ILAFFT (I Learned About Flying From That)

This is the safety page on the CSC Web site. The first document is the BHPA Incident Record Form. Please, if you have an incident however minor, fill in the form and send it to the Club Safety Officer. By showing that safety incidents don't have to involve a fatality, we can convince our insurance company that free flying is like most other sports. Secondly, by sharing your experience, other pilots might not make the same mistake.

Accidents rarely happen by chance. Most accidents because a chain of events come together - most of the time we get away with it; sometimes we don't. Accident reports are published on this page in the hope that better understanding will lead to less accidents. AAIB reports are copyright Air Accidents Investigation Branch. BHPA reports are copyright British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

If you want to get in touch with the Club Safety Officer please use this form

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  Issue Notes
pdf BHPA Incident Report Form Complete this form if you have an incident. It keeps the insurance bill down if we can show that most incidents are minor in nature. Also, it helps the rest of us from making the same mistake.
pdf Airprox report - Harting Down Airprox report into a close encounter between a paraglider and a light aircraft
  BHPA Formal Accident Report - Black Knowe Head, near Ettrick on 17/07/2011 Investigation of a paragliding accident which occurred at Black Knowe Head, near Ettrick on 17th July 2011 in which the pilot suffered serious injury. As the report is large you can read by following this link
  BHPA Formal Accident Report - Newgale - 28/08/2011 Investigation of a paragliding accident which occurred at Newgale beach, Pembrokeshire, on Sunday 28th August 2011 in which the pilot suffered fatal injury. Follow this link to read the report.
  BHPA Formal Accident Report - Tinto Hill - 30/09/2011 Investigation of a Paragliding incident which occurred at Tinto Hill, Lanarkshire on 30th September 2011 in which the pilot suffered fatal injury. Follow this link to read the report.
This report contains some significant information. "The level of alcohol found (in the pilots body), at 74mg/100mls represents more than two and a half times the legal limit for operating an aircraft in the UK. The maximum permitted level in the UK being 27 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine. By way of comparison the limit for driving in the UK is 107 milligrammes
of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine."
  BHPA Formal Accident Report - Mam Tor 03/03/2011 Investigation of a Hang Gliding accident which occurred at Mam Tor, Derbyshire on 3rd March 2011
in which the pilot suffered fatal injury. As the file is 21Mb, you can read the report by following this link
pdf BHPA Formal Accident Report - Clatter Mid Wales 27/01/2010 Investigation of a hang gliding accident which occurred at Clatter, Mid Wales, on 27th June 2010 in which one pilot suffered serious injury.
  BHPA Formal Accident Report - Plymouth 28/08/2010 Investigation of a paragliding accident which occurred at Staddon Heights, Plymouth, on 28th August 2010 in which the pilot suffered fatal injury. As the file is 21Mb, you can read the report by following this link
  BHPA Formal Accident Report - Agregour Morocco - 14/11/2009 Investigation of a Paragliding accident which occurred at Agregour, Morocco, on 14th November 2009 in which the student pilot suffered fatal injury. As the file over 30Mb, you can read the report by following this link
pdf Airprox Report - Okehampton Airprox board report into a close encounter between a police helicopter and 3 paragliders on Dartmoor
pdf Airprox Board report into an incident at RAF Church Fenton in February 2010 Just because its a weekend, don't assume that the RAF aren't flying. Here a paramotor crossed the final approach at Chrurch Fenton as a Grob Tutor was coming into land. Fortunately the Air Traffic Controller had good eyesight!
pdf BHPA Accident Report - Long Mynd 2009 BHPA formal accident report into 2 fatalities at Long Mynd on 8 August 2009 during the British Club Challenge (BCC) competition. If you fly in competitions or on crowded sites you should read this report. Are you watching where you're going? Do you look before you turn? Warning - this takes a long time to download, its best to right click and save it as a file
pdf BHPA Report on accident at Cheriton, Hampshire BHPA formal accident report into a fatal paramotor accident on 29 August 2009 at Cheriton in Shropshire
pdf AAIB Investigation report into a failed take off at Rochester Although this accident report is from the powered flying world, it describes an interesting situation where a qualified pilot, needing a regular check flight, was assessed by her old instructor. The important point is that the student dropped back into "I am a student now" mode whereas the instructor assumed he wasn't instructing, he was doing a check ride.
pdf BHPA Report on accident at Corndean Hill Shropshire BHPA formal accident report into a fatal accident on 12 April 2009 at Corndean Hill in Shropshire
pdf Sup'Air Safety Warning - Reserve Deployment Issue Applies to SUP'AIR ALTIX, EVO XC or EVASION XC harnesses. The white braided nylon cord attached to the deployment pins becomes entangled between the velcro flaps over time rendering the force required to release the pins slightly excessive. A pre-fight check or a modification is recommended
pdf Airprox Board report into an incident on Parlick in 2007 A paraglider on Parlick was suddenly confronted with a light aircraft coming round the hill at his level. What would you have done under the circumstances?
pdf Air Accidents Investigation Branch report into a paragliding fatality near Eyam, The Peak District The paraglider launched with one of its risers twisted and was later seen to suffer an asymmetric collapse of its canopy when at a height of about 150 feet. It descended rapidly in a left spiral and the pilot was unable to either recover to normal flight or to successfully deploy his emergency parachute before impacting the ground. The pilot was fatally injured.
pdf AAIB report into a paramotoring fatality at Middle Barn Farm, Bexhill, East Sussex The paramotor was being operated by an experienced pilot, who was also an instructor. He was seen to initiate what was described as a ‘wingover’ manoeuvre to the right, at about 1,000 ft, but this was seen to develop into a rapid spiral to the left which continued for several turns, with a high rate of descent. The aircraft started to recover at a late stage but the pilot received fatal injuries in the impact with the ground. There was no defect identified within the wing (canopy and rigging) but structural failures were identified within the paramotor unit, consistent with having occurred in flight and precipitating the spiral descent. One Safety Recommendation is made, to the Civil Aviation Authority, concerning self-regulation of this activity.
pdf BHPA Safety Notice 31
Paragliders: 360 degree turns & nose-down spiral dives
Following some recently reported incidents prompting further investigation, it has become apparent that it is possible for pilots to unintentionally enter a nose-down spiral dive from a sustained 360 degree turn - and that recovery from this spiral can be difficult. These characteristics tend to be worse on the 'safer' low aspect ratio EN A, B, LTF (DHV) 1 and 1 / 2 wings. Read the document for more details.
pdf Annecy Safety Notes This document was primarily created for flying at Annecy but it has a lot of useful information that can be applied anywhere.
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