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27 Jan 2019 - 00:00
27 Jan 2019 - 16:00

FROM: Thames Valley Hang Gliding Club

The Big Fat Repack returns to the Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading.

Doors open at 09:00, Sunday 27th January 2019.

Booking and payment are now available online at 9493729903

Practice deploying your reserve, whilst sliding down a zip wire in your harness

Learn to repack it during a demonstration-talk by Bill Morris, the BHPA's Emergency Parachute Advisor

Repack your own reserve under the direct supervision of a qualified packer, having paired up with another pilot at the event

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Flight diary details
Date of Flight: 
18 Oct 2018
Takeoff site: 
Outside UK

After the previous day's flight we made an earlier start from Bir-Billing and headed west again towards Dharamsala. Much time spent waiting in various spots along route for others to re-group, making it my longest duration flight by a long way, at 5 hrs 21 mins. Got to Dharamsala at about 39k but not right to the end of the ridge before having to turn back. Made it back to take-off and then south to the little Mangroli ridge and back to the Sunset landing field for 80k out and return or 91k via three turnpoints. Reached 4,000m AMSL again.

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Just received from Ozone:

“We have found a potential issue with the Ozium2 reserve pod and have issued a safety notice.

Please check our website for the full details.

Replacement pods are being prepared and will be sent out asap.

Ozium2 harnesses must not be flown before the pod has been replaced”

(561) 496-8957

10 Nov 2018 - 00:13
17 Nov 2018 - 00:13

What is a Post CP progression course?
Qualifying as a Club Pilot is only the first step on a long journey. Your next steps into the air as an independent pilot are, for sure, exhilarating but there is still so much more to learn to make your progression both safe and enjoyable. That's why I have created my Post CP Progression Clinics, tailored to you to make you a safer & better pilot to tackle the next steps on your path to being an aviator.

Moroccan Winter Flying

17 Nov 2018 - 19:56
24 Nov 2018 - 19:56

Guided and hosted luxury paragliding holiday.
Let us take care of all the details so that you can fly and relax as much as you want.
Your own ensuite room just 25 steps from take-off!
Fantastic food included on half board basis.
Suitable for current +20hr pilots
For more info, photos and videos go to
0044 7767264211

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BHPA Instructor and Coach newsletter

July 2018 now available : 7864771806

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Is it Safe?

Mike Meier, of Wills Wings hang gliders fame, wrote this article for the US Hang Gliding magazine back in 1998. As I see it, the only thing that has changed since then is that the sound of fracturing aluminium has been largely replaced by that of ripping cloth, but the pretext remains the same and is relevant for all free flight pilots: