List of any events planned;

Pule may be used as a backup place for f3f on the following dates;

Awaiting notification

Anyone can have a go with any model, so hopefully we would like to encourage a few locals to have a go if anyone is on the hill.

We run through the day from late morning - up to date info here, site choice is usually made on Friday depending on wind/weather.

 

Please submit any planned use of any of our sites to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Past years

2015/6

Clubs

Ashton Model Aircraft Club
Beacon Hill SA
GBSRA
Huddersfield & District MAC
Rochdale R/C MFA
West Yorkshire MFC

Whitefield

Individual members

Derek Cowley - site facilitator
Anthony Kobak - site facilitator
Merrill Liburd - site facilitator
Malcolm Whatmough
David Roberts
Ron Thornton
Arthur Fletcher
Jarrod Allen
Lee Chappell
Jorden Rumberlow
Paul Townsend
Kevin Johnson
Phill Robinson
Shaun Garity
Phil Green
Philip Ogden

 

2015

Clubs

Ashton Model Aircraft Club
Beacon Hill SA
GBSRA
Huddersfield & District MAC
Oldham & District MAC
Rivington Soaring Association
Rochdale R/C MFA
West Yorkshire MFC
Whitefield to 2016


Individual members

Paul Townsend
Malcolm Whatmough
Kevin Johnson
Phill Robinson
Shaun Garity
Phil Green
Anthony Kobak
David Roberts
Charles Harris
Johathon Wells
Keith Wells
Ron Thornton
Arthur Fletcher
Jarrod Allen
Lee Chappell
Jorden Rumberlow
William Marshall
Richard Bramham

 

2014

1 March 2013 to 28 February 2014

Clubs

Beacon Hill SA
Huddersfield & District MAC
Rochdale R/C MFA

Individual members in the Association 1 March 2013 to 28 February 2014

Anthony Kobak
Matthew Singleton
John Tideswell
Steven Scott
David Roberts
Lee Chappell
Jorden Rumbelow
Jarrod Allen

 

2013

Clubs in the Association 1 March 2012 to 28 February 2013

Ashton Model Aircraft Club
Beacon Hill SA
Huddersfield & District MAC
Keighley & District MAC
Oldham & District MAC
Rivington Soaring Association
Rochdale R/C MFA

Individual members

Ron Thornton
Arthur Fletcher
Matthew Singleton (paid till end Feb 2014)
John Tideswell (paid till end Feb 2014)
Steven Scott (paid till end Feb 2014)

2012

Clubs in the Association March 2011 to February 2012

Beacon Hill SA
Huddersfield & District MAC
Oldham & District MAC
Rivington Soaring Association
Rochdale R/C MFA
Whitefield MAC

Individual members

Alex Sykes
Simon Shaw

2011

Clubs in the Assoc March 2010 to February 2011;

Beacon Hill SA
Huddersfield & District MAC
Keighley & District MAC
Oldham & District MAC
Rochdale R/C MFA
Whitefield MAC

Individual members

Alex Sykes
Gareth Stead
Uno Smith


The BHPA and the BMFA have discussed together the shared use of sites by hang gliders/paragliders and radio controlled slope soaring model gliders.

The two bodies have concluded that there is at present no reason to call for a general segregation of these two branches of sporting aviation. Both bodies believe that the two activities can, and should, be able to co-exist safely and harmoniously on shared sites, even when circumstances dictate the use of shared airspace.

However, safety and harmony do require the followers of both activities to adopt positive altitudes and to follow certain basic rules of conduct. The purpose of the Joint Code is to give guidance to enable hang-gliding and model flying enthusiasts to arrive at safe and sensible detailed local rules for specific shared sites.

Note: In the interests of clarity and brevity, the use of the term ‘hang-glider’ in this document is to cover both hang-gliders and paragliders.


FOR BOTH PARTIES

(a) Club Officials (or group leaders/representatives) should make positive attempts to meet their opposite numbers with a view to establishing joint rules of conduct for specific local sites. These officials/leaders/representatives should make every effort to head-off and/or minimise the adverse effects of the `hot-heads' of either side. A club official should be nominated as liaison officer for future contacts.

(b) Where and when segregated airspace is a practical proposition without undue penalty on either activity then it should be implemented.

(c) Where, as is likely to be more normal, shared airspace is necessary to one degree or another, then separate hang-gliding and model landing areas shall be clearly designated. similarly separate hang-gliding and model launching areas shall be clearly designated.

(d) Parking' areas for models and hang-gliders shall be clearly designated and sited so as to minimise the problems presented to either activity e.g. landing approaches over model or hang-glider parking areas should be avoided by both sides. Footpaths must not be obstructed.

(e) When rules have been agreed they should be promulgated locally and, if possible, carried on suitable notice boards at the sites.

(f) On any particular day, if several models and hang-gliders are present one representative on each side should be nominated as ``Duty Liaison Officer'' to ensure that agreed rules are kept to and that any ad hoc problems are dealt with promptly.


FOR MODEL FLYERS

(1) Before attempting to fly, check what the local site rules are for the day. Familiarise yourself with the hang-gliding launch, landing and parking areas. If you are the first model flyer to arrive make yourself known to the hang-gliding people and ensure that they know where your launch, landing and parking areas are going to be.

(2) If you are an inexperienced slope-soaring model flyer then do not fly in airspace likely to be shared with hang-gliders.

(3) Do not launch until your launch area is clear of hang-gliders.

(4) Where more than one model flyer is operating, they should stand together at the launch area while flying.

(5) When flying aim to keep a good angular separation between your model and any hang-glider. Don't forget - your depth perception is often very poor.

(6) Avoid flying in the critical airspace associated with the designated hang-glider launch, landing and parking areas.

(7) Allow plenty of clear airspace if you are performing aerobatics.

(8) Avoid your model being shielded from your vision by a hang-glider.

(9) The above rules should prevent problems but if, nonetheless, a collision appears likely then the much better agility of your model (compared with a hang-glider) means that your role will probably be the more significant one in any avoidance action. It is not possible to give hard and fast collision avoidance rules to cover every situation, but to minimise the effects of depth perception and disorientation `up' or `down' manoeuvres by the model are likely to be the most sensible actions. Your best protection is to observe and learn about hang-glider characteristics compared with your models. If collision avoidance then becomes necessary your actions will be more likely to be instinctively best. Remember that a hang-glider pilot will not be able to see models above and behind him.

(10) Remember that a life is at stake on a hang-glider and, despite being relatively newcomers to the scene, they have just as much right as you to enjoy their activity. Remember that they are also represented on the same national and international bodies as BMFA.


FOR HANG GLIDER/PARAGLIDER PILOTS

1) Before attempting to fly, check what the local site rules are for the day. Familiarise yourself with the model launch, landing and parking areas. If you are the first hang glider pilot to arrive make yourself known to the model flyers and tell them where your landing and parking areas are going to be.

2) If you are an inexperienced hang glider pilot do not fly in airspace likely to be shared with model gliders.

3) Do not take off until your take off area is clear of model gliders.

4) Avoid flying directly between a model and its operator.

5) Avoid flying in the critical airspace associated with the designated model launch, land and parking areas.

6) Remember that although the models are more agile than you their operators are separated from the models by some distance. This often results in poor depth of perception by the operator. In addition, distractions can cause the operator to become disoriented with respect to his model - perhaps leading directly to incorrect directional controls.

7) Never use 27MHz AM tranceivers. Apart from being illegal in the UK they are in precisely the same band as some of the legal model control frequencies - thus interference may be possible, leading to uncontrolled and potentially dangerous flight paths. For information however, most of the model gliders will be using 35MHz or 2.4GHz radio equipment.

8) Remember that model flyers have been operating many more years than hang gliders - they have just as much right as you to be in the air. They are also represented on the same national and international bodies as the BHPA.

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BRITISH HANG GLIDING and PARAGLIDING ASSOCIATION Ltd, 8 Merus Court, Meridian Business Park, Leicester. LE19 1RJ Tel: 0116 289 4316 Fax: 0116 281 4949 e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website www.bhpa.co.uk

BRITISH MODEL FLYING ASSOCIATION, Chacksfield House, 31 St. Andrew's Road, Leicester. LE2 8RE Tel: 0116 244 0028 Fax: 0116 244 0645 e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website www.bmfa.org

 

We have a very good safety record at Nont Sarah's and it is due to all your hard work in keeping flying standards so high.

THANK YOU ALL.

Just to refresh fellow Members of the flight plan /procedures for Nont Sarah's are as follows: -

l. When the Slope is used in SHARED CONDITIONS ie with Paragliders and Handgliders airborne. Modellers MUST fly to the left hand side only, turning level with the reservoir.

2. When the Slope is used in FULL CONDITIONS (generally too windy / gusty for Paragliders and Handgliders). The entire slope may be used.

3. If combat flying is to be done it is requested that it should be done over to the left hand side so as not to obstruct  moulded/crunchy gliders flying.

4. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES may anybody fly in the vicinity of the Car Park area. Over flying the Car park and Road area is strictly prohibited, This is a big Safety issue to which we all must adhere (we all want to keep flying at this site).

5. The landing area is a standard left hand rectangle approach in designated area.

6. If the slope conditions are greater than your ability or Model's ability don't fly.

7. Only electrically assisted  powered models, NO iC or multi-rotor craft. 


Safe flying is no accident.

Updated 25/05/18

Could I please remind people and clubs that fees are due by the end of February - thank you.

 

For joining information please contact Keith Barker by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or ring 01706 659396

Click here to find the main south facing slope;

We have a small photo gallery press here to go to our picture gallery if you have any photos to submit please send them to Keith (e-mail above) with a description. Note; pictures must be given without any restrictions or copyright., your own work please.

May I just remind people to please take great care when sharing the airspace.

Flight plan/procedures for Nont Sarah - see under Information on the right

BHPA / BMFA Operating Code for the Shared Use of Sites by Hang-Gliders, Para-gliders and Radio-Controlled Model Gliders - see under Information on the right

Have you seen this 'wind' site yet?  visualization of global weather conditions forecast by supercomputers

 

CAREFUL USE OF ELECTRIC ASSISTED (PROPELLED) MODEL GLIDERS IS NOW ALLOWED, THIS MEANS GLIDERS NOT PROPELLER AIRCRAFT.



Joining fees;

Clubs £10.00 per year 1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018 (or part year)

Individuals £5 per year 1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018 (or part year)

Your current home club card is proof of membership to MMSA if you are asked, please make sure you have it with you or you will be asked to stop flying.

 

This years members for 2018/9 (1 March 2018 to 28 February 2019)

Clubs

Brighouse MAC
Huddersfield & District MAC
Dewsbury & District MAC
Beacon Hill SA
Ashton Model Aircraft Club
Rochdale R/C MFA
West Yorkshire MFC
PANDAS
Oldham MAC (until 28/02/2020)

Individual members

David Roberts
Malcolm Whatmough
Neil Rothwell
Paul Delaney

(If there are any errors please email me)

 

Last years members for 2017/8 (1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018) 

Clubs

Brighouse MAC (until 28/02/19)
Huddersfield & District MAC (until 28/02/19)
Dewsbury & District MAC  (until 28/02/19)
Concorde MFC
Beacon Hill SA  (until 28/02/19)
Ashton Model Aircraft Club (until 28/02/19)
Rochdale R/C MFA
West Yorkshire MFC (until 28/02/19)
PANDAS (until 28/02/19)
Oldham 
 (until 28/02/19)

Individual members

Andy Shutt
Ron Thornton
Arthur Fletche
David Roberts (until 28/02/19)
Malcolm Whatmough (until 28/02/19)
Shaun Garity
Phil Green
Tony Hollings
Ian Ludwell
Geoff Quinn
Steven Scott
Kevin Johnson
Phill Robinson

 

Past years members for 2016/7 (1 March 2016 to 28 February 2017) 

Clubs

Dewsbury & District MAC
Whitefield
Beacon Hill SA
Huddersfield & District MAC
West Yorkshire MFC
Ashton Model Aircraft Club
Oldham & District MAC

Individual members

Tony Hollings
Shaun Garity
Phil Green
Jack Powell
Steven Scott
Malcolm Whatmough
David Roberts
Philip Ogden
Ron Thornton
Arthur Fletcher
Lee Chappell
Jorden Rumberlow
Paul Townsend
Kevin Johnson
Phill Robinson
Mark Redsell
Ray Jones
Andy Shutt (till 2018)