Bulletin December 2012


Club Meeting

The next club meeting and AGM will be on Thursday 10th January  at St Rumon’s

Minutes of the Last Meeting

Click here to view the Dec 2012 Minutes.

Photo Competition

Won this month by Nigel Waller at Sennen

Sennen Cove


Quotation of the Month

“There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else”.     James Thurbur

To me, it means that just because there are a lot of people doing something dangerous, somehow it will be safe for you to do if you join them. Don’t concern yourself with what everyone else is doing, just do your own thing.



A little festive quiz for you in the form of crossword. All you have to do is fill in the missing letter using the clue I have given. Write down the missing letters in that order to give you the answer.

First challenge

 word                                        clues 

-nob                                         always stuck up                                                                       

-unt                                          female connection                                   

ti-s                                            contains baby milk?                                         

-ipples                                      thirsty?                                                                          

st-ff                                          a shaft ?                           



Second challenge

word                                         clue

-inge                                        has two flaps                                             

cl-t                                            swollen with blood         

e-ection                                   men stand in this                                                                            

w-nk                                        what you might do at a woman

-ock                                         you might get a tug here

 sl-t                                           you might nail one on a trellis or against a wall 

-emen                                      found in the gulf

Answer at the  bottom of the bulletin.



I couldn’t make the last meeting, but apparently it was a success. ( maybe that’s because I wasn’t there?) The pasties went down well and it has been suggested that every third meeting is a more informal and social event. What do you all think? If we do have a pasty  night each quarter, how do we fund it? suggestions please.

Cornwall Air Ambulance

If you sell your unwanted stuff on Ebay then why not consider donating part or all of the proceeds to Charity. Just click the donation button, scroll through to find our local charities, like the Air Ambulance, and choose how much you want to give. Ebay will donate an equal percentage of their fees to your chosen charity as well.

Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay site is back in operation. Please read the site guide. Pay particular attention to how you park, do not obstruct the field entrances.  Walk and congregate on  the field margins. This is a KHPA member only site. If anyone turns up to fly who has not been brought by a member who is there, and/or cannot show their current BHPA membership, ask them politely but firmly to leave. This is a sensitive site and we could lose it by inconsiderate actions of visitors.


I  often link videos to the articles featured in the bulletin. At one time you could download videos from YouTube easily, but they have stopped that now. So If you wanted, for example, to download one of our videos from the KHPA YouTube channel or another member’s channel, how would you do it? I use Ilivid. It is a free download management program from http://www.ilivid.com. The only thing I had to do after uploading it was to re-set my home page. The software changed my homepage to their default one. Once you have Ilivid running you just copy  the  video’s link  (that comes up when you press the ‘share’ button), and paste that into Ilivid, choose your destination folder and then download. You  shouldn’t download copyright material, it’s naughty. And, no, I don’t have shares in either of the two above mentioned companies.


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.

Download the new BHPA Elementary Training Guide here.

Chairman’s Chat

That was the year that was 2012.

When Steve M asked me to do a summary of the club year I looked back at my own year and thought I would struggle to write more than a few lines. If it was anything like my log book then it was going to be short article.
Due to a series of unplanned events, job moves and the less than brilliant weather, my air time was way down on last year.

So I clicked on the 2012 bulletin’s (thanks for the hard work Steve) for inspiration and started trawling.

By the way if anyone gets a bit morose and wonders what the club actually does have a read, even I had forgotten some of the stuff we had done and there’s some funny stuff in there.

So being slightly anal as I am (steady Nigel E) ‘it’s a hang up from the forces‘, but im over it now, Sir yes Sir.
I thought I would start with January….well if its good enough for the Gregorian calendar its good enough for me.

Jan 2012…
Ray M is crowned the oldest ‘active’ pilot in the BHPA (Who the oldest ‘non active’ pilot in the BHPA is I don’t know but looking around the hill sometimes we have some good candidates in our club)

Bill wins the club adventure sports, and paragliding XC trophies and Phippsy wins 3 for the XC League, open and U.K.

Club parachute re-pack at Nicks,(thanks’ Nige) That saves at least two lives…no it really did, check out Youtube if you don’t believe me.

I did the first of the pilot profiles…bloody hell I didn’t realise I had been so open, all a bit cathartic really. Lets have some new ones please Guys.

Several of us set out on a marathon challenge on behalf of the ‘Cornwall Air Ambulance’ over £200 raised, carrying a fully erect (no I wont bother) hangy and more of us running with our paragliders on our backs around the airfield at RAF St Mawgan. Well done guys..ideas for this year fund raising will be great fully received at the AGM.

The club (well 5 of us) conquered Cornwalls highest peak and got our ‘Brown wings’.
A day out results in all 5 members flying from Brown willy….no that really is its name, with one of us successfully top landing it, (Bill, although the walk/climb up nearly finished him off)

I messed around in the sand of Dune-du-Pyla for a week, and had a great time, trust me you really do have to go at least once in your flying career!

KHPA logo comp is launched.

Sam A and Vicky got married, cracking party in a Marquee on the moor, hog roast and impromptu pikey van camping, what more could you want.

A dark cloud looms over Aggie, with the possibility of losing it as a site. Several months later restrictions are lifted and we have it back. Big thank you and beer of gratitude on behalf of the club to Graham P for his negotiations and tact.

A good lesson in how vulnerable our sites are guys, lets not let it happen anywhere else.

An even darker cloud looms over the club…uncle Bill turns in his Coaches Ticket, the end of an era as far as im concerned, Bill was there on day 1 of my basic training, I know this is true for a great number of the rest of you also, however he can still be found dishing out sage like ‘advice’ on the hill,
Thanks Bill you have been a legend.

Michel wins the Steve Penaluna trophy, not just for his flying (hard to believe I know) but this was an ’an dnee difficile’ for Michelle, not only was everybody shouting at him but he had a major heart operation. Most of us would have said ‘yeah enough is enough’ and hung up our ‘Crispi’s’ up, but not Michelle. I think I’m right in saying his rib cage was still healing when he tried an Aska for the first time. Good to have you back…I think.

Bill gets his 1000th flight…..well what else would you expect with all the time on his hands after giving up coaching..so selfish.

Round 3 of the B.O.S and Kernow have a trip away, bumpy capers ensue, Oak trees get hit, Malibu!!! Is quaffed and some members get their first tastes of thermals, Others get, wet, grounded and slightly embarrassed by younger members (well done James) Andy..have you got the splinters out yet??

Coadie goes south..(some say he went south years ago). On a less than average day, old dog Pete shows the rest that ‘its all about being in the right place at the right time’ when he leaves Carne Brae on his hangy and has to phone Angie form the Lizard to came and pick him up. Not an easy year for Pete either, glad your getting better Coadie. He did ask me to ask if anyone found his nose cone yet??


Old Ray is even older, Ray was 87 in October and the ‘new’ U.K’s . ‘Oldest Active Pilot’..again!!!!’ lets face it I can’t see many other ‘s challenging him for the title. Congratulations Ray you’re an inspiration to all of us.

‘Cloud9’ go to Algo, Kaz and Graham take two weeks out and several intrepid punters to Andalucía to pay homage to the thermal gods.

A good time was had by all accounts with all gaining valuable experience in thermal ing, XC recovery, hangover recovery and international relations when a food fight nearly caused a diplomatic incident in a local bar.

Thanks guys for keeping us ‘topped’ up with newbie’s , I think this year has seen our biggest intake of new members, several Hangy’s and a similar number of Para’s.

Keep your eyes out for their next trip.

The Club Logo comp is finally won (in true Cornish style, it was decided upon ‘dreckly‘, 6 months later)….well done Fergie, it is a cracker and worth the wait.
Keep your eyes out for the ‘club shop’ t shirts, hoodies, car stickers ect coming soon. (well, dreckly anyway)

Well that’s now I guess. It’s been a good year, not a great year from the flying aspect, but we have flown more than most in the U.K. As a club we have had our ‘issues’ to deal with, but issues no different to any other flying club.

I do however recall the ‘new rules’, the ‘new membership’ forms and the fall out it caused, issues over purchases of new club kit and the site concerns. Dealing with incidents and day to day club matters.

None of it has been easy, if it had been what would it have shown? that we don’t care enough about our sport or club to say anything? that we are just apathetic enough to let it all pass by without standing up and saying ’Oi, I don’t agree with that!!’

No, what I think it show’s is that we have a healthy active club that genuinely wants to get on and do what we can for our sport.

Bloody hell that was a bit deep, time to get off my soap box and say thanks to everyone who has contributed to the club this year, the ‘non’ committee members (we don’t have a committee) for your time, safety officers for LOTS of their time everyone else , me included for giving others he ammunition for good wind ups, stories and leg pulling.

Next year we have the SIV course, coaches course, re pack, pilot lectures, summer doo (yes there will be one) and Old Ray’s 88th birthday to look forward to.

Merry Christmas, a Happy New year and safe landings to all……including Glen…..(you will come over to the dark side)

Chairman Steve.


Safety Issues

As one of the Club safety officers (yes, one of those kiljoy ‘jobsworths’) there has been comments on the internet regarding dune flying that has made me wonder if my attitude to flying is different from some other pilots. We all have different ways that we enjoy our flying, but a common denominator must be that we all fly safely, within our limits and think of the consequences to ourselves and others should things go wrong. The (paragliding) comments were some weeks apart, on slightly different themes, but with a common thread.  To me they indicated two trends that are not compatible with safety. A) a belief that you will have accidents/incidents and get dragged and B) that flying with that attitude is normal and even to be admired.

Well, I don’t agree. When I go out in my van I don’t expect to crash, when I hammer in a nail I don’t expect to hit my thumb and when I fly I don’t expect to have an accident. I do, though, always have in my mind that these things might happen, so I do my best to not let them. I try to fly within my capabilities and with enough margin of error that I don’t get into trouble. Sounds boring doesn’t it? But if you are flying low and hitting the dunes, then you are not in control. One day you will (and it is inevitable and a fact) hurt yourself, that’s not so bad, you’ve only yourself to blame, but on a busy beach, you may hurt someone else. There’s videos of local dune flying  posted on YouTube, showing and praising pilots flying in a manner which could have resulted in some innocent people getting hurt. Is this the kind of flying we should aspire to?

It all comes down to having the right attitude. You are a member of this club, which means that every time you fly, congregate at a site or write a comment on the internet, it is all done in front of your fellow members as well as in front of the public. Show respect for everyone by flying and acting in a considerate way.


My second concern was the item I put in the November bulletin.


The Towans

Flew there last week for the first time, a great day, and thanks to Adie, Phil and Alan for their words of wisdom. I would strongly suggest that all new pilots fly this site as soon as possible. Better to experience sink & rotor and be dragged and bounced among the sand dunes than on some rocks or barbed wire or gorse bushes on a hill. OK the next day you may feel that someone has been at you with a baseball bat, but I never realised what a fine line there was between a good flight and getting into the chaos of sink & rotor (should never have gone behind Phil), a valuable lesson that included keeping your hands off the brakes and using speed bar. Mike Cowley


We once had a discussion at a Club meeting about a letter by another member (yes it was you, Chris W) and whether or not it should have been published. My view is that it is everyone’s right to make a statement or comment in the bulletin as long as it doesn’t bring the Club into disrepute. It is then up to the other members to support or argue against the views expressed in the article. In this particular case, I published the article by Mike Cowley, not agreeing with it, but hoping it might start a debate on the subject. I have spoken to Mike and he says he wasn’t advocating the use of speed bar to sustain flight, but admitted he used it that day to get away from the face and top of the dunes. Several other people as well as myself didn’t understand it the way Mike intended, so my response is worded to reflect the way I think most people thought he meant i.e. New pilots should go down to the dunes, get dragged around and learn how to use the speed bar while you’re there.

This is my personal view on the use of speedbar on a paraglider.

A paraglider speed bar lowers the angle of attack of the wing by shortening the first sets of risers. This makes the wing fly faster but also more susceptible to tucks.

Using the speed bar when on XC is a common and safe way of getting through the sink areas, but it can give you problems if it’s turbulent (see Graham Koller’s item).

Mike’s comments were about ridge soaring and in particular dune flying.

When ridge flying, the only time I would use speed bar voluntarily is if I wanted to jump a gap that was giving unacceptable sink. If I needed speed bar to stop myself getting blown back, I would have landed long ago. If I find I cannot penetrate on a ridge, I come in. Flying the ridge is Plan A, using the speed bar to get down in a difficult situation is my Plan B. If I used my Plan B (the speedbar) to continue flying in strong winds, that, by default, becomes my Plan A, so what is my Plan B in the event that the wind increases even more? That’s right, there isn’t one.

At least on a reasonable ridge you have a certain amount of height over the beach or lower slopes, but once you get blown back over the top you have lost all that height, and with that loss of height there is a loss of options. See this video here

Flying low on the dunes  with speed bar is just inviting problems. Even if you have only half bar, there is always the temptation to push it all out if you encounter a strong gust. Here’s a scenario. You are flying on half speedbar, there’s a sudden gust of wind. Because your wing is so large it gets blown back, while you, hanging low beneath, feel yourself tilted backwards. Your initial reaction is ” I’m getting blown back, I’ll put on more bar to stop me” But just as you do that, you begin to swing under the wing as a delayed reaction to the gust. The next second, you are behind your wing with full bar on, and you get a frontal collapse. So, at that point are you 3 metres high or 15?, whatever, it’s either going to hurt or  you’re going to learn from it. The first mistake you made was flying in conditions that made in necessary to use speedbar. The second was that you over~reacted. Allowing the wing a few seconds to settle down and for things to regain equilibrium was all that was needed. My advice is, if you need speed bar to stay flying, you are flying in the wrong conditions for your experience or with the wrong set up. Firstly, active flying is something that comes with experience. As well as learning to stay in lift, you also have to learn to stay out, or on the edge, of it. If you can’t actively control your wing, then get some more air time before going to the dunes. I say the second part because when I fly I trim my glider according to the conditions. If it is light winds, I take less ‘stuff’ with me. i.e. no radio, drinks, rucksack etc. But when it’s windier, I put all my gear into my harness. When I’m towards the top of my glider’s weight range on a windy day, It’s easier to launch and more importantly to penetrate. I don’t need my speedbar, in fact I still have brake pressure which gives me the option to speed the wing up if I need to. The ballast keeps me flying forward and the wing is well loaded. I may not get the rate of lift I had before, but to me it’s better than using speedbar and risking a collapse.

The other point in Mike’s article was about landing on sand. As a builder, I can tell you that compacted sand is rated harder than soil or clay. The sand may be soft on top, but underneath it is very hard. Not only that, the very fact that you are out of control and being dragged means that you may encounter solid objects such as fence posts, concrete steps, signs or people. The way to learn to fly safely, is not to keep on making mistakes until you stop, but to progress towards the point where you have learnt it’s not safe for you to pass. There’s plenty of books, articles and videos about every aspect of flying, acquiring the theory before trying the practical should be the first step in advancing your skills. Another thing about being dragged around on the sand, is that your harness and wing won’t like it much either. The abrasiveness of the sand will seriously shorten the lifespan of your wing and sand in the karabiners/clips can make them inoperable. (good for Phippsy’s business) Over the course of an afternoon your wing will pick up sand, and that will all find its way to wing tips. A relatively small volume of sand has a very serious effect on the flying characteristics of your wing. Follow this link (here) to a report of a fatal accident. Note that the weight of sand in the affected side was only 1.6kg and the height at the time of the accident was less that 25metres  I.6kg is equivalent to about 1 Litre in volume or one and a half bags of sugar. Read the conclusions at the end and the safety advice to pilots.

So, stay in the air, flying safely without getting dragged, and, if you can’t do that, keep your gear in your bag and go back another day,

Steve M

This is Mike’s response to my bit of ranting gibberish.

It would seem that I need to elaborate on my brief and possibly hastily written contribution in last month’s bulletin. Firstly I would like to make it clear that I never go flying with the intention of returning home black and blue from throwing myself around the landscape. However, if when flying I should happen to take a tumble, I would rather it be in the sand dunes than some other sites, that is my personal opinion and I stand by it. Secondly I would agree that the final sentence should have more correctly read “when NOT to use speed bar”, flying the dunes with speed bar is not a good idea at any time. My thanks to Steve for his comprehensive article that deals with these matters, worthwhile to any pilot. As I said to begin with, in hindsight my contribution was done in haste, and so to paraphrase an old saying “More haste, less speed(bar)”. Mike Cowley

Foot note:-

Far from being ‘ranting gibberish’ I think the words of the ‘killjoy jobs worth’ are worthy of another read and I concur with everything Steve has said.

Internet comments and flying today, remember flying today is hosted on the club website and can be read by anyone, so ’whatever’ is put on there IS a reflection on the club.
It is a great resource and I back the use of it 100% but lets use it for its intended purpose.
If we want a chat forum where we can have laugh and take the diffracts urina or meada (if you have been to Algo) out of each other, then we can have a members only access chat blog. Where we can say what we want.

Hayle IS a fantastic site and lovely to fly, but as with any site it has to be flown with respect and knowledge or it will bite.
One of our ‘older’ members shattered his pelvis after crashing on ‘soft’ sand just like Hayle.
Steve’s speed bar advice is on the button, its not all ‘squeeze and please’ there is a lot more to it, im not going to comment any more on it other than to say if its windy there‘s always ‘Hangliders and miniwings’ Dredgie


Also in the last bulletin was a piece by Graham Koller, and it ties up nicely with the above.  A couple of people had commented on this section:~

“I might have continued for a while along the ridge in the general direction of the Matterhorn(only 40km away) but instead pushed out to the next peak on the landing field valley. On the way I had a full frontal collapse followed by a stall, dropped at 6.6m / sec before snapping back into flight.” 

I asked Graham to expand on it for us. Was he  on speed bar, what caused the collapse, did you have to do anything to regain normal flight ?etc. People don’t experience this sort of event on the hill and are interested to learn how you coped. Her’s his reply. SM

The whole incident was over in a split second. I was crossing a broad open bowl of an upper valley, flying at around 3000m altitude in smooth air against about a 10mph headwind on half speed bar and about 700m above the floor of the valley. Half way across, for no apparent reason it happened, I assume that I hit a bullet thermal. I did not see the collapse, the lines went slack and I fell backwards. As I looked up, in the corner of my eye I caught a brief glimpse of the wing in a horse shoe shape behind me. I let go of the speed bar, more out of shock (the brake lines were already up for flying on speed bar) and at the same moment I had dropped under the wing and it snapped open with a loud thwack. The wing pitched forward, which I dampened with a good application of brake. I looked up and checked that the wing was OK and continued normal flight, albeit in heavy sink. The maximum average sink on the flight was 6.6m / second down. If you look at the video (here)   it occurs about 5.30 and 5.40 minutes through. You can’t see anything happening apart from a wobble and me glancing up at the wing after it all happened but you are able to see the terrain and appreciate that with the wind coming from my two o’clock position, there is no apparent reason to expect such a violent collapse.

I am grateful that the stall came out cleanly. It has given me more confidence in the wing and its ability to return to normal flight with minimal input from myself. The one lesson I have learnt is not to fly on speed bar unless you have a reasonable height.

 Graham Koller 




I was sat  on the settee the other day gazing at my thriller ( no ladies!, not that, but my copy  Dashiel Hammett’s ‘The Maltese Falcon’)  and I wondered why manoeuvres  on a paraglider are called Acro when other types of aircraft carry out aerobatics. The term aerobatics was coined in the first World War to describe spins, loops , rolls etc by aircraft. It was formed by modifying the word acrobatics  by the addition of the prefix aero.  So why have we gone back to using acro unless its a shortening of coming acropper? SM


KHPA 197..something to 2012

The F’in flying.

Now I’ll tell you all a story about this club that’s true, some of it you wont believe but I’ll leave it up to you.

There is this little club that was started long ago, by a bunch of mad hang gliders in place they called Kernow.
They were all a motley crew, non of them could fly, but by skill or luck and bit help they got into the sky.

The first of all the gliders it came in a great big kit, bits of wood and metal, some cloth and a wobbly bit.

The assembled group they scratched their heads and stuck it all together, they stood around and looked at it and waited for the weather.

Then they had to draw some straws to see who was going to fly it, you would thought they would be queuing up but no one wanted to try it.

They dragged it up to Sennen and giving it shove, it flew away into the sky piloted by the landlord, of St Just’s local pub.
He landed on the beach in heap and in some pain, they say he hurt his leg and he has never walked the same.

Off the cliffs and then the dunes like lemmings they would leap, crashing into Emmets, Grockles and sometimes sheep.
But over time they gained some skill and bought some better kit, some they went cross country but some of them were sh.. not as good as others.

Roger Full, Nigel Bell, Dave Baisley and John Westcott, then later on a boy called Phippsy who was the clubs new mascot.

Peter Coade and Daisy May and of course there was Tim Jones, they bounced they fell they hurt their pride and they even broke some bones.

Paul and Gay they came along, from Wales they did appear, out of the woods to Kernow what were they doing here, with their long hair and funny ways they were like a pair of rebels, but far from that they were content to fly and make wooden pebbles.

As the years moved on the faces they did change, now to mention the current club but it still is bloody strange.

From Uncle Bill to Dear old Ray, Steve Mac and Mike the Pig, Little Fiona Austin and Graham who is Big.

Adie, Wynn and Noisy Phil, Dave, Beeky Mick and Titch, or is Squeaky and Sneaky I never know which is witch.

We even have a member who lives miles from his nearest beach, he lives up in the midlands his name is Tony Peach.

Now Tony has a friend, his name it is not Charley, I think they must be very close as they ride the same type Harley…..they think they are the ‘Wild Hogs’ in leathers black as treacle, the rest of us compare em to a couple from Village people.

Of course his name is Nigel and this I only jest, for he lives right down the pointy end with a couple of the rest, but as for all our flying sites they will never be outdone they have the best North Westerly its Sennen in the sun.

Michel, Manuel, and Kerez on they hill they can been seen, but speaking in language that is not one of the Queen.
But why leave your lovely countries for this damp and soggy land, it must be for the flying then the sea and golden sand.

Michel he is ver….slightly deaf and at him you must shout, but be careful you don’t wind him up or you’ll get a Frenchy clout.

There is chap his name is Al, some call him Rupert Pear he has a son his name his Lee one time of Dreadlocked hair.
Now Al he has many a tale about when he was young, his time spent in the building trade and body guard for some, no not a minder of celebrities or those afraid to fight, but of certain types of ladies that roam the streets at night.
He tales are funny and maybe tall, but he’s adamant and defiant, a good bloke to have on your side, Al Knight the Kernow Giant.

Shaun the Postie, Paul the Doc and Barry on his boat, John Woolams and Nigel Eagle who’s had knowledge of a Goat.

Camp Commander Jerry who isn’t very camp and Rich 42, a Newbie who can fix and drive a Tank.

There’s Fergie who is also new, he designed the Kernow banner he says he did it all himself but we think that it was Ana.

Rick and Dean are best mates, at first I thought a ‘pair’, but no they just like to hang about with each other in the air.
Its not often they are seen as over seas they toil they say they work for Gulf, something to do with Oil.
But what I have deduced, is it must be something funny, working over seas and making loads of money.
I have met their wives so I know they are not fairies with the all Bear Grylls Gucci gear I recon their Mercenaries.

Graham and Kaz from Cloud9 they are our local school, Kaz she is the chilled out one she helps keep Graham cool.
They get all sorts of students some are good and bad, some are ‘very interesting’ and others quite plainly mad.
I have seen some you would think are clumsy and no hopers but with Nodding Dogs and tits to knees they pass out Cloud9 floaters.

Now at their house they have a room where harnesses are tied, yes I’ve been and seen it, once I even tried.
But there’s a rumour going round that on a quiet day, when there are no students or no ones out play, Kaz has Graham trussed up, like 50 Shades of Grey.
Now if I have not mentioned you please don’t swear and curse, the bloody poem is going on and my rhyming is getting worse.

What then keeps us in the club if we are so eclectic and diverse, an invite over to the Phippsy’s room? Now that is just perverse!

Its what puts the F’in flying, the, fun for you me, its all the different people and the faces that we see.
Its the club and all its members, the characters it holds, the laughs the wind ups, and the trips, the stories that are told.
Those awesome days when it all just clicks, your mates wind and sun, the dunes, the ridge, then over the back that’s my idea of Fun.



Cloud 9 Review of the Year


Well another year comes to an end and we are still here despite the weather’s best try!  In fact it was not a bad year with a steady stream of students passing through the school on Hangies , Para’s and Paramotors keeping us busy enough.


One of those nice days in the Field

The Towing continues as our main form of training up to CPC before converting pilots to the hill and has proved it’s worth getting students up and away whilst hill based schools have struggled.




Kaz has continued with her Instructor training and hopes to become qualified in 2013 which will add another string to her bow and ours.  Whilst talking about adding strings to bows Kaz has also become a qualified winch person giving us the added bonus of not only going out at short notice with low numbers but also being able to tow me up on GOOD days 😉




Kaz puts the ASKA through it’s paces

The new toy for 2012 was the ASKA (mini/speed wing) which has proved very popular with Paraglider Pilots wishing to extend their flying window without taking up Hang Gliding.  With the development of this side of the sport we offer a full range of similar wings and can give good advice depending on what you are looking for out of such a wing.






Algo’ 2012 the “first weekers”

Our regular trip to Algodonales  went ahead in October which saw some excellent flying, lots of fun and a even a bit of drinking. We look forward to returning next year and with two weeks already booked up get in touch if you want to join in and we will lay on another.

2012 also saw us move into Facebook and whilst we strive to get our heads around it, it does seem like fun and thank you for those who have liked us and entertained us with their comments, check it out HERE   The Blog continues and is linked from both the website and Facebook and provides an up to date (mainly) account and history of what’s been going on.                                                                            





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A nice day for both

Plans for 2013 include developing a  XC training package, an additional Trip to foreign climes and a few weeks in Europe where it would be nice to meet up with  some Kernow pilots to introduce them to some of the sites and share the air with them. Oh and nearly forgot going on a SIV course with the boys in April, maybe 2014 will see our own one over Stithians reservoir !!








Thank you to all of you who have supported us, your custom is appreciated and we look forward to supporting both you and the KHPA again in 2013.  You can be assured of competitive prices on all kit along with advice based on over 30 years in the sport and after sales service on your door step.


Last but  not least a thank you to everybody that helps out in the field, on the hill and in the back ground we would mention you all by name but I have already written enough and there are far to many of you.

Congratulations to :-

Fergi :- KHPA Logo design winner

The Frostbite Winners

The KHPA XC Winners

All of whom received prizes sponsored by Cloud 9 on behalf of the KHPA in 2012

Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year to you all.

Kaz and Phippsy



The Need for Speed …….….


So you want to fly when it’s a bit on the breezy side, well you have several options you may wish to consider ….. here are a few things to take into account when making a decision on what to fly,when to fly it and what to expect from it.


Speed wings (15m or less)  built for flying down mountains fast, in some cases, very fast. So if you want to fly when it is very windy this is the tool for you. BUT the downside is the glide angle is steep so when not in strong lift you will head towards the ground at a rate of knots  so possibly not ideal for ridge soaring unless very windy…

FazerOzone Fazer Speed wing –  fast  enough to deal with a real blow  10 -12 -14m sizes



Cross over wings (15 – 19m)  Not the fastest wings on market but fast enough for most wind conditions. A wing  capable of ridge soaring when it’s getting  top end for normal wings and keeps going into the mid twenties.




ASKA One Seven. Great combination of stability, performance and ease – Crossover wing. Now joined by the One Five and the One Nine for  smaller and larger Pilots.




Mini wings (15 – 20m)  basically small Paragliders lack the top end speed of the Cross over wings so struggle to get around as the wind increases but happy to soar when it starting to get breezy for normal wings but not yet top end so giving a bigger overlap.





Niviuk Zion MiniWing comes in15 17 & 19 sizes. Higher aspect ratio, bit more lift bit less speed



Things to consider ….

On the ground  – ok it’s going to be windy so the smaller the wing generally the easier it will be to deal with and the less chance of being dragged and not being able to control it, useful when it’s blowing mid twenties.

 Inflation characteristics  It does come up fast,  you would think this would be ideal in a strong wind, but if it comes up too fast you have brake it hard and the next thing is you are off your feet and away in the wrong direction. So something a little less aggressive may be an advantage.




AirDesign SuSi mini wing with leading edge  reinforcements.  14 – 16 – 18 – 20 m sizes ranging from radical through comfortable to standard  characteristics.


Overhead – All small wings will move about a bit and, due to the nature of the winds they get flown in, they can move about quite a lot, some are more docile than others which makes life easier especially for those with less experience or who fly them less regularly.


In the air –  Generally the more docile on the ground the more docile in the air,but that is a relative term, they still feel pretty lively compared to normal wings.  If you want max excitement and are keen to  wang around, something with lighter brake pressure and quick reactions is the thing for you, but make sure you have the reactions and skill to match it!



Ozone Firefly 16  Cross Over wing.

Ideal for those that want something a bit sporty but still on the sensible side




On Landing – if it’s windy and just got windier you need to be able to collapse it and control it and again generally the smaller wings are easier for this


So where does that leave us..? If you want to fly when it is very windy go for a full blown speed wing but be warned it will need to be windy with strong ridge lift and on the sites where you need to glide out to the lift you may struggle.


If you want to fly when it’s getting top end on your normal wing and keep flying into the mid twenties  with the hangies then the cross over wings are the boys.





Gin Bobcat one of the ones that started it all. Lively enough for most comes with specific harness.

13.5 – 15 -16.5 – 18m sizes



You want something that you can break out whilst the Paragliders are still flying but starting to move around slowly and you want to move about all be it someway below them then the mini wing fits the bill. You can still keep flying when the normal boys give up but by now you will be the one slowing down whilst the Cross overs fly past you!


Stability …… it is generally accepted that the mini wings are a little more pitch sensitive due to their higher aspect ratios as they come from normal paraglider design. The cross over and speed wings tend to be more stable in pitch due to their lower aspect ratio’s and higher internal pressures due to their size and speeds. Not a bad thing when flying near the ground in turbulent strong winds!


 Harnesses .  Some wings are better off flown with specialised harnesses, generally split leg types which reduce the amount of weight shift which can make the wings over reactive resulting in steep turns and steep dives.  However, there are many pilots out there flying in standard harnesses on various wings but in general these do tend to be the more docile ones.





Gin Switch Split leg reversible  harness with Airbag protection.


Staying insured ……  All the wings mentioned fall outside of the normal certification procedures, not because they are dangerous but because their demands and requirements differ greatly from that of “normal” paragliders.  You will find that in the vast majority of cases such wings are load tested which is kind of useful!  To keep you insured the BHPA have introduced the Sub 20m category and wings should be registered under this scheme the idea being that should ‘problems’ become apparent with any such wing owners can be contacted.  In addition to this as pilots are flying uncertified wings they need to be registered as development pilots (standard with all uncertified wings) but in the case of sub 20m wings the requirements are relaxed allowing CP  rated pilots to register (as opposed to Pilot rating +100 hours for normal uncertified wings).

 So there you have it hopefully this answers a few questions and straightens out a few facts, lets go flying!

As with all kit we can supply you with just about any wing or thing you want just give us a call and double your flying time, or more likely treble it or more!  Cloud 9  Office -01209 842877 – Phippsy Mobile 07785593559



Forthcoming Events

The link to the website events registration page is here.

Parachute re-pack

The date for the parachute re-pack is confirmed as Sunday 17th February 2013 at Carnmoggas ( location here ).  Price is  £15.00  to include buffet and refreshments .   See what happened at the last re-pack here. Register on the events page.

Comment from Bill Morris about the last repack

One of my favourite repack events of the year with this friendly club and a chance to remember the wonderful Nick Giggs, and thanks to his wife Paula who still supports the repack at the Carnmogass facility. Next one is Sunday 17th February 2013. BHPA repacks over a whole year find about 5% real, non-working errors like the one shown here ( in the last year’s video). Best Wishes Bill Morris Thanks Greg.
Bill’s YouTube channel is here http://www.youtube.com/user/glidewatch

Pilot Lectures

Don’t forget to register for the lectures on the Events page. Cost will be £1pp per week which is used for a celebratory buffet after the exam. We have held the pilot lectures at Portreath, if you have any other suggestion for a venue (St Rumon’s?) please let me know.

Pilot Profile

Can someone make an effort to contribute their own profile for the bulletin. Look back at previous bulletins to see what others have done. Copy the questions from below.

Age ?

Marital Status?



Previous occupations?

How and when did you start flying?

What Pilots most influenced you?

Where and when was your most memorable flying experience?

What is your favourite flying site in Britain?

What’s your favourite flying site in Europe,

Who do you most admire in the sport ?

What trait do most deplore in yourself?

What trait do you most deplore in other people?

What’s your favourite piece of music?

What is your favourite book?

What is your favourite film?

What’s your greatest fear?

What is your perfect idea of happiness? .

What would your motto be ?

How would like to be remembered?


Add or delete questions if you want.


Quiz Answers

First challenge

clues                                                                              answer                 letter

always stuck up                                                            Snob                     S                   

female connection                                                        Aunt                     A

contains baby milk?                                                      tiNs                       N

thirsty?                                                                           Tipples                 T           

a shaft ?                                                                          stAff                     A



Second challenge

 clue                                                                            answer                     letter

has two flaps                                                             Hinge                        H                                            

swollen with blood                                                   clOt                            O

men stand in this                                                     eLection                     L  

what you might do at a woman                              wInk                            I

you might get a tug here                                         Dock                           D

you might nail one on a trellis or against a wall   slAt                             A

found in the gulf                                                       Yemen                       Y

I bet Nigel Eagle got them all wrong.

The End