Steve Purdie's picture

BHPA Rules for Individual Flying Members - a reminder...

1. Pilots must comply with Air Law.

2. All accidents and incidents must be reported to the BHPA using the Incident Report Form
within 48 hours. Any fatal or potentially fatal accident must also be reported to the police
and the Air Accident Investigation Branch immediately.

3. Pilots involved in any type of incident that could lead to an insurance claim must not
admit fault or liability.

4. A well fitting helmet must be worn on all flights. The helmet should be CE marked EN
966 in the HPG category.

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HG reserve issues. Maybe PG harnesses from same manufacturer too?

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Dear pilot colleagues!

Hairy Dave's picture

Pod harness safety

It seems the DHV are now addressing the issues of paragliding pod harnesses with dodgey reserve systems, back protectors, etc. and their inappropriate use by recreational pilots.

Their report is at http://www.dhv.de/web/en/safety/articles-statistics/pod-harness-test

Reserves and back protectors are just the glaring problems with some of these harnesses. There are numerous other areas in which some of these types are found wanting and I expect the DHV will get on the case in due course.

Hairy Dave's picture

How to hold brake handles and survive

I've found the organisers initial statement regarding Dillip's death in Bulgaria (below). Apart from slow rescue services, the main issue is that he was found with a half deployed parachute and the brakes still in his hands. They suggest that holding the brakes and trying to deploy would influence glider behaviour. It would certainly impede throwing of the reserve.

Caburn Car Park

I have been contacted by Glynde Estates about our use of the car park. They have received complaints from local residents about the gate being left open and/or unlocked, and a suggestion that the field is being used for parking by people who are not club members. As most of us are aware, the site is sensitive at the moment, and we need to avoid giving Glynde Estates any impression that we are not complying with all the conditions of our licence, which is due for renewal at the end of July. Could I ask all members, therefore, to be particularly aware of the need to abide by the following:

Steve Purdie's picture

Parachute Packing Error

I just repacked an Independence Annular EVO reserve which was last repacked by the owner under supervision at the Zip Slide event before Christmas.

The reserve had been folded at 90 degrees to the design plane. i.e. folded like an Apco Mayday, rather than the intended short concertina folds.

When packed in this manner the reserve opening will be delayed and it is not impossible that it will fail to deploy.

If you packed your reserve like this, please refer to me, The Loft or any Independence dealer for advice on how to do it properly.

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Pre-flight check or die!

Also be extra careful with leg straps with a flight deck or a canoe (pg or hg) harness...

As we have seen here, a flight deck is enough to cause this problem, it is not limited to canoe harnesses. The mandatory pre-launch check which we all perform before each and every launch (!) will ensure this doesn't happen to one of us...

http://www.dhv.de/web/fileadmin/user_upload/monatsordner/2004-06/Ausbild...