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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.

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The perils of helmet mounted cameras...

Still, at least it was all on video...

looks like a swivel would not have gone amiss either.

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Small maillon failure

The small quick link (copy of a maillon-rapide) securing the lines to the risers on a Paramania glider failed during the test flight of a new wing.

The wing was produced at the Gin factory, so a number of different brands could be affected. (Gin gliders appear to use the real deal)

Do check that your are stamped or engraved with the EN number.

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Notes from Glynde Coaching Meeting 26/5/11 - Thermalling

Some notes from our thermalling discussions. see attachment.

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Big ears and stalling

This winter I saw another glider stall in big ears and analysed an accident where that was the likely cause. That makes 3 I've seen and several more I've heard about. All on modern, sensible gliders in good condition. In the last two the pilots were badly hurt.

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Dual Flying

It has come to my attention that a small number of pilots have been flying dual while not appropriately licensed.

Unlicensed pilots may not fly dual with any passenger who is not themselves at least a licensed dual pilot.

I must remind you that this is strictly in contravention of BHPA mandatory safety requirements and they will be uninsured if they do so.

Duals may also only be flown when fitted with an appropriate certified reserve.