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Covid-19 BHPA Update (England)
We have just received confirmation from the Department for Transport of their roadmap by which General Aviation resumes.
In essence solo leisure flying in England can commence on 29 March with Training resuming on 12 April. For details see the link below.
We will provide further guidance in so far as it is necessary once we have seen the regulations. There is no change to the current rules on 8 March.
Posted: 2 March 2021
Covid-19 BHPA Advice Update
Covid 19 and the easing of lockdown.
Having heard the Prime Minister's announcements at the start of the week, we are aware that members are asking when they can resume flying. It seems that possible dates are 8 March 2021 or 29 March 2021.
At this stage none of the Regulations have been published nor has any guidance been produced. The CAA guidance that 'no leisure flying is permitted' remains the current guidance.
We would ask that pilots contain themselves. Once the Regulations and guidance is published, we will post appropriate advice on both our Facebook page and on this Website.
Posted: 26 February 2021
BHPA 2021 AGM
The 2021 Annual General Meeting of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association will be held at the BHPA offices, 8 Merus Court, Meridian Business Park Leicester, LE19 1RS on Saturday 13 March 2021 at 11.00am.
Although some Exec members will gather at the office, suitably socially distanced, the meeting will be live-streamed on the BHPA Facebook page and on a meeting platform. Login details for the meeting platform will be posted on this website and on our Facebook page when arrangements have been confirmed.
Details of the candidates standing for election and a proxy voting form were included in the February issue of Skywings Magazine. This information and a proxy voting form is also included in the 2021 AGM pack, which you can download on the BHPA documents page on this website.
Completed proxy voting forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org not less than 48hrs before the time fixed for the meeting.
Posted: 11 February 2021
Covid-19 BHPA Advice
To all BHPA licenced Instructors (including Air Experience Instructors).
The CAA have issued the statement below to provide clarity on the Government's position on General Aviation flying for the purposes of Instructor Currency.
"The current GA guidance in relation to Covid restrictions permits GA flying for the purposes of work, and the CAA has confirmed with the DfT that this includes any activity that is "reasonably necessary" for an individual's work, where there are no alternative options available. This would include pilots who need to keep up with required training or currency flights for their work; for example, a professional pilot or any pilot in possession of a current instructional qualification. Therefore, instructors are permitted to fly to maintain required training or currency. Instructors are not permitted to fly with students, with the exception of professional training as detailed above."
As a result of this clarification, the BHPA is now able to issue advice for its members who hold Instructor licences.
All BHPA Instructor licences (including Development Instructors and Air Experience Instructors) require annual renewal. This renewal is dependent on evidence of personal flight currency and instructional/operational currency in accordance with Section 4.1.5 of the BHPA Technical Manual.
Current members who hold any type of BHPA Instructor licence may resume solo personal flying in accordance with the CAA's guidance, strictly for the purposes of maintaining personal flight currency to support renewal of their licence. Flights are limited to the local flying area. Cross country flights are not permitted.
This permission is limited to those who are licensed to undertake instruction, other members who are required to provide a means for these flights to take place (launch marshalls, winch operators and tug pilots) may undertake these duties.
Lockdown rules applicable to the country in which you live and work must be adhered to, and can be found by following the link in the quoted statement above. It is intended that instructors who need to travel to sites to fly should remain as local to their home as possible. The reference in the CAA Guidance to "professional training as detailed above" does not apply to our sports but is intended to allow courses for the training of prospective airline pilots and the like to continue.
Our advice to all BHPA members who fly for leisure has not changed. Even though flying locally may be legally permitted, pressures on the National Health Service remain high and with the potential impact of an accident on Mountain Rescue Teams in some areas, you must refrain from flying for the duration of this lockdown.
Further advice on currency issues will follow in the Instructor & Coach Newsletter which will be issued shortly.
Posted: 9 February 2021
Gin Genie Lite 3 Safety Notice
Some models of the Genie Lite 3 harness have been found to have critical issues with the emergency parachute handle that may cause difficulty in extracting it.
Rectification can be easily performed by the end-user by following the instructions in Gin's Safety Notice here.
If you own a Genie Lite 3 purchased before February 2021, download this document. The recommended action must be taken before your next flight. If in any doubt, or not confident for any reason, contact your GIN dealer.
Gin Gliders, February 2nd 2021
Posted: 8 February 2021
Plans are underway for the 14th Buttermere Bash on June 4th and 5th, with camping available from the June 1st.
Organiser Gordie Oliver reports, 'Fingers crossed, we will be emerging from the pandemic and restrictions in time to gather and celebrate on the shores of beautiful Buttermere again. Further details will be listed nearer the time; for now get the essential summer kick-start in your diary.'
The Bash gathers free flyers and and like-minded souls to raise funds for local charities. It showcases some of the world's top acro stars alongside a paragliding comp and sensational bands each evening.
For details contact email@example.com
Posted: 8 February 2021
New British sports-paragliding event
The BHPA Paragliding Comps Panel has launched a brand-new initiative for Sports wings only (EN A-C) at Gemona in northern Italy. The event is scheduled for August 1st - 7th (in the area's dry period). It's a serious competition, not a low-level or training comp; top British pilots won't be excluded as long as they fly a Sports class wing.
Entrants to the British Paragliding Sports Class Championships must be BHPA Pilot rated and have competed in at least one other competition. It is also recommended that pilots have Alpine experience and have done an SIV course.
Registration (£240) is already open and there is a 25% BHPA subsidy for members who sign up and pay early. Up to a maximum of 75 pilots entry will be restricted to BHPA members; thereafter it will be open to all nationalities. Registration is here.
Posted: 8 February 2021
Northern Challenge Series
The 2020 NCS, sponsored by Ozone was a useful antidote to last year's difficulties. Although closed during the Spring lockdown, its flexibility still provided two clear winners.
Main Series winner Geoff Crossley (Omega X-Alps 3) attempted nine tasks, making goal on four with some very fast times to recapture the trophy he won in 2018.
Serious Hike and Fly pilot John Westall (Zeolite/Sigma 10), using the tasks to prepare for the X-Lakes and Dragon events, was H&F Series winner.
The four separate NCS Challenges are also tough, not least Bob Graham's 67k circumnavigation of the Lakes, and John Westall completing the Dales Three Peaks twice - once on foot!
The 2021 Series opens on March 1st. Two of the 14 main tasks have been replaced by new ones, and there is extra recognition for pilots flying gliders of EN C and below. Rules, guidance and information can be found via the 'NCT information' link here.
Posted: 8 February 2021
last updated: 11 May 2021
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