For not the first time on our sites, a mid-air collision recently ensued when a pilot inflated his wing directly into the path of a flying glider. Not that long ago there was a similar incident at another UK club resulting in profound injury to the airborne pilot...
You absolutely must perform a pre-flight check before each and every inflation of your wing.
Inflating your glider in conditions too strong for your ability can also result in an uncontrolled departure, with risk of injury to bystanders.
Early post for the looming weekend.
What will the weather gods throw at us,really too early too say.may be ,may be not ,but till i really know ,i will post fri night.
The SHGC Summer Bash will be held on 5/9/2015.
That's the first weekend after the school holidays.
Unfortunately last years venue is not available but after much looking at various options and sites,
we will be revisiting a lovely field in between Ringmer and the A26.
Andraes will be spit roasting a lamb and he promised some other interesting goodies including a vegetarian option.
Vincent (The Master Baker) will provide all things bready!
A certain amount of Harveys and larger will be provided free.
The marquee with sound system for tunes.
As the festival season is well upon us and pilots are flying cross country a timely reminder about the rules for open air assemblies is in order. The idiot paramotoring into Glastonbury will have added a lot of fuel to the CAA's drive to require licensing of FLPA pilots.
Whether you are flying powered or gliding:
- You must fly at least 1000 feet above any organised open air assembly.
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:
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.
Forwarded on behalf of Tom Hardie:
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.