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Skywings Archived News - May 2014

Farnborough Airspace Update 3

Following the BGA's highlighting of the Farnborough ACP website's failure TAG have extended the consultation until 10:00am on Monday 12th May 2014.

An announcement about this extension and the reasons behind it has been posted on the Tag Farnborough Airport website.

If you didn't, or don't, receive an e-mail acknowledging your submission please resubmit it....

Posted: 28 April 2014


Farnborough Airspace Update 2

There may have been problems with some on-line responses submitted to the Farnborough consultation.

A particularly curious and tenacious member of Southdown Gliding Club has uncovered what might be a major issue with the technology that TAG are using to collect inputs to the ACP consultation. He noticed that some of the members of his gliding club had received confirmation emails after they had submitted a response, but others had not.

As he had not received an email response when he sent his own input to TAG, he contacted TAG to ask whether or not they had received it, and was told that nothing had come in from him on the day when he said he had sent it.

This raises the possibility that anyone who has submitted an input, but has not received a confirmation email, may not have their responses considered or counted.

The BGA are checking into this in more detail, but wanted to flag the possibility of a problem straight away.

If you have submitted a response but not received an acknowledgement please send an email to farnborough@gliding.co.uk, so that the BGA can get an idea of how many people have been affected and take appropriate action on behalf of the GA Alliance.

Posted: 17 April 2014


London Air Show

It's all systems go for Green Dragons' London Air Show on the late May bank holiday weekend (May 24th - 26th), celebrating 40 years of training pilots.

There will be paragliding, hang gliding, paramotoring, powered hang gliding and winching; pilots will be able to free fly and demo a range of gliders and gear. On the ground there will be a trade fair, refreshments, bouncy castles and other kids' stuff, plus talks and forums with flying personalities and industry figures.

Evening entertainments will include live music from Queen and Madness tribute acts. Entry, parking and camping is free to BHPA members and their families who register online on the London Airshow website before May 20th; otherwise entry will cost £15 on the gate for the weekend.

Green Dragons' North Downs base is just off the A22: leave the M25 at J6. For more info go to the Green Dragons website or Facebook/Green Dragons.

Updated: 29 April 2014


Toni Bender on tour

There's a chance to see German paragliding legend Toni Bender at Active Edge's Nova glider testival in the Peak District on June 13th - 15th.

A gifted development pilot, test pilot, author and paragliding film star, Toni has been with Nova since the start of the company in 1989. He has been visiting schools and clubs in Germany this spring and will be in the Peaks in June with the complete Nova paraglider range for demo flying.

On the Saturday evening Toni will give a talk about glider development and testing at the Derby & Lancs Gliding Club at Great Hucklow near Bradwell. Camping will be available on site. For more information contact Dean Crosby at dean@activeedge.co.uk.

Posted: 21 April 2014


Southern Foot or Fly challenge

In July and August the Southern Club will host their Southern 'Foot or Fly' XC challenge - with over £2,000 of prizes available.

Pilots are invited to link eight Southern flying sites by flying and hiking. The distance is 65km by air or 85km on foot. The event was originally run by Flybubble but the club has now taken it over and is promoting it as part of their Club Coaching programme to encourage CP (and above) rated pilots to go XC.

All pilots from novices to experts are welcome. There are no entry fees but BHPA and Southern Club membership is mandatory (day membership costs just £5). Details of the route, rules, prizes and warm-up events are on the Southern Club website or the Southern Foot or Fly Facebook page.

Posted: 21 April 2014


Leavesley sponsorship

Leavesley Aviation is to sponsor rising star Danny Taylor in paragliding competitions and the UK XC League.

Danny has been flying with Mark Leavesley for the last two years, helping him out both here and abroad. Danny, 34, learned to fly in Bulgaria with Mark's close friend and fly-guiding partner Valery Tzvetanov, but now lives in Birmingham.

Of his new protege Mark says, "I have never sponsored a pilot before but this chap has shown ridiculous skill in a very short time. He reminds me of myself when I was trying to get sponsorship get into comps, and I feel he's worth helping out." Danny's first comp will be the Lakes Charity Classic at the end of this month.

Posted: 21 April 2014

 

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