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Flying over Water

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

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Man Flew!

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...

Beachy Head Windsock Update

A new telescopic windsock pole has been put in the equipment tube at Beachy Head. It has an associated ground spike, which can be pushed into hard ground reasonably easily. The pole in its stowed configuration has a plug at the smaller end, which, when removed, allows the top sections to slide out and be twisted into friction lock with the sections below. When fully extended, the larger end cap can be unscrewed, and the pole placed over the ground spike. PLEASE KEEP THE PLUG AND END CAP IN THE BAG ATTACHED TO THE BASE OF THE POLE so that they can be replaced after use.

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Ground inversions - it's happening again!

Before anyone climbs up and gets a spanking, or piles in for a landing, I'd like to draw everyone's attention to some old news about ground inversions.

Please see http://www.shgc.org.uk/node/10910

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Summer 2014 - Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose!

This is again largely a concoction of old material, which is becoming more relevant again.

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.

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Southend RMZ

The recent notification of the establishment of a Radio Mandatory Zone (RMZ) around Southend airport has led to a lot of discussion about the implications for free fliers. Some of the opinions expressed seem to be based on an incomplete understanding of the nature and purpose of RMZs, so this is an attempt to explain how they work.

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Brummel Hooks - Officially no good and here's the solution

Thanks to the good people in our club providing the BHPA with evidence to show the dangers of using Brummel hooks on paragliders, the European Paragliding Safety Committee have instructed the various manufacturers to find a better solution.

At this early stage it looks like there are two possible solutions.

1. For those who want a super quick connection, a quick release swiwel used as a key ring component is being trialed (very similar to the mechanism used already on hang glider pip pins).