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  • Jul 2011
    or varied A significant effect will be that BHPA competitions currently in progress or planned must proceed using certified gliders only This will seriously impact upon the British Paragliding Championships the next stage of which is to be held in St Jean The Paragliding Competitions Panel is currently liaising with competitors involved Important Insurance Situation This will affect the applicable BHPA liability cover Your BHPA 3rd party liability insurance will be invalid if you participate in the organisation eg task setting or marshalling of any paragliding competition involving racing tasks where pilots are flying uncertified gliders If any member is uncertain as to whether this affects them they must contact the BHPA to discuss their particular situation For Clarification Free flying is not affected Paragliding XC League and Accuracy competitions are not considered to involve racing tasks and are therefore not affected The BHPA 3rd Party Liability insurance continues to cover individual pilots who fly uncertified gliders at all times provided they are registered with the BHPA in the usual way Paramotoring is governed by CIMA and is therefore unaffected by the advice from CIVL BHPA Executive Council BHPA Paragliding Competitions Panel 15 July 2011 Everest summit flight On May 31 st tandem pilot Sanubabu Sunuwar 28 launched from the summit of Everest with Lakpa Tshering Sherpa as passenger The pair gained altitude at the summit to fly 30m above the world s highest mountain after 40 minutes in the air they landed 20km away at Syangboche airstrip Namche Bazaar The pair had launched from the north west face having climbed the classic South Col route Sunuwar and Lakpa Sherpa are now preparing to continue their adventure by crossing India from Nepal to Bangladesh by Topolino kayak The trip is intended to publicise Nepal and Nepalese achievement by walking cycling climbing flying and kayaking from Katmandu to the sea in one continuous expedition In March 2010 Sunuwar completed a 30 day 850km tandem bivouac flight from east to west Nepal Nev Almond takes UK out and return record June 11 th saw the declared out and return record pushed to 80 19 miles 129 05km following Nev Almon s Atos VR flight from Westbury to Lasham and back I sneaked away from Westbury at 11 30 with a good line of Cu s flying east to near Devizes to start the task at 12 00 writes Nev I arrived at Lasham at 13 15 but struggled on the way home sneaking into the final turnpoint with 500ft to spare In the last nine weeks Nev has logged 24 hours of XC airtime My experience can place the glider in the right bit of sky he says but a lot of credit has to go to the masterpiece of aeronautical engineering I m lucky enough to fly Carnet is best foreigner at French paramotor nationals Michel Carnet secured the best foreign pilot award in the paramotor class of the French national microlight championships at Couhé Vérack near Poitiers early in June

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  • Jun 2011
    like 20 minutes of straight lining at 50 60mph some tip toeing in the blue to get around airspace near Abingdon and a few moments lucking out very low in big blue holes said Nev The straight line distance was 167 miles with the final turnpoint around a mile out to sea but with my two intermediate turnpoints it works out at 173 3 That s 135 and 173 miles open XC flying in four weeks another one and my family may forget who I am Nev s flight exceeds Robin Hamilton s 162 mile Class 2 record from the Lawley on a Swift in 1995 Nick Pain s 158 mile flexwing record from the Malverns on a La Mouette Topless in 1999 and Nev s own Class 2 record of 155 miles from Mere in 2009 Observant readers may recall Nev s prophetic words in last month s Skywings I plan to limit open my XCs to two attempts a year and only when the record is possible the thrill of crossing a huge land mass never loses its buzz On her way at 16 Airways Airsports student Lois Preston received her CP rating in April on her 16th birthday Lois started learning to fly on the tow with Airways when she was 14 She quickly completed her CP tasks but had to remain within the school until she was old enough to qualify Lois was able to do some mountain flying with a French school at Laragne last year as the FFVL don t have the same age restrictions She is now booked on an Airways XC course in the summer Meanwhile flying has become a family affair her father Mark and older brother Sam are both learning to hang glide at Airways It s quite common to see at least two of the Prestons thermalling above Darley Moor at any one time says Airways Judy Leden Lois is already showing the signs of becoming a talented pilot this girl is one to watch Brett Janaway takes tandem 100km O R speed record XtC Paragliding s Brett Janaway claimed a world record after nailing 31 9km h on a three hour out and return flight from Gemona in Italy to Kobala in Slovenia and back on April 22nd The flight was made with with Marshall Hall as passenger on a Gradient BiGoldenXC A perfect forecast presented itself the night before says Brett and I made a late decision to have a go at the record 80 of the flight was against the valley wind but I was able to get excellent speeds and glides with careful use of the trimmers and we were able to overtake several Open class wings Brett s flight eclipses Nina Renate Brümmer s 29 5km h mark set in Kenya in January Earlier on April 20 th Slovenia s Sergej Cujec broke Burkhardt Martens 2001 25km paragliding speed triangle record flying from Tolmin at 25 51km h On the same day as Brett

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  • Apr 2011
    from 13 th July 12 th September 2012 are now available on the London 2012 Air Space web site There will also be Restricted airspace around the out of London Olympic venues but whilst details of these venues are available on the London 2012 web site the dimensions and durations of airspace restrictions around them are not known at present For BHPA members the airspace restrictions will mean No flying within the Prohibited Zone No powered flying within the Restricted Zone the BHPA has asked for powered to be treated the same way as unpowered but has had no response yet No XC flying within the Restricted Zone Other flying within the Restricted Zone limited to within 3nm of the launch site maybe possible as things stand at the moment there was an un notified change for balloonists in that they now need permission and there are severe doubts as to the practicalities of the proposed permissions system There will be considerably increased traffic levels around the outside of the Restricted Zone as aircraft not able to enter treat it as a roundabout This airspace is completely separate from the proposals from Southend Farnborough Oxford and NATS for temporary controlled airspace for the Olympics Oxford have yet to publish details or approach the BHPA But an 8 week consultation on the remaining areas is due to close on Thursday 26 th May 2011 The consultation document is available from the NATS web site Natassia and Steve awarded RAeCT Bursaries Natassia Spence 16 Beyond Extreme and James Daniell 16 Mercian HGC have both been awarded bursaries under the Royal Aero Club Trust s Flying for Youth programme which aims to help develop the flying ambitions 16 and 21 year olds UK residents The scheme and the bursaries cover a huge variety of air sports and aviation related activities including paragliding gliding hang gliding parachuting microlight aircraft helicopter fixed wing aircraft and the designing building and flying model aeroplanes I am delighted to have been chosen to receive this prestigious bursary said Natassia This award will definitely help me develop myself as a paraglider pilot and I intend to use the money to achieve my goal of obtaining my Club Pilot qualifications For further information about this scheme and the bursaries available please visit the Royal Aero Club web site Idris joins Nova Juniors Up and coming Welsh star Idris Birch 20 currently studying geography at Swansea has been accepted into Nova s Junior International Team Idris started flying in 2007 inspired by his dad David who has been flying for over 20 years The Nova Pilots Team was started in 2006 to encourage and support enthusiastic pilots with the right attitude to represent the Nova brand and the sport Now numbering more than 50 pilots from across the world the team was joined in 2009 by the Juniors all promising pilots between 16 and 25 years of age Nova s aim is to help them develop their potential Idris presented himself

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  • Mar 2011
    year the Trophy is awarded for conspicuous service to the sport How fitting therefore that this year the trophy should go to John Aldridge no one in the history of the BHPA has done more to support and improve competitions BHPA Awards of Merit put forward by clubs or individual members were presented to Nikki Bodill of Accuracy comps and Andy Wallis of the Derbyshire club details below The Wings over a Cloud award for the best article to appear in Skywings over the year was awarded in her absence to Australia s Helen McKerral Election Those present voted for four candidates from the seven listed on the voting papers When postal votes were taken into account the following were elected to the BHPA Executive Council Paul Dancey and Angus Langford re elected Chris Calvo Burns and Bill Bell Finally a vote of thanks was proposed to former MP Lembit Opik who has been the BHPA s Honorary President for the past five years New faces on Exec Chris Burns known to most as Calvo has been flying for 15 years and heavily involved in competition paragliding for ten not least as Meet Director at the British Championships For the last five years he has represented British paragliding interests at CIVL He has accepted the role of BHPA Competitions Officer Bill Bell is a longtime hang glider pilot and secretary of the Hang Gliding Competitions Panel A former Airwave dealer he will support Calvo as deputy Competitons Officer on the BHPA Exec Exec changes John Lawson has taken on the role of BHPA Vice Chairman to assist Martin Heywood Brett Janaway will take over External Representation Ed Cunliffe has been co opted as informal non Executive paramotor representative Any South Asian pilots Eastern Eye Britain s biggest Asian newspaper is researching an article on gliding and or hang gliding They want to spend a day with a pilot of Indian Pakistani Bangladeshi or Sri Lankan origin to discover how they got into the sport the training needed and the cost and their memorable experiences and unfulfilled ambitions etc If anyone can help please contact Nadeem Badshah on 0207 654 7772 or e mail nadeemnews100 yahoo co uk Would you like up to 1000 to realize your air sports ambitions The deadline is fast approaching for handglider and paraglider pilots between 16 and 21 looking to advance their air sport qualifications to apply for bursaries worth up to 1000 from the Royal Aero Club Trust RAeCT Applications for the bursaries including The President s Scholars 2 bursaries each worth up to 750 the Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship worth up to 1 000 and additional bursaries worth up to 500 each such as the Bramson Bursary must be received by 31 st March 2011 Applicants must be UK citizens resident in the UK and training and flying can only be conducted at Clubs Associations or training establishments in the UK Applications are to be submitted through a Sponsoring Organisation Club or Association

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  • Feb 2011
    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 BHPA AGM Just a final reminder that the Annual General Meeting of the BHPA will be at Bisham Abbey on Saturday February 12 2011 The AGM will include the election of BHPA Officers members of the Association s Executive Committee Exec Bisham is near Marlow Bucks SL7 1RR and has very good road access via the M4 Two Brits for X Alps British pilots Jon Chambers and Steve Nash have both been selected to compete in the 2011 Red Bull X Alps contest said by many to be the toughest race on earth For those not familiar with the format the X Alps now in its fifth incarnation is a bivouac hike and fly endurance race extending around 850km from Salzburg in Austria to Monaco on the French Riviera Each competitor is allowed one supporter to provide food weather forecasting and other logistical backup Whoever reaches Monaco first is the winner and 48 hours after that pilot touches down the race is stopped Of the 30 pilots in the race only a handful will reach Monaco within two days of the winner many will have fallen by the wayside and retired hurt or exhausted along the way To complete the route may require an actual flying and walking distance of around 1 300km Swiss winner Chrigel Maurer raised the bar in the last race in 2009 completing the gruelling course in a record ten days having flown for 42 hours and walked for nearly 90 spending just 100 hours resting Jon and Steve are both pretty hard customers already but will be training seriously until the event begins in July Jon 30 was noted for running 800m uphill to the launch each day at last year s St Andre Nationals He lives in Switzerland flies an Ozone Mantra M4 has a 170km triangle flight under his belt and walked and flew with Aidan Toase on the final stretch of the 2009 race Jon will be supported by his father Richard himself a marathon runner and capable outdoorsman Steve Nash 38 is a veteran of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc and has twice won Scotland s X Scotia hike and fly race and also the X Lakes event all three X Alps type events held in the UK He lives in Cheshire flies a Nova Ibex and has extensive experience of flying in the Austrian Swiss and French Alps and in Snowdonia Steve will be supported by UK XC League No 2 Richard Bungay no stranger to organisation having run the British paragliding comps scene for several years The 2011 Red Bull X Alps race blasts off from Salzburg on July 17 th There will be live tracking and lots of information about the race and the

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  • Jan 2011
    Safety Advisories home sport news jan 2011 Archive Skywings News Jan 2011 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 Christmas at St Hilaire Pilots from clubs in the Grenoble region gathered at St Hilaire early in December for an informal costumed evening Christmas flight Although care was taken to fly less than half an hour after official sunset to comply with aviation rules most flights took place in darkness The temperature was 10 degrees below freezing and the Coupe Icare s famous green take off carpet was covered with 50cm of fresh snow As an additional hazard the wind was blowing from over the back Nevertheless about two thirds of the pilots managed to take off most after making one or two failed launches No one was hurt and everybody eventually flew or drove down to a party at the Lumbin LZ where enthusiastic members of the public waited with sausage and mulled wine Photographs of the event by Ilan Ginzburg are at www murblanc org parapente noel2010 Hang gliding XC league changes Early in 2010 it was announced that the existing UK hang gliding National XC League UKNXCL was coming to a close The code used to generate the tables and associated items was not going to be released and it would be impossible for someone to take it over in its existing state Requests for anyone interested to start again from scratch got a single response from a commercial company Phil Chettleburgh who brought the UKNXCL to the web in 1997 with a lot of help from Tony Southwood was concerned that 20 years of data would be be lost Fortunately Phil s son Robert studying Maths and drinking at Exeter University was able to drag himself from his Xbox for long enough to generate a program that would pretty much mirror the existing database sorting system Robert pictured below has continued to make improvements to the system as his programming learning curve allows Now at the very least we can be sure that the historical tables and thus decades of the history of UK XC flying will be available for years to come The site is expected evolve rapidly as the new season begins and one or two bugs are to be expected The new UKNXCL site is at www uknxcl co uk RAeC Trust bursaries apply now The RAeC Trust bursary scheme for 2011 is now open It offers several bursaries including the prestigious Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship worth up to 1 000 and other

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  • Dec 2010
    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 2010 Archive Skywings News Dec 2010 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 Parajet supports Jump for Heroes Jump for Heroes raises awareness for the Royal British Legion through the medium of extreme stunts The team consists of three serving members of the Armed Forces who belong to the national skydiving team plus a photographer liaison officer and PR specialist Jump for Heroes have jumped from the North Face of the Eiger set world records in BASE jumping and appeared on TV and in the national press Parajet International was recently be asked to produce three custom paramotors for the team decorated with the poppy motif It was an exciting project for us reported Parajet MD Jim Edmondson and the units turned out beautifully We hope that they will raise awareness of the brave men and women that serve our country Great TV exposure Some terrific TV exposure was achieved by British Open Series winner Tony Stephens in October Excellent on board footage of Tony and his Combat L soaring high over the Dorset coast appeared on the BBC South evening news along with a brief interview One would like to think that one or two of the millions who watched it would have thought Wow That s hang gliding Where do I learn Nice work Tony Superb why I fly video In response to a competition set up by Skywalk Portuguese paraglider pilot Déciu Abreu has made a short film about why he flies It s really a kind of prose poem to flying nicely shot and with a great soundtrack from Aaron Parks and Kurt Rosenwinkel The more I fly the more I realise I

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  • Nov 2010
    The European Hang Gliding Paragliding Union Midwinter uplift More details on the Midwinter Uplift paragliding celebration in Shrewsbury on Saturday December 4 th The event sponsored by XC Magazine and the Long Mynd Soaring Club in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance features adventure acro and XC films including Jocky Sanderson s Security in Flight 2 and John Silvester s Birdman of the Karakorum plus Path of the Condor Adrenaline and Turbulence and a Pimple Queens feature There will also be lectures by Toby Colombé big distances in the mountains world record tandem flight Steve Nash and Gareth Aston Mongolia vol biv and an Air Ambulance rep what they do how you can help in an emergency Other attractions include parachute repacking by Bill Morris 20 limited places so book early a photo competition sponsored by XC Magazine a raffle with lots of prizes including a microlight flight voucher from Airways Airsports and a bring and buy sale Tickets for the event are 10 in advance and 12 50 on the door More information and an online payment facility are at www longmynd org about social uplift To book a repack place or submit photographs contact Martin Knight at mkfly hotmail co uk tel 07787 226279 The Midwinter Uplift event is at the Gateway Centre Chester Street Shrewsbury SY1 1NB near the railway station and NCP Airways Airsports are running a shop at the festival and there is a coffee shop on site for light lunches etc Paragliding Equipment Found A couple of items of paragliding equipment were found in the Old Man of Coniston area on the 12 th October If you think these may be yours please contact Stuart Halford at stuart halford impactinternational com Blue sky thinking on airspace A new document released by the CAA outlines work being done on its Future Airspace Strategy FAS The future needs of airspace users they say will require the provision of flexible airspace capacity to respond to developments at acceptable cost yet minimising aviation s environmental impact The document is aimed largely at users of controlled airspace but it does reveal that the CAA is to carry out stakeholder consultation to develop its draft FAS between now and February 2011 There s little mention of General Aviation in the document except to say factors may be in conflict for example expanding controlled airspace to increase capacity could restrict the access to some in the General Aviation community The key words are flexibility and integration no doubt we will soon learn exactly what these mean in CAA hands The Airspace for Tomorrow 2 document can be found at www caa co uk docs 7 2010928AirspaceForTomorrow2 pdf Condor has superb L D Research into the aerodynamic attributes of flying fish has revealed that they are far more efficient than hitherto believed reports The Economist Drs Choi and Park of Seoul National University in Korea wind tunnel tested stuffed flying fish in different configurations and discovered that they could achieve a lift

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