||British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association
Urgent Notice: Paragliding Competitions
Following the recent events at the Paragliding world championship in Piedrahita, the following statement was issued by CIVL:-
"Due to recent incidents at the 12th FAI Paragliding World Championship in Piedrahita, Spain the CIVL Bureau has temporarily suspended the certification of Competition Class Paragliders with immediate effect. This suspension means that paragliders classified as Competition Class under Rule 126.96.36.199 of Section 7B of the FAI Sporting Code are not permitted to fly in FAI Category 1 championships for the period of the suspension. Organisers of FAI Category 2 events are also strongly advised to consider whether Competition Class paragliders should be permitted to compete in events with racing tasks for the period of the suspension."
Members of the Paragliding Competitions Panel met with The BHPA Executive Council at an emergency meeting in Leicester on the 14th July to decide on the steps that should be taken in response.
The BHPA‘s position, with immediate effect, is that participation in all BHPA Paragliding Competitions involving racing tasks is limited to the use of EN or LTF certified gliders only. This position will remain in force until CIVL‘s decision is reversed or varied.
A significant effect will be that BHPA competitions currently in progress or planned, must proceed using certified gliders only. This will seriously impact upon the British Paragliding Championships, the next stage of which is to be held in St Jean. The Paragliding Competitions Panel is currently liaising with competitors involved.
Important: Insurance Situation:
This will affect the applicable BHPA liability cover. Your BHPA 3rd party liability insurance will be invalid if you participate in the organisation (eg: task-setting or marshalling) of any paragliding competition involving racing tasks where pilots are flying uncertified gliders. If any member is uncertain as to whether this affects them, they must contact the BHPA to discuss their particular situation.
- Free flying is not affected
- Paragliding XC League and Accuracy competitions are not considered to involve "racing tasks" and are therefore not affected
- The BHPA 3rd Party Liability insurance continues to cover individual pilots who fly uncertified gliders at all times, provided they are registered with the BHPA in the usual way
- Paramotoring is governed by CIMA and is therefore unaffected by the advice from CIVL
BHPA Executive Council
BHPA Paragliding Competitions Panel
15 July 2011