PSC Safety Bulletin July 2017 Flying with Sailplanes

Dear members, many of you may have been on Parlick a few weeks ago when a hot sunny weekend forecast drew dozens of PG pilots and Sailplane pilots from Bowland Forest Gliding Club (BFGC) to Parlick. The forecast was accurate in terns of temperature, but the inversion and high pressure meant soaring conditions were awful, and there was very  little chance to get above the hilltop. This led to very crowded flying. Thanks to those members who supplied reports and videos.

 

I have since had numerous discussions with the senior pilots at BFGC, not just about this particular day but about mixed flying in general. I am impressed by the very disciplined structure that they operate (see below for details), and I am also confident that they take this issue very seriously and deal with any incidents of aggressive or dangerous flying quickly and effectively.

 

We are working towards developing our already good relationship with BFGC to ensure we continue to enjoy our shared love of flying so look out for more details in future.

 

Please read carefully the notes below, which are specific to flying Parlick in the company of sailplanes from BFGC. It's also worth refreshing your memory on the characteristics of sailplanes, hang gliders and other air users in general.

 

Please also let me know if you have any concerns over the behaviour of any pilots of any aircraft; video, photo and witness evidence is particularly useful to help sort these issues out. This example has shown that we can deal with these incidents before they turn into accidents if we approach each other calmly and professionally, looking for solutions rather than blame.

 

 

Flying with Sailplanes at Parlick

 

We nearly always fly with other aircraft - other PGs, hang gliders, models, drones and sailplanes. Each has its own characteristics, and it is each pilot’s responsibility to understand these and fly their own aircraft appropriately. The rules of the air are clearly defined in your training syllabus.

 

Sailplanes fly much faster than us, they are bigger and heavier. Their exceptional glide means that they maintain altitude in very light lift and can explore the terrain well away from the hill. However in poor thermal conditions, they suffer the same problems as we do - needing to use the dynamic lift close to the hill. On busy days, this causes problems for them and us.

 

Flight Patterns

 

Approach: BFGC rules state a minimum of 700’ QFE Chipping or 1300’ QNH (you do know what these letters mean, don’t you?) This means a sailplane may be low if they fail to find lift after release from the tow. It will be approaching at high speed (60+ kt) towards that part of the hill closest to them - the SW or SE ‘noses’ on either side of the S face. A PG launching from these locations presents a serious hazard, as it is likely to be launching into lift; from the sailplane pilot’s point of view they are closing at high speed, low and with little room for manoeuvre. Be aware of this, and make looking towards the glider field part of your pre-launch observation check.

 

Circling: The BFGC rule is no circling below 500’ above the hill top: this means that they should be flying an S or figure-8 pattern until above this height. You need to be aware of this pattern and anticipate likely courses of action; even if a sailplane finds lift near the bowl, it will have to continue S-turning until high enough.

 

Choke points: these can occur in marginal soaring conditions where a glider may be low on Fairsnape (or beyond Wolf Crag in the East) and turn back to find several PGs at a similar height. They may face the difficult choice of threading their way through them or going across the bowl, possibly back to their field, at less than optimal height - both stressful courses of action.

 

Who is in the air?

 

BFGC operate a card system where the Duty Instructor on the day takes the first flight to assess conditions. Following this, limitations are placed on where pilots may fly, depending on their experience. There is always a duty instructor in charge of flying. Conditions assessed, as well as wind, thermal strength, turbulence etc, include the presence, number and location of paragliders on the hill. This means that less-experienced sailplane pilots may be excluded from the hill in marginal conditions or crowded situations. They may also restrict their flying to remaining out in the valley.

 

Pilots flying sailplanes in the ‘bowls’ at Parlick are either very experienced or under instruction. They are not allowed to fly in these places, or with PGs in the air until they have received appropriate training and been signed off by the CFI.

 

What are the main hazards?

 

Relative speeds: are significant: a PG can appear stationary to a sailplane pilot, and to us they look like fighter planes. Less experienced PG pilots can find this intimidating, so it is best to get used to this gradually: take short flights while sailplanes are in the air; watch them flying while on the ground and get used to what they do. With experience, you will get used to it and start to enjoy flying with them, appreciating their skills. Thermalling together can be a joy with the PG turning much more tightly, so the sailplane with its higher speed stays further out on opposite sides of their respective circles.

 

Visibility: We both have blind spots: The wing blocks our view immediately above, while Sailplanes are restricted looking down. Be aware of this.

 

Communication: it is frightening if you think the other pilot hasn’t seen you. Making an exaggerated turn of your head towards the other pilot or giving a wave is very reassuring.

 

Turbulence: a fast-moving aircraft leaves vortices trailing behind which could disturb our canopies. My personal experience is that I have never noticed this but it is a potential hazard.

 

We are very fortunate to share such a valuable flying site with the pilots of BFGC. PSC are engaging with them to foster good relationships to promote safe and enjoyable flying together. We are currently discussing some reciprocal activities where our members can take a sailplane flight to see the view from their cockpits, and we’d like to be able to offer them some tandem flights in return. So if you are a suitably qualified tandem pilot who’d be willing to do this, please let me know on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Safe Flying

 

Brian Stewart

Safety Officer PSC


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Fly Safe May 2017

Following on from last month:

Last issue, I wrote about my reserve and the issue of not re-connecting the closing loops properly. It seems even after re-fitting the loops, I still had it wrong. Taking the glider out of the bag last Tuesday on Parlick, I saw that one of the zips that close the reserve container had burst fully open. This is what they’re designed to do, but only after pulling the big red handle . . .

What had happened was that when I put the loop back through the closing rings, I had allowed one of the bridle lines to go the wrong side of the loop. Where it passed through the zip, it was the wrong side of this loop and so compromised it, and the zip would inevitably work itself open. The mounting instructions refer to this but I had forgotten the importance of it.

The lesson here is to be completely familiar with every aspect of your reserve system, so that you can take care of issues like this on the hill. Even if you get your reserve professionally packed, it’s well worth spending the time to learn and understand how every part of the system works. Maybe have the manual on your smartphone.

Accidents.

It’s been a bad start to the season. After a year or so in which the bent upright award didn’t involve bodily injury, there have been two serious accidents on Parlick. Both required helimed evacuation and resulted in serious injuries to the pilots. Both are recovering at home now and I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing them a speedy and full recovery.

I’m not going to go into the accidents here, the pilots themselves have the best viewpoint and will be able to shed much more light on what led up to the crash. In both cases, it was clear to see the payoff from the first aid courses many of us have done over the years. There was no panic, in each case someone took charge of ensuring the rescue was coordinated - mountain rescue and ambulance called, persons directed to guide rescuers to the scene, pilots advised of the helicopter’s arrival, gliding club notified etc. The injured pilots were supported on the ground by those nearby, without turning the scene into a spectacle, so well done to all concerned, especially those first on the scene. One point I learned from this and previous incidents is the potential time saving gained by giving a precise grid reference for the location of the injured pilot. The grid reference in the site guide and on the safety card is a very useful fallback if it’s not possible to get the actual location, but since we all carry sophisticated GPS systems, we should all be able to give a precise OS reference or Lat/Long coordinates. Much better that the helicopter goes straight to the casualty and lands as close as possible than heads to take off, which could be kms away.

So as the season gets going, here’s a few questions to ask yourself, in no particular order, and without reference to either accident:

  • How current am I? Not just recent hours in general, but flight time in these conditions.
  • How long since I gave my wing, harness, reserve, helmet, etc a complete inspection?
  • How long since I did a SIV/Pilotage course? If I haven’t, why not?
  • I’m on a recent wing; am I flying it correctly? Lots of discussion going on about brake position and pitch stability on modern gliders - get yourself informed, ask other pilots.
  • Have I read the site guide and any warnings about today’s weather conditions? Parlick East is notorious for turbulence in certain conditions which has led to some very serious accidents; these conditions are clearly highlighted in the site guide, and each year it’s worth going back to this to refresh memories.

We all have to start somewhere after the winter lay off, and punchy spring conditions aren’t the ideal way to wake up sleepy muscle memories. Give yourself a much bigger margin of error than you may have been used to at the end of last season - not just closeness to terrain and other gliders, but closeness to stall/spin speed. Consider dialling down the conditions you’re prepared to launch in until you’re back in the game.

PSC are exploring getting a club SIV/Pilotage course organised, and we’re looking at ways to support members to do their first one. Look out for an email soon to gauge interest.

Tight lines . . .

Brian

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Cumbria Soaring Club - Site Closures

Cumbria Soaring Club

The following sites are due to be closed for lambing etc
Please do not fly them during the dates below

* Souther Fell - 28th March to 1st June

* Carrock Fell - Saturdays Only - 1st April to 1st July

* Sandbeds/West Fell - 1st May to 1st July

* Wolf Crags - 1st April to 1st May

The first closure is at Souther Fell from tomorrow, 28th March

The goods news is that we have agreed access to Wolf crags throughout May when this was previously closed for flying

AGM 2017

Pennine Soaring Club

AGM and Committee Meeting 13 February 2017, Sea View, Chorley.

Committee Members present: Graham Jones, Brian Stewart, Jim Ashley, Simon Blake, Richard Chadwick, Andy Archer, Carl Fairhurst, John Murphy, Andy Mcloughlin. Apologies received from Phil Wallbank and Tony Colombat.

Brief discussion of proposal to waive membership fees for children of members under the age of 18.

Agreed unanimously.

Brief discussion of proposal to award honorary membership with full voting rights to Lynda Baillie as a loyal supporter of the club.

Agreed unanimously.

End of Business.

AGM Report

Chairman’s review (incorporating Social Sec)

The club has enjoyed a successful year - social nights have centred around Chipping with curry and pizza nights at the Sun. The Penninefest was rained off, but we still had a good turnout and an entertaining and educational talk from Ed Cleasby. The winter club nights have been well-attended, with plenty of new faces on show. Difficulties obtaining suitable venue still exist.

The club continues to function well and seems to be serving the needs of its members. The membership secretary was praised for his work identifying those pilots who are not BHPA members or not paying PSC correct fees. Phil Colbert was thanked for his work on the AirWhere project which should prove to be a great benefit to all members and the wider paragliding community.

Other prominent members include Jack Pimblett who is making amazing progress in the world of Acro; Simon Scott for his achievements as part of the British Paramotor Team; Simon Blake who has a new book out; Simon Baillie for his continued recovery to full fitness; Barney Woodhead for his XC performances and Richard Chadwick for his sterling work over the years as Treasurer.

Looking forward to 2017, highlights should be a proposed Club Coach weekend; development of the AirWhere network; more Club Nights; Penninefest etc. To achieve these aims, the support of the members is essential, and the club will be exploring ways to expand participation beyond the 1/3 of the membership who regularly get involved. Communication with members needs work, but this is a 2-way progress and it is important the people make contact with the club if they want information, coaching etc.

The Pendle webcam is still on course but has run into a siting obstacle.

Treasurer’s report:

Subscription receipts are significantly up, thanks in great part to the Membership Sec’s hard work in chasing up non-payers or those still paying £19; still some way to go to reel them all in, but the list is shrinking. Accounts accepted by the meeting. Richard is stepping down after 6 years in post, and we thank him for his hard work and diligence.

Membership Secretary’s Report

We currently have around 175 members, of whom 36 are still paying only £19 - a list is available so that members can encourage these remaining few to amend their standing order. Problems remain with contacting members when emails, phone calls, text messages and postal letters go unanswered. BHPA checks on current membership status can meet with resistance if requested too frequently. Helmet stickers will continue to be sent out to those requesting them.

Competition Secretary’s Report

Most competitions were washed out by bad weather this year, including all 5 rounds of the BP Cup, and the Advance BCC challenge suffered a similar fate in our area. The LCC and Buttermere Bash were surprisingly successful despite poor forecasts. PSC performance in the National XC League was a little short of previous glory years as the Southern Clubs enjoyed the good conditions down there.

Secretary’s Report

Little outside communication beyond the routine. Main focus was the liaison with NWRAUG over the developments at LBIA. This has led to the creation of a new committee post - Airspace Officer - for which Phil Colbert has volunteered. The Secretary is standing down after 5 years, and thanks all the members for their support. Paul Hester has volunteered to stand for this position.

Safety Officer’s Report (delivered by the Secretary)

There have been no accidents or incidents involving members reported to the Safety Officer this year, although this does not mean that there were no reportable incidents. It is worth noting that one member was involved in an incident (reported correctly to the BHPA) involving a car being written off. It is comforting to note that the process of dealing with the expense of compensating the car owner was dealt with very efficiently by the BHPA insurers - a very good reason to be a member.

The Safety Officer is standing down this year, and the club is very grateful for the important contribution made over the years. Brian Stewart has put himself forward for this post.

Editor’s Report (delivered by the Secretary)

The newsletter has been absent for a few months - initially due to a lack of material, and then as an experiment to judge the reaction of the members. The feeling of the meeting was that the newsletter is an important communication tool, and so will be re-started this year. Members were urged to contribute to this as much as possible. Improvements to the database of members’ addresses should make it possible to ensure that it is delivered effectively.

Chief Coach’s Report

This has been a quiet year on the coaching scene. We have moved to a bi-annual cycle of Pilot Theory lectures to fit more closely with demand. Coaches can now receive their annual endorsement by email, which makes it much easier to remain current. New BHPA resources to support new pilots and their coaches will make the process of progressing from CP much clearer to all. Some discussion centred around the possibility of winter coaching sessions in the village hall, and competition preparation.

Power Officer’s Report

While there are few Power pilots in the club, the Power Sec’s role is to act as a contact point to anyone wishing to fly paramotors or powered hang gliders to go about this the correct way, in safety. The site at Eddisford Bridge is available to all, by contacting the PO. While the pilot fatally injured last year was not a PSC member, he was known to many and our condolences go out to his family and friends. BHPA are investigating, despite his not being a member.

Sub-20 Officer’s Report

There have been no issues involving sub-20 wings this year. Members are encouraged to report any instances of unqualified or non-BHPA persons flying any kind of aircraft on our sites to report those to relevant club officers.

Election of Committee:

All positions were offered to the membership. Apart from those mentioned above volunteering to fill vacancies, no nominations were received. Consequently all posts were filled unopposed and carried unanimously.

Chairman                             Graham Jones
Social Sec                             Graham Jones
Secretary                             Paul Hester
Membership Sec              Jim Ashley
Treasurer                            Jim Ashley (combined post)
Safety Officer                    Brian Stewart
Sites Officer                       Andy Archer
Webmaster                        Carl Fairhurst
Editor                                    Tony Colombat
Competition Sec               Simon Blake
Chief Coach                        John Murphy
Sub-20 Officer                   Andy McLoughlin
Airspace Officer                                Phil Colbert (new post).

Presentation of Awards

The Competition Secretary presided over an entertaining award ceremony in which not only the winners were acknowledged, but also the ‘honourable mentions’ and the ‘nearly theres’.

Best Fun Class                                                                   John Baxby
Best Sports Class                                                              Simon Blake
Best XC from Pennine Site                                           Phil Colbert
PSC League Winner                                                         Phil Colbert        
Grid Challenge                                                                  Simon Baillie
Most Improved Pilot                                                      John Oliver
Club Award                                                                         Jack Pimblett                                                    
Representing the Club                                                                   Simon Scott
William Marshall Trophy                                                Andy Archer
Main Welding Award (Bent Upright)                       Simon Blake
PSC Loop League winner                                              Paul Winterbottom.

A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who attended to make a memorable night. Now let’s go flying . . .

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2017 AGM

AGM

Date: 13th February 2017

Venue: Sea View Inn, 2 Preston Rd, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley PR6 7HH

It’s that time of year when the AGM is upon us once again, yes, of course you’ve got more interesting stuff to do like change the cat litter, but have a think about what this means:

We live in an increasingly surveilled and officially-controlled world, so continuing to enjoy the freedom of our form of flight means being self-regulating within a recognised structure. Love 'em or hate 'em, the BHPA is our structure and PSC is an important component of that, and membership gives you access to that framework. To remain a functioning part of this whole, there are endless background tasks to fulfil: maintaining records of members and their qualification levels, administering the cash that flows in and out, keeping track of safety issues, liaising with relevant bodies over site access and dealing with complaints . . . you get the picture.

A looming threat on the horizon is the proposed expansion of the Leeds Bradford International Airport controlled airspace. The initial plans could severely curtail our options for XC flights towards the east coast, and are a threat to our fellow pilots in the Dales, Cumbria and Derbyshire. To this end we are going to create a new committee post of Airspace Officer to monitor developments and liaise with BHPA, CAA, the General Aviation and Gliding community and our neighbour clubs. This is the kind of background work that is essential to maintain our ability to enjoy our most unique and wonderful sport(s).

To carry out this work needs willing volunteers from the membership; we call this group 'the committee' but really they are simply members who are putting a bit back into our sport - sometimes remaining in post year after year because no-one else is daft enough to do it. Every year, all members of the club are offered the opportunity to offer their services; the following list shows the present members of the committee in case you don't know who they are, together with an indication of their intention to stand for re-election, nominations received to date, and a brief summary of what they do, in their own words, in addition to what it says in the constitution and BHPA documents:

Position

Name

Standing again?

Nominations

Duties

Webmaster

Carl Fairhurst

Yes

 

Responsible for managing the hosting, application and content of the Pennine Soaring Club website and the domain registration. Working with the other member of the committee to ensure that content and events are posted promptly and available to be linked from emails or Facebook.

Secretary

Brian Stewart

No

Paul Hester

Maintaining a written record of meetings, correspondence with third parties, legal documents and proceedings. Being the focal point for external bodies communicating with PSC.

Chairman

Graham Jones

Yes

 

Coordinating and chairing committee meetings,

Sites Officer

Andy Archer

Yes

 

Building and maintaining relationships with our site owners, tenant farmers, statutory bodies; in fact anybody who has an interest in the land we launch from, fly above or land on.  Quickly dealing with issues that could escalate into the potential for losing a site and being a single point of contact for site issues for those interested parties and club members alike.

MembershipSec

Jim Ashley

Yes

 

Keep and update membership data base using information from treasurer / online bank. Contact members when subs due or overdue / incorrect. Check members BHPA membership up to date. Contact / welcome new members - distribute helmet stickers.

Social Sec

Graham Jones

 

 

Arranger of club and social nights.

Chief Coach

John Murphy

Yes

 

a) Organise and co-ordinate coaching within their club.

b) Provide information, guidance and help in a safe, proven manner to club pilots qualified for the activity undertaken.

c) Encourage pilots to use the club coaching facility through promotion and education.

d) Establish and maintain an effective coaching team within the club.

e) Establish and maintain an effective liaison with the Club Safety Officer

f) Supervise and monitor the development of potential coaches, and select and appoint

Club Coaches and Senior Coaches.

g) Operate safely within their known skills and personal environments in accordance

with the recognised procedures and regulations contained in the TM.

h) Improving their own flying and coaching skills and knowledge in various ways, including studying the TM, handbooks, articles in Skywings (especially the Safety Matters Page) and Incident Summaries and Safety Notices.

i) Promote the use of the Incident  reporting scheme within the club.

j) Maintain and promote a positive attitude to the sport, the FSC and the BHPA.  

k) Maintain an effective liaison with the FSC. Chief Coaches should have regular contact with the FSC, and in particular they should keep the FSC fully informed of new ideas or any difficulties occurring in their clubs.

l) Organise and supervise pilot exams and lectures.

 

In addition, to become a chief coach the BHPA advise that the candidate should be:

 

a) Hold a Senior Coach or Club Coach Licence.

b) Possess P rating with good active experience.

c) Be recommended by his/her club. (Chairman’s signature required.)  

 

Treasurer

Richard Chadwick

No

 

Bank and keep a spreadsheet record of all receipts paid to the club (income) and pay and record all the bills (expenses like site fees, comp fees, website fees and trophies etc.).
Produce a set of annual accounts to present to members at the AGM.
Organise and deliver the Christmas bottle run to the farmers and residents most affected by our sites.

Safety Officer

Phil Wallbank

No

Brian Stewart

Act as the local technical officer. Disseminate Safety Notices and information within the club. Act as a technical reference source within the club. Support the coaching team in their efforts to ensure that accidents and incidents within the club are reported to the FSC. Maintain, through a programme of continuous education and encouragement, an awareness of flying and technical safety standards within the club.

Competition Sec

Simon Blake

Yes

 

Coordinating all aspects of local and UK competition, supporting and encouraging Pennine pilots to push their flying to the next level by setting targets and flying competitively: scoring the Parlick Grid Challenge, setting and scoring competition tasks at, liaising with the organisers of the BP Cup, liaising with neighbouring club Comps Secs to arrange rounds of the Advance BCC when possible, promoting XC league flying and especially declared flights by helping pilots plan, fly and submit their tracklogs to the league.

Editor

Tony Colombat

Yes

 

Current: Produce the monthly newsletter, coordinating input from members, BHPA, advertisers etc.

Proposed: Disseminate this information across PSC webpage and Social Media.

Power Sec

Simon Scott

Yes

 

Provide a PSC point of contact for Paramotor and Powered HG pilots who fly within the Pennine Club area or are PSC members who wish to also fly PPG/PHG.  Liaise with pilots in local groups/clubs to attempt to mutually promote powered and free flight foot launched aviation, the PSC and the BHPA.  Promote the PSC as an inclusive club that power pilots can be part of.

 

Airspace Officer

New post

 

Phil Colbert

Liaise with BHPA, CAA, neighbouring clubs, General Aviation and Gliding community etc. regarding all airspace matters affecting our members.

 

Just because there's a name against a post doesn't mean you can't volunteer for it - most of us will be happy to step aside to allow in fresh blood. No matter whether you've amassed hundreds of hours or are still counting your airtime in minutes, if you want to get involved and give something back to our fabulous sport, just put yourself forward. So if you think this is for you then to nominate yourself for any post please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 31st January 2017. Voting to decide any contested positions will take place at the AGM.

Extract from Club Constitution:

3.1 The AGM shall be held between February and May

3.2 Reasonable notice of the AGM shall be given to members and the following business shall be discussed.            

  1. Election of Officers
  2. Report from the Treasurer and any other members of The Committee
  3. Revision and amendment of rules and regulations where necessary.
  4. Other items of which due notice will be given.
  5. Any other business (no voting allowed).

 

Re Item 3.2, any member wishing to propose an item for discussion must submit it to the secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 31st January 2017.

So, the AGM is an important instrument in the operation of the PSC and, by extension, free flight in the UK. Thus it is your chance to question the committee members on past actions and propose ways in which you feel the club could progress,

Be there.

Brian Stewart

Secretary

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What's in a name? Parafest? Penninefest? Whatever, the annual PSC piss-up fly-in gave the weather gods the opportunity to throw their worst at us. Again. Somebody must have made the right sacrifices somewhere as the strong winds that had us worrying about the marquee carrying us all on a mass XC never arrived. All we got was some rain. Lots of it. All day Saturday.

Friday

The working party assembled promptly at 9AM in the showground to put up the marquee. All went smoothly - Field Marshal Winterbottom's directions to the erection team included orders that all upright members were to be fully inserted and rammed home with powerful thrusts. Then he went round checking them anyway. Group Captain Jones offered advice and guidance and even managed not to get in the way too much. Air Vice Marshall Wood carefully carried in the beer kegs and connected the pipes, and once General Innes's barbecue was in place, we were good to go, amusing ourselves getting Wing Commander Scott's monkey bike as muddy as possible.

Aviation was committed by those with the foresight not to sample the amber liquids too early. The Wing Commander manfully carried up his hang glider and showed how it's done, while a couple of brave souls launched their floppy, flappy things - Air Commodore Maxwell even scraping into the show field with a low pass over the Brickhouse Caravan site (the bill for removing the boot prints from my caravan roof is in the post, Billy). Back in the field, tents were put up, caravans and motorhomes sited and beer was drunk.

Saturday

The day dawned grey and evolved into wet as well. So no change from normal Penninefest weather then. Fortunately we had the Chipping village hall booked for bad weather contingency, and Ed Cleasby had graciously offered to switch roles from comp meet head to motivational speaker. While nobody in the room bought his protests of being 'only an ordinary pilot', Ed delivered an inspiring lecture/talk/discussion focussed on getting out of the comfort zone of local hills without the hassle of going abroad for adventures. His presentation - Flying in Scotland (Subtitled Broadening Horizons  - You don't have to leave the UK to get the best flying in the world) was aimed at encouraging recent pilots to experience new places and conditions to expand their experience. Ed reckons we have the best diversity of conditions in the world and illustrated this with a sample of flights which left a lasting impression.

Tinto - one of his favourites, can be busy in a good forecast but promising a high cloudbase, good air. Important to be aware of the proliferating wind farms and the wide open spaces.

Sron a Gharbh Choire Bhig (HRA) NW Highlands. This was an adventure flight across Loch Shiel from Loch Linnhe. Plenty of intimidating wildernesses on this route unless you know where the roads are.

Carn Liath, Cairngorms. This was in the  N-S Cup and the first time Ed had flown across the Cairngorms. A big walk in, even before climbing up to takeoff near the high summit, required a lot of commitment, given 7/8 cloud, almost no wind and just a small patch of sunshine. Dramatic improvement got everyone away to cross some of the most intimidating terrain in the UK. Phil Wallbank told of 4 hour walk out and of  Mike Cav's low save when he frightened a herd of deer into releasing a thermal. Ed flew to Aviemore and along the Spey valley, happy at last to follow a road with big fields.

White Corries gives an easy approach via a chair lift. This was an early attempt at a triangle, crossingmagnificent scenery again, but a big storm just after landing was a reminder of the need to keep watching conditions in the big stuff.

There were even quizzes and tasks to keep us awake amused:

Part 1 This was 'Name the Sites'. 4 photos of UK sites, and name the odd one out & why. Only 3 pilots guessed even 1 out of of the 4, and to our shame, one of them was Pendle. Commander Baillie (Parachute Regiment) got the tie breaker, so won an instrument bag.

Part 2. Identifying  six Manufacturer logos. Commander Baillie was on top of this too, getting 4  out of 6, but everyone else had a real life and hardly knew any, so Simon won the windsock as well.

Task: Navigation task to set up a route from turnpoints was a great lead-in to the afternoon's session focussing on instruments and how to use them.

Thanks so much Ed, for sharing your insights into paragliding and how to get the most out of it. I'm certainly inspired to get out among new surroundings.

Saturday evening saw the straw floor in the marquee disappearing into the mud. The recently-demoted Flight Sergeant Wallbank (decommissioned for insubordination: suggesting to the Group Captain that the curry night was an indulgence too far) remained on camp sentry duty to guard the bar. He and his loyal band of followers had the arduous task of sampling the beer every few minutes to ensure it remained drinkable. It's a tough job. . .

34 or so (including a scattering of WaGs) enjoyed an excellent curry (or vegetarian alternative) in the Sun, in the new Swallow's Nest extension. A great night had by all, which continued into the show field where the General's pyrotechnics kept all amused. A ton of wood disappeared into the firepits - apparently the IPCC have since issued warnings of a sudden spike in CO2 emissions and a 1 degree global temperature rise.

Sunday dawned with clearing skies, but even the most 'glass-half-full' optimistists couldn't predict any aviation today. Many hands made light work of taking down the marquee and clearing the field. Big thanks to everyone involved in rescuing what could have been a soggy disaster and turning it into another successful event; after all there are worse ways to spend a wet weekend in Lancashire. Special mention for the General - delivering the barbecue, firepits and pyrotechnics; the Air Vice Marshall for sorting the beer and the bar;  Squadron Leader Ashley for taking the muddy marquee home to wash and dry; the Group Captain for fretting about everything - ensuring that it was all in place beforehand;

 

Well done all.

Private (2nd Class) Stewart

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Pennine Soaring Club Magazines 2016

October 2015 Magazine is now available

The October 2015 magazine is now available to download!

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