See also the general issues and equipment pages
Long Mynd notice board
All pilots look out for the notice board near the entrance gate – this will give any information relevant to the day – changes to landing fields, turning direction if a competition is on, coaching sessions etc. Don’t climb over the fence by your car to avoid looking at it, it’s there to help everyone.
The club has instigated a club specific register of incidents. This is independent of the official BHPA incident reporting scheme and not so laborious. If you see anything at all which relates to a potential safety hazard, or an actual incident, whether you are the pilot concerned or not, please can you email firstname.lastname@example.org. No personal details will be recorded (to avoid data protection issues and for anonymity sake), and the full text of the log will not be published.
The value of this will be fully appreciated if it ever prevents just one other person from getting hurt through lack of knowledge. It will also reduce any potential legal threat to the club by showing that we are taking a pro-active stance on pilot safety.
If anything becomes apparent that a safety notice needs to warn pilots, then this will provide a rapid way of collating information and a route to getting LMSC pilots and if necessary all BHPA pilots warned through Skywings.
Please see the general issues about safety page for further details.
Fatal incident reports
I do not think it weird to try to learn from other’s misfortune. Throughout the short history of manned flight this has been the single most important factor in improving flight safety. It is everyone’s responsibility to try to minimise the likelihood of an accident for yourself or anyone else. You having a bad accident materially affects the people who witness it, so please, please try to learn from others.
BHPA Investigation of a paragliding accident which occurred at Algodonales, Spain on 19th March 2009 in which the pilot was fatally injured.
Not clear cut, but a key issue was the delayed medical support. A more prompt and better managed response by the police may have resulted in a different end result. Specific wording – “The pilot remained alive for between 3 and 4 hours after the incident. It is possible, with more prompt and thorough medical attention, the incident may have been survivable. However, no post-mortem evidence has been made available.”
BHPA Investigation of a paragliding accident which occurred at Corndon Hill, Shropshire, on 12th April 2009 in which the pilot suffered fatal injury. For full details, please see BHPA website. It is a worthy read for all pilots and is very detailed and shows the efforts that the BHPA make to investigate UK incidents.
Extract: SECTION 3 – CONCLUSIONS The accident was the result of the experienced pilot flying a wing/harness combination that he had configured in such a way that the likelihood of a loss of control was high and that recovery to normal flight (if possible at all) would require very high levels of recovery skill. SECTION 4 – SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS It is recommended that the FSC should consider altering the advice to pilots about how they choose wings within the EN classes. The FSC should conduct research to clarify whether ‘loss of control/recovery’ skills training has a proven benefit. The FSC should republish advice about the vital importance of correct harness chest strap setting
Please read up further at http://www.bhpa.co.uk/members/safety/inquiry/index.php
BHPA Incident Report form
The form is still available on the BHPA website. If you ever need one to report anything – and it’s not just for accidents, but anything that may help other pilots by knowing about something that you have seen with your equipment, discovered or witnessed.