Bulletin March 2012

Club Meeting

The next club meeting is on Thursday 12th April, usual time and place.

Photo Competition

Photo comp winner was Alan Knight, and, afraid reveal his embarrasing lack of fitness and sense of direction, he decided to donate the £5 winnings to the Air Ambulance rather than go on the Runway Runaround. See here for the submitted photographs, and upload your own for next month.

Quotation of the month.

For those who attend the Club meetings but remain suspiciously quiet during the discussions, this quote is for you.

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt “   (attributed to many)

Forthcoming Events

Cross Country

If anyone is interested in a one off lecture/discussion about map reading and potential cross country routes from our local sites, please contact Chairman Steve. We hope to arrange something in the next few weeks, so let us know as soon as possible.

Site Safety

At each club meeting we will be discussing one of our sites. We will review the site guide and identify  any problems that members have with the way the site is flown, the terrain or the proceedures used. We will start with Perranporth. If there are any issues you have with this site please come to the meeting or contact Chairman Steve.

As a  prelude to these discussions, I have included the Rules of the Air at the end of this bulletin.

Paragliding XC League

Some forgotten ridge runs from Adi have boosted him back into second place for the paragliders, and Nigel opened his account with an out and return at Chapel Porth. At last the hang gliders have started their table too, with a great flight by Phippsy from St Agnes to Culdrose. Don’t forget ‘tis the season for Cornish XCs now, so keep an eye on the forecast, get out, and log your flights with me. Tim


Our Sites

A couple of pictures of the buildings at Chapel Porth when they were in use.. The mine workings here are properly called Wheal Coates copper and tin mine.The extant building with the chimney is the Towanroath pump engine house was built in 1872.  For more information on Cornwall mining click here.











Runway Runaround

Sunday 25th March was the date of the Cornwall Air Ambulance Runway Runaround, RAF ST Mawgan was the venue.

It was a sunny but windy day that greeted a small and enthusiastic group of members. When I arrived with Raymond (slightly late because ‘someone’ forgot to put their clocks forward) Kaz & Graham, Graham May, Graham & Fiona, Chairman Steve and Andy Rogers were already there and the hang glider was  rigged. The plan was for some of us to carry the hangy and the others to carry their packed paragliders. Nigel Eagle then arrived, dressed in a tight fitting outfit that was last seen on Olivia Newton John in Grease, having cycled from his home at Talskiddy.  The start was delayed slightly because of the large number of competitors, but once the 10k runners had gone, we followed the 4k runners through the start gate.The 4k course was a circular route on the runways and other roads, so involved legs of upwind, downwind  and crosswind that alternately helped and hindered the hangy’s progress. At times the hangy lads were jogging at a fair speed as the wind assisted them. Kaz decided to do the 4k run in the conventional way, while Nigel opted to part walk and part cycle. We completed the course in about 45 minutes ( I don’t think anyone noted the timing clock at the end)  with everyone not too exhausted.

After the event, In the hanger, all the competitors were given a pasty, a pint and  a goody bag. There were stalls selling tea and cakes, Air Ambulance gifts, free massages ( not that sort!), raffle prizes etc and finally the Air Ambulance Helicopter landed, and everyone was allowed to look around it. The whole event was over by 1 o’clock, and hopefully a good amount of money was raised.

View the video here

Cornwall Air Ambulance Facebook page has photos of the event here.



Air Navigation

I have extracted the parts of the Order that is relevant to the type of flying we do.To view the full document (CAA, Air Navigation Order & Regulations) click here.

Avoiding aerial collisions

(1)It shall remain the duty of the commander of an aircraft to take all possible measures to ensure that his aircraft does not collide with any other aircraft.

(2) An aircraft shall not be flown in such proximity to other aircraft as to create a danger of collision.

(3) Aircraft shall not fly in formation unless the commanders of the aircraft have agreed to do so.

(4) An aircraft which is obliged by this Section to give way to another aircraft shall avoid passing over or under the other aircraft, or crossing ahead of it, unless passing well clear of it.

(5) An aircraft which has the right-of-way under this rule shall maintain its course and speed.

(6) For the purposes of this rule a glider and a flying machine which is towing it shall be

considered to be a single aircraft under the command of the commander of the flying  machine.


(1) Subject to approaching head on and overtaking rules, aircraft in the air shall give way to other, converging aircraft as follows:

(a) flying machines shall give way to airships, gliders and balloons;

(b) airships shall give way to gliders and balloons;

(c) gliders shall give way to balloons.

(2) Mechanically driven aircraft shall give way to aircraft which are towing other aircraft or objects.

(3) When two aircraft are converging in the air at approximately the same altitude, the aircraft which has the other on its right shall give way.

Approaching head-on

When two aircraft are approaching head-on, or approximately so, in the air and there is a

danger of collision, each shall alter its course to the right.


(1) An aircraft which is being overtaken in the air shall have the right-of-way and the overtaking aircraft, whether climbing, descending or in horizontal flight, shall keep out of the way of the other aircraft by altering course to the right.

(2) An aircraft which is overtaking another aircraft shall keep out of the way of the other aircraft until that other aircraft has been passed and is clear, notwithstanding any change in the relative positions of the two aircraft.

(3) A glider overtaking another glider in the United Kingdom may alter its course to the right or to the left.

Order of landing

(1) An aircraft landing or on its final approach to land shall have the right-of-way over other aircraft in flight or on the ground.

(2) An aircraft shall not overtake or cut in front of another aircraft on its final approach to


(3)  If the commander of an aircraft is aware that another aircraft is making an emergency

landing, he shall give way to that aircraft.

(4) If two or more flying machines, gliders or airships are approaching any place for the purpose of landing, the aircraft at the lower altitude shall have the right-of-way.

Landing and take-off

(1) A flying machine, glider or airship shall take off and land in the direction indicated by

the ground signals or, if no such signals are displayed, into the wind, unless good aviation practice demands otherwise.

(2) If take-offs and landings are not confined to a runway:

(a) when landing a flying machine or glider shall leave clear on its left any aircraft which has landed, is already landing or is about to take off;

(b) a flying machine or glider which is about to turn shall turn to the left after the commander of the aircraft has satisfied himself that such action will not interfere with other traffic movements; and

(c) a flying machine which is about to take off shall take up position and manoeuvre

in such a way as to leave clear on its left any aircraft which has already taken off or is about to take off.

(3) A flying machine shall move clear of the landing area as soon

as it is possible to do so after landing.

Aerobatic manoeuvres

An aircraft shall not carry out any aerobatic manoeuvre:

(a) over the congested area of any city, town or settlement; or

(b) within controlled airspace except with the consent of the appropriate air traffic control unit.

Right-hand traffic rule

An aircraft which is flying within the United Kingdom with the surface in sight and following a road, railway, canal or coastline, or any other line of landmarks, shall keep them on its left.

Low flying

(1)If an aircraft is flying in circumstances such that more than one of the low flying prohibitions apply, it shall fly at the greatest height required by any of the applicable prohibitions.

(2)The 500 feet rule

Except with the written permission of the CAA, an aircraft shall not be flown closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle or structure.

(3) The 1,000 feet rule

Except with the written permission of the CAA, an aircraft flying over a congested area of a city town or settlement shall not fly below a height of 1,000 feet above the highest fixed obstacle within a horizontal radius of 600 metres of the aircraft.

(4)The land clear rule

An aircraft flying over a congested area of a city, town or settlement shall not fly below such height as would permit the aircraft to land clear of the congested area.

(a) Flying over open air assemblies

Except with the written permission of the CAA, an aircraft shall not fly over an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons below the higher of the following heights:

(i) 1,000 feet; or

(ii) such height as would permit the aircraft to land clear of the assembly .

(b) Landing and taking off near open air assemblies

An aircraft shall not land or take-off within 1,000 metres of an organised, open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons except:

(i) at an aerodrome, in accordance with procedures notified by the CAA; or

(ii) at a landing site which is not an aerodrome, in accordance with procedures notified by the CAA and with the written permission of the organiser of the assembly.

Exemptions from the low flying prohibitions

The exemptions from the low flying prohibitions are as follows:

(a) Landing and taking off

(b) A glider shall be exempt from the 500 feet rule if it is hill-soaring.