Hairy Dave's picture

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.

Steve Purdie's picture

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.


Steve Purdie's picture

Gentlemanly Behaviour

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.

When it was seen to be getting too busy, pilots would either thermal away or gracefully bow out after a few minutes ridge soaring to allow others the chance to do so.

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.

David Webb's picture

Paragliders and Horses


A rider was seriously injured after her horse was 'spooked' by a paraglider being ground-handled, near one of our flying sites last week. The lady rider is undergoing skin grafts after receiving injuries consistent with being thrown onto a barbed wire fence.

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