The next Club meeting is at 20:00 on Thursday 13th June at St. Rumon’s.
Minutes of the Last Meeting
The minutes from the last meeting are here.
This month’s winner submitted by Graham Phipps in Turkey showing how an SIV course can provide adrenalin and laxative based thrills on each flight.
Quotation of the Month
” I never predict anything, and I never will do”. Paul Gascoigne
Steve Penaluna Trophy
Winner of the Steve Penaluna Trophy was Alan Knight. He tried to get his nomination nullified on the grounds that he wouldn’t be a worthy winner, but when the announcement was made, he was obviously delighted, and grateful for the accolade. Well done Al, you are now officially one of the few.
The BHPA latest news release is here. the BHPA Bulletin is here. The events calendar is here, and the BHPA homepage is here. The link to Skywings magazine is here. Download the new BHPA Elementary Training Guide here.
Hayle Towans 22/05/13
Defending accusations that he is suffering from Munchausen’s Syndrome, Adie is on his feet and walking around. He struggles with his socks and so doesn’t bother changing them now. It seems an unbelievable recovery only a week after his accident at Hayle.
There had been a lot of flying done that day. Wind was variable 18-22mph so it was the mini wings that were making the most of it. Adie had left it until the last moment to leave in order to get up to Portreath for the Pilot Lectures. He decided on a top landing, which he had done on several previous occasions. He knew that there was sometimes a little rotor that had to be negotiated on the way down, but this had never caused any problems before. He made his approach, got out of the harness of his little cloud at a good height and steadied the wing into wind.This time, however, the rotor was severe and he experienced a full frontal collapse of the wing. The 30-40 ft descent to earth was over in a couple of seconds, and Adie knew immediately he had damaged his back. Chairman Steve was flying a little distance away and witnessed the incident. He immediately made for the top landing to get to Adie, while Adie was shouting to him to watch out for the rotor. Steve called the emergency services and followed the club protocol for incidents… Keep the injured pilot still, call the emergency services and ask for the air ambulance, clear the airspace and most importantly keeping the victim in good spirits by speculating how much his organs would fetch on Ebay in the event he didn’t make it.
At the hospital fractures in L1&L3 vertebrae were nothing as compared to the sick feeling Adie had when he realized how stupid he had been in taking on a risky landing when he knew the dangers that were there. It could have been a lot worse. Other pilots have has less serious accidents and had more severe injuries, and Adie knows this. I have talked to him about this incident and these are our recommendations.
1) Read the Site Guide.The site guide will be looked at to see if the caution of rotor around the top landing needs to be modified. The site guide is predominately written for paragliders, not speed/mini wings, so it is being flown in higher wind speeds than was envisaged. Perhaps this needs to be addressed on all our site’s guides. In any case the site guide is the place where all known hazards are written for your safety.
2) Get out of your harness early. Adie is convinced that if he had been sat in his harness at the time of the collapse, he would not have had time to get his legs out before hitting the ground. The difference between landing on your back or landing on your legs could be the difference between being paralysed or not.
3) Risk. Adie knew the risks of top landing, but having done it before, decided to do so again. Every time you take a risk and get away with it encourages you to take that risk again. In reality, every time you take a risk and get away with it, brings closer the time you won’t.
4) Flying by example. The fact that on previous days Adie top landed safely, might send a message to less experienced or unfamiliar pilots that top landing at Hayle is a safe and normal thing to do. The lesson for all pilots is to remember that your actions may encourage others to copy what you do, and for other pilots the message is not to copy what someone else does.
5) Fly in company. Flying on your own is normally OK. In this case, the fact that someone was there to aid Adie, call the emergency services and control the situation, meant that it was only a short time between the accident and the air ambulance arriving.
Adie has very many hours flown at Hayle, and if he can get it wrong, then so can we.
See Adie’s report on Hayle in the January Bulletin here.
Hang glider stall after towed launch, scary. Here
Wyn Davies uploaded videos from the SIV course at Olu Here