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  • Jan 2013
    pilot it is thought he had been suffering from organo phosphate poisoning due to exposure to contaminated cabin air All are welcome to attend the funeral which will be held on Friday 18th January 2013 at 2 30pm at Ham Down Woodland Burial Ground Bere Marsh Farm Shillingstone Dorset DT11 OQY Parking at the Ham Down Burial Ground is limited and mourners are invited to meet at the Crown Hotel West Street Blandford Forum Dorset DT11 7AJ from 1 00pm to share transport for the 6 miles to the Burial Ground Please allow 10 15 minutes to walk from the Bere Marsh Farm carpark on the track to the Burial Ground to the gravesite where the funeral service will be held No Flowers please You are instead invited to adopt a tree in The Circle a new tree circle in the memory of Richard at the Westgate Wood Princes Field Fontmell Magna SP7 0PB The funeral will be followed by a Wake commencing 3 30 pm at the Crown Hotel The family will be collecting memories photographs and other memorabilia to record Richard s rich life for the benefit of his many friends Nephews and God Children You are invited to contribute A memory book and computer scanner for photographs will be available at the wake venue Rooms are available at the Crown Hotel at a discount rate please state Westgate Funeral RSVP RIPrichard at rocketmail com Posted 7 January 2013 BHGC Blog for worlds Ben Philpott has setup a blog to cover the 2013 Hang Gliding World Championships in Forbes Australia The blog is available at www pressbhgc blogspot co uk and Ben hopes to be updating this daily with a reports photos and time allowing video The blog is also available as a news feed at http pressbhgc blogspot com feeds posts default Ben who recently did the Friday Fixture interview on the Simon Mayo Drivetime Show said I will be flying out on the 1st January and arrive finally in Forbes late on the 3rd For those of you who would like to follow our teams progress I will be posting regular updates through out the competition At the moment there is no official live tracking system in place but there will be some pilots transmitting their positions so as soon as I know I will forward on the details Time allowing there should be plenty of photos and even some videos published on to the blog so watch this space Hang Gliding is an overlooked sport at which we as Brits excel the conditions in Australia will be quite similar to that in Texas 2007 when we won the team event so we have a very good chance of winning the Worlds wouldn t that make a cheerful feel good story for the post Xmas blues Posted 2 January 2013 BHPA Liability Insurance Club Officers The settlement of a high profile case against a BHPA Recreational club has apparently given rise to concerns amongst Club Committee members in a number of other Recreational Clubs in respect of their personal liability for such claims such that a number of people have resigned as Club Committee members or Officials The first point to make is that because most Recreational Clubs are not registered companies any claim is brought against all the Club members at the time of the accident It makes no difference whether you are a Committee Member or an Official Usually the Chairman and Secretary will be named in the litigation but they are only named in a representative capacity on behalf of every Club member The legal reality is that everyone who was a club member at the time of the accident is a Defendant in the action Secondly this is exactly the reason we have liability insurance In the high profile case all aspects of the claim were dealt with by insurers and solicitors appointed to act on the Recreational Club s behalf The settlement has not cost any BHPA member a single penny of their personal money This total cover is the very reason why BHPA Exec regularly remind Recreational Clubs that all Club members must be BHPA members Our insurance is there to protect not just members who fly hang gliders or paragliders but also others be they marshals tug pilots competition organisers or any other role undertaken under the auspices of the BHPA and that includes being on Club committees and yes even being on Exec We can always potentially get something wrong that needs insurance Such widely based insurance is deliberately pitched thus because it is important to the functioning of the BHPA and the sport in general in the UK that people are not scared off from offering their services as Club Officials or other non flying volunteers because of unfounded concerns about losing their house in the event of a claim The terms of the settlement of the high profile claim are confidential and the court order only permits them being being described as confidential and mutually satisfactory Anyone who engages in discussion of the terms of the settlement risks being in breach of the court order and subject to the laws of contempt Recently it has become more widely realised that a jokey threat to bomb Robin Hood Airport can suddenly result in your emails and social networking messages becoming open to scrutiny by the police the court or anyone who wants to bring a claim Speculation about any incident on email or social networking sites may well cause difficulties if the incident becomes subject to an action and your messages are later examined as part of the case In essence the old rule that after an accident you must not admit fault in the new electronic era now extends to all discussions on social networking sites by those who are witnesses or potential witnesses If there is anything to learn from this case it is not that your insurance cover has in any way changed or

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  • Dec 2012
    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 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 dec 2012 Archive Skywings News Dec 2012 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 Comps masterclass British comps and XC legend Pat Dower is offering a range of pilot development opportunities between now and next summer including group development days XC development workshops and an intensive Pilot Development Week at Annecy Pat is passionate about pilot development and takes a novel approach to the subject New for 2013 is an intensive two day Competition Preparation and Masterclass based at the Derby and Lancs Gliding Club in the Peak District in February Pat prides himself on tailoring his work to the needs of individuals and groups and is happy to negotiate to meet their particular needs For more information visit www patdower co uk or e mail him at pat dower isaacsuk co uk Posted 5 December 2012 The Chabre Open opens The 8th Ozone Chabre Open will run from June 29th to July 5th at Laragne France This is a little later than usual to take advantage of a better weather window Despite the recent boom in Serial Class comps the Chabre Open remains the ideal format for those less experienced in competition flying a class competition with pilots scored against others on similar wings Top end competition wings will not be allowed but there will be a tandem class Achievable but challenging tasks will be set by a committee led by Meet Director Jocky Sanderson The organisation will be led by local expert David Owen and the après fly mix includes evening task debriefs and talks plus apéro pizza paella and barbecue events and an Ozone glider will be given away at the

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  • Nov 2012
    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 nov 2012 Archive Skywings News Nov 2012 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 Pyrenees bivvi trip Steve Nash and UK Nova importer Dean Crosby recently completed an 18 day unsupported hike and fly crossing of the Pyrenees Starting in late August at Hendaye on the French on the Atlantic coast they arrived at Roses in Spain on on September 8th Along the way they slept in refuges church gardens a horse showground and a cave Both were flying Nova s ultra light Ion 2 Light Despite setting off at the right time of year the pair were unlucky with the weather and hiked a significant amount of the route being able to fly only 118km of the 438km total in just nine flights Although the hard walks were balanced by some amazing flights above 3 000m despite being a super fit X Alps veteran Steve is said to have lost six kilos during the trip Posted 30 October 2012 Robin Hamilton wins Santa Cruz Flats After seven tasks in seven days ex pat British pilot Robin Hamilton won the annual Santa Cruz Flats Class 1 hang gliding event this year doubling as the US Nationals Robin led the race to goal competition by 392 points on his Moyes Litespeed RS from last year s winner Jeff O Brien Wills Wing T2C and Ben Dunn Litespeed RS another US domiciled Brit Only three pilots flew in the Class 5 comp won by US pilot James Yocom Atos VR10 and three Swifts flew in Class 2 won by former US and world champion Brian Porter Bright Star Swift Posted 30 October 2012 Gran Paradiso first I m afraid we can not display content here This is because you have not agreed that we can set the necessary cookies by ticking the appropriate box in our

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  • Oct 2012
    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 Advanced Pilot Tasks A copy of the tasks for Advanced Pilot Rating is now available for download from the member documents area of the BHPA website This is provided for information only Members wishing to take their Advanced Pilot exam are advised to consult the Pilot Task book which is available from the BHPA Office Posted 6 October 2012 Tow Permits As the 2012 tow season draws to a close it s now time to start thinking about next year All Paragliding and Hang Gliding tow operations are reminded that in order to comply with CAA regulations they must inform the BHPA Tow Panel of the intended status for their tow sites for the coming year i e 2013 Please contact Russ Hicks confirming on going usage or cancellation of your site for 2013 Tow operators are also reminded that tow permits are valid for a maximum of 3 years and when renewing a permit operators must also supply a Letter of Agreement or Email from their site owners indicating continued permission to operate on their land Please reply no later than Friday November 2nd 2012 as failure to respond will cause your current permit to lapse on 31st December 2012 whatever the expiry date This does NOT apply to aerotow For further information please contact Russ Hicks Posted 6 October 2012 Jon Chambers top lands Mont Blanc On August 18th Red Bull X Alps pilot Jon Chambers landed his lightweight Ozone M4 on the summit of Mt Blanc the first top landing of the highest point in Europe by a British pilot It was a challenging day with moderate winds blowing along the summit ridge making relaunching very difficult says Jon I was first to land on the summit four other pilots landed about an hour later After relaunching Jon flew back to his starting point at Champex in Switzerland It was a very technical and challenging flight and quite scary relaunching from the summit he reported but I m over the moon to have finally completed this long standing ambition The superb weather persisted the following day about 50 pilots landed on the summit in even better conditions More detail and photos are on Jon s blog Posted 6 October 2012 Wings of Kilimanjaro Early next year Wessex Club pilot Daniel Von Mutius will join a group of adventurers to climb and fly from Mt Kilimanjaro 19 341ft in Tanzania The Wings of Kilimanjaro expedition organised by a team led by Australian pilot Adrian McRae is intended to raise over a million pounds for the One Foundation and Plant with Purpose charities Both are involved in providing Tanzania and other developing countries with much needed humanitarian and environmental aid Other high profile mountaineer pilots participating include the UK s Squash Falconer Austria s Mike

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  • Sep 2012
    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 sep 2012 Archive Skywings News Sep 2012 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 HPA success at Lasham Five human powered aircraft HPA teams attended the Royal Aeronautical Society s RAeS Icarus Cup competition at Lasham from July 14th 22nd The event commemorated last year s 50th anniversary of the first human powered flight made by Derek Piggott in association with Southampton University on November 9th 1961 The inaugural competition was aimed at testing pilots endurance flight accuracy skills and technical ability across a number of different tasks Rain and strong winds grounded the aircraft for a few days but allowed continued maintenance and modification The entrants were from John Optica Edgley P M Aviation F1 engineer David Barford and Southampton and Bath Universities Each machine has a wingspan of around 25m and weighs over 30kg without its pilot David Barford s Betterfly first flown at Sywell in May performed well but was outflown by the P M team s Airglow originally built in the 1990s The Icarus Cup for the best flight was won by P M s Robin Kraike with Mike Truelove taking second place on the same machine Dave Barford s Betterfly team was second overall and Southampton s SUHPA soo per was third This competition marks the start of a new era of sport aviation reported organiser Dr Bill Brooks Chairman of the RAeS HPA Group and we hope to encourage wider participation in human powered flying Posted 10 August 2012 Solent crossing On July 21st Gordon Mucklow Niviuk Peak 2 and Richard Perkes Gin Boomerang GTO of the Isle of Wight Club flew across the Solent to the Hampshire mainland They are thought to be only the fourth and fifth paraglider pilots to make the crossing from the Island following in the footsteps of Innes Powell Bruce Goldsmith and Fergus Madwar Gordy who flew in a T shirt got to pay for the goal beers and the ferry I was

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  • Aug 2012
    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 Updated Flying sites list for Olympics Restricted Airspace Tom Hardie has just updated the sites list for Olympics Restricted Airspace he compiled earlier this month The two changes are Changed Dover and Folkestone site details Despite pleas from us for common sense we have been told that the DfT lawyers have said that we can only call on the day of the flight Remember that the call must be completed successfully at least one hour before the first take off and that the lines are likely to be very busy first thing in the morning The updated list is available for download here This document includes details of the operating procedures and regulations that will apply to these sites during games For information about airspace restrictions in the Weymouth area during the Olympic Games please visit the Wessex Hang Gliding Paragliding Club website For information about airspace restrictions in the Cardiff area during the Olympic Games please visit the SE Wales Hang Gliding Paragliding Club website Posted 23 July 2012 World hang gliding distance record smashed It was reported early in July that Dustin Martin Wills Wing T2C and Johnny Durand Moyes Litespeed RX pushed the World Hang Gliding Open Distance record to over 760km at the annual Zapata Texas record camp on July 3rd Dustin launched just before 10am 15 minutes ahead of Jonny The pair were in visual contact with each other throughout the flight and went on a final glide together after 9pm at which point Dustin was able to eke a few extra km over Jonny The flights represent a greater than 50km margin over Manfred Ruhmer s 2001 record of 700 6km Latest reports are that two weeks later Jonny also smashed Mike Barber and Pete Lehmann s 2002 straight distance to a declared goal record with a flight of 557km Posted 22 July 2012 Crosby and Nash bivvy adventure In August Dean Crosby of Active Edge and X Alps survivor Steve Gnasher Nash embark on a three week hike and fly adventure in the Pyrenees The pair will start at Hendaye France on the 22nd and bivvi fly their way to Cadaques on Spain s mediterranean coast aiming to arrive around September 8th The paraglider of choice will be Nova s EN B Ion2 Light smaller brother to the Mentor2 The pair plan to take photos and video images along the route to capture the essence of the adventure and share it with other like minded people There will be a blog linked off the Active Edge website where you ll be able to track their progress Posted 22 July 2012 Dales 3 Peaks nailed Dave Smart nailed the Dales Club s elusive Three Peaks Challenge by flying the

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  • Jul 2012
    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 Paramotor Fly in at Boston Aeroclub Boston Aeroclub are holding a paramotor fly in on the 14th 15th July 2012 at Boston Aerodrome at Boardsides Boston Lincolnshire PE21 7NY The event is sponsored by Paramotor Magazine and only costs 5 per person The Aerodrome has an on site cafe and there will be music and camping on Saturday night and a selection of trade stands All are welcome For further information please visit the Boston Aeroclub website Posted 5 July 2012 Kirsty Cameron 233km in the UK On May 13th Kirsty Cameron flew her Ozone Mantra R11 from Milk Hill to near Dereham in Norfolk a straight line distance of 233km The flight would have been second only to Richard Carter s 256km open distance flight made last August had not Kai Coleman flown 243km only the day before Nevertheless Kirsty s flight becomes the ladies UK record although Helen Gant had flown 166km to secure that record held by Judy Leden since 1994 also just the day before The weekend of May 12th 13th was a big weekend for UK paragliding with more than 20 100km flights logged including Kai Coleman s 243km Helen s 166km and Simon Gant s 162km Posted 23 June 2012 Betterfly HPA goes the distance David Barford an employee of Cosworth Engineering has taken eight years to build Betterfly a 22m carbon fibre human powered aircraft HPA At Sywell airfield in Northamptonshire on May 23rd David saw Betterfly fully rigged for the first time after a two hour assembly session aided by members of his family and Ben Ashman s Flylight crew Dr Bill Brooks was on hand to attempt the first flight Everyone present was amazed to see Bill rise into the air after a very short roll reports Ben Amid shouts of surprise and joy I watched those enormous wings curving up into a beautiful bow as they carried their rider into the sky Betterfly was housed overnight in the Flylight hangar David and Bill arrived early the next morning and Betterfly flew again this time covering most of the 900m runway with Bill reporting that he managed to get into the cruise David has received no funding from corporate or educational bodies for the Betterfly project Now it has been proven to fly the machine will be entered in the RAeC HPA competition timed to coincide with the London Olympics the Icarus HPA Cup takes place at Lasham on July 14th 22nd Posted 23 June 2012 X Pyr entrant seeks sponsorship Alistair Andrews a 27 year old Royal Navy Search and Rescue Pilot with 771 Naval Air Squadron has been selected as one of 20 pilots to compete in

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  • Jun 2012
    on the NWHGPC website especially those relating to car parking The club is proud of its Open Sites policy but the interests and safety of members remain its first priority Bognor Birdman The 32nd International Bognor Birdman event will be held on August 4th 5th Following a change to the rules there is no longer a requirement for a sub 30ft wingspan so it is now possible to promote the sport and raise money for charity using a standard hang glider As usual there are two serious classes the Condor for hang gliders and the Leonardo for home built machines pilots in the Condor class will be landing on the beach this year The entry fee is 50 and the deadline for applications is June 22nd There are prizes for the longest time in the air as well as longest distance so think of a worthy cause and drag that old glider out of the shed There is a free reception for competitors and families and glider scrutineering on the Friday evening when the draw for take off order is also made For details and an entry form go to www birdman org uk More Ben Ashman video Flylight s Ben Ashman has put number of really good videos onto YouTube in recent months His latest effort at www youtube com watch v 567orujnBqo contains early footage of Ben and fellow pioneer Will James dangling from polythene and wood back gliders in 1973 but includes paragliders Doodle Bugs and recent SSDR machines Other recent hits have included winter flying from skis www youtube com watch v WgkE DPuY7A soaring the Dragonfly www youtube com watch v E0Ba58ou7nQ feature related transporting the Dragonfly www youtube com watch v ksQKtq1sOLI feature related winter landscapes www youtube com watch v p8Vqxi5paRg and www youtube com watch v 6VPtSdMmMXY most of these will pop up if you just tap on Dragonfly Ben Ashman or similar Ben is a tireless enthusiast for very light powered aircraft his joy at sharing his exploits is quite contagious Wendy Windblows news Rod and Lynn at Telespeed have an Android app available free for Wendy users It offers easy weather reports and allows pilots to pass free messages between each other as per Twitter but without the delays You can post a conditions report from take off which can be echoed by Wendy round your friends or other pilots who have registered an interest in that site Non smartphones can use Wendy s text service for the same thing If you normally call Wendy s phone line and it s engaged at peak times you can request a text weather report instead just text the site name plus a question mark to 07786 200431 and Wendy will text the report back within seconds Wendy has credited some free texts to every member so they can try this service Download the new app by logging in to the Wendy website at www wendywindblows com An iPhone app is possible in

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