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Advance Impress 3 reserve container issues

Subject: IMPRESS 3: Service Bulletin

As a result of new information the IMPRESS 3 reserve inner container has been remodelled and the permissible reserve volumes for the S and M size harnesses adjusted. The new container can be obtained free of charge from our dealers.

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Mount Caburn site rules refresher

We are seeing a number of Mount Caburn site rules being disregarded of late. Please ensure that you adhere to all of the site rules as the landowner lives locally and does not need our custom!

Rules being disregarded:
- Do not launch from below the 'top of the hill' i.e., not from half way up the hill to avoid the walk up. See the last item in this list.
- Keep the car park locked at all times. In particular when pilots are in the field as this can encourage non-members to enter.
- Right hand 360 only until more than 1000' above launch

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Windsocks - let's use them, safely.

As Wolf (?) says, windsocks are dead handy for making sure the landing is right on the spot, but lets try to make sure they're placed a good bit upwind of the target itself. We should also only use windsock sticks that are safe to fall / drop a glider on. Pass the risk assessment form someone....

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Failed Maillon Report

Original at:

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British Hang Gliding
and Paragliding
Association Ltd
8 Merus Court
Meridian Business Park
Leicester LE19 1RJ
Tel (0116) 289 4316
Fax (0116) 281 4949
Issued by Angus Pinkerton - Chairman of the Flying & Safety Committee 23 August 2011.
All paraglider power pilots, Instructors, Coaches and Safety Officers must READ, DIGEST AND TAKE
ACTION on the contents of this Notice and keep it for future reference.

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Hurstmonceaux Laser

The XC heads will be familiar with the thermal from by the Hurstmonceaux observatory and may have noticed the laser warning shown on the air chart. One of the staff informed me that it is very big, very powerful and is operated at any time of day or night. It's used to measure movement of tectonic plates by bouncing off a satellite or the moon to be picked up at receivers all over the planet. Apparently when it goes off it looks like something from star trek!

While it's only an advisory on the chart, it didn't sound like something you'd want to fly through.

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Summer 2011

Sorry, but this Safety Briefing is anything but brief and is really a concoction of several missives I have posted over the last few years, all of which remain painfully relevant today:

Once upon a time in the Southern Club there was gentlemanly behaviour in the sky. And it was Good.

Pilots on the ground were aware that they are the lowest form of aviation and justly gave way to all those above them. They even looked to check.

Pilots thermalling were given right of way and ridge soaring pilots would turn back before interrupting the thermalling pilot's 360.