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Pilots Declaration: Uncertified Wing

From the 1st August 2017, the submission of a stand-alone pilots declaration uncertified wing form has been superceded by a new declaration included in the membership renewal form.

When pilots flying any wing that is uncertified join the BHPA or renew their BHPA membership, they will now have to declare that they understand and accept the additional risks of flying an uncertified wing with no acceptable independent verification of airworthiness. Pilots who entered the old system will automatically be transferred to the new system on their next renewal. Anyone who wants to START flying an uncertified wing who was not on the old system and who has not renewed since 1 August 2017 will need to speak to a Technical Officer.

For further information about certification and flying an uncertified wing, please download a copy of the BHPA Certification Factsheet.

Posted: 14 September 2017
By: Paul Dancey

Marathon Man sees the light

Marathon Man 2017Some readers may remember the YouTube footage of a paramotor pilot, flying at extremely low altitude, along the Brighton shoreline on the day of the Brighton Marathon in April.

The CAA had been already been alerted as it appeared he had taken off from within the Shoreham ATZ. The pilot in question (not a BHPA member) was later tracked down by the BHPA and local paramotor pilots and interviewed under caution by the CAA's Enforcement Branch.

Taken aback by the volume of evidence presented, the pilot is said to have apologised to all concerned and, with a view to furthering his airmanship, has since requested further training. Respect is due to all in the paramotor community involved in engineering this positive outcome from a potential PR disaster.

Posted: 7 September 2017
By: Paul Dancey

Opportunity: Airspace Support Consultant

The GA Alliance (GAA) are seeking an Airspace Support Consultant to provide contracted, paid project support to member organisations through the GAA airspace team.

The job involves proactive awareness, research and analysis of strategic and local airspace issues, and developing, with others, potential solutions and guidance to member associations. The successful applicant will have a well-developed understanding of UK airspace operations and good knowledge of airspace developments and the relevant legislative framework.

They must be flexible and committed, with strong verbal and written communication skills, and able to prepare high-quality submissions. Applications, marked 'GAA Airspace Contractor', should go to Pete Stratten, Secretary, GAA, 8 Merus Court, Leicester LE19 1RJ by September 9th 2017.

For details please visit the BGA website.

The GAA was formed in 2004 to provide a co-ordinated response to UK regulatory issues, working on behalf of the 72,000-odd members of the BBAC, BGA, BHPA, BMAA, BPA, HCGB, LAA and the RAeC.

Posted: 7 September 2017
By: Paul Dancey

Stolen paramotor found

On Sunday 30th July, two months after having his Bailey V4 paramotor stolen, John Richardson went down to the local recreation ground to walk his dogs and fly RC gliders. His partner noticed a silver BMW convertible with a paramotor and wing in the back, and said it looked like his.

Walking over for a sneaky look while the two guys set up the wing in the middle of the field, John immediately recognised it as his and called the Police.

The micreants were arrested and John has his paramotor back. When the Police visited the thieves' house they found 28 stolen paraglider wings, equipment, etc. If you have had equipment stolen contact PCs Sarah Warren or Simon Wright at Beeston (Nottingham) - phone 101, extension 318 9987. The Crime Reference Number is 17000224163.

Posted: 7 September 2017
By: Paul Dancey

Weird but wonderful!

Lilienthal Meet Model In May 1975, at the 5th annual Otto Lilienthal Hang Glider Meet at Pismo Beach in California, a dayglo-orange WW2-surplus amphibious vehicle was used to ferry pilots and gliders over a mile to the 450ft Guadalupe Dune flying site.

Hang gliding history buff and avid modeller Everard Cunion has recreated the event in miniature using scratch-built model gliders and a 1/76th-scale Airfix kit of the DUKW amphibian. The DUKW is 12.5cm in length and the hang gliders - made of toothpicks, tissue paper, wire and thread - are just 8cm long. Those interested in how Everard achieved this feat of miniaturisation should visit Everard's wordpress website.

Posted: 7 September 2017
By: Paul Dancey


Pennine Soaring Club will hold its annual Penninefest on the Chipping Showground on September 8th - 10th.

A marquee will be in position with bar, pumps and a selection of local beers. Eric's marvellous barbecue will be available from Friday until Sunday. Saturday night is pizza night at the Sun Inn Pizza Oven restaurant close by in the centre of Chipping - you need to book early. Camping is available on the showground for a small nightly cost, with electric available on a first-come basis.

There'll be a task-based competition set by Chris Williams of High Sierras, and a reserve repack and a guest speaker on the Saturday. For updates see the Pennine flight club Facebook page and PSC website. Contact Graham Jones for pizza and repack bookings.

Posted: 7 September 2017
By: Paul Dancey

2017 British Paramotor Open

2017 British Paramotor Open The 2017 British Open took place in the very scenic Surrey Hills, at the Green Dragons Flying Centre.

It was a small turnout, probably due to the pessimistic weather forecast, but we enjoyed guests from Poland, Turkey and Sweden.

Despite the prevailing strong wind, rain and low cloud over the 4-day event, Barney Townsend, the excellent Meet Director, managed to run 7 excellent tasks to validate the Championship.

Dylan Marsh won the fuel economy task and Mark Morgan won the navigation task but it was the landing accuracy tasks that ultimately provided the tie break, with Michel Carnet winning the British Paramotor Champion Trophy for a record 13th time!

Michel was flying with the same equipment that he had been flying for the last 6 years, a Nirvana Instinct 200 and a Nirvana Nucleon WRC31, and he was hoping that reliable and proven equipment would prevail over untested or unsafe gear.

Sadly, the air ambulance was called to rescue the young Dylan Marsh, who stalled his wing on a target landing approach. A disappointing way to end the competition for the promising young pilot who is now back home recovering from his injuries.

Many thanks to Andy Shaw from Green Dragons, and to all the marshals and volunteers.

Posted: 21 August 2017
By: Paul Dancey

Avian changes hands

Parafest 2017Tim Swait is now confirmed as the new owner of Avian, a contract having been signed on July 5th.

Steve Elkins will continue to provide assistance and support. The handover marks the end of Steve's 28 years at the helm of what has become the UK's last hang glider manufacturer, during which time he saw off the two former giants of the British industry. With a Master's degree and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Tim is eminently qualified to take over.

His years specialising in carbon-fibre composites at world-leading research institute provide the background to introduce advanced manufacturing innovations at Avian. We look forward to Avian becoming a major force in hang gliding.

"I'm looking forward to the hard work of actually building gliders," says Tim. "Thanks to everyone who provided support throughout this process. Let the next chapter of Avian begin!"

Posted: 1 August 2017
By: Paul Dancey

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