Steve Purdie's picture

DHV safety Notice - Reserve deployment system failure

http://www.dhv.de/db1/source/technicdatareportnotes.php?lang=en&item=216

In short - you must always check that the reserve you fit to your harness can be correctly deployed. If in doubt get a professional to fit it for you.

If the strap connecting the handle to the inner deployment bag is too long, the DHV suggest that a figure of eight knot can be used to shorten it.

The problem appears to be evident with the harnesses in question only when high packed volume reserves are used but is in truth common to nearly all harnesses and reserves if poorly fitted...

London Wing - survey

Calling all London Pilots! The London Wing is undertaking a survey to make
the 2014 meetings more exciting, more relevant and more about socialising
with other London pilots and want your input! Simply take 3 minutes of your
time and complete the survey:
http://freeonlinesurveys.com/s.asp?sid=big08e2i1aqruoh371681

thanks,
London Wing

EdBewley's picture

Beachy Head Flying Rules Reminder

The conduct of some recent flights at Beachy Head suggest that a reminder of the restrictions that apply there might be helpful in avoiding problems with the local residents and the Eastbourne Borough Council who permit us to fly there.

The site is very popular with visitors of all kinds, and we must make sure that we do not draw the wrong kind of attention to ourselves.

Firstly, be aware that while the SE bowl may be flown all year round, the cliffs may not be overflown below 200 feet AGL (730 feet AMSL) between 1 February and 1 August.

Steve Purdie's picture

If you value your faculties, wear a helmet!

It's a BHPA rule that a helmet must be worn. Insurance is provided on the basis that BHPA rules are adhered to. So if you fly without a lid - you may find you have no insurance...

I witnessed and was first aider at a paragliding crash where the pilot's helmet came off (4Fight, came off while done up with no visible damage to the helmet.) The russian female pilot had visible severe head injuries and is understood to have died after repatriation.

Steve Purdie's picture

Team 5

Dimensional checks have recently been made locally on a number of Team 5 gliders and the lines have been found to be significantly out of tolerance. Consequently ALL Team 5 gliders should be considered grounded until such time as a satisfactory line length check has been completed.

Pilots are further advised by the DHV that line length checks should be undertaken every 50 flights..

Steve Purdie's picture

Devils Dyke rule change: NEVER inflate gliders on or below the paddock footpath. ALWAYS check all around for traffic.

Good airmanship requires that paragliders must not be inflated in or below the paddock unless their pilots can see that there are no hang gliders present.
It is not possible for them to to so from low down the paddock, still less in front, without their first walking up to a position above the brow of the hill.

Consequently NO PARAGLIDERS ARE TO BE INFLATED ON OR BELOW THE LEVEL OF THE FOOTPATH IN FRONT OF DEVILS DYKE PADDOCK AT ANY TIME.

Hairy Dave's picture

Flying with model aircraft

Some notes from last night's meeting with Allen Elliott from the East Sussex Soaring Association.

The modellers are keen to break down any barriers between "us" glider pilots and "them" model pilots. We all recognise that we share the same airspace and the same land owners. Any incidents, be they in-air or ground-based confrontations, need to be resolved swiftly and amicably in the interests of safety and good land owner relations.