friday The two previous CAC competitions were both well run and well attended registration will be limited and is expected to fill quickly Further details are at www cambridgeaerotow co uk and www aerotow uk Posted 13 May 2015 Noel Whittall honoured In February former BHPA Chairman and CIVL Secretary Noel Whittall was made a life member of the Dales Club Noel has been flying since the very beginning of the sport and has seen his two sons prosper in the sport Honorary Memberships are a rare thing in the Dales Club Noel become only the second recipient in 40 years Posted 13

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  • Apr 2015
    is not affected Like many other models both these wings use skinny risers which means there is relatively small area of stitching where the speed system pulleys are attached This area is put under considerable stress when the speed bar is applied and requires regular checking A contributory factor is that the pulleys and stitching on many gliders is concealed beneath a neoprene sheath or cover Both Gin and U turn have taken steps to reinforce this area but it is very likely that other models may also be liable to similar stresses and the BHPA strongly recommend that all pilots inspect their speed systems regularly including peeling back any protective covers carefully inspecting the stitching and checking the webbing tabs for wear The full Safety Advisory notice can be downloaded from the Safety Documents area on this website Updated 22 April 2015 Extreme weather while hang gliding paragliding TV documentary London based TV production company DSP are making a documentary series for BBC Earth and Channel 5 about climate science and British people who have experienced extreme events all over the world Their aim is to reveal why weather internationally may be becoming more powerful and how viewers can keep themselves from harm if caught in similar conditions DSP make award winning factual television for major UK USA and international broadcasters and fact based feature films for cinematic release Their recent productions include the BAFTA nominated Richard III the King in the Car Park and The Mill for Channel 4 Neil Armstrong First Man on the Moon for BBC and Making of Mandela for Discovery DSP films include Hawking 127 Hours Touching the Void and Dark Horse DSP are really interested to speak to anyone with a great story of wild weather overseas especially if they filmed their experience So if anyone has a suitable tale to tell and is interested in appearing in the programme please contact James Pope at DSP on 44 0 207 482 9641 or email james pope dsp tv Posted 23 April 2015 X Alps The 9th Red Bull X Alps race often said to be the toughest race on earth and now in its seventh incarnation starts at Salzburg in Austria on July 5th The packed field of 33 pilots includes Brit Steve Nash who has just returned from training in the heat of Brazil with fellow bivvy exponent Dean Crosby Steve will continue to train right up till the Salzburg start when he will be flying a Nova Mentor 3 Light He will be supported in the race as in 2011 by Richard Bungay no stranger to organisation having run the British paragliding comps scene for several years For further information please visit the Red Bull website Posted 22 March 2015 British Paramotor Open This year s Paramotor Nationals will be a single five day event event running from May 30th to June 3rd The location will be West Mersea in Essex home to Footflight Paramotors Entry will be in two classes

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