Bulletin July 2012

Club Meeting

The next club meeting will be on Thursday 9th August at St Rumon’s

Minutes of the Last Meeting

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Photo Competition

Won this month by Andy Rogers ( again! either his pictures are very good, or he’s inserting subliminal messages as he displays the photos on the screen). View the entries for July’s competition and submit your own here.

Team Austin

Quotation of the Month

BESSIE BRADDOCK:-  ‘Winston, you’re drunk’

WINSTON CHURCHILL:- ‘Bessie, you’re ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober’

I actually said this to a girl in a pub once, but I was so so drunk, I can’t remember if she slapped me or not




That stalwart of the club, Bill Northcott, recently celebrated his 1,000th take off and landing, and Brummie Boy Tony Peach was at Perran  to capture the moments.

Bill N still enjoying himself


Bill celebrates his millennium

The sad news of the Perranporth aircraft crash and the loss of Andrew Stillwell-Cox was a shock to all of us who share the airspace around Cornwall. I’m sure all the club would like to pass on their condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.


The BHPA latest news release is here. the BHPA Bulletin is here. The events calendar is here, and the BHPA homepage is here.

Safety Issues

Saint Agnes. At the time of this bulletin the ‘No Fly Zone’ is still in force. DO NOT enter Perranporth airfield ATZ. See the site guide here

 Perranporth. Mike Clelford reported a concern about pilots approaching and landing too far back at Perranporth. Apart from the fact that a pilot may end up on a caravan roof, he said that going too far back may take a pilot attempting to land out of the normal visual area someone on the ground may scan before launching or ground handling. This issue was highlighted some months ago with a couple of pilots landing down wind, and not being seen by other pilots. The consensus was that pilots should always try to make a ‘conventional approach’ to the landing zone, but that everyone on the LZ should be observant and call out when they see someone coming in to land. (see discussion below)

 Incident There is an club investigation taking place regarding the interaction between hang gliders and paragliders/miniwings/speedwings, and general activities on the take off/landing area.  Until that investigation is concluded all pilots are reminded that they should be aware of  what is going on around them when they are on the ground. Do not loiter in the landing area when there are people flying. Your activities can deter low air time pilots from making an approach and can seriously hinder pilots who are on their final approach.  Until recently paragliders and hang gliders only flew together when conditions were  at the upper end for the former and the lower end for the latter. Now with the prevalence of ASKAs and other small wings, there is bound to be more occasions when the two disciplines are vying for the same airspace. The flying part of that scenario is not as much a problem as the vying for space on the ground. Paragliders and their derivatives ground handling or preparing to take off must always be aware of where hang gliders are and whether they planning to land. The landing aircraft must be given priority.

Proceedures. At the June meeting landing and take off was discussed ( before the above incident was reported ) and it was recommended that we should adopt the following procedures on our sites.

1) Everyone on the site, whether actively flying or not, should be observant and warn when an aircraft is about to land or take off or when they see any  other activity that could result in an incident.

2) Pilots about to take off should indicate  their intentions by shouting ‘launching’ or ‘inflating’  so as to alert other people on site about their intentions.

3) Pilots intending to land should get out of their harness in good time and adopt an upright position. This alerts people on the ground to their intentions. Pilots intending to land should make their presence known to those on the ground by an audible signal (whistle or vocal) if they feel that their landing may be compromised by people on the ground.

Modellers. Andy and Phil, from the local model aircraft fraternity, gave a very good talk on ridge soaring from their perspective. The Minutes have a brief outline of what was discussed, but what what surprised us when when we were told that an out of contol model punched a hole through the panel of a car door. If you , as a hang glider or paraglider pilot, get between the model and the chap controlling it, and he loses visual contact with it, imagine the damage it could cause to you or your wing!

Overcrowding. There has been some very busy days, especially at Perran, made worse when the wind is not quite on the hill. The low air time pilots naturally want to stay where the lift is best and the landing is near. Experienced pilots should be able to fly to the extreme edges of the lift and give more room to the inexperienced. The inexperienced or low airtime pilot should always remember that, if it gets too busy for them, there is always another day to fly and they should top land or go to the beach rather that scare themselves.

 Pilot Lectures. Please contact Chairman Steve if you are interested in attending Pilot Lectures. Even if you have only just joined the club, now is the time to register for the lectures.


Those of use who cannot hope to win the serious club competition trophies may feel left out.  Recent e-mails with Nigel Eagle spurred me to invent  alternative competitions that some with less competitive drive or other interests could win.

ONANISM (level 1). This competition could be run under either of the two main definitions of the activity depending on your personal situation. Obviously it will be judged entirely on style and artistic merit. Bragging and gloating after a particularly spectacular effort is not considered sporting.

THE CALLIPYGIAN  CUP . This competition is naturally biased towards the male entrant. Women over a certain age tend to be very poor competitors, but are generally better in the adjudicating panel. Entrants must wear regulation flying suits.

ADVANCED SYNESTHESIA  This could be a really good competition, but trying to organise  competitors to arrive at a venue which some think is green and others think is anticlockwise, at a time which, to some, is smooth and shiny and to others is too salty, to compete in a task which might be  tepid for some  and Wednesday  to others, just isn’t worth the effort.

Anyone with a real idea for  a competition, let me know.

Pilot Profile

Anyone like to do a Pilot Profile for next Month? If no-one comes forward, I may have to make some up!!

Our Sites

I’m struggling to find new aerial photos of our sites. If anyone knows of where I can get more please let me know. In the meantime, if you like aerial views of England, follow the link to the BBC Archive website, and to the 1969 series called ‘Birds Eye View’. It’s programmes cover a range of topics and all written and narrated by (Sir) John Betjeman. There are other ‘Aerial Journeys’on the site. All content is BBC ©

BBC Birds Eye View here

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