Bulletin June 2012

Club Meeting

The next club meeting will be on Thursday 12th July at St Rumon’s

Minutes of the Last Meeting

Click here to view the minutes.

Photo Competition

Won this month by Andy Rogers. View the entries for July’s competition and submit your own here

Big G about to launch at Lord’s Seat, Derbyshire.


Quotation of the Month

There is a distinct French ( you might even say a light hearted anti-French) theme to this months’s bulletin so..


“I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.” —General George S. Patton


Bill Northcott 

Bill has decided not to renew his Coaching Licence, but I’m sure that won’t mean he won’t still be ready to help and give advice to new pilots. There are many pilots at the club who have been helped and supported over the years by Bill, and we all owe him a huge thank you. If you are one of those pilots that have been aided  by Bill or any of the other club Coaches, perhaps you should consider becoming a coach yourself. If we can get enough people who are interested we can arrange a local Club Coach Course. Please let Chairman Steve know if you are interested

Pilot Lectures

Carrying on from the above article, anyone interested in taking their pilot examination will need to attend a series of lectures that covers the theory part of the syllabus. The practical parts of the exam can be found in your BHPA Pilot Task Book. Again, if we can get enough participants we can arrange the lectures for the Autumn. Please let Chairman Steve know if you are interested.


Logo Competition

The remaining entries in the Logo comp have been reduced again to a final three. These are going to be professionally enhanced and when that’s done they will be re-posted for a final vote. See the final 3 here.

Steve Penaluna Trophy

Chairman Steve Presents the trophy to Michel





The voting for the trophy was held at the May meeting but because Michel, the winner, was unable to attend, the presentation was made at the June meeting. Michel has overcome a a lot of difficulties in his life, the least of which is actually being French. Well done to Michel and this is the ideal opportunity to throw in a few French jokes and to generally rubbish the French people and blame them for  everything from causing the Vietnam war to exploding breast implants.







As the  old saying goes ‘ if you know someone who is French, put one arm in the air. If you are French, put both arms in the air’

Q. How do you get a Frenchman out of a bath tub?
A. Throw in a bar of soap.

After God created France, he thought it was the most beautiful country in the world. People were going to get jealous, so, to make things fair, he decided to create the French

Why did Disneyland Paris experience some difficulties at the beginning?
Because every night, after the fireworks, the French would surrender.

Somebody was telling me about the French Army rifle that was being advertised on eBay the other day – the description was: ‘Never been fired. Dropped once.'”

“I don’t know why people are surprised that France won’t help us get Saddam out of Iraq. After all, France wouldn’t help us get the Germans out of France!” Jay Leno

Come on now. Give the French a break. After all they did win the French Revolutionary War … but then again they were fighting the French.


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

IMPORTANT  St Agnes Head Flying

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.


There has been problems at St Agnes, but could equally apply to any site we fly.

Remember, the  modellers have as much right to fly the sites as we do.

The most important thing to do on arriving at a site where there are models flying, is to arrange the following:-

Where the models rig and where we rig.

Where the models take off and land and where we do.

Where the models are flying and where we do.

Once those arrangements are in place STICK TO THEM.  What annoyed the modellers at St Agnes was that all the above was arranged and then some pilots didn’t observe the agreement. The pilots of the models have to focus completely and continually on their model whilst it is in the air, if they lose sight of their model they will probably lose it in the sea. So keep out of their way for your own safety as well as for retaining good relations.

Keep the modellers informed if conditions change and you would like to amend the agreed arrangements. Liaise with the modellers at all times, have someone who is not flying to warn everyone when a paraglider or hang glider is about to launch or land, just in case it all goes wrong. In my experience, the modellers want a good relationship with us, they are aware of how dangerous our flying can be, and they are quite happy flying with us as long as we all respect each other.


Nigel eagle’s response to photo of the  old camp at St Agnes camp

That photo brought back some memories for me. I used to visit the camp occasionally when I was about 20 for a few years to pick up a Landrover (petrol!) when I was a part time Instructor ( Adults of course, I couldn’t handle children ), They wanted to learn , and there’s a big difference. Field telephone cable laying, fault finding etc. and R/T operations / procedures. I needed the money badly as I’d started my own business. The travelling expenses were generous too, many thanks Govt! In fact I earned more per hour than I ever earned as a professional with an “Ology“!

As usual, I haven’t got a clue what Nigel is talking about, but, as we are short of members in the club, be nice to him and make him feel that he is one of us. SteveMac

Graham Koller has posted two videos on YouTube. One is of his exploits in the Dolomites with Kelly Farina of austrianarena.com, the other of the 2012 frostbite event. Here are the links



First Aid

KHPA XC league 2012 as of 20/06/12

Well I’m sorry we missed the league table last month, but then, it’s been pretty awful weather lately, so you didn’t miss anything! We’d better all watch out now, though: Pete Coad has been spotted in the air again on his hang glider, so it won’t be long before he’s posting some scores. Let’s try to keep the trophies from his grasp this year, by getting out and flying some miles!The only changes to the league have been some late entry scores from Steve Mac, which have hoisted him above Adi into 2nd position. Well done Steve. What is Adi’s response going to be? Tim J

Hang gliding XC League


Paragliding XC League

Pilot Profile


Age ? 56

Marital Status? Young, free and single. Well, one of those three, anyway.

Born? Yes. A long time ago in a city far, far away, called Bristol.

Occupation? Loafer, supply teacher, winch driver, odd job man

Previous occupations? Farm worker, landscape gardener, jackaroo on a sheep station, warehouseman at Foyles bookshop, letter press operator, postman, teacher, loafer.

How and when did you start flying? Finding myself with a little extra money while working in London, and having said “one day I’m going to have a go at that hang gliding lark” for about five years, in 1983 I decided I’d better do it or shut up, so I signed on with Tony Hughes’ school in Wiltshire and was hooked instantly.

What Pilots most influenced you? Probably Roger Full who instantly took me under his wing when I knocked on his door in 1984, and has nurtured me ever since, but also Phippsy’s endless enthusiasm and sickening ability have spurred me into keeping going. There are many others including Coady, Steve Penaluna, Daisy, Rob Ings and Bill Scott whose dedication to flying, having fun and causing mayhem in equal measures have had profound effects on me.

Where and when was your most memorable flying experience? My first ever soaring flight, when the horizon started to go down instead of up and the Vale of Pewsey below Milk Hill took on a whole different perspective was pretty amazing. Also the ring clenching feeling of standing, teetering, at the top of the 45 degree ramp at St Hilaire, with 3000 feet of nothing at my toes, then the sheer rush of adrenaline as I leaned forward in the still air, pounding down the ramp, staring into the void, and the exaltation as the wing began to fly and lift me away from certain death! Maybe I’m exaggerating, but the thrill stays with me.

What is your favourite flying site in Britain? Hmm, tricky. I’ve always loved soaring over my home town at Carbis Bay, and had some fantastic flights there, but I also like to fly up country, and I’m not sure why, but I always get a bit of a buzz when we go to Baiche Hill in Shropshire. I don’t know why, I’ve only had a couple of good XC flights from there, but it’s always a nice light wind site.

What’s your favourite flying site in Europe, From the not very many sites I’ve flown, it has to be Laragne. The whole immersion life style of being there, camping in the landing field, huge valley for endless easy outlandings, and fantastic variety of places to fly to.

Who do you most admire in the sport? Again, it has to be Phippsy for his ability to outfly most people, even when they’re practising every weekend, and he only flies XC in about four competitions a year. I also have great admiration for those top pilots who just seem so driven to win, though I can never imagine being like them, and can’t really say I envy them. Locally, Bill Northcott has been an inspiration for his out and out enthusiasm for flying ever since he learnt, and for constantly wanting to help and enthuse anyone else new to the sport.

What trait do you most deplore in yourself? I was going to say indecisiveness, but then I thought, no, it’s my prevaricating that annoys me most, or my reluctance to commit myself, but I also don’t like my tendency lately to say things jokingly without thinking through how it might sound to people, … I don’t know, I have so many deplorable traits, you decide which is my worst.

What trait do you most deplore in other people? Rudeness. And lying.

What’s your favourite piece of music? It changes all the time. At Christmas it’s always Handel’s Messiah, but I also think Graceland by Paul Simon is great. Dark Side of the Moon is like comfort food, and Vaughn Williams’ Lark Ascending can bring tears to my eyes. Abbey Road by the Beatles is possibly my favourite, though.

What is your favourite book? Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake or Puckoon by Spike Milligan.

What is your favourite film? Blade Runner probably.

What’s your greatest fear? I don’t like to tempt fate by putting it into words.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? I’m a grumpy bugger. Happiness is only fleeting and comes unpredictably. Contentment might just be having the freedom to do the things I’d like to without worrying about all the things I feel I ought to be doing instead. But then I’m not happy unless I’m fretting, so I’d be miserable then too, I expect.

What would your motto be? No thanks… oh alright then, but just one.

How would like to be remembered? If not in an imminently to be deceased billionaire’s will, then fondly.

Our Sites

There is a new site from English Heritage with aerial photographs from the early part of the last century. The link to the site is here, and below is a selection of coastal photos, although there is lots of inland Cornwall on the site too.


Carbis Bay ©English Heritage (Aerofilms Collection)


Hayle Electric Works ©English Heritage (Aerofilms Collection)

Perranporth ©English Heritage (Aerofilms Collection)

Porthminster Beach ©English Heritage (Aerofilms Collection)

For Copyright info see http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk

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