Steve Purdie's picture

Nowadays the SHGC has to have a zero tolerance attitude to flying in our heavily used airspace whilst under the influence of narcotic substances. Consequently, anyone repeatedly doing so will be reported to the police.

I have received a report that cannabis has again been seen being smoked by certain pilot(s) on our sites prior to flying.

I am sure that all pilots are aware of the dangers and severe penalties of such actions and that therefore would not countenance such a foolhardy act. However, if you have indeed flown under the influence, I trust that you will not do so again, knowing the hazards…


Steve Purdie

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Now have I done my harness

Now have I done my harness up properly? must check !
Now have I done my harness up properly? must check !
Now have I done my harness up properly? must check !
Now have I............

I'm amazed they make it in to the air !!!!

A bit whiffy

Maybe they do it to mask the smell of mid-air brown trouser moments!
... That and it'll dull the senses when they 'fluff up' (not allowed to swear!)

Carole Sherrington's picture

I thought my nose was fooling me.

That's open to interpretation and accusations of victimisation.

I'm in favour of "at all" after a warning period, say Easter, to led the word get round.

I think you need to consider a policy regarding non club members appearing at SHGC sites under the influence. A notice in SkyWings?


tefal's picture

a few more suggestions

I agree I also think that we should grass up anyone affected by anti depressants, immune-suppressants and anyone (or thing) generally having a depressant effect on the central nervous system (like listening to Steve U :-) including alcohol (e.g. those that fly after a heavy SHGC social do the night before) those taking aspirin (for flue etc), anyone that taking hay fever medication or anti-inflationary/ antihistamine drugs as these can have a drowsy effect on pilots. Also anyone taking cough mixture (even in sweet form). Or tooth pain medicine (codien) or anyone who has taken a decongestant or anyone who has had there mum rub Vicks on there stomach so they could go to sleep (Kevy Wevy :-).

Also I also think we should ban anyone who has an excess of stimulant in their blood as this can lead to dangerous aggressive piloting including chewing Gat, Cocoa leaves and anyone seen with a Redbull in their hand (or on as a symbol on their helmet) should be asked to leave. And anyone seen having more than two cups of coffee.

And anyone taking drugs which have a trippy effect so anyone eating mouldy rye bread should be asked to stay grounded. And anyone seen having milk in their tea from the mad farmer's van.

oh yes and anyone who like reggae music (or sauce).

steveu's picture

Ground control to Major Tom

Tefal wrote:

I agree I also think that we should grass up anyone affected by anti depressants, .. and other rambling snipped for brevity...

As David Cameron would say, "calm down, dear..."

Tefal, the answer is simple. You don't grass up everyone for everything, only for that which is against medical advice.

So, if taking anything, ask your GP if it affects the ability to fly. If so, don't.

Were you under the influence of any of this stuff when you penned your Booker prize winning effort above?

Is it true you were drinking Spritzers last Friday night? That would have been so cool in 1982.... ;-)


Carole Sherrington's picture

The demon paragliders are out to get me

only for that which is against medical advice.
an agin de rule of Babylon innit.

Carole Sherrington's picture

Sniff sniff

Oh dear.
A little paranoid are we?
I wonder why that is.

steveu's picture

In Skywings?

Hi Carole,

This is not the first time Steve Purdie has issued this warning. I think somewhere between 6 and 18 months has passed since the last warning.

It shouldn't be necessary to post in the National magazine that pilots should comply with the ANO which forbids flying under the influence.

In the end, seeing as they put us all at risk, something needs to be done.

People who do this know it's illegal on two fronts. Notices in the National magazine simply get the sport a bad name.


AndrewEeles's picture


Hi Carole

as well as contavening ANO, flying under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol will invalidate 'your' 3rd party cover should you/one be involved in an accident with another pilot etc...and guess who would end up with the liability regardless of whose fault it was.



Carole Sherrington's picture

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Carole Sherrington's picture

No Good would come of it

I deleted the post because it would serve no useful purpose.
Drug takers will still take them.
I will avoid those people on the ground who are a bit whiffy and I'll try my best to avoid those in the air who look a bit wayward.
"We should all have our heads examined"
"That's rule number four!"

Steve Purdie's picture

Whiffy & wayward

Doesn't that include most pilots?


The Old Station

Carole Sherrington's picture

Pheromone Heaven

"Confuse Ye not the scent of honest toil with the poo-pong of Bong."
So sayeth.......FSM?
"We should all have our heads examined"
"That's rule number four!"