Andrew Craig's picture

Puffing Billy

Flight diary details
Date of Flight: 
30 Jun 2015
Takeoff site: 
Outside UK

I still felt rough, but thought the clear air at cloudbase might clear my head. A 50k task was set, past Aspres and Veynes. Thanks to Belgian Martin I've now a reasonable idea about how to put a task into my Oudie, and it performed well today.

Climbing at launch was easy, and I cruised over Orpierre and got a good climb before Beaumont -- so good that I had to turn away to a gap in the clouds (at only 2400m), while a few others needed their big ears.

Steve Purdie's picture

Ticks & Lymes disease

A number of pilots have been bitten by ticks in the last few weeks. A few of these have contracted Lyme disease, which if left untreated, can be very serious indeed.

Pilots are advised to take precautions to avoid being bitten, e.g., wear socks and long trousers, avoid laying on the grass etc. Inspect for ticks at the end of the day too. The ones which have been found biting have generally been smaller than the typical 5mm ones we usually see. You need to be on the lookout for arachnids as small as 1mm.

Please check this out:

Hairy Dave's picture

Marshalling at Devil's Dyke and Beachy Head

Hi all,

There has been much talk about overcrowding recently so I'd like to remind all members about the systems already in place to control it.

For the Dyke, there is a marshalling kit in the cupboard behind the pub and it is the duty of whoever is first on site to get the stuff out and set up. Marshalling and controlling numbers of launches can be initiated whenever someone thinks it's necessary. This is the responsibility of every pilot on site.

Hairy Dave's picture

Drones

Forwarded on behalf of Tom Hardie:

Hi All,

There has been a considerable increase in First Person View (FPV) unmanned aircraft (drone) flying. This is where the pilot of the drone is wearing a device so that they can see the view as if they were in the drone. Therefore they have an extremely limited view when it comes to avoiding other aircraft. These drones can be of a multi-copter or helicopter design, or fixed wing design, both powered and unpowered.

Hairy Dave's picture

BHPA Safety Advisory

.... And the rest of the glider should be checked regularly too!

See attached PDF

Hairy Dave's picture

Accident waiting to happen

While analysing one accident I noticed film of another one waiting to happen. Getting in the habit of putting brake handles over the wrist has killed in the past and will undoubtedly kill again. Let's make sure it's not a SHGC member.

Please see http://www.shgc.org.uk/node/10831

Steve Purdie's picture

Asperities in boots

A pilot recently broke his tibia while ground handling. A significant contributory factor was that he had a ~30mm thick roll of thermal trousers within the shaft of his well laced up flying boot.

This roll caused an asperity, about which the tibia failed.

Do not have any asperities within your flying boots. Think like you would with ski boots and keep your socks pulled up and your thermals outside.