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Alard Hufner wins Icarus Trophy

Alard Hufner wins 2018 Icarus TrophyIn late July top South African climber Alard Hufner won the Icarus Trophy - world's longest distance paramotor race - beating 26 other contestants over a 1,000-mile route.

The race started just north of Johannesburg on the 25th, finishing three days later near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Pilots battled mountain ranges and fierce weather systems to complete the course; to celebrate all contestants reaching the finish in one piece pilots were able to make a historic fly-by of the spectacular Falls.

The organisers also run a series of shorter two-day races, known as the X-series, in the US, Australia, the UK and South Africa, this last also having been won by Alard back in March.

Next year the Icarus Trophy will head to Brazil; to get involved contact the organisers on the Icarus Trophy website. Awe-inspiring footage of the 2018 Trophy is available at https://youtu.be/v5T1wB22D8c.

Posted: 21 August 2018
By: Joe Schofield


British Paramotor Open dates

The British Open Paramotor Championships will run at Worleston just west of Crewe from Wednesday August 29th to Sunday September 2nd.

Competition flying will begin on August 30th. The event director is Paul Smith and the comps director will be Barney Townsend, with task along the entirely new XC format laid out in his Rethinking the British Paramotor Championships article in March Skywings.

Further details can be found on the are at Paramotor Competitions website.

Posted: 9 August 2018
By: Paul Dancey


Russ 4th in PWC

Ozone's Russell Ogden finished fourth at the Italian PWC at Gemona in June.

Russ, flying an Enzo 3, was only 19 points short of winner Juri Vidic's score after four tasks. the only other British pilot at the Gemona comp was Seb Ospina who finished 39th.

Posted: 9 August 2018
By: Paul Dancey


Alex completes the 6 Peak Challenge

Alex completes 6 Peak ChallengeOn June 26th - 27th of June Alex Colbeck completed his self-imposed 6 Peak Challenge - to climb and fly from the well-known 'three peaks' of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon and the three Yorkshire peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-Y-Ghent inside of 24 hours!

Starting with Snowdon, Alex pushed on to Pen-Y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, then Scafell Pike in the Lakes before a long drive to Ben Nevis to complete his epic trip.

The 15,000ft and 17 miles of climbing has never been done before. Alex was raising money for the British Tinnitus Association and Yorkshire Air Ambulance; for more info and to donate please visit the  Three Peaks website.

Posted: 9 August 2018
By: Paul Dancey


Record day at Sutton Meadows

An exceptional day at Sutton Meadows on Sunday July 15th. After many consecutive days of pure blue, an excellent RASP prediction proved remarkably accurate. With cumulus at a good height from about 10:30am onwards, most pilots were able to release at well below 2000ft.

Kosaka Takatoshi broke his recently established (152km on June 24th) UK defined-triangle record with a six-hour, 171km flight, landing back at the field just after 18:00. Andy Keyte made a 116km triangle; Richard Hunt flew a 90km triangle; Jeremy Maddox did a good out-and-return and a duration PB at four hours; and Rob Hawkins flew upwind to the field next to his house having taken off after 15:30.

Charlie Richardson: 'I think over eight hours of flying was possible. The lift was usable from before 11:00 until after 19:00, and some climbs went to over 7000ft. If we get a repeat of such a day there's an even bigger triangle available!'

Hats off to the Cambridgeshire Aerotow Group, who currently lie second in the National Club XC League. Taka's flight accrues to the Southern club who are lying third!

Posted: 9 August 2018
By: Paul Dancey


300km for Carter!

Richard Carter cracks 300km barrierOn July 15th Richard Carter finally cracked the 300km barrier.

Launching on his Ozone Zeno from the Elan Valley at 11am, Richard threaded his way around Manchester airspace, routing via Sheffield, Pontefract, Selby and York to reach the coast at Cloughton, just north of Scarborough, well after 7pm.

301.71km secures the UK's first 300km flight and the UK record set by Alex Coltman last year at 281km. Richard has now held the UK open distance record a total of nine times!

Posted: 9 August 2018
By: Paul Dancey


Theo Warden wins European Championships!

Theo Warden wins European ChampionshipsA close-fought European Paragliding Championships at Montalegre in Portugal in July saw British star Theo Warden steal the title by just two points over eight tasks.

Theo was up against some serious opposition but saw off the likes of Germany's Torsten Siegel (2nd), Slovenia's Juri Vidic (7th) and Spain's Xevi Bonet (9th) to confirm his arrival on the world stage just five years after starting flying at the age of 14.

Overall the Brits could only manage 12th place despite strong support from Idris Birch (16th). Julian Robinson finished in 56th place, Martin Long 78th, Malin Lobb 83rd, newcomer Jess Cox 121st and Andrew Williams 139th. France's Seiko Fukuoka won the women's championship.

Posted: 9 August 2018
By: Paul Dancey


The CAA's Airspace Modernisation Strategy

On July 19th the CAA published its Draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy. In their view the design and operation of UK airspace is constraining the growth of commercial aviation and causing delays to passengers, and therefore should be 'modernised'. They say that they are concerned that other airspace users are able maintain 'appropriate access to airspace'.

The CAA described the document as 'a roadmap of changes that will be necessary for modernisation'. It is intended to cover the use of UK airspace up to 2040 and will supersede the existing Future Airspace Strategy (2011). It includes the prospect of new structural design and operational concepts, and the new technology needed to achieve these.

The Draft Strategy has been released so that interested stakeholders can offer feedback before a final version is delivered to the Secretary of State in December 2018. Details of the strategy - and the CAA's case for modernisation - can be found on the CAA Website. All air users are invited to provide feedback via an online survey.

Feedback and comments must be submitted by Monday 10th September 2018.

Posted: 19 July 2018
By: Paul Dancey


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