Hairy Dave's picture

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

Steve Purdie's picture

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.

Steve Purdie's picture

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.

Hairy Dave's picture

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).

Steve Purdie's picture

Bo Peep

Paraglider Pilots, please don't forget to leave room at the car park end of the top for hang gliders to launch and land.

Don't ground handle near to hang gliders unless you can afford to pay for the replacement of a £17000 carbon rigid. (BHPA insurance is not meant for member-to-member claims!)

Steve Purdie's picture

Mt. Caburn

Once again it appears to be time to remind the members of some of the site rules and of their obligations:

DO NOT
* Ground Handle in the car park
* Land in the car park
* Overfly the car park (<500' say)
* Leave the car park gate open or unlocked
* Overfly (<500' say) the cottages at Brigden's Field and at Airworks' landing field.
* Launch from the slope
* Land on the slope other than in the designated areas (except in an emergency)

phil's picture

On the hill sat 5th april

2 sites to choose from ,but which one.....easy choice ...both :)
But first had a rrc session at mt caburn at 9 am to which it was flyable in the SSW 10-12 mph wind ,5 in the air at one point ,till wind picked up a little to much.
Then trip to newhaven to see the most combination of PGs and hangies all flying to brighton and back ive ever seen,a strong at times SSW breeze was slow going to get to brighton, and by mid day had dropped off to leave just the PGs playing around the takeoff area,and tide was making its way in.