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LMSC English sites Lockdown!!

Postby chris depinna » Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:59 pm

Dear All Memebers

On Monday England entered another national lockdown, as with the previous lockdowns we cannot see how we are able to continue with our sport under these circumstances.

All English LMSC sites are now closed until further notice, please find link attached for GA guidance-
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... l-aviation

Now would be a good time to check/service your gear and study the theory elements ready for when flying resumes, please contact our club coaches for any help (details on the website).

We thank you for your patience at this time, hopefully we will be able to fly again in time for the better weather.

Hope you stay safe.

Kind Regards,

LMSC Committee.
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Re: LMSC English sites Lockdown!!

Postby Dave Thomas » Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:46 pm

Please note for those of you who are monitoring the Mynd webcams with some level of envy. The only people who are authorised and therefore insured to fly are Instructors, tandem AEI and TI's. If you know of anyone who is not in that group and ignoring that CAA rule, I'm quite happy for you to name and shame them as it's just not fair on the rest of us.
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Re: LMSC English sites Lockdown!!

Postby David Broughton » Sat Feb 27, 2021 12:55 pm

A major argument for stopping flying was that landowners & the general public would see us & think we were being irresponsible. If schools etc are allowed to fly then that reason goes out of the window.

Flying without insurance isn't illegal - there will a small but significant number of PGers who are not BHPA or local club members. There is no effective method of identifying them.

I certainly won't be ratting on anybody, even if I know they have flown.
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Re: LMSC English sites Lockdown!!

Postby Luke Evans » Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:14 am

Thank you for your patience in these difficult times and choosing to respect our decisions on site closures, it has been much appreciated!

Yesterday the BHPA released a statement referring to the new regulations that will come into force on Monday the 8th of March. In which, the BHPA takes the view that hang gliding and paragliding are legal forms of outdoor open air recreation and as long as there are no landowner objections, flying can resume from the 08/03/21.

The committee stands by their decisions on closures during this pandemic and would like to remind all members that it is not over yet. Added pressure on the NHS and public opinion is still as important as ever.

Having said that we do not feel we can deny our members any further with site closures, therefore as of Monday we will start to reopen our English sites.

The short notice of these new regulations has taken us by surprise and hasn’t left us with much time to contact the landowners where needed.

As the committee manages the Long Mynd site, this will be re-opened as of Monday 8th March. However all other English and Welsh sites remain closed until further notice. We will update each site status as soon as we have confirmation from the Landowners and any Government guidance changes in Wales.

Please check our official channels of communication for definitive updates on site status (telegram sites report, website, forum, and web collect email) please DO NOT take opinions of pilots on social media as fact.

It is YOUR decision to travel and the LMSC holds no responsibility for any penalties you may incur, as authorities may not be aware of the changes to the regulations.

Out of all our sites the Long Mynd is very visible, your actions are likely to be scrutinised so we ask that all social distancing and Covid-19 guidance be carried out. It would be a real shame at this stage to do anything damaging after the sacrifices we have all made to protect our sport and sites up till now.

Please familiarise yourselves with the site guide on our website before traveling to pursue flying and as a reminder the Long Mynd bottom landing field is for emergencies only.
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