Bulletin September 2012

Club Meeting

The next club meeting will be on Thursday 11th October at St Rumon’s

Minutes of the Last Meeting

Click here to view the minutes.

Photo Competition

Despie Phil L trying to convince everyone his photos were the best, this month’s entry was submitted by Fergie and won the rollover prize. It pictures Paul H on his ASKA at Carbis Bay.

Paul at Carbis Bay

Quotation of the Month

” I’m not young enought to know everything.”   J.M.Barrie.


Paul Howse has been appointed Chief Coach with Tim Jones taking his place as Hang Gliding Safety Officer. I hope to get Paul to write a few lines for the next bulletin detailing what he sees as his aims.

Could all members who have yet to complete the new membership forms do so and return them to Daisy please.

Graham Koller  appeared at the club meeting, not to gloat, but just to let us know about his recent trip to Verbier. He seems to enjoy flying there more than at Perran, why? watch his video here. He has also posted some other videos of his and the Club’s flying adventures e.g Algo 2011 and Frostbite 2012.


Nice to see Barry Hobbins at the meeting, he was looking very well, and was hoping to get out flying again soon.


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.

Safety Issues

At a coaches’ meeting a couple of weeks ago, Paul agreed to take on the duties of head coach after Pete Coad decided to stand down.

We should thank Pete for his efforts over the last few years and hope to see him out on the hill on his hang glider a bit more often.

There is to be a re-structuring of the club’s coaching system with an emphasis on encouraging the newly qualified pilots to engage with the coaches as early as possible after their training. We need to make sure that the new pilots know who the coaches are and how to contact them. The coaches will monitor the progress of the new pilots and ensure that they get supervised in the crucial first 10 hours of their flying. All new pilots will be contacted and given the information that they need to enable them to access all the facilities the Club offers.

Until Paul settles into the job properly, his initial piece of advice to all of the Club members is to behave and fly in a responsible manner.  All of us should lead by example and encourage others to do the same.



The modellers point of view by a paraglider pilot.  John Woollams

Saturday 1st September was the most people I’ve ever seen paragliding and hangliding at Chapel Porth, and at the northern end a few modellers.  One of those rare summer days with both sun and mostly the right wind strength for all concerned.

There are a few members in the club who fly models who know the dangers of flying near modellers, but those who haven’t, have no idea of the of the poor perspective that modellers have between us and their models. Because we are quite large and they in the main are small it is incredibly difficult to judge the distance between us, also some models are staggeringly fast which means they don’t like to take their eyes of the model.

When we are learning to fly we have a red ribbon to warn others to give us a wider margin of error but modellers have nothing like that, so when you next fly amongst them there is probably going to be somebody who is not very proficient or is just starting. I have just started flying models again after a twenty year layoff and thought starting again would be the same as riding a bike, WRONG! It took two or three hours to feel competent again.

Now ask yourself do you really want to put yourself amongst somebody like me, or even worse a complete beginner. It’s all very well saying we have the right to be there just as much as them, you also have the right to put yourself in very real danger.

Radio control equipment is pretty reliable these days and generally free from interference but not infallible. Another thing to bear in mind has the modeller charged his batteries up enough or is his model about to go completely out of control with you in the vicinity.

The reason that prompted this article was that Saturday 1st September when there were quite a few modellers, when I was flying, there were two or three paragliders flying immediately in front of them and not particularly  high.  Okay we all know you get a bit more lift that end (not always) but for the sake of an extra thirty feet or so is it really worth the risk.

I suggest you turn about thirty or forty yards  before the modellers, but if you see me flying my model, for your safety I would make that about five hundred yards!!


 Is there life in the old dog yet?, well maybe. Pete Coad

Wednesday 19th started with a call to Big Graham who had expressed a desire to conquer the north face of Carn Brea, despite my mumblings of cumulus and light north westerlies, he was not to be persuaded out of his game of golf.  Next call St Agnes Coast Watch, 9 knots NNW, then Phippsy at Perran 16 mph off to the north but flyable with thermals coming in.  Loading the glider I still wasn’t sure where to head for, but once out on the A30 where I had a better view of the sky, I plumped for Carn Brea.  I decided to rig and take off from the rock just to the West of the monument where I have flown my canopy from but never tried it on a Hang glider before.  Once rigged the wind is off to the west and light, I think that I will need a lot of luck to avoid the bottom landing field but it is better to go down here than St Agnes, well just.  Clip in and wait for a sign, 10 – 15 minutes, a bird circling about 100 yards out from the front is all I need, off we go to be rewarded by nice sounds from the vario but a horrid noise from the glider, Oh well, its flying ok and I need to concentrate.  2-3 up all the way to cloud base at 3500 ft but with a lot of drift from the West.  I contemplate going up country but decide on my original plan of the Lizard & back.  Its been a while so I take time out and take in the fantastic views, Cornwall is stunning from cloud base on a clear day.  There is an urgent need to cross wind but all the clouds are in the wrong place so I bumble on towards Falmouth hoping things will improve, they don’t and there is a pressing need for some altitude.  A large area of ploughed fields about a mile north of the Helford looks the best bet and proved so, arriving about 500 ft above ground I find scrappy lift that I had to display a lot of patience with (not one of my strong points) 15-20 minutes gaining a few hundred feet and then I was rewarded with a stonker all the way to base but the drift took me well out to sea.  I get good air on the glide towards Goonhilly but the windmills are west, maybe even south of west.  Taking 2 steps forward and 1 back takes a while but I now have plenty of height to reach the Lizard.  Now on glide I encounter another good climb but I am just too knackered to bother with the return leg (Oh to be young and fit again) and settle on the Lizard and about 1 mile back to get rid of my height.  Landing is clumsy but OK and I now realise what the noise was on take off, if you see a nose cone on Carn Brea can I have it back please.

Only the second time of flying since my accident and the first XC on a Hang glider in 3 years.  Despite flying for nearly 30 years I still get a huge  buzz from this wonderful sport and would encourage all to get out there and chase those thermals.

Many thanks to Angie for the retrieve, it’s going to cost me.

PS (From Angie) You Bet.

Forthcoming Events

Club Courses 

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Coach Course, if you are interested contact Adie.

Christmas Party.

The Club christmas party will be held on 14th December at  Gwel an Mor. Click here for the details of the venue, or contact Kaz.  The price is £29.95 pp. Please reserve your place as soon as possible.


KHPA XC league 2012 as of 26/09/12

Well, just as we all thought that XC was dead in Cornwall, that young whipper snapper, the up-and–coming Pete Coad spotted the day, chose the right site, and cracked off an attempted out and return to the Lizard. Admittedly he didn’t get very far coming back, but then you’d be a little pooped too after getting to the lizard on your first flight for three years! Mark my words: we’re going to see more of this exciting young lad! TJ


Hang gliding XC League

Paragliding XC League

Pilot Profile

Still waiting for your contributions.

Site Reports

Restrictions at St Agnes still in force but hopefully there will be a resolution soon.

Carbis Bay , the field has been ploughed, do not use it until you are advised otherwise. You may be able to launch from the beach and fly up to the ridge that way, subject to tides.


The End