Best day ever at beachy. Here is the video, almost entirely above the clouds. Watch in hd if you can
The BHPA are hoping to be running one on 29-30 November. It is usually in October, when all good pilots should be in the Himalaya ;0)
Cost is £250.
Please contact Stef at the BHPA to book your place.
Location Glynde Social club ( Dave has promised to tie a know in his neck so he doesn't forget this time)
7.30 till 8 induction for new members.
8 till 10 Pilot lecture 2 - Meteorology
There was a good turnout for the last one despite messing about with a last minute change of venue.
If you missed the first one dont panic I will uploading all the notes to the knowledge base.
So do come along to the second one.
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
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...
A new telescopic windsock pole has been put in the equipment tube at Beachy Head. It has an associated ground spike, which can be pushed into hard ground reasonably easily. The pole in its stowed configuration has a plug at the smaller end, which, when removed, allows the top sections to slide out and be twisted into friction lock with the sections below. When fully extended, the larger end cap can be unscrewed, and the pole placed over the ground spike. PLEASE KEEP THE PLUG AND END CAP IN THE BAG ATTACHED TO THE BASE OF THE POLE so that they can be replaced after use.
Before anyone climbs up and gets a spanking, or piles in for a landing, I'd like to draw everyone's attention to some old news about ground inversions.
Please see http://www.shgc.org.uk/node/10910