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Fairford Air Tattoo Temp Restricted Area - 2014

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Hi All

Please be advised that our field (according to NOTAMs) is within the RA(T) (Restricted Area Temporary) for the 2014 Fairford Royal International Air Tattoo.  Restrictions are from Surface to FL085 between 9th to 13th July 2014 between 08:00-20:00. 

I contacted Brize Norton ATC yesterday to request an airfield agreement so we can continue flying.  The outcome of this is that we are actually outside the RA(T) by half a mile and as long as we fly away from the restricted zone (South-East) there are no issues with us continuing to fly out of Challow.  I had some concerns with the discrepancy between NOTAMs and what they are saying so I have sent a summary to them by email of what was discussed to get approval in writing.  

So in summary we can continue our flying as long as we fly away from the RA(T) in the South East direction from our field in Challow.  We should keep below 1000ft ALT (AMSL) until we leave the RA(T) and if you decide to fly please keep your eyes open as there is likely to be increased activity outside the zone.  

Please click on the following link to see an image of the exit route you need to take from Challow - https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3839/14420529808_4ff62e52aa_h.jpg Also this link shows an image of the full RA(T) area on NOTAMs - https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5503/14391373690_9b19c13219_o.jpg.

Lastly I would advise you to log your flights via GPS in case there is an airspace infringement from other paramotor users in the area that don’t belong to our club.

Andy

Also the details of the TRA for Fairford Air Tattoo are below.  If you register with http://www.notaminfo.com/ you can also set up alerts via email for Notams in your area and see Notams on a google map. 

J0309/14: Temporary restricted area activated

Q) EGTT/QRTCA/IV/BO/AW/000/085/5144N00144W017

RESTRICTED AREA (TEMPORARY) FOR FAIRFORD ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR

TATTOO AIC M052/2014 REFERS. RESTRICTION OF FLYING REGULATIONS HAVE

BEEN MADE UNDER ARTICLE 161 OF THE AIR NAVIGATION ORDER 2009 

1. 0700-1900 DAILY FROM 09 TO 13 JUL NO ACFT IS TO FLY BELOW FL85

WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREA BOUNDED BY STRAIGHT LINES BETWEEN 514433N

0020502W - 514733N 0014405W - 515006N 0012925W  THENCE CLOCKWISE BY 

ARC OF CIRCLE RADIUS 5.5NM CENTRED AT 514513N 0013334W BETWEEN 

515006N 0012925W AND 514737N 0012537W THEN STRAIGHT LINES BETWEEN 

514834N 0011958W - 514445N 0011816W - 513621N 0012737W - 514124N 

0021027W THENCE THE CLOCKWISE ARC OF A CIRCLE RADIUS 4.6NM CENTRED 

ON 514005N 0020322W BETWEEN 514124N 0021027W AND 514433N 0020502W.  

2. 0700-1900 DAILY FROM 09 TO 13 JUL NO ACFT IS TO FLY BELOW FL65

WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREA BOUNDED BY STRAIGHT LINES BETWEEN 514124N

0021027W - 513621N 0012737W - 513600N 0012800W - 513500N 0014600W 

513530N 0020341W  THENCE CLOCKWISE ARC OF A CIRCLE RADIUS 4.6NM

CENTRED ON 514005N 0020322W BETWEEN 513530N 0020341W AND 514124N

0021027W.  

3. THESE REGULATIONS DO NOT APPLY TO ANY ACFT FLYING IN ACCORDANCE

WITH A CLEARANCE ISSUED BY THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL UNIT AT RAF BRIZE

NORTON.

4. ACCESS TO MOST AIRFIELDS CONTAINED WITHIN THE RIAT RESTRICTED AREA

(TEMPORARY) MAY BE POSSIBLE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS.  PILOTS

SHOULD CONTACT THE DESTINATION AIRFIELD CONCERNED FOR A PRE FLIGHT

BRIEF. AUS 14-07-0012/AS 6

LOWER: Surface, UPPER: FL085

FROM: 09 Jul 2014 07:00 GMT (08:00 BST) TO: 13 Jul 2014 19:00 GMT (20:00 BST)

 

If you have any queries please let me know. 

Andy Bexx

Uncertified Wings - Pilot Declaration

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Pilots that fly with BHPA Insurance MUST check to see if their wings are certified and that the certification is recognised by the BHPA. The rules state - "BHPA members must fly acceptably certificated aircraft, or aircraft that have been entered on the BHPA registration database", see document BHPA_Rules.pdf. 

Therefore pilots who fly uncertified wings must complete and send off the registration form “Pilot’s Declaration: Uncertified Wings” found on the BHPA website:-

http://www.bhpa.co.uk/pdf/Pilot_declaration_uncertified_wing_form.pdf

NOTE - The BHPA does NOT currently recognise DGAC certification. DGAC stands for Direction Generale de l'Aviation Civile and is the French civil aviation authority. It issues a certificate of airworthiness for ulm craft and is recognised in France, Germany and other EU countries. The tests are done by the wing manufacturers who confirm compliance to DGAC who then issue the type approval.

Examples of Paramotor Wings with ONLY DGAC Approval:

  • Nucleon WRC
  • Synthesis 2
  • Snake
  • Hadron
  • Revo 2
  • GTR
  • GTX

Paramotor wings such as the Dudek Nucleon(not the WRC) & Dudek Synthesis(Not Synth2) are certified as an EN-C Certification but ONLY with Trimmer Tape Lock as set when leaving the factory (see below).

Important: Trimmer Tape Lock

On leaving the factory, paraglider risers are equipped with a plastic buckle blocking trimmer use. As such, the paraglider confirms to the EN norm. However, if you want to get that additional angle of attack regulation, all you have to do is move the buckle toward black loop which pulls the trimmer in.

Remember, the paraglider was NOT certified in any other configuration than fully closed trims! PLEASE CHECK YOUR MANUALS

A useful online resource detailing information for many different wings can be found by visiting - http://para2000.org/wings/

Discussion on the subject can be found at http://www.paramotorforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1372

 

Speed Wings

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This information has been provided by Nik Valiris Chief Coach at the TVHGC .......

Just a quick check point for those using (sub 20m2) Speed Wings and Mini Paragliders on BHPA sites.

Pilots must make sure they have the 'Development Gliders Endorsement' with the BHPA to fly uncertified sub-20m2 wings.  Without this endorsement with the BHPA you will be uninsured and flying outside the rules of the BHPA should anything happen.  It also means the club itself is operating outside the BHPA rules so affect us all.  However thankfully it is simple to apply for and only needs to be registered once.  I have included the link below:

http://www.bhpa.co.uk/pdf/Sub_20m_PG_Pilot.pdf

Also to comply with BHPA Rules and Regulations for these uncertified wings they must be registered with the BHPA using the ‘Wing Registration’ form.  The process and link to the form for this I have attached below and again its simple and straight forward:

http://www.bhpa.co.uk/pdf/Wing_Registration_form.pdf

If you intend on using sub 20m2 (mini paragliders or speed wings) wings on BHPA sites please make sure you have both of these covered.

Many thanks,
Nik.