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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
Competition Secretary
VMCC East Sussex Section

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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.

Under no circumstances park at the western end of the hill to walk up. The reason that Airworks training field not a legitimate access route is not because we are a bunch of gits, however likely that may be, but because the parking pressure at that end of Ranscome Lane is severe and the residents get annoyed. If the SHGC car park is untenable, and I think that will be so for many months to some, then park in the village car park at Glynde and walk up the track opposite the post office , It's in the sites guide...

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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

The application of a white halo effect to all aeronautical information annotations that are located over land, and all airspace annotations embedded in airspace boundary tints

The removal of duplicate airspace controlling authority names from all airspace annotations, except in the outer extremity of the relative controlling authority’s CAS

Further information can be found on the NATS AIS website

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Hang Glider Neck Injury In Failed Landing

BHPA safety Advisory:

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.

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

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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.

Mike Barnard, the CAA’s General Aviation Programme Manager, said: “Pilots who fly aircraft that cannot be equipped with fixed radio sets will now have a viable and safe alternative.

“The latest handheld radios now have equivalent performance capabilities to fixed radios but without the need to modify aircraft systems. Allowing their use in flight will greatly improve the ability of pilots to build a mental picture of other airspace users, positively contributing to safety in the GA sector.”

The changes come in with immediate effect and further information can be found on the CAA’s website:

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DHV safety Notice - Reserve deployment system failure

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...

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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.

The lower SE cliffs may be soared as far as Holywell café on the outskirts of Eastbourne, but we must avoid overflying the Whitbread Hollow bird sanctuary in the next bowl along from take-off towards Eastbourne. Soaring the promenade is forbidden.

To fly the south cliffs, you must be Pilot rated.

Please read the site guide entry for Beachy Head if you are in any doubt about the flying rules and restrictions, and if anything is not clear, please contact a committee member to highlight any confusion so that the guide can be reviewed and amended if required.

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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.

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South East Wales looking good this weekend! - Nant-y-Moel


Model Competition at Nant-y-Moel
Sorry for the late notice, but I've just heard that the model aircraft folk will be holding their international event, the Welsh Open, at Nant-y-Moel this weekend (Fri 20th - Sun 21st September 2013).

This is the penultimate event for a seasonal FAI Euro Tour Competition and there will be several competitors flying on the weekend in with a chance of wining the Euro Tour Competition so the level of competition will be high.

As the current forecast wind direction for Saturday is south westerly, this is likely to mean that their competition will take place close to the area we normally use for take-off and landing.

In the interests of safety, SEWHGPGC members are strongly advised to avoid flying Nant-y-Moel over the weekend whilst this competition takes place.

If however you do decide to visit Nant-y-Moel over the weekend, please co-operate fully with the Competition organizers and take extra care. Remember modellers have just as much right to fly Nant-y-Moel as we do, and if one of our pilots comes into contact with a model aircraft whilst flying it's really going to spoil the hang glider or paraglider pilot's day as he or she will most likely come off the worst in the encounter.