A great day at bo-peep, high cloud base, Cookie got to 5400ft near the convergence at eastbourne. i declared a Triangle and completed it, although got low and ridge soared caburn for an hour!!!
The recent notification of the establishment of a Radio Mandatory Zone (RMZ) around Southend airport has led to a lot of discussion about the implications for free fliers. Some of the opinions expressed seem to be based on an incomplete understanding of the nature and purpose of RMZs, so this is an attempt to explain how they work.
Gary Taylor is taking this months coaching evening.
He will be covering the skew -t weather diagrams and how to use and read them.
This is a great opportunity to understand how those graphs work, how to read them and how to use them in your flying.
(if you are scratching your head and asking what is a skew-t diagram then you definitely need to come along)
7.30 till 8 will be induction for new club members and then Gary will take over at 8 pm.
So come along and get some valuable information to help you plan your flying days.
Thanks to the good people in our club providing the BHPA with evidence to show the dangers of using Brummel hooks on paragliders, the European Paragliding Safety Committee have instructed the various manufacturers to find a better solution.
At this early stage it looks like there are two possible solutions.
1. For those who want a super quick connection, a quick release swiwel used as a key ring component is being trialed (very similar to the mechanism used already on hang glider pip pins).
SFoF 14 T-4 and counting. Shake down your flying and hiking gear, charge your batteries, load your waypoints, and prepare for launch - July 1st
Paraglider Pilots, please don't forget to leave room at the car park end of the top for hang gliders to launch and land.
Don't ground handle near to hang gliders unless you can afford to pay for the replacement of a £17000 carbon rigid. (BHPA insurance is not meant for member-to-member claims!)
Once again it appears to be time to remind the members of some of the site rules and of their obligations:
* Ground Handle in the car park
* Land in the car park
* Overfly the car park (<500' say)
* Leave the car park gate open or unlocked
* Overfly (<500' say) the cottages at Brigden's Field and at Airworks' landing field.
* Launch from the slope
* Land on the slope other than in the designated areas (except in an emergency)