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Hang gliding calendar

Katy Tracey's 2023 hang gliding calendar Buyers of Katy Tracey's 2023 hang gliding calendar will be donating £5 to Prostate Cancer UK. The disease affects one in every eight men; in 2022 it claimed the lives of around 12,000 blokes including BHPA stalwarts Simon Murphy and Everard Cunion.

The calendar features 12 superb photographs in large (420 x 594mm) format, with lots of room to write comp dates. Available from Fly Pure Air at £18 including free UK shipping (overseas - email for a quote).

Posted: 2 January 2023
By: J. Schofield

Icarus Cup dates

Southampton University's Super Lazarus - photo: Jesse van Kuijk The 2023 Icarus Cup is now fixed for June 17th to 25th at Lasham airfield in Hampshire. Aerocycles 301 and 302 and Southampton University's Super Lazarus (pictured - photo: Jesse van Kuijk) will definitely attend, as will the Betterfly and Airglow teams.

The new machine from Bordeaux University, now very close to completion, may also compete. Details will appear on the The British Human Powered Flying Club website in due course.

Posted: 2 January 2023
By: J. Schofield

BHPA diversity project

BHPA Exec. have agreed to support BHPA member Rhian Ebrey in leading a new project aimed at increasing the number of young, female and Black and Asian Ethnic Minority pilots in the sport, and retaining these pilots once qualified.

Barriers to this wider participation are seen as partly financial, and partly a lack of minority visibility and peer support. Rhian will seek external funding from the National Lottery, North Yorkshire Sport and the UK Government's 'Outdoors for All' initiative, among other potential sources.

The intention is to provide a scholarship programme for young people of all genders and/or BAEM groups to complete their EP and CP training. Free training for one person to CP level would be accompanied by a new website and a social media campaign, to increase visibility and inspire others from such groups to start paragliding. 

Rhian, a recently-qualified pilot, has several years' experience in project management and has worked with local communities on social issues. She will be assisted by Active Edge CFI and former British Champion Dean Crosby, and by Alfie Bowen, professional web developer, former microlight pilot and newly-qualified paraglider pilot.

Posted: 2 January 2023
By: J. Schofield

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