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British Hang Gliding Competition Panel Vacancies

Two valued competition panel members and the scorer have announced a decision to retire from the competition panel.

The panel would like to thank Tim King for 12 years service on the panel and Phil Chettleburgh for over 10 years as our scorer. Both have given a large commitment to British hang gliding and have conducted a multitude of other competition related tasks.

Additionally the panel would like to thank Jenny Buck who has not only been a panel member but has done an excellent job directing their national competitions for a number of years.  Jenny will continue meet directing but must retire from the panel in order to become our BHPA representative.

This leaves the panel with vacancies for two panel members and a scorer.

The competition panel has a number of duties and as a member you would be expected to contribute to some of the following tasks:

  • Attending panel meetings via Zoom (as and when required, usually no more than one a month)
  • Attending annual panel meeting in person
  • Selection of British Team members
  • Deciding dates / locations of competitions
  • Organising the British Nationals
  • Organising British Open Series rounds
  • Organising access to Met information
  • Appointing scorers
  • Appointing safety committee
  • Writing local competition rules
  • Securing trophies
  • Securing gifts / T shirts
  • Organising meals during competitions
  • Selecting individuals for awards
  • Appointing meet directors
  • Appointing team manager where applicable
  • Decisions on budget allocation
  • Arrange NOTAMS / CANP for competitions
  • Filling roles of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary
  • Panel members are expected to serve for two years

If more than the two volunteers are received, then pilots who participate in the BOS / Nationals will be given a vote as to who to elect to the panel.

Expressions of interest for panel members and scorer should be sent to Darren Brown at darrenbrown50@hotmail.com

DEADLINE: 1st October 2021

Posted: 15 September 2021
By: Paul Dancey

Ed Potter: lifetime achievement

Veteran hang glider pilot Ed Potter Veteran hang glider pilot Ed Potter - multiple Loxely Trophy winner, sea-breeze expert and all-round nice bloke - has been running his own company since 1971. Delta-T Devices is a co-operative, designing and manufacturing soil moisture sensors to global acclaim.

The governing body of the UK co-operative movement has seen fit to honour Ed with a Lifetime Achievement award. 'His vision for an ethical, people-focused tech business and democratic decision making has never wavered,' says their citation, 'and his enthusiasm inspires people throughout the co-operative community.' Nice work Ed, we salute you!

Posted: 30 August 2021
By: J. Schofield

CAA EC rebate now open to CPs

The CAA Rebate scheme for Electronic Conspicuity devices, previously only open to Pilot-rated members, is now open to CP rated pilots too.

Posted: 30 August 2021
By: J. Schofield

New e-learning resource

A new site from Touching Cloudbase author Ian Currer offers  video lessons and theory modules optimised for laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Posted: 30 August 2021
By: J. Schofield

XCBuddy app

Jeremy Soper has created a web app, XCBuddy, which analyses XC tracklog files, instantaneously generating numerical and graphical flight reports on glide and climb performance for hang gliders, paragliders and sailplanes. As glides and thermals are collated over multiple flights, polar curves and corresponding speed-to-fly curves emerge from the averages.

Multiple same-day flights can be used to compare competition tactics, whilst flights logged over long periods can detect performance deterioration due to wing ageing, and gains from improvements in technique. Check it out here.

Posted: 13 August 2021
By: J. Schofield

St Hilaire festival

St Hilaire 2021The Coupe Icare organisers are doing everything possible to make the famous festival happen on September 12th - 19th. Daniel Raibon-Pernoud insists that the event, his last as head of the team, will take place. The film festival has two year's worth of flying films to get through and should be a humdinger.

All the usual attractions - trade fair, testival, airshow, film screenings, tandem rides, kids' attractions and the fly-down carnival - are planned in and will go ahead in some form. Daniel and his team are to be commended for their belief in the festival and their determination to run it come what may. Information and updates are on Facebook and Twitter, and also here.

Posted: 13 August 2021
By: J. Schofield

Electric circumnavigation!

Sacha 'Flight of the Swans' DenchSacha 'Flight of the Swans' Dench's latest expedition is an anti-clockwise flight around Britain. It began at Loch Lomond on June 26th. Her Round Britain Climate Challenge, the first attempted circumnavigation of mainland Britain with an electric paramotor, is designed to draw attention to climate issues.

Sacha's trip is heavily sponsored by green industry as well as Dudek, Parajet and SkyDemon, and now has Joanna Lumley on board (not literally!) as narrator. Sacha will be landing frequently to gather information from individuals and communities, schools, farmers, entrepreneurs, etc. Follow her progress here.

Posted: 13 August 2021
By: J. Schofield

X-Dales '21 Challenge

The X-Dales '21 Challenge will take place over the extended weekend of the 10th - 12th September, coinciding with the Dales Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club social event.

The start/finish point will be the small town of Sedbergh, and whilst the challenge covers three full days it is up to competitors to select a single day for their attempt. Only one attempt is allowed and entry is free.

Further information about the X-Dales challenge is available on the XCFlight website.

Posted: 12 August 2021
By: Paul Dancey

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