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Olympic torch flies from Ibituruna!

local pilot Moisés 'Moka' Sodré with the Olympic Torch at Feira da PazOn April 27th the Olympic Torch travelled from Greece to Brazil to begin a 95-day tour to the Rio Olympics opening on August 5th. The tour will visit 83 cities, 26 state capitals and 500 towns.

On May 11th the torch parade passed through Governador Valadares where XC Brazil's Steve Barton was one of the pilots to escort it from the peak of Ibituruna to the landing field at Feira da Paz. The torch was carried on the 20-minute top-to-bottom by local pilot Moisés 'Moka' Sodré (pictured left).

"When we arrived above the landing field - still with more than 1,500ft of altitude - it was illuminated by hundreds of flashing cameras and the TV film crews," reports Steve. "Spiralling down whilst monitoring the position of 20 other dark, silent shapes, listening to the roar of the hundreds of spectators, was definitely the most memorable yet nerve-wracking top-to-bottom ever - fantastic!"

Steve runs XC and thermalling courses in Brazil with Dean Crosby. Please see the XC Brazil website for further information about their courses.

Posted: 7 July 2016
By: Paul Dancey


Flylight's 21st

Saturday July 30th sees a hangar party at Sywell Aerodrome, Northants, to celebrate Flylight's 21st birthday. All are welcome and demonstration flights can be arranged.

If flying in you will need to send your aircraft registration, number of visitors, etc, in advance as the airfield is PPR. Visitors are welcome to camp, by arrangement, but camper vans are not allowed on site; there is more comfortable accommodation at Sywell's Aviator Hotel and local B&Bs.

For further information please contact Flylight at info@flylight.co.uk.

Posted: 7 July 2016
By: Paul Dancey


Rigg records ratified

Kathleen Rigg's World and European hang gliding record spree last July has been confirmed with no less than six ratified records to her credit.

Flying her Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 from Hochfelln, Germany and later Bischling in Austria, Kathleen secured the following records at both European and World level: Female out-and-return distance (229.8km); Female 200km triangle speed (29,96km/h); and Female free triangle distance (200.8km). Congratulations, and respect!

Posted: 7 July 2016
By: Paul Dancey


Sponsored SIV

Passion Paragliding are offering up to ten sponsored places on their renowned SIV and Wing Control courses later this year. "We wanted to reward the hard-working BHPA Club Coaches,' says top SIV instructor Toby Colombé. "Many of them regularly give up their own flying time to help other pilots, and we decided to help them!"

To access one of these half-price, one-week courses, contact them through the Passion Paragliding website.

Posted: 7 June 2016
By: Paul Dancey


Avian Ltd is for sale

The Evo 3 high-performerUK hang glider manufacturer Avian is for sale. The Peak District-based company includes Avian Ltd, Avian Online and the busy AIR importership and overhaul business. "We are looking for somebody with engineering know-how and a desire to do something totally different," says Steve Elkins, Avian MD and designer. "To be able to design, test and fly your own aircraft is the privilege of a very few."

The Rio 2 intermediate Avian have recently moved to an integrated fully-digital sail design and laser-cutting process that allows far greater production accuracy and supports the evolution of new designs, a changeover that is already beginning to reap rewards. Steve, who started Avian over 25 years ago in 1989, wants to be able to devote time to other business ideas, but won't be leaving the company without regrets.

"I have enjoyed my time at Avian and have appreciated meeting and having the support of some very loyal customers. I will be passing Avian on in a strong position with its best and most extensive range of gliders, including the Evo 3, Puma, Rio 2 and Fly. There are several other projects in the pipeline such as a prototype SSDR trike and wing."

In the meantime Avian and Avian Online will continue to trade as usual. All enquires to info@avianonline.co.uk or by post to Avian Ltd, S33 9JT.

Posted: 7 June 2016
By: Paul Dancey


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


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