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(supporting pilots since 1975)
Covid Update 21 10 2020
All sites in Wales will be shut from 18:00 Friday 23rd October until November 9th as per Welsh national COVID lockdown
Site update applies with immediate effect – CORNDON
– No vehicles are now to be driven up to the top of the hill / launch
Covid Update 22 09 2020
A reminder please to all pilots
COVID 19 – Social Distancing rules , guidance and directives, are for ever changing
Please be very sure that you observe the very latest requirements at all times whilst on landowners property flying our sites.
You are under observation typically ,whether you realise it or not, and criticism could be very damaging to site retention
Clatter has now re-opened with landowners permission, but following an incident August 2020 Bank Holiday the farmer is upset. Please SHUT and CHECK SHUT the gate to the road. Do not leave open for anyone else to close. The track is also a bridlepath so it might not be us to cause the issue, but lets make sure it isn’t please.
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
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 !
Please do not guerrilla fly this site , you will likely be very unwelcome, and off course, will jeopardise any future negotiations.
Nick Le Gras
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
LMSC sites now considered to be open
Wrekin : Open
We would like to remind all pilots that there is now ***** an authorised bottom landing for paragliders *****
Black Knoll : 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
We trust all pilots will understand and comply with this request until further notice
N. Le Gras , LMSC Chair
Long Mountain – this is NOT an LMSC site, though close to our sites. There is a mandatory day fee for flying of £5 which is payable through YX Paragliding School – click the ‘site fee’ button on the bottom of their web page http://www.yxparagliding.co.uk/