COVID-19 Committee Update 11th February 2021
Club sites closed.
NEW RULING FROM THE BHPA AND CAA REGARDING INSTRUCTOR FLYING CURRENCY
DURING COVID LOCKDOWN
Current members who hold any type of BHPA Instructor licence may resume solo personal flying in accordance with the CAA’s guidance, strictly for the purposes of maintaining personal flight currency to support renewal of their licence. Flights are limited to the local flying area. Cross country flights are not permitted.
It is intended that instructors who need to travel to sites to fly should remain as local to their home as possible.
Our advice to all BHPA members who fly for leisure has not changed. Even though flying locally may be legally permitted, pressures on the National Health Service remain high and with the potential impact of an accident, you must refrain from flying for the duration of this lockdown.
From KHPA committee:
To summarise, from the outcome of discussions with local instructors (there are 3 local registered instructors) and the KHPA committee regarding this matter, it has been agreed that they will hold fire and not fly until Covid measures are relaxed further and the whole flying community can fly.
Thank you all for your patience and forbearance during this lockdown.
Here we are well over a month into this “Lockdown” and hopefully with some light on the horizon. With things starting to look like there maybe an end in sight regarding outdoor recreation and sport in the initial relaxing of restrictions should things continue to improve it is a good time to remind pilots of the current situation.
In line with Government restrictions, the CAA guidance and the BHPA Guidance all KHPA sites are currently closed to flying and no leisure flying should be taking place wether on recognised sites or elsewhere. Apart from quite likely leaving pilots open to prosecution for various reasons it is not in the interests of the Nation, the local community or the Sport.
Whilst the vast majority have taken this on board and even if not in agreement with the restrictions have abided by them. It is a shame that some local pilots put the need to fly above what is being asked of them for both the health of others and future of the sport. A few hours selfish enjoyment could cost lives and sites.
We would ask all pilots wether they are members of the KHPA, BHPA or not, to take the responsible line and if for no reason more than in respect to their fellow pilots and friends refrain from flying until the restrictions allow.
Now maybe not a good time to remind you also that KHPA membership[s are due, Barry has so far received 19 renewals. In order to make Barrys life easier and to ensure that you get club emails and information swiftly by email please renew . It is easy to do with information on the KHPA website where you can do it online. Thank you to those of you who have already renewed it is appreciated.
Memberships run from January onwards so make the most of it and get a full years worth.
Welcome to the KHPA Website
The Kernow Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (KHPA) exists to promote, facilitate and protect the free-flying activities of its members and visiting flyers by responsible airmanship and mutual understanding with the owners and those accountable for the land from which we have permission to fly.
All members of the KHPA and visiting flyers are required to be members of the sole UK Hang Gliding and Paragliding governing body, the BHPA. The BHPA administers a continuous pilot training scheme, from beginner to expert, and all members have world wide third party insurance protection.
The KHPA developed from the the Kernow Hang Gliding Association (KHGA) in 2002. Before that it was the Kernow Sailwing Association formed in 1975.
Our active flying membership extends from age 18 to 86 and the club is known as one of the most friendly in the country.
Have fun and fly safely.
There is a monthly meeting on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in St. Rumon’s Social Club, Penryn Street, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 2SP. Telephone 01209 215743. Non-members are welcome.
We usually publish a monthly bulletin of club news, events, articles and flying reports. If you want to be on the mailing list for the bulletin please consider joining the KHPA on the Members subscriptions page.