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Sent February 14th 2016
Skywings E-news Update AustrialAlpin buckle warning A safety warning has been released regarding the AustrialAlpin Cobra harness buckle that is widely used on hang glider, paraglider and paramotor harness types from many different manufacturers. Some buckles have been identified in which the the rivets have not been closed; the release clips may detach with potentially very serious consequences. All pilots should examine the buckles on their harnesses at the first opportunity. If these are of the of the AustrialA...
Sent April 22nd 2015
BHPA e-News Message e-News Safety Advisory 04/2015 - Speed systems and risers The BHPA have had reports of two cases where the speed system has failed in flight. Both gliders (A Gin Carrera and a UTurn Lightning) have suffered from one of the speed system pulleys coming away from the riser. The integrity of the riser itself is not affected. Like many other models, both these wings use 'skinny' risers which means there is relatively small area of stitching where the speed system pulleys are attached. Thi...
Sent March 10th 2014
BHPA e-News - Airspace Update Farnborough - consultation on new class D airspace proposal Farnborough have launched a consultation on their proposal for substantial Class D airspace. For insomniacs and/or those who can admire smoke 'n mirrors, their consultation document is available on the TAG Farnborough Airport website. The potential effects of this upon all forms of GA are significant, needless to say the potential effects are not good ones ... unless you happen to being whisked to or from Farnborough in one of b...
Sent January 27th 2013
BHPA e-News - January 2013 Skywings News Update - January 2013 Brits take Bronze at Forbes Worlds! After ten tasks ranging from 127 to 240km, brilliant teamwork by Team GB secured third place and a Bronze medal in the hang gliding World Championships at Forbes, New South Wales in January. A re-energised Manfred Ruhmer took the individual title for the fourth time ahead of Alex Ploner and Filippo Oppici. Italy took the Gold medal and the USA Silver, led by ex-pat Brit Robin Hamilton. Grant Crossingham finished 6th ...
Sent December 20th 2012
BHPA e-News - Christmas 2012 Skywings News Update - Christmas 2012 BHPA Liability Insurance & Club Officers The settlement of a high profile case against a BHPA Recreational club has apparently given rise to concerns amongst Club Committee members in a number of other Recreational Clubs in respect of their personal liability for such claims, such that a number of people have resigned as Club Committee members or Officials. The first point to make is that because most Recreational Clubs are not registered compa...
Sent December 5th 2012
BHPA e-News - December 2012 Skywings News Update - December 2012 BHPA AGM 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 ...
Sent November 8th 2012
BHPA e-News - November 2012 Skywings News Update - November 2012 Dolomites warning Late last year there were serious problems in the Dolomites, particularly the Canazei-Col Rodella-Pordoi-Marmolada area, involving conflicts between search-and-rescue helicopters and paragliders and hang gliders (see November 2011 news item). Nearly 70 free fliers were rescued by helicopter in the Canazei area between September and October, and helicopters were also in action to rescue climbers and bikers, etc. The presence of hundr...
Sent October 6th 2012
BHPA e-News October 2012 October News Update - from the Skywings Team Advanced Pilot Tasks A copy of the tasks for "Advanced Pilot" Rating is now available for download from the members documents area of the BHPA website. This is provided for information only. Members wishing to take their "Advanced Pilot" exam are advised to consult the Pilot Task book, which is available from the BHPA Office. Tow Permits As the 2012 tow season draws to a close it`s now time to start thinking about next yea...
Sent August 11th 2012
Skywings News Update - August 2012 Olympic airspace restrictions still apply for the Paralympics A smaller set of restrictions to the original Olympics constraints remain in force to cover the Paralympic Games from August 16th to September 12th. If flying anywhere near them make sure you know exactly what the rules - and your responsibilities - are. Full details of the Paralympics restrictions can be found at www.airspacesafety.com/olympics. HPA success at Lasham Five h...
Sent July 23rd 2012
e-news - from the Skywings Team Updated Flying sites list for Olympics Restricted Airspace Tom Hardie has just updated the sites list for Olympics Restricted Airspace he compiled earlier this month. The two changes are: [*]Changed Dover and Folkestone site details [*]Despite pleas from us for common sense, we have been told that the DfT lawyers have said that we can only call on the day of the flight. Remember that the call must be completed successfully at least one ho...
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