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Great day at Ballard Down

Flight diary details
Date of Flight: 
16 Apr 2014
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Went with Youngie down to Dorset. It was soarable all the way from Swanage beach to Old Harry Rocks with great views of the Isle of Wight and Poole Harbour

JTurczak's picture

Coaching evening - An introduction to thermals and thermaling

22 May 2014 - 19:30
22 May 2014 - 22:30

It has been a while but Coaching evening are now going back in.

The evening will be at the Glynde Social Club

The format is that 7.30 till 8pm is induction for new members. So come along and get an introduction to the club and find out what being in the Club is all about.

8 till 10 is the Coaching talk. This one is geared for new/low air time pilots. But more experienced pilots more than welcome.

It will go over the basics of thermals, how they are formed, how they work and how we use them.

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On the hill sat 5th april

2 sites to choose from ,but which one.....easy choice ...both :)
But first had a rrc session at mt caburn at 9 am to which it was flyable in the SSW 10-12 mph wind ,5 in the air at one point ,till wind picked up a little to much.
Then trip to newhaven to see the most combination of PGs and hangies all flying to brighton and back ive ever seen,a strong at times SSW breeze was slow going to get to brighton, and by mid day had dropped off to leave just the PGs playing around the takeoff area,and tide was making its way in.

Steve Purdie's picture

Bostal lane closed 27th April - Hill Climb

It's that time of year again, and I'm writing to advise you that a Temporary Road Closure Order has been issued by Wealden District Council which affects Bo-Peep Lane and Bo-Peep Bostal (including vehicular access to the Car Park at the top of the Bostal).

The attachment gives early warning of this closure, which is to permit our Annual Motorcycle Hill Climb up the Bostal.

I'm sorry for any inconvenience that this might cause you and your members, but would ask for your co-operation as usual by avoiding that area on this one day, 27th April 2014.

Many thanks
Keith T Rhodes

Steve Purdie's picture

Mt Caburn

Just a timely reminder or two:

If you must walk down the hill to launch, remember that the land owner specifically prohibits doing so and that you risk our access to the site by your actions. If you really must do so, just set out and launch, do not set up camp as if it's a legitimate launching area.

Steve Purdie's picture

The CAA has announced improvements to VFR charts that it claims will improve the clarity of information depicted.

The alterations have been made in consultation with the aviation industry and will appear in the new editions of the 1:500k and 1:250k series charts that will be published in March 2014.

The main changes include:

The addition of boundary tint to all airspace boundaries regardless of classification

The reversal of the colour formatting of airspace classifications boxes i.e. white classification lettering within appropriate classification (blue or magenta) coloured box.

The re-alignment of all airspace annotations along the leading edges of airspace boundaries

Steve Purdie's picture

Hang Glider Neck Injury In Failed Landing

BHPA safety Advisory: http://www.bhpa.co.uk/pdf/safety_advisory/sa010.122013.pdf

Summary:
In a recent accident the hang glider pilot, as a result of a base-bar collision during landing, swung through the control frame. His harness allowed him to move forward to the extent that his head was in front of the high aspect-ratio glider’s nose plate, which his weight and momentum pulled down violently on to the back of his head / neck region. The pilot suffered serious injury.

Action:
Hang Glider pilots should make landing approaches with their hands on the uprights and shoulders raised.