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CAA consults on airspace reclassification

AirspaceIn June the CAA launched a consultation on a new draft procedure for reviewing airspace classification.

It follows an 2019 exercise inviting stakeholders to suggest areas of airspace that should be considered for reclassification, thus altering the the flight rules that apply.

The CAA says that the new procedure will help them ensure that 'the amount of controlled airspace is the minimum required to maintain a high standard of safety, and that the needs of all airspace users are reflected on an equitable basis.'

Stakeholders will be free to submit information about access concerns for any piece of airspace. When the CAA reviews its effectiveness, normally every two years, this information will be taken into account. The new process will go live in December 2020.

The responses from last year's exercise make for interesting reading. The GA community responded well, making detailed suggestions for airspace that could be reclassified to the benefit of recreational flying. There are many areas of airspace where those excluded, or made to comply with onerous procedures, feel that change should come.

An example would be the 300 square miles of the Norwich CTA; other areas generating many responses were Doncaster Sheffield, Daventry CTA, Bristol, Brize Norton and, of course, Farnborough. The report can be downloaded from the CAA website.

It remains to be seen whether mountains will actually move. The ongoing tide of airspace acquisition, to the benefit of commercial air transport and the detriment of recreational flying, must be resisted.

Now drone operations - with substantial commercial backing - are in the mix too; a strong response is essential.

The current consultation is available on the CAA website. The deadline is 17th September 2020.

Posted: 4 July 2020
By: J. Schofield

Rod Buck

Rod Buck, hang gliding stalwart and Wendy Windblows inventor Hang gliding stalwart and Wendy Windblows inventor Rod Buck died on June 19th, aged 71.

A key figure in the Derbyshire club from the early days, Rod was among the first to build a reliable electronic weather station; certainly the first to offer a subscription service covering multiple sites.

Eventually eclipsed by internet sources, for two decades Wendy was the UK's go-to weather resource with up 25 local stations.

A man of strong views and strong constitution, Rod survived several serious accidents in his day job. His work for the DSC and the greater sport was substantial and sustained; he was twice club chairman and looked after many new pilots on Lanzarote trips.

He was recently awarded the RAeC Certificate of Merit. 

Posted: 4 July 2020
By: J. Schofield

Klaudia documentary

Polish paragliding superstar Klaudia BulgakovYou Never Know, a new documentary featuring Polish paragliding superstar Klaudia Bulgakov, premiered on June 27th.

It charts Klaudia's journey from entering paragliding 15 years ago, via becoming women's world champion in 2013, to her continued pursuit of excellence, shared joy with friends and motivating others to follow their dreams.

It's inspiring stuff, with very high production values. You Never Know is available online.

Posted: 4 July 2020
By: J. Schofield

First post-Covid records

UP paraglider pilot Sebastien Kayrouz set North American straight distance and free-distance-via-three-turnpoints records at 503km on June 8th, from Camp Wood in Texas, aboard an Ozone Mantra 7.

12 days later Owen Morse reset the world hang gliding out-and-return record to 358km aboard a Wills Wing T3, exceeding Thomas Weissenberger's 2013 record by just 5km. The flight was made northabout from Bartlett in the Owens Valley. 700km in the Owens - respect is due! 

Posted: 4 July 2020
By: J. Schofield

BHPA Shop Re-opens

The BHPA online shop has re-opened.

And as a result, you can once again order a wide range of items, including some of the best books on paragliding, hang gliding, foot launched powered aircraft, and related topics, online 24/7.

Unfortunately, due to reduced staffing levels,  we are currently only able to dispatch orders on a Friday.

Posted: 14 June 2020
By: Paul Dancey

CANP reporting online!

CANP app screenshotBHPA members Pete Logan and Chris Williams have developed an online app that makes filing a CANP request a work of seconds.

Previously, requesting a NOTAM via CANP (Civil Aircraft Notification Procedure) by phone or e-mail, to notify low-level military aircrew and others of our activities, could be a slow and cumbersome process.

The new app is simplicity itself. If you are planning weekday flying, go to CANP for free fliers.

Ideally do this the previous day before 20:00. Check to see if anyone has already requested a NOTAM for your site for the day. If not, fill in the online form including the site and date, add your contact details and press SUBMIT. It couldn't be easier!

An overview of the CANP system and further information about the CANP for free fliers app are available in the safety documents area of this website.


Posted: 12 June 2020
By: J. Schofield

Wayne Seeley

XC star Wayne SeeleyOn June 2nd southern paragliding XC star Wayne Seeley, 40, died following a collision with power cables when landing out at Eastington near Stroud, not far from his home.

Wayne was one of our sport's great personalities who had been flying since he was 15. Learning his craft from Richard Westgate, Graham Steel and others, he went on to log nearly 50 100km flights, many from the XCLent winch and his home site of Frocester.

Many pilots who knew or had been helped to improve by Wayne will join us in offering our sympathies to his friends and family, not least his partner Leanna.

Posted: 12 June 2020
By: J. Schofield

Longest European flight of 2020

Ukrainian paraglider pilot Bogdan Baziuk1 On May 21st Ukrainian paraglider pilot Bogdan Baziuk flew 353.3km across the flatlands of Ukraine - the longest flight to date in Europe this season.

Bogdan made the flight at an average speed of over 46km/h on an EN C Nova Sector.

Bogdan already holds the European straight-distance record at 429km, set in 2015. Is 500km possible in Europe? Are the flatlands over Ukraine, Belarus and Poland about to become the new Brazil?

Posted: 12 June 2020
By: J. Schofield

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