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Ireland passes paramotor edict

The Irish Aviation Authority has decreed that all powered paragliders and hang gliders flown in the country must be registered and carry registration marks. The IAA requires the manufacture's name and designation, the serial number and the maximum occupancy of the machine to be submitted.

When issued, a registration mark must be carried on the aircraft on a fireproof plate and in 500mm-high letters on the underside of the wing. Paramotors and powered hang gliders of visiting pilots must also carry a registration mark issued by an 'ICAO-contracting state', eg the UK. It is not clear from published sources whether a PPL or equivalent is also required.

The legislation came into force on May 30th 2016; it is believed to be in response to several recent instances of daredevil flying in the Republic. Full details are available on the Irish Aviation Authority website.

Posted: 4 August 2016
By: Paul Dancey

2,000 miles by paramotor!

Irish paramotor pilot Oisín Creagh plans to fly 2,000 miles from Ireland to North Africa to raise funds for the Gorta Self Help Africa charity.

Cork-based Oisín will leave in the autumn, crossing from Northern Ireland to Stranraer, down the length of Britain to Dover and thence through France and Spain to cross into Africa at the Strait of Gibraltar. Cork-based Oisin has been paramotoring for the last ten years. He plans to begin his journey in August flying a US-manufactured Air Conception paramotor.

The organisation supports small-scale, family-run farming across Africa. Follow Oisín's journey and donate to his fundraising page on the Fly Africa website.

Posted: 4 August 2016
By: Paul Dancey

BHPA membership tops 7,000!

BHPA numbers passed the 7,000 mark in June, a level not seen since early 2007. Membership peaked at just over 8,000 in 1996 and has dwindled more or less erratically since then until beginning to rise again four years ago.

The current strength of 7,064 annual members includes 5,166 rated paraglider pilots, 1,075 rated hang glider pilots (446 pilots are rated in both disciplines) and 524 power-environment paraglider (i.e. paramotor) pilots, plus a number of smaller categories such as instructors and non-flying members.

Hats off to the schools who do the lions' share of recruiting - long may the slow increase continue!

Posted: 4 August 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Julian Robinson breaks Cavanagh record

A 103.22km triangle flight by Julian Robinson on June 18th has broken Mike Cavanagh's 100.7km paragliding declared triangle record. Julian flew his Gin Boomerang 10 from Carn Dubh via Aonach Mor and just north of Loch Eigeach.

Mike's record was set from Carn Liath in May 2014 on an Ozone Mantra M6. A month earlier, on April 17th, Kirsty Cameron flew a 72.46km declared triangle from Combe Gibbet on an Enzo 2 to claim the previously-unset UK women's declared-triangle record as well as beat Helen Gant's 2011 non-declared record.

Posted: 4 August 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Vintage hang glider rally!

Vintage Hang Glider - photo courtesy Mark WoodhamsThe inaugural British Vintage Hang Gliding Rally will be held at Keswick Flight Park on September 17th - 18th. The event features milestone gliders such as Judy Leden's Royal Jordanian Airwave K4, John Pendry's Planter's Magic 3, plus examples of the Wasp Gryphon, Flight Sails Shark and many others.

The event is the brainchild of veteran hangies Steve Pionk and Jonathan Howes, aided and abetted by 80s returnee Pete Sonderskov, former Airwave worker Jon Sacre and new convert Christo Tracey. They are aiming for an informal get-together of vintage equipment and pilots to celebrate the early days of UK hang gliding.

"It's amazing how fast the sport evolved from the early Rogallo-style wings," says Christo, "and it's remarkable how many of these old designs are still around. How better to celebrate this than with an end-of-season party with as many old wings on display as possible?"

Everyone is welcome, particularly if they have an old glider to rig. Prizes will include best in Show and Best Team; amenities include the usual Keswick Flight Park hospitality, plus evening entertainment and a bar. The rally will raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society.

For more information and details on how to book, please visit the British Vintage Hang Gliding Rally website.

Posted: 7 July 2016
By: Paul Dancey

HPA contest at Sywell

2016 BHPFC Competition at Sywell AerodromeThe aim of the British Human Powered Flying Club - affiliated to the BHPA - is to encourage the building and flying of Human Powered Aircraft in Britain and around the world.

The club's annual competition runs at Sywell Aerodrome from July 16th - 24th. At present seven aircraft have been entered including four from university teams. Researchers from several other universities will visit to witness the flying and attend lectures. There are unconfirmed rumours of teams visiting from Lithuania, France, Germany, USA, Hong Kong and China.

Human-powered aircraft are highly efficient in design and construction, weighing 30 - 45kg with major structural elements in carbon fibre and needing as little as 0.3hp to fly. Details of the event are available on the British Human Powered Flying Club website; for more information contact BHPFC President Roger Warren on 07935 901093, e-mail: Or visit the British Human Powered Flying Club's Facebook page.

Posted: 7 July 2016
By: Paul Dancey

CAA gets tough on airspace infringers

In May the CAA announced that pilots who infringe controlled airspace could have their licences suspended while the incident is assessed. The decision is the latest attempt to try and reduce the number of infringements occurring in UK airspace - over 1,000 were reported in 2015.

If an incident is deemed serious enough the licence of the pilot involved will be provisionally suspended. Depending on the outcome of the subsequent follow-up action, a decision will be made about lifting the suspension.

While few BHPA pilots possess licences of the type the CAA can suspend, the move reveals the seriousness with which they view such incursions.

"We hope this decision will bring home the gravity of the situation... we need to see the numbers decline urgently," writes the CAA's Rob Grattan. Recently a Red Arrows display was disrupted by an infringement; the licence of the GA pilot involved was suspended as a result. XC free-fliers should check and double-check their potential routes for possible incursions... and land if they don't know where they are.

Posted: 7 July 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Olympic torch flies from Ibituruna!

local pilot Moisés 'Moka' Sodré with the Olympic Torch at Feira da PazOn April 27th the Olympic Torch travelled from Greece to Brazil to begin a 95-day tour to the Rio Olympics opening on August 5th. The tour will visit 83 cities, 26 state capitals and 500 towns.

On May 11th the torch parade passed through Governador Valadares where XC Brazil's Steve Barton was one of the pilots to escort it from the peak of Ibituruna to the landing field at Feira da Paz. The torch was carried on the 20-minute top-to-bottom by local pilot Moisés 'Moka' Sodré (pictured left).

"When we arrived above the landing field - still with more than 1,500ft of altitude - it was illuminated by hundreds of flashing cameras and the TV film crews," reports Steve. "Spiralling down whilst monitoring the position of 20 other dark, silent shapes, listening to the roar of the hundreds of spectators, was definitely the most memorable yet nerve-wracking top-to-bottom ever - fantastic!"

Steve runs XC and thermalling courses in Brazil with Dean Crosby. Please see the XC Brazil website for further information about their courses.

Posted: 7 July 2016
By: Paul Dancey

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