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RAeC Awards

A number of Royal Aero Club awards have been made to BHPA members. Sacha Dench (Flight of the Swans) receives this year's Britannia Trophy; coast-to-coast paramotorist Giles Fowler the RAeC Silver Medal; former BHPA Technical Manager Mark Dale and Tony and Ioana Stephens the RAeC Bronze Medal, and aerotow pioneer Donald MacKenzie and BOS Club Class guide Mark Woodhams the RAeC Certificate of Merit.

This year's Ann Welch Memorial Award for excellence in instructing goes to Jocky Sanderson. Awards will be presented at the RAeC's annual ceremony at the RAF Club on Thursday 17th May. Congratulations to all concerned!

Posted: 2 March 2018
By: Paul Dancey

Deployment bags for reserve parachutes

Independence Paragliding have issued a safety notice regarding a batch of Deployment bags for reserve parachutes where there is concern that the seam-line of the isolated upper loop, which is used to attach the deployment handle, could possibly cause a material weakening of factory delivered deployment bags.

This seam-line, if properly processed, has to be able to bear a load of 70 daN. Yet it was proven that a lower strength of this component can occur.

Owners are strongly advised to download the full Independence Paragliding safety notice for guidance on identifying if their deployment bag is part of the batch causing concern, and if it is, what action must be taken.

Posted: 26 February 2018
By: Paul Dancey

Parafest 2018

Parafest 2018Parafest, set for July 27th - 29th, now has a spectacular new home at the huge ex-military airfield at Llanbedr, between Barmouth and Porthmadog on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.

Parafest's combination of a flying event and trade exhibition with a music festival is unique in the UK. Paraglider and hang glider pilots will be within easy driving distance of many great sites, and power pilots, including SSDRs, can fly out of the airfield and explore the coastline and the local mountains and valleys.

Manufacturers, dealers, and schools for all aircraft types will be exhibiting, alongside many non-flying stalls and sideshows including a kids' zone, a variety of food caterers and a licensed bar with real ales and cocktails. Parafest will also host the British Vintage Hang Gliding, last seen in the Lakes in 2016.

Professional acts will perform on the main stage on Friday and Saturday until midnight; details can be found on the festival's Facebook page. Those that like to party on can head to the Asbo Disco, far from the camping fields, for DJ sets till the early hours. Full details and ticket sales can be found on the Parafest website. Keep updated on developments by visiting the Parafest Facebook page.

Parafest isn't just a fly-in, it's a festival that you can fly at!

Posted: 3 February 2018
By: Paul Dancey

Brits down under

British pilot Ollie ChittyIn early January another exceptional Forbes Flatlands comp in Australia saw seven consecutive tasks, with Rory Duncan beating seven-times winner Jonny Durand into second place by just one point.

The extraordinary career of Ollie Chity continues. Unfazed by finishing 44th on the third task after coming second and fifth on the first two, Ollie bounced back to win the fourth task, a mammoth 388km - another Forbes world record - and the fifth, a mere 153km.

Eventually Ollie had to settle for 7th place with Gordon Rigg - third in 2015 - not far adrift in 11th. Alexandra Serebrennikova took first place in the woman's task just ahead of Yoko Sano.

Posted: 3 February 2018
By: Paul Dancey

World Paramotor League Cup

After four qualifying events, a Thai team narrowly beat France and Poland to take the 2017 FAI World Paramotor League Cup.

The four contributing events were the 3rd FAI Asia-Oceania Paramotor Championships in Thailand in May, the Czech Open in June, the paramotor event at the World Games in Poland in July, and the European Paramotor Championships in the Czech Republic in August.

Thai teamster Kittiphop Phrommat triumphed in the individual competition with a four-point lead over France's Alex Mateos and Slovakia's Ivan Pestun in joint second place. Highest placed female pilot was Marie Mateos, joint ninth.

Brits Paul Martin (North), Mark Morgan and Paul Martin (South) finished 19th and joint 55th respectively having contested one round only, leaving the Brits in a creditable 10th place. Thailand hosts the FAI World Paramotor Championships in May this year.

Posted: 3 February 2018
By: Paul Dancey

Icarus Trophy

Icarus Trophy 2018Run three times in the US and billed as the 'world's only long-distance paramotor race', this year the Icarus Trophy will be flown over South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.

The race, over roughly 1,000 miles, begins just north of Johannesburg on July 25th. Pilots select their own routes to finish near Victoria Falls in Zambia, having flown over some of southern Africa's most iconic landscapes.

Pilots carry their own food, clothes, sleeping gear (hotels are just fine, however), tools and spare parts, while the organisers provide weather reports and tracking. The Icarus Trophy is 50% X-Alps and 50% motorcycling's Iron Butt rally. No-one who enters will ever be the same again!

Smaller related events are planned in other countries including a UK round on June 29th - July 1st. Details can be found on the Icarus Trophy website.

Posted: 3 February 2018
By: Paul Dancey

The Northern Challenge Trophy

The Northern Challenge Trophy is a new collaborative effort from the six BHPA clubs north of the M62 and south of Hadrian's Wall. It's a response to the difficulty of getting enough pilots - and the weather - to coalesce around fixed-date paragliding events. Pilots either don't sign up to formal comps, or don't turn up if the forecast is doubtful.

The NCT will provide a series of 12 main tasks (eight scoring, to allow task dropping) and two subsidiary hike-and-fly tasks to be flown between March 1st and September 30th; the aim is convenience and flexibility for those involved. Its emphasis on instrument use, navigation, decision-making and exploring what's possible will also make it a useful vehicle for pilot development and coaching activities.

Tasks are hosted on xcmap.net which provides easy downloads of task maps and cylinders, and straightforward uploads with integral scoring. Downloads cover the NCT's aims and rules, a task list with links into xcmap and task guidance notes. A growing prize fund is being supported by the clubs and by personal donations. The main tasks are limited to members of the six northern clubs, but the Hike and Fly is open to all BHPA members. Details can be found on the xcflight website.

Posted: 4 January 2018
By: Paul Dancey

The Lakes Charity Classic

The 2018 Lakes Charity Classic runs at the Grasmere Showground on July 14th - 15th. The venue includes an indoor bar, toilets, showers, plus wi-fi and good phone signal. As well as the competition itself, the popular coaching groups will run on both days.

Alternative bad-weather tasks are planned, plus plenty of free activities, and lots to do for non-flying family and friends. On-site camping is available (fees are extra) and there's local accommodation nearby. Flying activities are also planned for the Friday and Monday.

Full details can be found on the Cumbria Soaring Club website. Registration for CSC members opens on January 21st and for non-members on February 4th. The LCC sells out quickly - don't delay!

Posted: 4 January 2018
By: Paul Dancey

Skywings news last updated: 7 November 2018 at 07:56:23 PM

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