Resources

 

A growing collection of hopefully useful information & items of freeflight interest! Please let us know if you spot inaccuracies or broken links & if you would like to suggest anything to be added. It might be tidied as it grows but for now, it is what it is! NB We cannot police external links, hence you visit these at your own risk and we suggest with appropriate Internet Security software for protection.

MAGAZINES, ARTICLES, PODCASTS

DHV Flying Together Hang gliders and paragliders (Especially useful for all pilots who fly the Long Mynd site to read)

Free.Aero online mag

Dust of the Universe (Ziad  Bassil – extremely useful and free wing comparisons)

The Paraglider

Judiths Blog (a collection of podcasts & other resources)

Skywings (BHPA) Online (for the moment Skywings magazine is free to access online)

GUIDANCE

Who to call in an Emergency

BHPA Online Incident Report

BHPA_Rules for Individual Flying Members 10 2021

Visiting Overseas Pilots

BHPA Technical Manual

British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (BHPA)

Flyability (Making hang gliding & paragliding accessible to disabled people)

FURTHER TRAINING (POST CP)

BHPA Pilot Development Structure (PDS)

CAA Skyway Code (for PG/HG there is much in here you don’t need but still a great learning resource e.g. airspace & meteorology)

BHPA Pilot Exam Syllabus

BHPA Pilot rating Information and Mock Exam

BHPA Elementary Training Guide (A worthwhile refresher for any level!)

LINKS – SAFETY

NOTAM Info (indicates NOTAMS on a map with bells and whistles if you explore it)

CANP (see bottom of page for full details – alerts the RAF to where we are flying and additionally a NOTAM to general aviation)

Emergency SMS (pre register to send emergency 999 text messages should you not be able to make a voice call)

LINKS – WEATHER

RASP (the place for detailed flying weather forecasts)

Met Office – Understanding Weather

Met Office – How to read synoptic weather charts

LINKS – XC

UK XC League (Paragliding – a national league incorporating club leagues)

UK Sports Class XC League (Paragliding – flights from the national league but leisure & sports class wings only)

UKNXCL League (Hang gliding)

XC Retrieve [ XC Retrieve guide ] (a clever system using an online map and Telegram to indicate where you have landed and to ask if anyone is able to help with your retrieve)

Fly XC (a brilliant website to plan flights or view tracklogs that can show default airspace, worth exploring all its features)

LINKS – FUN

Ayvri (was Doarama – play your flights back over a Google Earth terrain)

LINKS – OTHER

CAA Electronic-Conspicuity Rebate – Ends 31 March 2022 (or when funds are gone!) [up to £250 rebate off a Flarm instrument, not to be sniffed at!]

APPS

Telegram (messaging App used by clubs and retrieve groups)

FlySkyHy (most popular iPhone flight navigation app)

XC Track (likely the most popular Android alternative to FlySkyHy)

SafeSky ( SafeSky is a mobile application that allows you to visualise the sky users around you)

XC Guide (XC Guide helps pilots and retrieve drivers track each other)

Tracker (Richard Hunt’s Tracker – simple tracking in variable network conditions using text messages or data)

what3words (an easy way to pinpoint your location, increasingly adopted by emergency services)

UK XC COMPETITIONS – PARAGLIDING

British Paragliding Competitions – website for all the official BHPA UK paragliding competitions including those listed below

British Club Challenge (BCC) – UK based entry level paragliding competition for CP and higher rated pilots with emphasis on fun, safety & learning in a mentored environment

British Paragliding Cup (BP Cup) – mostly UK based next stage up from the BCC for P rated and higher pilots, an ideal introduction to more serious racing

British Open – UK’s top level competition flown in Europe, the British paragliding championships and selection of the UK paragliding team

UK XC League links are listed above

UK XC COMPETITIONS – HANG GLIDING

British Hang Gliding Competitions – website for all the official BHPA UK paragliding competitions including those listed below

British Open Series (BOS) – A flexible and accessible series of UK based national hang gliding competitions

British Nationals – UK’s top level hang gliding competition flown in Europe

UK XC League links are listed above

UK HIKE AND FLY

 X-Lakes (Lake District)

Dragon Hike & Fly (South Wales)

X-Eryri (Snowdonia)

X-Scotia (Scotland)

X-Dales (Yorkshire Dales)

3 Peaks Challenge (SE Wales)

UK ACCURACY

BHPA Accuracy Website

EASY ACCESS EUROPEAN COMPETITIONS

BGD Weightless

Ozone Chabre Open

YOUTUBE CHANNELS

Fly With Greg (coaching video’s, some free)

Jean-Baptiste CHANDELIER (usually short, top quality showcasing video’s)

Marc Leavesley (local flying videos including a coaching series)

Tim Pentreath (some great XC’s put into well made videos with commentary describing the decision making)

WORTH A WATCH – WORLDWIDE

Birdman of the Karakoram: a Himalayan paragliding adventure

Hanuman Airlines: Fly Over Everest

WORTH A WATCH – LMSC SITES FREEFLIGHT VIDEOS

Long Mynd
Steve Young on his Atos

Corndon
Crazy Corndon

(others to be added!)

CANP

Many of our sites are in areas used for training by low flying military aircraft. Submitting a CANP on time will alert military aircrew and additionally generate a NOTAM for civil aircraft and will thus identify where Hang Glider/Paraglider activity is likely to be occurring for the day – keeping you and others safe. It’s easier than ever to submit using this excellent website with club sites already listed (try it first with the ‘try sending a test’ option) or use the freephone NOTAM service on 0800 515544!
https://canp.logans.me.uk/
Details on what it is and how it works are here: https://canp.logans.me.uk/about.html