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Skywings Archived News - July 2015

Mad May!

Among the many superb distance flights made in May were Mike Cavanagh's 145km (Ozone Mantra M6) in Scotland on the 8th, Hugh Miller's 152km (Ozone Mantra M6) from Sharpenhoe to the Forest of Dean on the 1st and his 128km from Devils Dyke to Margate on the 17th.

Nev Almond (Atos VR) flew 208km from the Long Mynd to Cambridge on the 21st, exceeded by Guy Anderson's 213km (Ozone Enzo 2) along the same route on the same day. Graham Steel (Niviuk IcePeak 7) flew 136km from Milk Hill to Biggleswade on the 27th and Alex Coltman (Ozone Enzo 2) flew 264km from Frocester to North Norfolk on the 30th, along with 203km from Emile Van Wyk and 186km from Guy Anderson.

Numerous high-scoring triangle flights have also been made, not least Steve Blackler's 83km Norfolk-Suffolk triangle (Moyes Litespeed RS) on the 13th.

Posted: 22 June 2015

Dean Crosby at large

In October and November Dean Crosby of Active Edge will again team up with John Silvester and Eddie Colfox for the annual Himalayan Sky Safaris pilgrimage to Bir, India.

The team offers 1:1 to 1:3 guiding for experienced pilots. For more information please visit the Himalayan Sky Safaris website. In November Dean heads to Iquique, Chile again to guide a group of CP+ pilots. Iquique is said to offer the world's most consistent flying conditions; it's a perfect playground to practise thermalling, XC flying and dune fun. For more information please visit the Active Edge website.

Next spring will see Dean team up again with Steve Barton in Brazil. Between January to March they will run three tours, one based at Governador Valadares and two visiting other famous Brazilian sites including Castelo and Baixo Guandu. For more information please visit the XC Brazil website.

Posted: 22 June 2015

Aerofix is on the move

Nick and Kirsten of Aerofix, the UK's leading paraglider repair and service centre, have decided to take the plunge and relocate to join family in New Zealand.

Aerofix has been keeping pilots airborne and safe for the last 19 years. Although always based in the northern Lake District, last year the business moved to a purpose-built workshop in Braithwaite, near Keswick.

"We're keen to make sure we find the right people to step into the business before we leave", says Nick. "It's a great paragliding business – we do everything from glider servicing and repairs through to wing logos and replacement lines.

We have a large and loyal customer base and are busy the whole year round. We don't want to leave until we find the right people." Enquiries to info@aerofix.com.

Posted: 22 June 2015

BHPA car sticker - ideas please!

The BHPA has been giving away its promotional car sticker for a number of years. It has been decided to update the design and ideas are being sought from within the membership.

At this stage all that is needed is ideas to pursue; the only stipulation is that it must include the BHPA phone and website details.

If you are keen to help promote the sport to a wider audience, please send graphic or written ideas to Office Manager Michelle Lanman at michelle-lanman@bhpa.co.uk by August 31st 2015.

Fully fledged studio designers are welcome to join in too!

Posted: 22 June 2015

AirCross XC/Acro team vacancy

Four new UK pilots have joined the AirCross XC and Acro Team. Already signed up are Khaled Nassar and Alan Coffin who fly mainly in Scotland, Nigel Lane from Devon and Thames Valley's Nick Lloyd.

There is still one unfilled place available for an enthusiastic XC or acro pilot with an easy disposition, happy to share their love of the sport with others.

A female member would be particularly welcome. If you think you are a good fit contact UK agent David May at david@aircross.eu with a short description of your flying experience and why you would like to join the team.

For more information please visit the Aircross website.

Posted: 22 June 2015


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