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.
.... And the rest of the glider should be checked regularly too!
See attached PDF
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
We had a great time in Valle in March. We got a bit "unlucky" with the weather, out of 10 days "only" 8 was flyable. The 2 days off were welcome to give us an opportunity to find the bars selling the best mescal.
This flight was on the first day, and the other days gave similar opportunities for xc, apart from the 2 rainy days.
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.