British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

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Skywings Archived News

Skywings Archived News - Nov & Dec 2014

UK's youngest tug pilot

Tomas Frohawk has just become, at 17, the BHPA's youngest fully-qualified tug pilot. Tomas learnt to fly with Flylight Airsports at Sywell and quickly gained his NPPL (Microlights).

In ten weeks Tomas has flown 180 hours and made over 103 flights and now flies his own Mainair-Pegasus Quik. He hopes to begin hang glider training soon, again with Flylight support. Such dedication to flying at Tomas's age is encouraging to see.

Updated: 26 October 2014

Paramotor records fall to RAF team

In late September an RAF team broke the paramotor world records for solo and tandem time to climb to 3000m. The UK records for these categories were also broken, along with the UK solo and tandem altitude records (19,200 and 11,309 ft).

The team included Flt Lt Gordon Blackley, Sqn Ldr Suzanne Hobbs, Flt Lt Giles Fowler and Gp Capt (Ret'd) Mick Roche; the equipment was Bailey Hornet-powered Advance Epsilon 7 and Bi-Beta 5 gliders. Summit Oxygen and Flycom specialist comms systems were also used, along with electrically-heated flying kit.

Flights were made at Bailey Aviation's Cambridgeshire base and at Chatteris airfield, with high-level controlled airspace cleared in advance by military-CAA co-operation. All records are subject to the homologation process; congratulations to all involved.

Posted: 26 October 2014

Mark Morgan record homologated

The 123.18km paramotor flight made on October 6th last year by Mark Morgan of Sussex Paramotors has been confirmed as a World and UK tandem paramotor (limited fuel) distance record.

Mark flew his Bailey V5/Ozone Mag Max outfit from Hambrook, West Sussex to Camber Sands on just 7.5kg - about 10 litres - of fuel, with Micheal 'Stix' Stevenson as passenger. Mark is soon to take delivery of a new Ozone Viper 3 and has more paramotor records in his sights.

Posted: 26 October 2014

Bursaries available!

Earlier this year the Royal Aero Club Trust awarded 28 bursaries to young airsports enthusiasts to help them advance in their chosen field.

Details of the 2015 bursaries are now available; changes to the scheme include lowering the minimum age to 14 and the addition of follow-on bursaries for further advancement up to age 24. The awards include the Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship (up to £1,000), the President's Scholarships (up to £750), the Breitling Bursary (up to £750) and many others worth up to £500.

If you are aged between 14 and 21 and seek financial assistance to progress to the next level, go to the Royal Aero Club Trust website. Applications for 2015 bursaries will close on March 31st 2015. Every young BHPA pilot should apply!

Posted: 26 October 2014


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