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The end of the pier show

Worthing Birdman picture by Jacqui Freeman No more Worthing Birdman - the local council have decided against organising any further Worthing Birdman competitions 'for the time being'.

Apparently costs have been escalating and they have no major sponsor; according to the organisers "... it's time to stop injecting money and resources into the event." A shame after Ron Freeman scooped the £10,000 jackpot in 2014 with a 159m flight and Tony Hughes following with 106m last year.

The end of the 'pier show' will disappoint a number of determined hangies and experimenters; Ron has competed at Worthing, and Bognor before that, since the early 2000s and won at least 25 events.

Posted: 9 April 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Otto animation

German researcher Johannes Hogebrink has been allowed access to the Otto Lilienthal Museum's archive of 145 photographs to produce a short animation of of the world's first hang glider pilot flying from his artificial hill near Berlin between 1893 and 1896.

You can also view Otto Lilienthal's First Film from Johannes Hogebrink on the Vimeo website.

Thanks to Tony Prentice for the steer.

Posted: 9 April 2016
By: Paul Dancey

USHPA achieves $2m target!

Faced with savage rises in insurance premiums and eventually the loss of all insurance cover, late last year the USHPA concluded that self-insurance was the only viable way to continue flying.

To cover the projected costs of their proposed Risk Retention Group the Association needed to raise $2m by March 1st. On February 1st we learnt that they had attained that goal ahead of time. This was achieved by some astonishing individual and collective actions: donations from members, individual members auctioning stuff, an anonymous $25k matching grant, over $70k raised by Wyoming's Jackson Hole club, many fund-matching challenges from other clubs and an anonymous $100k challenge grant donation right at the start of the campaign.

The $2 million target was the minimum necessary; fundraising is to continue to make the RRG stronger. Congratulations to the USHPA, its clubs and individual members; US free fliers are about to create a more sustainable future for those who come after - it's an historic moment! To learn more or to contribute go to the USHPA website.

Posted: 13 March 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Glastonbury paramotor pilot in court

Some may recall the story of a paramotor pilot who ignored Temporary Restricted Airspace to land at the Glastonbury Festival.

On January 27th at Weston-Super-Mare Magistrates Court, David Hoare, 59, was convicted of breaching the TRA, fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £160. Mr Hoare, of Somerton in Somerset, flew over the festival's Healing Fields before landing at the site: he was apprehended by security personnel.

He had been convicted of an identical offence in 2011 and fined £250 with costs of £100; he is said to be well known in the Wessex area for attention-seeking flying. David Hoare is not a BHPA member.

Posted: 13 March 2016
By: Paul Dancey

New Class 5 record

On January 3rd Austria's Anton Raumauf claimed a new world height gain record of 4,359m aboard an Atos at Burgsdorf, Namibia, outstripping Rainer Scholl's 1985 mark of 3,820m.

For comparison, note that the current Class 1 world record of 4,343m, was set by Larry Tudor in the Owens Valley in 1985. The daddy is still Robbie Whittall's 4,526m by paraglider, also set in Namibia, in 1993!

Posted: 13 March 2016
By: Paul Dancey

John Ashman joins Nova team

New recruit to the Nova Junior Pilots team is Mentor 4 pilot John Ashman, 15-year old son of three-times hang gliding XC League winner Chris Ashman.

John, flying since 2014, trained with Steve Hudson's Derbyshire Flying Centre and won the Derbyshire club's Best Newcomer award last year in his first post-CP season. Nine years after he last flew a hang glider, Chris Ashman was also signed off last year as a paragliding CP; John's big brother Joe is also paragliding.

Posted: 13 March 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Evaluation of Sport England's Club Matters

Sport England has commissioned Brightpurpose Consulting to carry out an independent evaluation of Club Matters, their 'one stop-shop' for support for sports clubs in England. Sport in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales come under Sport Norther Ireland, Sportscotland, and Sport Wales respectively.

The overall purpose of the Sport England evaluation is to understand the impact of Club Matters on the development and sustainability of English sports clubs, and to gather learning that will help inform its future development.

Brightpurpose have designed an online survey for sports clubs to find out what types of clubs are using Club Matters, why and how. They also want to know whether club volunteers have heard of Club Matters and more generally what support they need for their club.

Sport England are anxious to reach as many English sports clubs as possible and have therefore asked the BHPA to help publicise this survey. The suvey is straightforward and will take less than 10 minutes to complete on-line using the following link:

For further information about this survey, or about Club Matters more generally, then please contact Richard Davis-Boreham at Sport England.

Posted: 9 March 2016
By: Paul Dancey

AustrialAlpin buckle warning

A safety warning has been released regarding the AustrialAlpin Cobra harness buckle that is widely used on hang glider, paraglider and paramotor harness types from many different manufacturers.

Some buckles have been identified in which the the rivets have not been closed; the release clips may detach with potentially very serious consequences. All pilots should examine the buckles on their harnesses at the first opportunity.

If these are of the of the AustrialAlpin Cobra type please download the safety notice issued by AustriAlpin for further details.

Posted: 14 February 2016
By: Paul Dancey

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