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PSC Penninefest

The Pennine Soaring Club's annual Penninefest takes place at the Chipping Showground, just north of Preston, on September 2nd - 4th. The venue is in the shadow of Parlick; it takes all winds except northerlies, in which case a five-minute drive will take you to Longridge Fell. In stronger north-westerlies Pendle Hill is a 15-minute drive away.

The event will be centered around a marquee serving local beers, and Eric Innes's famous barbecue. Camping at the showground is £7.50 per unit per night (electric hook up: £2 per night extra). All pilots taking part must be BHPA or BMAA members and carry a membership card. For further updates go to the PSC's Facebook page or the club website.

Simon Blake will be running flying competitions including a fun event featuring Cumbria, Dales and Pennine clubs; briefings and talks by guest speakers will be in the village hall. The showground is two-minute walk from Chipping's pubs and cafes; for steaks and sausages the town of Longridge is close by. A curry night has been arranged for the Saturday night at Chipping's famous Sun Inn; booking will be essential.

Posted: 7 June 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Stolen paraglider

Stolen from a car in Clapham Junction, London in late May, a Blue Ozone Mojo 4 (L).

If anyone is offered this canopy or has any knowledge of its whereabouts, please contact Dominic Meredith-Hardy on 07818 403524.

Posted: 28 May 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Nova 'testival'

Nova testivalActive Edge are hosting a Nova testival in the Peak District on the weekend of the June 11th - 12th.

The team, including test pilot Toni Bender and a van full of gliders for pilots to try out, will meet at the Derby & Lancs gliding club on Bradwell Edge at 9.30am each day (check Facebook for the actual destination on the day).

Toni will also be doing a Q&A session at the gliding club on the Saturday evening. Camping and food are available at the gliding club; everyone will be welcome.

Posted: 11 May 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Paramotor champs - volunteers wanted

FAI World Paramotor ChampionshipsThe FAI World Paramotor Championships take place at Popham, Hants from August 20th - 27th. Volunteer marshals are needed to make help the competition run smoothly and efficiently.

In return for their enthusiasm marshals are entitled to free onsite camping and other benefits. Marshalling is a great experience - you get to see the action from the front row, learn all about competition flying and develop your own skills as a pilot; many of those who help in this way find themselves competing soon afterwards.

For more information, a Q&A forum and a marshal registration form go to the WMPC 2016 website or contact Barney Townsend.

Posted: 11 May 2016
By: Paul Dancey

A legend returns

Colin Rider A giant of the golden age of hang gliding returned to the skies again in March.

Back In 1987 Colin Rider, once one of Dales club's best pilots and prominent in the XC league, achieved a height of 13,600ft in wave from Wether Fell. Colin had not been seen in flying circles for some years but turned up at a recent Dales Club meeting, and within a very short time his return to the air was agreed.

On March 25th Colin was sent aloft from Tailbridge Hill on a borrowed Wills Wing Eagle by a team of well-wishers. His first flight for nearly 30 years was followed by a perfect landing. Colin is reported to be planning to upgrade to an Airwave K4 and get his lapsed flying credentials in order. A number of Dales pilots (Andy Lumb and Tony Fillingham for example) have recently returned to the one true religion and there are others in the pipeline.

Colin's 1987 flight, on a Solar Wings Ace RX and recorded on a Diplex altimeter, was accepted as a UK record; it has never been exceeded by any free flier in this country - not even Judy Leden on her 1989 cross-channel balloon drop!

Posted: 11 May 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Consultation on increasing fines

The Department for Transport is consulting on proposals to increase the fines for pilots infringing the Rules of the Air.

For offences relating to communicating with ATC, flight plans and position-reporting the DfT seeks to increase the maximum fine in England and Wales from £2,500 to unlimited. In Scotland and Northern Ireland the maximum fines would increase to £5,000.

The consultation closes on April 22nd; for further details and how to respond please visit the UK government website.

Posted: 9 April 2016
By: Paul Dancey


A reminder that Parafest returns for its second year at a new easy-to-find location near Prestatyn in North Wales. Just a mile from the A55 and close to the coast, the site offers smooth sea breezes for the paramotors and the area's many paragliding sites within easy driving distance.

The UK Accuracy Squad will have a winch on site and will demonstrate how an accuracy comp works; experienced accuracy pilots will offer an introduction and coaching to any interested tow-rated pilots. A dozen bands of all genres are booked to play, and a varied selection of caterers and a bar with real ales, cocktails, etc, will be open all weekend.

For further details and online ticket sales please visit the Parafest website.

Posted: 9 April 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Lakes XC prizes

Lakes pilot Chris Scammell is offering two prizes of his company's HD Lake District relief map to the first paraglider pilots to complete either of the following challenges this year.

The first is to fly a closed circuit that visits all four of England's 3,000ft summits (Skiddaw, Helvellyn, Scafell and Scafell Pike); the second is to fly a route - no closed circuit necessary - taking in the same four summits on an intermediate wing of aspect ratio 5.3:1 or less. Turnpoint cylinder radii are 100m; proof should be by IGC file sent to chris@mapsculpture.co.uk.

The Lakes HD relief map is realised in perfect detail by a blend of computer technology and old-fashioned artisan skill. It retails at £119. For further details please visit the Map Sculpture website.

Posted: 9 April 2016
By: Paul Dancey

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