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Glasto helicopter infringer prosecuted

Glasto chopperHelicopter pilot Mark Matthews, 49, was prosecuted at Bath Magistrates' Court in January for flying his helicopter into and out of the 2016 Glastonbury Festival without permission. Matthews was seen to have landed his Robinson R44 at the Love Fields on June 23rd, and was later photographed and filmed taking off again.

Since 1998 regulations have prohibited aircraft from flying below 3,100ft amsl within 2.5 nm of Glastonbury. Matthews, of Radstock, Somerset, did not have the required permission from the police to enter the TRA; he pleaded guilty to two charges and was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000.

Readers may recall that paramotor pilot David Hoare was similarly prosecuted by the CAA and fined for landing at the site in 2015 and 2011.

For those of us that wonder why there aren't more prosecutions for illegal flying, it's clear that if enough people witness someone doing it - and take pictures - the CAA will see them in court.

Posted: 6 March 2017
By: Paul Dancey


Nova XC-Challenge

Nova ChallengeNova's own-brand worldwide online XC contest continues in 2017 for a third year.

To participate, pilots simply upload their flights to XContest.org and Nova's own system generates the XC-Challenge rankings. Note that it's important to use the correct model name as the system will not recognize flights with incorrectly named wings.

The XC-Challenge ends on September 30th; it includes five categories covering Prion, Ion, Mentor, Triton and Phantom (pictured) gliders. The winner of each class will receive a Nova harness of their choice. For further information please visit the Nova website.

Posted: 6 March 2017
By: Paul Dancey


Kenya o/r record falls

Brit Hunter Marriam's world tandem paragliding out-and-return distance record, set two years ago at Nyaru, Kenya, has been broken by Slovakian pilot Miroslav Matovič.

Miroslav flew his Axis Vega XCT 219.2km from the same site in January, exceeding Hunter's record by 4km.

Posted: 6 March 2017
By: Paul Dancey


Buttermere Bash dates

ButtermereThe 10th anniversary Buttermere Bash and Lakeland Charity Open paragliding comp will take place on Friday and Saturday June 2nd - 3rd at its usual location on the shores of Buttermere.

Plans are afoot to attract some of the world's top acro pilots to perform jaw-dropping stunts at the UK's only acro display (photo shows John Oliver performing a SAT at last year's display), and some fantastic bands to fill the nights with music.

Details of the paragliding competition - A and B comps as well as a coaching group for low-airtime pilots - can be found on Jocky Sanderson's website. Camping will be available from Tuesday 30th May; details can be found on the Air Ventures website.

Posted: 23 January 2017
By: Paul Dancey


Super Testival 2017

Testival 2017This year's Super Paragliding Testival at Kössen in Austria will run from May 25th - 28th.

50 of the world's major manufacturers will be there, exhibiting their products to 3,000 pilots or more. The set-up is ideal for pilots keen to fly and compare several brands of equipment. Kössen is ideal for this purpose; its north-facing mountain is famous for easy thermals and gentle convergence and the huge LZ boasts the world-famous Fliegerbar. Local pilots say it has the most flyable days of any site in the northern Alps.

The event is sponsored by the Tirolean Government and AXA insurance; details can be found on the Fly Kössen website.

Posted: 23 January 2017
By: Paul Dancey


Live Superfinal tracking

The PWC Superfinal starts at Brazil's Governador Valadares on Wednesday January 18th. The racing can be followed live, with tracking and the live commentary, each day on the PWC website. British competitors to watch are Julian Robinson, Guy Anderson, Brendan Reid, Russel Ogden and Idris Birch.

Posted: 23 January 2017
By: Paul Dancey


AGM reminder

The BHPA's 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel (adjacent to Junction 26 of the M1) on Saturday February 25th at 11.00am, in tandem with the BGA AGM and trade exhibition.

The meeting will include the election of officers to the BHPA Executive Committee, officers' reports and a members' discussion forum.

A copy of the official AGM Notice, information about the candidates standing for election to Exec, and a Proxy Voting Form can be found in the BHPA 2017 AGM pack, which can be downloaded from the member documents area of this website. If you are unable to attend the AGM in person you can still cast your vote by completing the Proxy Voting Form and lodging it with the Leicester office, by post or e-mail, by 11am on Thursday February 23rd 2017.

Posted: 19 December 2016
By: Paul Dancey


Lakes Charity Classic

Lakes Charity Classic 2016 The UK's longest running and best loved flying competition runs again this year at the Grasmere Showground on July 15th - 16th. Meet director Pete Askew reports that the Grasmere venue proved to be a resounding success in 2016.

"Everyone had a great time, with many flying new Cumbrian sites for the first time. This year, in addition to the LCC competition and ever-popular coaching groups, flying activities are planned for the Friday and Monday for those who want to make a long weekend of it."

Places for CSC members will open on January 16th and for non-members on January 30th. To register visit the Cumbria Soaring Club website and follow the instructions carefully. A wide range of accommodation, and plenty of activities for non-flying families and friends, are available in Grasmere and nearby Ambleside.

Posted: 19 December 2016
By: Paul Dancey


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