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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