Skywings News Update - December 2012
The Annual General Meeting of the BHPA will be held on Saturday March 2rd 2013 at the Belfry Hotel, Nottingham, NG8 6PY, starting at 11am.
Last year‘s event, co-located with the BGA AGM, seemed to work well and the same format is to be repeated this year. It is hoped that members will take the time to turn up to hear how the BHPA Exec has been working on their behalf, to quiz Exec members on their record and put forward ideas for the future direction of the Association.
Topics for discussion at the members‘ forum, held directly after the AGM, should be notified to the BHPA Chairman by February 1st. Voting papers and details of candidates, and the BHPA Treasurer‘s Report, will appear in the February issue of Skywings. The Belfry is adjacent to Junction 26 of the M1.
Nominations are sought for BHPA Awards of Merit. These are presented to BHPA members to acknowledge conspicuous service to a club or clubs, or to competitions. If someone in your environment has put their heart and soul into the good of the sport for many years, please consider writing a citation for them for a BHPA Merit Award. Citations should be sent to the BHPA Office by January 31st 2012; awards will be presented at the BHPA AGM or other suitable occasion.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Friday night prizegiving raffle!
Ozone, co-sponsor of the event with XC Magazine, say the Open is their favourite event. It‘s certainly the best learning environment for any budding XC or competition pilot. Further details and registration (opens January 19th) are at www.flylaragne.com.
Idris is Nova pilot of the year
After a good year with their Mentor 2 and Ion 2 gliders, Nova have nominated five of their team pilots as Pilots of the Year. Those selected were Kari Roberson (Australia) and Hans ter Maat (Netherlands), and Junior Team pilots Chavert ter Maat (Netherlands), Sebastian Benz (Switzerland) and the UK‘s Idris Birch.
The awards reflected their performance in comps and XC contests, their engagement for the Nova team and their communication skills in promoting the brand. Kari finished as 5th woman in the worldwide XContest; Sebastian flew more than 8,000km on his Triton and Factor 2 and set a new Australian open-distance record; Hans and his son Chavert won the Dutch Flatlands comp for the fourth time between them; and Idris won the British Championship sports class, finishing 6th overall on his Factor 2.
Each of the five was presented with a Garmin GPSmap 62s navigator.