Welcome to the LMSC

(supporting pilots since 1975)

Clatter has now re-opened with landowners permission

The latest COVID19 update – tandem flying 5/07/2020

That all tandem pilots going forward will be required to be full members of the LMSC

Clearly they will have the requisite licences to undertake tandem flying ..Whether commercial or otherwise.

We retain and reserve, the right to ask to see such licences , to safeguard third parties.

Quote from BHPA

To BHPA tandem licence holders

The UK Government has confirmed that in England from 4th July GA flights will be permitted with passengers who are not from the same household as the pilot, if specific precautions are in place (link).

In light of the Government’s changed rules for GA flights, the BHPA has determined that from the 4th July BHPA tandem licence holders in England can fly with passengers, if following the guidance. This activates Stage 3 of the BHPA’s return to flying roadmap, for the moment in England only.

This guidance will come into effect in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Crown Dependency Islands when the tandem flight authorisation is extended to those countries.

Previous Corona Virus update from ….. 2/06/2020

The Welsh government relaxation with respect to exercise and leisure are subject to, and limited by, the conditions they define as staying “local” (defined approx. 5 miles from home) and an obligation to continue to comply with social distancing.

Please also note that current guidance states, you should not be travelling from England into Wales either.

So…. the committee considers that access to the sites below are currently limited to pilots that are “local” to them.

Following consultations with the landowners, our Sites Officer now reports on the availability of our Welsh flying sites as follows

Camlo – Open
Corndon – Open
Llandinam – Open
Llan Fawr – Open
Shephards Tump – Open

Clatter – Closed …The farmer considers the risks are too high for him currently

Sarn – This site is now permanently Closed

A massive blow to us, we have only just been advised , as we sought to reopen it !
The owners are in the process of changing the tenant and do not want our activities to complicate the negotiations.
We will keep an eye on the site whilst the new relationship establishes, and hope going forward we may resume.

Please do not guerrilla fly this site , you will likely be very unwelcome, and off course, will jeopardise any future negotiations.

Many thanks

Nick Le Gras
on behalf of LMSC committee.

Previous Corona Virus update from ….. 14/05/2020

Further to the last update issued on May 12 ,

The much awaited clarifications and guidance we have been waiting for principally from the CAA and the BHPA on the resumption of paragliding has now arrived.

It’s clear then that paragliding can now resume in England provided the appropriate steps are taken, and issued guidance observed.

The Long Mynd Soaring club is fortunate enough to have access to 5 sites in England, one of which we of course own.

Your sites officers have consulted with landowners and confirm that the sites identified below may be considered to be “Open” with immediate effect.

If any special conditions have been placed upon us by the land owners in these extraordinary times ,they are additionally identified below

Flying Stuff

LMSC sites now considered to be open

Wrekin : Open
Lawley : Open
Long Mynd : Open

We would like to remind all pilots that there is now ***** an authorised bottom landing for paragliders *****
No tandem flights permitted
No training permitted by schools
The adjacent Midland Gliding Club is closed, as are all the clubhouse facilities , Do not venture on to MGC property, at this time
Non members pay the daily site fee !

Black Knoll : Open
Clunbury : Open

For the complete avoidance of doubt all our other sites remain closed as they are located in Wales

Previous Coronavirus update from :- 25/03/20

Our Committee have taken the view that all our flying sites are to be considered closed with immediate effect

This action reflects the latest government issued advice

Additionally we are uncomfortable with the potential to:

· Burden the NHS with spring time flying accidents
· Alienate our landowners
· Attract adverse publicity for our free flying sport going forward.

We trust all pilots will understand and comply with this request until further notice

Many thanks

N. Le Gras , LMSC Chair