British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Skywings News

Subscribe to Skywings the official magazine of the BHPA, or buy back issues

The BHPA Elementary Pilot Training Guide - 8.43mb
Download the BHPA Elementary Pilot Training Guide (8.43mb)

The Pilot Handbook
Buy the BHPA Pilot Handbook
Flight theory, meteorology, basic and advanced flying skills and more. Invaluable for post-CP pilots

Visiting Overseas Hang Gliding & Paragliding Pilots please read this.....

Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

The BHPA is a member of the The Royal Aero Club
The BHPA is a member of The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom

The BHPA is a member of the European Hang Gliding & Paragliding Union
The BHPA is a member of The European Hang Gliding & Paragliding Union

Skywings news items are available for the following publication years:

Skywings news items published in 2020 are displayed below.

All non archived Skywings news items can also be searched by post date or headline (title).
To search by post date, please enter the month and year numerically as mm-yyyy (eg. 03-2016).

or and

If you're looking for Skywings news items published before 2020, please visit our archived news pages.

There are 44 news items for 2020 in our database.

Displaying page 6 out of 6

[ Top ] - [ Prev ]

Skywings News - 2020

Top speedflying video

Deyev and Tess IvchenkoBanish the February blues with the Prospeedflying team's spectacular video from their recent winter hike'n'fly trip to Chile.

Alexander Deyev and Tess Ivchenko, an intrepid pair from Crimea, spent five weeks in a camper van with a couple of Ozone Rapi-Dos wings, skiing and speedflying volcanos at Villarrica, Llaima, Lonquimay and Osorno. Find it here - it's stirring stuff!

Posted: 29 January 2020
By: J. Schofield

Kitty Hawk time machines!

Kitty Hawk time machines! On December 14th Dr Markus Raffel's 1895 Lilienthal hang glider replica flew alongside an authentic replica of the Wright Brothers' 1902 glider. This remarkable event took place at Kitty Hawk on North Carolina's Outer Banks, close to the scene of the Wrights' early gliding experiments and their first flight of a powered aeroplane in December 1903.

The Wright machine had originally been built for the Centennial of Flight celebrations in 2003. The Lilienthal machine was flown by Andy Beem of California's Windsports school; the Wright glider by Billy Vaughn of local operator Kitty Hawk Kites.

'It was one of the best days of my life! reported Andy. 'I got to fly an authentic replica of a Lilienthal glider side-by-side with the 1902 Wright.' Equally elated, Billy Vaughn said, 'I had the presence of mind to look out through the structure of the Wright wing to see the Lilienthal glider flying next to me. It was humbling.'

Respect to the teams that built both replica aircraft, and to their determination in getting them to this historic spot for their momentous meeting. A video of the flights is available on Google Drive.

Posted: 29 January 2020
By: J. Schofield

Dan Burton’s trike OLC win

Dan Burton and his trike Well-known trike and paramotor pilot Dan Burton won the trike category of the online 2019 XC Contest after a busy flying season. Although several leading pilots had submitted flights of over 350km during the year, on December 28th Dan was in second place, needing 324km to overtake Czech pilot Martin Lexa.

Early on the 29th Dan flew for seven and a half hours in challenging conditions to record a 326km triangle and take the top spot with 6,878 points over six flights - all FAI triangles.

His route from Topsham near Exeter took him west against a strong headwind to Start Point in South Devon, north to Martinhoe on the North Devon coast, and to Frampton near Dorchester before punching the headwind again for home.

Dan landed his Fresh Breeze Bullix 4T/Gin Falcon 34 combo with four litres of fuel remaining; his average groundspeed had been 43.13km/h. Dan also finished third in the Open Class ranking against more than 400 pilots worldwide.

Posted: 29 January 2020
By: J. Schofield

Changes to Farnborough Airspace

In June 2015, Farnborough Airport submitted a formal airspace change proposal to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and as a result the CAA have now issued an Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC)regarding changes to Farnborough Airspace that will be implemented on the 27 February 2020.

The circular is available for download from this website, and can also be downloaded from the CAA website.

Posted: 26 January 2020
By: Paul Dancey

Skywings news last updated: 26 August 2020 at 01:55:56 PM

Displaying page 6 out of 6

[ Top ] - [ Prev ]


For further information about the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and skywings magazine, please visit our about the BHPA and Skywings magazine pages on this website.