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.

Steve Purdie's picture

Bostal lane closed 27th April - Hill Climb

It's that time of year again, and I'm writing to advise you that a Temporary Road Closure Order has been issued by Wealden District Council which affects Bo-Peep Lane and Bo-Peep Bostal (including vehicular access to the Car Park at the top of the Bostal).

The attachment gives early warning of this closure, which is to permit our Annual Motorcycle Hill Climb up the Bostal.

I'm sorry for any inconvenience that this might cause you and your members, but would ask for your co-operation as usual by avoiding that area on this one day, 27th April 2014.

Many thanks
Keith T Rhodes

Steve Purdie's picture

Mt Caburn

Just a timely reminder or two:

If you must walk down the hill to launch, remember that the land owner specifically prohibits doing so and that you risk our access to the site by your actions. If you really must do so, just set out and launch, do not set up camp as if it's a legitimate launching area.

Steve Purdie's picture

The CAA has announced improvements to VFR charts that it claims will improve the clarity of information depicted.

The alterations have been made in consultation with the aviation industry and will appear in the new editions of the 1:500k and 1:250k series charts that will be published in March 2014.

The main changes include:

The addition of boundary tint to all airspace boundaries regardless of classification

The reversal of the colour formatting of airspace classifications boxes i.e. white classification lettering within appropriate classification (blue or magenta) coloured box.

The re-alignment of all airspace annotations along the leading edges of airspace boundaries