ChrisTownsend's picture

Another windy day

Flight diary details
Date of Flight: 
26 Jan 2015
Takeoff site: 
Devils Dyke

Even windier than Saturday. When I arrived JamesG and Johnny had flown and just landed. They reported it strong and gusty. I rigged with DaveW and waited a while for the wind strength to drop a bit. It did and I launched with assistance from SteveP. Flew down to Truleigh a couple of times with James, Johnny and DaveW, then the wind picked up again and we all landed within a few minutes of one another. I waited a bit to see if it would settle down again but it seemed to carry on increasing for a while so we all packed up. It had only dropped a little as I was driving away around sunset.

JTurczak's picture

Pilot Lectures part 3 - Flight Theory and instruments

29 Jan 2015 - 19:30
29 Jan 2015 - 22:45

OK you budding Pilots. The third part of the exam syllabus will be covered at the end of January.
See the list of topics at the end of this post to see what will be covered.

Please note the following from the Pilot Exam notes:
"For that reason candidates should have completed all of the PILOT
flying tasks before attempting the PILOT examination. They MUST have completed all the PILOT flying
tasks before the invigilator returns the exam and the Pilot Rating Application to the BHPA Office."

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...

Beachy Head Windsock Update

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.