.... And the rest of the glider should be checked regularly too!
See attached PDF
While analysing one accident I noticed film of another one waiting to happen. Getting in the habit of putting brake handles over the wrist has killed in the past and will undoubtedly kill again. Let's make sure it's not a SHGC member.
Please see http://www.shgc.org.uk/node/10831
A pilot recently broke his tibia while ground handling. A significant contributory factor was that he had a ~30mm thick roll of thermal trousers within the shaft of his well laced up flying boot.
This roll caused an asperity, about which the tibia failed.
Do not have any asperities within your flying boots. Think like you would with ski boots and keep your socks pulled up and your thermals outside.
I am just about to release an issue of windsock which is laden with rhetoric about the current poor observance of air law within our club.
I now hear that a serious mid-air collision occurred yesterday or thereabouts.
Firstly, if you witnessed the collision or the hang gliding crashes, please file an incident report with both the BHPA and the shgc.
Secondly, everybody needs to pull their socks up in this regard. We have had fatal mid-air collisions; We don't want any more.
A few days ago there were two pilots simultaneously in the sea at Newhaven. Thankfully nobody died...
The danger inherent in a water landing cannot be overstated. It is usually better to fly into practically anything, downwind if necessary, rather than risk a dunking, unless fully SIV prepared with rescue boat, buoyancy aid and no back protection.
According to the BHPA Technical Manual:
Recommended Practice: Water landings should be avoided at all costs; experienced pilots anticipating flying
A fairly experienced pilot who shall not be named flew while suffering from and medicated against man flu.
He promptly flew fully downwind into trees!
As it's that time of year, remember, for very good reasons it is illegal to fly if you are not fit to do so!
Darwin strikes again...