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Hang Glider Neck Injury In Failed Landing

BHPA safety Advisory: http://www.bhpa.co.uk/pdf/safety_advisory/sa010.122013.pdf

Summary:
In a recent accident the hang glider pilot, as a result of a base-bar collision during landing, swung through the control frame. His harness allowed him to move forward to the extent that his head was in front of the high aspect-ratio glider’s nose plate, which his weight and momentum pulled down violently on to the back of his head / neck region. The pilot suffered serious injury.

Action:
Hang Glider pilots should make landing approaches with their hands on the uprights and shoulders raised.

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BHPA Club Bulletin Dec 2013

Southern Hang Gliding Club

The latest BHPA Club Bulletin is now available.
Click on this link to download the PDF. (Or visit the Bulletin page of the web site.)

http://www.bhpa.co.uk/documents/clubs/bulletins/index.php?doc=cb199_dec_...

...or load the attached file.

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Before you lose it..

There have been several reports of varios lost and found recently.

Most people do not know their vario's serial number, which they should make a note of lest their house burns down or some miscreant takes a shine to it.

But perhaps more pertinently, most modern varios can display the owners name and phone number on start up. Why not read the manual to see if your is one of them?

If not, I can provide a free sticky label with your name printed on it to anyone who calls into Airworks.

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Non-Approved Handheld Airband Radios Allowed :0)

The CAA is to allow 8.33 kHz handheld radios to be used in flight following a review which concluded that radios conforming to existing European standards for non-airborne operation can provide the required levels of safety and performance for airborne use.

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The approval will allow pilots of ‘non-EASA’ aircraft’ to use handheld radios on their Aircraft Radio Licence outside Class A, B and C airspace; non-EASA aircraft, also known as ‘Annex II’, includes microlights, kit-built aircraft and many vintage aircraft.

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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

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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.