February 2021 - BPCup Update
Due to Covid and it’s ramifications we are not going to plan anything too far ahead of time. The current thinking is that we may be able to have a weekend event called at reasonably short notice in Snowdonia. Looking at sometime in April or May all things considered. As this will be early in the release of people it is less likely that you will have booked something else to do! We will keep you informed nearer the time and with the progress of UK wide lifting of the current lockdowns.
Gareth Aston, Meet Director
BHPA Statement – Coronavirus ( Covid-19) Lockdown #3
As we know, from 5 January 2021 the UK government has imposed a further lockdown in England. The other home nations have their own lockdowns in place.
Unfortunately, the Parliamentary draftsman has chosen an extremely complex way of producing legislation for this lockdown. It has been done by amending the Regulations that came into effect in November 2020.
In Tier 4 locations, the basic law is that you must stay at home. There are then exceptions to this, such as going shopping for essentials etc. There were two exceptions that were important to our sports.
Firstly, to take exercise outside, and secondly, to visit a public outdoor place for the purposes of open-air recreation.
The new Regulations have deleted that second exception. When considered alongside the Government’s Guidelines, this means that:
• You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting).
• You may exercise in a public outdoor place on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
• Public outdoor places relevant to flying include local beaches, countryside accessible to the public and forests.
• Outdoor exercise should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area, defined as “the village, town, or part of the city where you live”.
• Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.
The CAA have also revised their Guidelines to say that no leisure flying is permitted.
The police can take action against you if you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’ or break other rules. Fixed Penalty Notices can be issued starting at £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.
We had hoped that we might be able to advise that flying locally was permitted, and legally it is. But taken in conjunction with the clear DfT/CAA prohibition on flying, the requirement for extreme locality, together with pressures we are seeing on A&E and ITU Departments and the potential reputational damage of seeing injured pilots taking up hospital beds, it does seem that BHPA advice to all our pilots, powered and unpowered must be that for the duration of this lockdown, members must refrain from flying.
The UK based paragliding competition for pilots in the non-skygod category. Our aims are – flying, fun and learning – in that order!
Why enter the BPCup?
It is a friendly competition which gives you an opportunity to hone the skills needed to fly XC successfully. You will be assisted to program your instruments and fly competition tasks, learning in the process that flying with other pilots and having a goal makes XC flying so much more enjoyable. If you struggle with the technicalities of instruments, don’t worry, there will be offers of help. In a competition you will discover that the Meet Director takes care of all the onerous weather forecast interpretation, site choice and task setting, leaving you to just take off and fly the task – simple! Time permitting there will be a daily task debrief, led by either the Meet Director or a senior experienced competition pilot. You will have a great time, meeting a lot of fellow pilots while learning an incredible amount of new skills to help make your flying better and safer. If you are tempted but still not sure then take a look at some of our previous years reports, we had such fun. (Photo is climbing out at Wether Fell - 2019 Dales Round)
Entry restricted to BHPA members rated Pilot and above flying EN A, B and C gliders only, Tandems are allowed but the same pilot must fly both rounds.
Please note that pilots must be Pilot rated and above and BHPA members.
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