EdBewley's picture

Beachy Banners

The banners that were left out recently have been recovered. Thanks to Simon Steel for making a trip to collect two of them, and to an unknown member of the public for picking up the one that blew over the edge and landed somewhere below. That one is in the safekeeping of the Eastbourne Borough Council, and will be returned in due course.

If you are flying at Beachy, remember that it is not always somebody else that ought to put the kit away!

Mark_t's picture

A crisp winter's day flying

Flight diary details
Date of Flight: 
6 Dec 2014
Takeoff site: 
Firle

One of those rare sunny, frosty but not bitingly cold crisp winter days. The forecasts looked like 12-3 would be the best time for flying, so walked the dogs as the sun came up, with the grass jewelled in the dawn light, then waited for a bit before driving down, bypassing the Dyke at 11.45 as no action there yet and drove on to Firle (where RASP had predicted slightly higher windspeeds), to see several inflated wings ground handling as I drove up. A handful took to the air as I was setting up at around 12, and I was not far behind.

JTurczak's picture

Gin Wide Open registration for 2015

26 Dec 2014 - 13:00
26 Dec 2014 - 23:36

For those planning a bit of friendly competition flying next year, note that the gin wide open registration is just around the corner:
Registration for the GIN Wide Open 2015 Event opens on 26th December 2014 at 13:00 GMT.
http://www.flywideopen.org/

Steve Purdie's picture

Winter Wanderland HG

25 Nov 2014 - 00:00
25 Feb 2015 - 00:00

The Winter Wanderland is a fun competition for PG and HG, the aim of which is to encourage pilots to continue to fly during the winter season and to hone their XC skills ready for Spring's sprightly thermals.

I have made it a little easier than originally suggested; For HG the challenge is now to tot up your flights of more than 2km where:

- Ridge runs count, but you can only use each run once each way and every kilometer flown multiplied by a factor of 2/3.

- Every kilometer flown before Christmas gets multiplied by a factor of one and a half.

Steve Purdie's picture

Winter Wanderland PG

25 Nov 2014 - 00:00
25 Feb 2015 - 00:00

The Winter Wanderland is a fun competition for PG and HG, the aim of which is to encourage pilots to continue to fly during the winter season and to hone their XC skills ready for Spring's sprightly thermals.

I have made it a little easier than originally suggested; For PG the challenge is now to tot up your flights of more than 2km where:

- Ridge runs count, but you can only use each run once each way and no multipliers apply.

- Every kilometer flown before Christmas gets multiplied by a factor of two.

Steve Purdie's picture

Flying over Water

A few days ago there were two pilots simultaneously in the sea at Newhaven. Thankfully nobody died...

The danger inherent in a water landing cannot be overstated. It is usually better to fly into practically anything, downwind if necessary, rather than risk a dunking, unless fully SIV prepared with rescue boat, buoyancy aid and no back protection.

According to the BHPA Technical Manual:

Recommended Practice: Water landings should be avoided at all costs; experienced pilots anticipating flying

Steve Purdie's picture

Man Flew!

A fairly experienced pilot who shall not be named flew while suffering from and medicated against man flu.

He promptly flew fully downwind into trees!

As it's that time of year, remember, for very good reasons it is illegal to fly if you are not fit to do so!

Darwin strikes again...