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PeaBee ready to fly

Flylight PeaBee nanolightFlylight's new PeaBee 'nanolight' trike made its maiden flight in September. According to designer Ben Ashman, the idea was to build a high-performance sub-70kg machine with superb comfort and build quality while retaining the performance of their SSDR microlights.

In practice this means that you sit in a roomy, well-padded seat with adjustable pedals, yet can carry carry camping gear, a change of clothes and enough fuel to actually go places. The trike unit can be folded in minutes to fit inside a car, and the machine is light enough to allow the pilot to switch the engine off and soar in good conditions. The trike unit was extensively tested with the Foxcub's 13TL wing and then married to the lighter 13T wing - itself already test flown - when the production versions arrived at Flylight's Sywell factory.

Using the 25hp Corsair M25Y engine and Helix prop, the PeaBee weighs in at 61kg empty, allowing enough fuel to be carried for three or four hours flying while remaining within the sub-70kg category. The PeaBee will be in production by the time you read this; list price is £8,300 + VAT but there will be a 15% discount on the first three units off the line. More details from Flylight Airsports Ltd, Sywell Aerodrome, Northants NN6 0BN, tel: 01604 49445, e-mail: info@flylight.co.uk, website: www.flylight.co.uk.

Posted: 3 October 2017
By: Paul Dancey

British Paramotor Open

Danny Kettle and trike about to launch courtesy of Paul SmithA pessimistic weather forecast led to a small turnout at the 2017 British Paramotor Open at Green Dragons' base in the Surrey hills. Nevertheless guest pilots were present from Poland, Turkey and Sweden. Despite strong winds, rain and low cloud over the four-day event, Meet Director Barney Townsend ran seven excellent tasks to validate the Championship, with Dylan Marsh winning the fuel economy task and Mark Morgan the navigation one.

Landing accuracy ultimately provided the tie-break and Michel Carnet, flying the Nirvana Instinct 200/Nucleon WRC31 combination he's been using for years, won the British Paramotor Champion Trophy for a record 13th time! There was a disappointing end to the competition for promising young pilot Dylan Marsh who was injured when he stalled his wing on a landing approach. He is reported to be recovering well.

Posted: 3 October 2017
By: Paul Dancey

Skyway Code (print version)

Launched online earlier this year, the CAA's new Skyway Code is now available as a hard copy. Described as a one-stop shop for safety rules and advice for GA pilots, the guide condenses the 'must know' info on recreational flying into an easy-to-navigate document.

Areas covered include pilot responsibilities, pre-flight checks and flight planning, airspace rules and regulations, risks and emergencies and links to useful safety and regulatory resources. It's still available as a free download too on the CAA website; the print version costs £12.95 from AFE online.

Posted: 3 October 2017
By: Paul Dancey

Pilots Declaration: Uncertified Wing

From the 1st August 2017, the submission of a stand-alone pilots declaration uncertified wing form has been superceded by a new declaration included in the membership renewal form.

When pilots flying any wing that is uncertified join the BHPA or renew their BHPA membership, they will now have to declare that they understand and accept the additional risks of flying an uncertified wing with no acceptable independent verification of airworthiness. Pilots who entered the old system will automatically be transferred to the new system on their next renewal. Anyone who wants to START flying an uncertified wing who was not on the old system and who has not renewed since 1 August 2017 will need to speak to a Technical Officer.

For further information about certification and flying an uncertified wing, please download a copy of the BHPA Certification Factsheet.

Posted: 14 September 2017
By: Paul Dancey

Marathon Man sees the light

Marathon Man 2017Some readers may remember the YouTube footage of a paramotor pilot, flying at extremely low altitude, along the Brighton shoreline on the day of the Brighton Marathon in April.

The CAA had been already been alerted as it appeared he had taken off from within the Shoreham ATZ. The pilot in question (not a BHPA member) was later tracked down by the BHPA and local paramotor pilots and interviewed under caution by the CAA's Enforcement Branch.

Taken aback by the volume of evidence presented, the pilot is said to have apologised to all concerned and, with a view to furthering his airmanship, has since requested further training. Respect is due to all in the paramotor community involved in engineering this positive outcome from a potential PR disaster.

Posted: 7 September 2017
By: Paul Dancey

Opportunity: Airspace Support Consultant

The GA Alliance (GAA) are seeking an Airspace Support Consultant to provide contracted, paid project support to member organisations through the GAA airspace team.

The job involves proactive awareness, research and analysis of strategic and local airspace issues, and developing, with others, potential solutions and guidance to member associations. The successful applicant will have a well-developed understanding of UK airspace operations and good knowledge of airspace developments and the relevant legislative framework.

They must be flexible and committed, with strong verbal and written communication skills, and able to prepare high-quality submissions. Applications, marked 'GAA Airspace Contractor', should go to Pete Stratten, Secretary, GAA, 8 Merus Court, Leicester LE19 1RJ by September 9th 2017.

For details please visit the BGA website.

The GAA was formed in 2004 to provide a co-ordinated response to UK regulatory issues, working on behalf of the 72,000-odd members of the BBAC, BGA, BHPA, BMAA, BPA, HCGB, LAA and the RAeC.

Posted: 7 September 2017
By: Paul Dancey

Stolen paramotor found

On Sunday 30th July, two months after having his Bailey V4 paramotor stolen, John Richardson went down to the local recreation ground to walk his dogs and fly RC gliders. His partner noticed a silver BMW convertible with a paramotor and wing in the back, and said it looked like his.

Walking over for a sneaky look while the two guys set up the wing in the middle of the field, John immediately recognised it as his and called the Police.

The micreants were arrested and John has his paramotor back. When the Police visited the thieves' house they found 28 stolen paraglider wings, equipment, etc. If you have had equipment stolen contact PCs Sarah Warren or Simon Wright at Beeston (Nottingham) - phone 101, extension 318 9987. The Crime Reference Number is 17000224163.

Posted: 7 September 2017
By: Paul Dancey

Weird but wonderful!

Lilienthal Meet Model In May 1975, at the 5th annual Otto Lilienthal Hang Glider Meet at Pismo Beach in California, a dayglo-orange WW2-surplus amphibious vehicle was used to ferry pilots and gliders over a mile to the 450ft Guadalupe Dune flying site.

Hang gliding history buff and avid modeller Everard Cunion has recreated the event in miniature using scratch-built model gliders and a 1/76th-scale Airfix kit of the DUKW amphibian. The DUKW is 12.5cm in length and the hang gliders - made of toothpicks, tissue paper, wire and thread - are just 8cm long. Those interested in how Everard achieved this feat of miniaturisation should visit Everard's wordpress website.

Posted: 7 September 2017
By: Paul Dancey

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