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New British Paramotor Champion

National Paramotor Champion Dan Jones The National Paramotor Championships at Wingland, Lincs, in July provided a week of good flying and the largest UK national paramotor event since 2016.

Dan Jones emerged as the new National Champion ahead of Russell Hesketh-Roberts and Blaise Brogan. Walter Spence led the Discovery class and Quinn Andrade the Club class.

Dan was first in the CP class in 2020, third in the National class in 2021, and now is top UK paramotor pilot. Photo by Neil Forster.

Posted: 4 August 2022
By: J. Schofield


RAF paramotor challenge

Tim Taylor, Flt Lt. Michael O'Hara and Flt Lt. Andrew WhiskerSqn Ldr. Tim Taylor and Flt Lt. Michael O'Hara of the RAF Regiment, and Flt Lt. Andrew Whisker of the RAF Police, will be flying around the coastline of Britain this month to celebrate Regiment's founding 80 years ago.

Their flight also marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF Armoured Car Companies.

The attempt will be the first for the RAF and for the Armed Forces in general - no Service currently has a Paramotor Team. Follow their progress via the team's personal Instagram: RAF_Raptors.

Posted: 4 August 2022
By: J. Schofield


RAeC bursary for Finley Redford

Trainee paraglider pilot Finley_Redford Sole BHPA recipient this year is 17-year-old Finley Redford, a trainee paraglider pilot at Airworks in West Sussex. 

Having seen paramotors flying near his home, Finley made his way to Airworks who started him on the road to paragliding.

Persuading his part-time employer to increase his hours, he worked throughout last summer to save enough to start his EP. His sights are now set on achieving CP with the bursary's help.

Longer term, his sights are set on an aeronautical engineering degree and a career in aircraft design.

If you are aged 14-21 (or up to 24 for follow-on bursaries) and want to progress in your discipline, take advantage of the RAeC scheme scheme. The closing date for 2023 applications is March 31st 2023. Details and forms are available on the Royal Aero Club Trust website.

Posted: 8 July 2022
By: J. Schofield


Icarus Cup is this month!

Icarus Cup 2022 This annual week-long gathering represents the state of the art in human-powered flying. The niche discipline has gained momentum over the last year and progress in the field is expected.

Southampton University's Lazarus reappeared last year to secured the RAeS Formula Flight prize; it has since been rebuilt and flown in yet another new guise, and David Barford's Betterfly is also expected to return to the fray.

There has also been activity in the Aerocyle camp (pictured), and there may be entirely new entries from further afield.

The early-morning event at Lasham is shaping up to be a breakthrough this year as HPAs slowly move forward to greater achievements.

Marshalls are required to assist with the running of the event; if you're interested in witnessing - and assisting - the evolution of human-powered flight, contact Tony Prentice at tony.prentice1@btinternet.com.

For further information please visit the British Human Powered Flying Club website.

Posted: 8 July 2022
By: J. Schofield


Tour de France Airspace Restrictions

The 2022 Tour de France The 109th Tour de France takes place between July 1st - July 24th 2022, with 21 stages all around France, in a large variety of landscapes.

As in previous years, the race will be overflown by aircraft flying at different altitudes and temporary restricted areas (TRA) will be in place in mountain areas.

The CNFAS strongly recommend that pilots visiting France during this period avoid flying over stages of the Tour de France, and respect mandatory air rules and conditions of airspace penetration published in Notams, AIC or AIP SUP.

The full CNFAS Circular is available for download using the following link:

CNFAS Circular

Posted: 1 July 2022
By: Paul Dancey


RAeC awards

The Royal Aero Club awards ceremony took place at the RAF Club, Piccadilly, in May. Chief among the awards to BHPA members were Russ Ogden's richly-deserved RAeC Gold Medal, and the British Paragliding Team's equally well-earned Prince of Wales Cup.

Actually in attendance on the day were Russ, Jocky Sanderson, Seb Ospina and Martin Long, plus Mike Chilvers (Ann Welch Memorial Award) and Glenn Stockton (RAeC Certificate of Merit).

Also present to support our chaps were Comps supremo Jenny Buck and BHPA Chairman Marc Asquith. Congratulations to all who were involved in these goings-on. Trophies and awards were presented by Robert Courts MP, Minister for Aviation.

Posted: 5 June 2022
By: J. Schofield


Icarus Cup

The BHPFCs Icarus Cup takes place at Lasham airfield in Hampshire from July 23rd-31st. This annual week-long gathering represents the state of the art in human-powered flying.

The niche discipline has gained momentum in the last year and progress in the field is expected. Last year Southampton University's Lazarus secured the RAeS Formula Flight prize; it has since been rebuilt and flown in a new form, and David Barford's Betterfly (pictured) is also expected to return to the fray. There has been activity in the Aerocyle camp, and there may be entirely new entries from further afield.

Marshalls are required to assist with the running of the event; if you're interested in witnessing - and assisting - the evolution of human-powered flight, contact Tony Prentice. There's more information at the BHPFC website.

Posted: 5 June 2022
By: J. Schofield


Queen’s Jubilee Flypast Restrictions

A large military aircraft flypast will celebrate HMQ's Platinum Jubilee on June 2nd 2022. Widespread restrictions covering south and central England are outlined here.

Posted: 16 May 2022
By: J. Schofield


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