Past (but still relevant) Site News
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Please communicate any important site information to the Sites Officer as soon as possible
The Hive is a sensitive National Trust site registered with the BHPA by Flying Frenzy. It is not a Wessex site. Flying Frenzy have asked (pending discussions with the National Trust) that with immediate effect: • We do not to fly the site on weekends, bank holidays nor over the summer holidays. • We do not land in the gap between the two cliffs where picnic-ers are most likely to sit. That means that we should only attempt to cross from the low cliffs to the vertical sandstone cliffs with good height. • A maximum number of 4 gliders in the air on the low cliffs. Contact Flying Frenzy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members and visitors are reminded that the site is sensitive and that there are additional site rules which must be followed, please refer to the siteguide before flying.
NO BOTTOM LANDINGS
The top landing field is now back in use. However, the National Trust has applied the following restrictions with immediate effect: The top landing field is only to be used for the purpose of landing (no ground handling etc). Exit the field as soon as possible. No hang glider rigging in the top field. Open and close the gate, above all - avoid damage (the gate will soon be replaced). Absolutely no vehicle access to the top field. The National Trust and tenant farmers will not be liable for any injury caused by livestock. The launching and landing of motorised paragliders is not permitted anywhere on National Trust land at the site. The site guide will be updated in due course.
As a result of recent incidents and local council direction, Barton-on-Sea has been classified a WESSEX MEMBERS ONLY SITE. It is no longer open to reciprocal clubs or visitors. The site guide has been updated accordingly.
Please read the notice issued by TVHGC regarding the possible Imminent Loss of Milk Hill Flying sites
Top Landing - We once again find ourselves in a delicate position regarding continued use of the top landing. The owner has become very upset at some of the actions of one or two of "our members". Please only use the top landing strip when side landing is not an option and then make every effort to land on our designated strip. This is not difficult and good practice. If you do accidentally land in crop please walk out the shortest way. If questioned by anyone, be polite and apologetic at all times. We have separate reports of members being abusive and a family running through the crop to meet a pilot who had landed in it, this is not acceptable.
Batcombe will be closed on the following dates due to shooting:
Monks Down and Winklebury will be closed on the following dates due to shooting:
Pilots are reminded to respect the privacy of the residents along the cliff and are to avoid lingering near or low flying over properties. Please refer to the Site Guide before flying at this very sensitive site.
Top landing is now permitted at Bell Hill but is restricted to the 3 metre wide track that runs across the top field on a NW line to the gate at launch. This arrangement has been negotiated with the farmer for which the Club will pay an annual fee. Pilots are NOT to land in any other part of the top field. Please read the updated Bell Hill site guide.
Please be aware there will shortly be a substantial electric fence erected in the top landing field, approximately 15 metres west of our landing strip and parallel to it. It will hurt so best avoided!
The track leading to White Horse is now impassable to ALL vehicles due to the recent heavy rains. Members are advised to park close to the main road and walk to launch. The landowner asks that members do not attempt the track in 4x4 at the moment as this will cause further erosion to the track.
Swallowcliffe is now an open site (Wessex HGPG Members Only restriction has been removed).
Barton-on-Sea is now a Wessex HGPG & Reciprocal Members Only site.
Due to a change in farming use, the landowner has requested that the designated top landing field at Bell Hill should not be used other than for safety purposes if no other option is possible. The Club Committee is engaged with the landowner to establish a "workaround" agreement but in the meantime, members are asked to abide by his request.
The Olympic/Paralympic airspace restrictions have now been lifted, therefore, the following Wessex sites are now OPEN:
Portland East / Portland West
If you wish to fly Eype as an alternative to Ringstead/Whitehorse during the Olympics, please read the siteguide (members only.)
22/05/2012 - The club has received the following letter from Bournemouth council:
"I have received some complaints with regards to pilots flying east of Clifton Road and over the cliff top properties in Southbourne. The licence states no flying east of Clifton Road (Cl3.4). The complaints are that the pilots are flying east towards Hengistbury Head and this has been ongoing for a while now.
Please can you remind pilots at the earliest opportunity that flying can only take place west of the launch site. Your assistance in this matter is appreciated.
Ed Alexander, Contract Manager,
Sites re-classified as mandatory CP + 25 hours minimum. Updated siteguide here.
One of our memebers was 'polietly told off' after landing approx 5km downwind of Monks. The land owner was concerned Race Horses kept nearby may be spooked and these beasts have a value of around £100K.
Please ensure that you thoroughly read the site guide before flying at this site. Do not launch/land outside the agreed areas.
Dear Sir or Madam,
As you are aware the members of our organisations have shared the Ringstead Slope to pursue our chosen sport for over a decade now with good cooperation, friendly interaction and as far as we are aware no accidents that have been attributed to our sharing of the facility.
As a rule, and in accordance with your guidance, Hangliders and Paragliders stay to the east of the site and Aeromodellers stay to the west (using the second gate as an assembly point). Also, when joint operations are in progress, we endeavour to have a non-flying modeller in attendance on the flight-line to spot and communicate the position of all users in the vicinity.
This agreement has worked well for many years, however, we have had an isolated incident when a Paraglider transited the west end of the ridge (low and close). This resulted in the modeller loosing sight of his model due to the line of sight being obstructed by the canopy of the Paraglider, thus having a model in the air that is no longer under his control.
We are sure you will agree it is not in anyone's interest to unnecessarily generate a situation that could potentially lead to an accident.
We are fully aware that many of the flyers using the site are not members of our respective organisations, however, your members are best placed to brief other visiting pilots, and affiliated organisations of the guidance for the site. Our members will continue to approach other visiting modellers and clubs and brief them on the safety guidance for the area.
We enjoy talking to your flyers and always encourage any discussion which improves safety and gives us an opportunity to understand each other's operational requirements and problems, and be assured if a potential incident did occur, your member's safety would always be paramount and our members will take early action even if it means loss of the model.
I hope you do not mind us bringing this situation to your notice, but I am sure the last thing either of us would want is for a pilot, or member of the public to get injured, or the loss of access to the Ringstead site, which we all enjoy so much.
Thank you for your time and safe flying.
Marquis Model Flying Cub
Barton on Sea Revised requirements (Pilot rating recommended, CP+25 required), please read site guide
Dear Reciprocal Club,
Bowleaze (aka Furzy Cliffs) If flying at the unofficial site of Bowlease Cove/ Furzy Cliffs site please only launch from the main green, not anywhere near the Western end of the cliff above the promenade or near the pub.
Please also avoid landing on the promenade or near people on the beach.
The radio room will be closing soon so we have implemented a new system:
Please call 01202 901 591, leave a message with your Name, BHPA number and wing colour.
The Pilot-only rule and requirement to call Bournemouth ATC remains in force.
Dear Reciprocal Club,
Brian Parkins (Sites Officer, Sky Surfing Club)
The tenant farmer of the Bowl to the West of White Horse, Weymouth has asked that we refrain from launching into the bowl. This was never an approved take off but has been used on ccasions. Please take the trouble to walk to the official take off. Emergency landings may still be made behind the bowl.
The Avon Club committee would like to remind pilots that visiting pilots are welcome on our sites, but they must be fully conversant with the site rules and must have up-to-date membership of the BHPA (or international equivalent). In the case of Draycott, pilots must be members of the Avon club. The site rules are available on the club website and visiting pilots are asked to consult the sites officer or a committee member prior to flying, either on the hill or via the contact details
As you are aware the SkySurfing Club has a number of easterly sites which have seen heavy use over the last few weeks. These sites have sensitive rules governing their use;
At Mercury there is a £1 site fee (per pilot) to be put in the honest box on arrival. The land owner has noted that the level of site use at present is not being reflected in the amount of money in the box indicating that pilots are not paying, the fact this is noted by the land owner is bad news. There are also airspace sharing agreements in place with the aero modellers which restrict the use of the ridge, it is a constant battle to keep these enforced. We would also ask that HG and PG pilots communicate openly and are sensitive to one anothers needs regarding room, airspeed and other safety matters.
At Whitewool there is a restriction to eight pilots only on the hill (sum total of those in the air AND on the ground) and there must be a site warden present with permission to fly on the day from the land owner. We have lost this site before and are likely to do so agin if the rule is broken. This site has priority for low airtime PGs. The site is closed on bank holidays.
If your club does not have a reciprocal agreement with us then pilots must become members of the SkySurfing Club in order to fly the sites. If reciprocal club members are flying our sites on a regular basis then we would request they also join SSC.
We would please ask you to reitterate the above matters to your membership. All details can be foun in our online site guide at www.skysurfingclub.co.uk
30 Apr 09 Barton-on-Sea Site rating change
After a lengthy discussion in committee, on the forum and at the site, it has been decided to change the rating of Barton to CP+25 hours recommended. The committee and experienced "scratchers" feel that this is an appropriate number of hours to recommend in view of the technical difficulties of the site and its very public nature. Site guide will be updated in due course.
The landowner at White Horse has notified me that he will shortly be erecting a fence below take off on the hill. This is a requirement of English Nature to retain ponies grazing on the hill side as part of the sites SSSI classification.
The fence will be Plain wire (not barbed) and posts well spaced, it will be run along the hill front at approx the height of the riders head to allow us to launch over it still.
NOTE IT WILL BE ELECTRIFIED, Should you land below the fence look out for the blue polypipe insulation which will allow you to climb over without sparking up your naughty bits ! if your lucky.
Rybury Closure Thames Valley have put out notice that Rybury has been
temporarilly closed owing to perceived 'over usage ' by the landowner.
Richard Bungay from TVHGPGC has requested no one fly's the site until
the matter can be resolved.
Point 1 -
Point 2 -
I have just recieved the licence renewal for Ballard Down from the
Good News, they have agreed to let the parking concession continue.
This concession is strictly for Hang Gliders only.
12 May 2008 Members-only sites
Portland sites and Barton on Sea have now had their classification changed from 'members only' to 'open sites' If flying as a visitor at any of these sites please ensure you have read and fully understand all details given in our 'Sites Guide' which is available free on line. It would be wise to have a copy of the guide in your possesion for on site reference.
We strongly recommend that any visitors or first time flyers on any of our sites ensure they recieve a thorough briefing from a Wessex member before flying
After a long silence National trust have corresponded regarding their
A decision on the parking will be made shortly after this.
Ali F (SITES)
Full site rules are on our website and could I please remind everyone specifically about the following.
- Do NOT land or take off from above the horse or on the horse
- There is NO bottom landing field. We have an emergency landing
- If you do land in the emergency landing field (after you've
- The field to the left of takeoff is also NOT a landing field. We
- Westbury is a top-landing site only. If you have doubts about
English Heritage are not keen on us flying there, and we must not give
Chairman, Avon HGPGC
We now have a written agreement with the farmer and are paying a fee
to fly here
Avon - Frocester
From: Richard Zaltzman
Richard (Chairman Avon HGPGC)
From the Wessex HGPG Secretary:
A complaint has been received from a resident of the large white tower block between Boscombe and Bournemouth piers. Apparantly it was being soared on Friday 2nd June. The matter has now been resolved amicably. If you fly here please DO NOT soar the tower block, tempting though it is.
Also, response to my recent email made it clear that some members were
unaware that Bournemouth Council now keep a list of all approved pilots.
An east facing hill overlooking a railway line with restricted top and bottom landing areas that make this more suited to Paragliders. The site is a walk up with limited roadside parking. There is no farmer imposed restrictions on numbers but is only available from February through September. Should provide cross country potential and being our most easterly Paragliding site enjoys therefore the greatest distance before airspace restrictions are encountered.
Following the problems of vehicle parking on Bell during wet conditions we have managed to gain agreement from Owen Yeatman to use the chalk pit at the bottom of the hill as an overflow car park. Please read the following points carefully before using it though.
The Chalk Pit does not belong to us. Owen still owns the lower segment of the hill surrounding the chalk pit. He has kindly agreed that it can be used by us under certain circumstances. Please do not abuse his goodwill.
Although fairly flat this area is still far from ideal for parking cars. It would be easy to get stuck here or slide into other vehicles if care and thought is not taken.
I suggest that you stop your car in the gate way and walk into the pit first so that you can decide where you will park rather than just drive in and get stuck. Then park thoughtfully to allow others to get in and out.
We only have permission to use the pit during the winter or wet days when it is unwise to try and park at the top.
Please use any road side parking as your first choice, only use the pit as a last resort when the road side is full.
Close the gate at all times.
It is a long walk up the hill from here. Its an easier walk from the roadside parking.