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Annual General Meeting held on 4th July 2019

Minutes of an Annual General Meeting of the Manx Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club held at The Creg ny Baa Pub in the upstairs meeting room scheduled for 8pm.

Present:

Non-committee Full Members

Martin Webb
Phillip Maltby
Gabriel McGouran
Sean Cole
Michael Swales
John Fargher
Richard Watson (at 2027h)
Kristian Cowin (at 2045h)

Committee Members

Richard Barker (Secretary)
David Casement (Sites Officer)
Phillip Swales (Treasurer)

Apologies from:

Dan Wood (arriving late after meeting)
Terry Holt
Giles Morris

Meeting chaired by the Secretary (Richard Barker) in the absence of the Chairman (Dan Wood).

Minutes of the last AGM raised by Phillip Maltby. Proposed by Phillip Swales and seconded by Richard Barker that they be accepted and approved.

Carried unanimously.

The proposed changes to the existing constitution sent to the members by e-mail on 10th June were discussed and voted on accordingly. There were 6 motions.

1) Quorum for AGM / General Meetings / EGMs currently 3 committee members and 5 non-committee members. Proposed change to 3 committee members and 3 non-committee members. This is proposed to make it easier to reach the quorum (minimum turn out) for important meetings in a club which only has around 20 active members.

Proposed by Richard Barker
Seconded by John Fargher
Carried unanimously.

2) Notice period to be given of proposed changes to the constitution. Currently 21 days’ notice – proposed to reduce to 14 days’ notice. This is designed to make the business of making changes a shorter process.

Proposed by Richard Barker
Seconded by John Fargher
Carried unanimously.

3) Membership classes – Associate Membership to be offered to full flying members of other British clubs at the £10 Associate Member rate for one year. No voting rights.

Proposed by Richard Barker
Seconded by John Fargher
Carried unanimously.

4) Membership classes – new class of Visitor Member – for qualified and insured pilots, 30 days club membership for the princely sum of £5.00. Currently we don’t cater for this class. No voting rights.

Proposed by Richard Barker
Seconded by John Fargher
Carried unanimously.

5) Membership classes – Social Member. Open to persons who do not qualify for any other membership class for £10 annual membership. This is intended for non-pilots or pilots under training. No voting rights. Trainee pilots joining at this level will be eligible for credit of fees paid and upgrade to Full Member upon becoming qualified. 

Proposed by Richard Barker
Seconded by John Fargher
Carried unanimously.

6) Proposal to add to official communication channels a Members Only WhatsApp group. This will only be open to paid up club members. This is intended as a rapid communication channel for club members. To be decided at the AGM (if approved) the name of the group. This is intended to add to the existing official channels rather than replace any of them.

Proposal (6) was discussed at length and a number of alternative strategies were considered. Concern has been growing about the use of privately negotiated sites as well as public land by pilots whose are not members of the BHPA and / or not members of the Manx Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club. This raises questions over training, experience and insurance cover.

Concerns exist about ongoing relations with the general public, land owners and operators, local authorities and government departments, with uncertainty expressed about the scope for less desirable outcomes.

In order to do everything possible to maintain our good relations with third parties, there was a general feeling the club must make every effort to run an orderly organisation and also be seen to be doing so.

The club’s own BHPA insurance is only effective when an audit is performed regularly of valid members, who are versed in the appropriate air law, suitably trained and experienced and who operate with regard to the provisions of the BHPA Technical Manual.

Non-members are welcome to join the club at the appropriate level, provided they become appropriately trained and take up appropriate membership of the BHPA and the Manx Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club.

Failure of participants to take out the necessary memberships within an appropriate period, which for indicative purposes shall be deemed to be 30 days, will result in the persons being discouraged from flying on privately owned sites where the club holds appropriate permission and they will be removed from the club’s officially designating flying information WhatsApp group should they already be a member of the group and after they have been given suitable notice to comply.

The club has hitherto not designated a formally recognised WhatsApp group. The merits of creating a new group to be used as an official group were discussed as were the merits of continuing with an existing group and operating it in a more structured way.

It was proposed that the existing “Slackers” group would be designated as the club’s official WhatsApp group for the live reporting of flying conditions and arranging flying activities.

Everyone in the Slackers group as of 4th July 2019 will be given 30 days to prove that they are valid BHPA and MHPC members after which non-compliant persons will be removed.

Summary of Constitutional Amendment 6 (revised after discussion):

The WhatsApp group known as “Slackers” will be adopted as the official flying coordination and reporting group of the Manx Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club as of 4th July 2019. Members of the group will be contacted where necessary and asked to provide acceptable proof of current BHPA and MHPC membership. Those unable to do so will be removed after 30 days.

If an existing member of the group is believed to have become ineligible for membership of the group at any time in the future, they will be given 30 days’ notice to provide proof of compliance or they will be removed.

Special circumstances may be considered by 3 committee members and a membership of Slackers granted temporarily pending the matter being put to a majority vote at the next club monthly meeting for approval.

Proposed by Martin Webb
Seconded by John Fargher
Carried unanimously.

New Constitutional Amendment

Re-election of Committee Members.

It was proposed that committee positions will expire and elections will be held for the club committee positions at every Annual General Meeting from 4th July 2019. Existing committee members will be able to stand for re-election should they explicitly agree and will need to be proposed and seconded.

Proposed by Sean Cole
Seconded by John Fargher
Carried unanimously.

Election of Committee Members

Chairman: Dan Wood
Proposed by: Phillip Swales
Seconded by: John Fargher
Carried unanimously.

Treasurer: Phillip Swales
Proposed by: Richard Watson
Seconded by: Martin Webb
Carried unanimously.

Secretary: Richard Barker
Proposed by: Phillip Swales
Seconded by: Martin Webb
Carried unanimously.

Sites officer: David Casement
Proposed by: Richard Barker
Seconded by: Sean Cole
Carried unanimously.

Safety officer: John Fargher
Proposed by: Martin Webb
Seconded by: Sean Cole
Carried unanimously.

It was then proposed that, given his extensive flying experience and enthusiasm, a committee position should be given to Martin Webb. Following some discussion and a number of creative suggestions, it was decided that Martin’s experience with the RASP website makes him an ideal candidate for the position of Meteorological Officer.

Election for Meteorological Officer: Martin Webb
Proposed by: John Fargher
Seconded by: Phillip Maltby
Carried unanimously.

Any Other Business

David Casement stressed the importance of letting people know when we are out flying. This will normally be via the Slackers WhatsApp group but failing this alternatives such as the club Facebook group or a text message to one of the other club members will be better than nothing.

The benefits of this are safety and co-operation. It is a lot easier to work out which site to go to if you know somebody is already flying it and similarly it is important to report if you believe that there are hazardous conditions at a particular site or if the site becomes un-flyable.

It is also important that one or more people are aware that you have set off to go flying in case you fail to show up after a lengthy period of time. Similarly, it is very helpful to report when landed safely. Ideally it is best to fly with others but if you do fly alone remember to let the group or somebody else know.

Noted

There being no other business, the meeting ended at 2120h.

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Club to Host Coaching Course

The British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association Club Coaching Course is a two day course run over a weekend by BHPA Technical Officers and is designed to train paraglider and hang glider pilots to help others in the sport with various aspects of their flying in an informal club environment.

The course costs £30 for first time attendees and £20 for those who have attended a club coaching course before. The course is aimed at pilots holding a Club Pilot rating or higher with 10 hours logged post CP. Having said that, anyone is welcome to attend the course upon payment of the fee. However, if you are not CP+10 rated then you will not be eligible to be awarded the rating of Club Coach.

The course runs from 9.30am to 5.00pm on Saturday 9th March 2018 and from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday 10th March. For further information and to reserve your place, please either complete the contact form on our website at or e-mail coaching@manxparagliders.com – we welcome pilots from other clubs as well as our own club members.

We plan to hold the course at the Creg Ny Baa Pub. This is the venue for our monthly social meetings and they have good conference facilities so this will be suitable for our needs.

Travel to the Isle of Man involves a ferry crossing (vehicle or foot passenger) from Heysham (the Liverpool ferries don’t run until the end of March). Alternatively, you can fly from a number of regional airports.

Please get in touch if you have any queries or if you would like to reserve a place. We currently have capacity for around 10 more attendees so if you know any others who may like to attend then please spread the word.

Visit to Ronaldsway Air Traffic Control Sunday 23rd April 2017

  • Manx Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club visit to Ronaldsway Air Traffic Control on Sunday 23rd April 2017
    Visit to Ronaldsway Air Traffic Control Sunday 23rd April 2017

Many thanks to Noel Humphreys for organising the visit and David Johnson ATC Supervisor for being our host.

Here is some further information about Ronaldsway Airport.

Cross Country Paragliding Kirk Michael to Peel

Saturday 15th April during the 2017 Easter weekend started off with blustery showers, fairly strong winds and broken cloud. The wind eased mid-afternoon to deliver strong but pleasingly steady coastal soaring conditions favouring the launch at Kirk Michael beach next to the car park.

I had never flown the west coast before and certainly didn’t plan to venture cross country but after an ever-so-easy hour of soaring the cliffs in the sunshine with the ever-so-helpful gulls marking the best lift for me I decided to venture south. With no loss in lift as the kilometres passed by, I eventually made out Peel Castle in the distance and my goal was set!

Thanks to John Faragher for the early afternoon weather report and to Gabriel McGouran for the retrieve. Here’s the video…

Laragne 2010

The travelling went well and the accomodation, hosts and guiding by Chris White were all fantastic too!

The 1st day we flew XC north to south from St Vincent almost to St Andre (around 38km) and up to 3106m asl (1870m above launch) max 7.9m per second best lift, 3 hour 39 minute flight in big scary mountains.

The 2nd day was blown out so pottered around for a bit and I cut my foot jumping into not very deep waterfall!  Lovely scenery though.

The 3rd day was a little windy still on launch at Chabre so we were all a bit jittery and did a lot of para waiting / procrastinating. Eventually after getting Martin off a few of us flew for some nice soaring / thermalling for 1 hour 19 minutes, then shot over the back to fly 7.5km back (almost) to our accomodation.  Then we all took off for a nice evening soaring flight at another site to the west and got another hours flighting.

The 4th day is looking like a good day to go from Chabre, so all up to the top for a warm up flight / top to bottom (nice 34 minutes for me).  Then back to the top for the main flight of the day. The planned route was to the north and off we went.  Everything went to plan for me, Bill and Simon (with Chris on the tandem with his son) and we landed 3 hours 7 minutes later at goal 45 km to the north at the pass. We had 7.1 m/s max lift today and up to 2618m asl in more big mountains. Then beers (landed conveniently next to a bar)!

Continue reading Laragne 2010

Barrule – Onchan

The wind was forecast to be light NE to N so Keith and I decided to give Slieu Lewaigue a try. Got there just past 11 to see Watty taking off. He had a quick top to bottom, too light, so hung around for a while. It was not really getting any better so we bit the bullet and joined by Giles, all walked up North Barrule from the Hibernian.

Got to the top to be met by a nice breeze on the ridge. Although there was not much sunshine it was obviously quite thermic with seagulls going up. We all took off pretty much together and went up. It was very up and down with the wind obviously not strong enough to let us maintain. Watty marked a nice thermal over the saddle so dropped in beneath and got quite high, drifting over the back, probably 150 metres or so above. The lift went (prob still there just did not want to go too far back) so headed back to the ridge and got nailed into the ground.  Think we all came down shortly afterwards.

Had a short walk back to the top and then took off into a more solid breeze and managed to stay up. The day had now clouded over so it was a big surprise to get into a nice thermal with Keith over the saddle again. This time followed it well over the back and into the valley behind. Probably got to cloud base (300m above take off?) with Keith about 10 metres above and headed off toward the lump behind Dhoon. The glide was not sinky but it was really quite surprising to see Laxey wheel so close and probably a ‘do-able’ glide away. Keith headed off toward the fields above Laxey wheel and I nudged west over Agneash village where I got the lightest of broken thermals. This, coupled with a nice northerly drift gave me enough height to get over the Laxey Valley. The thermal got better and I was soon back over 600 metres above sea level.  I drifted with the thermal over my parents place by Fairy cottage, really quite high. I guess the lift petered out somewhere between Ballacannel and Baldrine but it was still buoyant. Picked up some lift again and just kept doing some lazy 360s drifting south all the time about 1km in land of the White Bridge straight.  Continue reading Barrule – Onchan

More Spring Flying

12.30pm Sunday

Snaefell was working well initially. Giles jumped off first whilst I was left dealing with about 35 issues. By the time I took off Giles had been well high above take off. It then got more and more northerly (although thermic) and Jamie, Keith, Giles, and I all sunk out repeatedly. After enough walking with my wing to last a life time from the previous day / weekend Giles and I decided to head out under a cloud. Lots of useable lift (which I couldn’t) so landed.

Bill picked us up from the lander and we headed to Carrigan. No wind there until Giles offered his bbq pork to the wind gods. This did the trick (obviously) and both jumped off into a nice 12mph some minutes later. As always Carrigan worked like a charm, although any escape to the south or east was blocked by the Douglas Bay cu-nim. We were both plenty high enough to continue to take the 1-2 m/s thermals over the back if we wished to get sucked into oblivion.  Could see the boys on Snaefell going up and down all the time too.

Anyway, we both punted around in the thermic conditions for some time. Then a glider appeared from Beinn-y-Phott. It glided down the small ridge from Benny to the SWNN and then nipped over to the foothills of Carrigan. Young Swalesy had made it over from Snaefell. He was really unlucky because just at that time it switched off and we all landed. Swalesy and I walked up. I took off and went up in some more thermals (4.40pm) then headed to the car at the SWNN. Got higher and higher and higher on the way over and started having giddy thoughts about flying to all places. Then got nicely drilled into the ground just before making it. That was it, an interesting and thermic day.

I think Watty landed on the foot hills of Beinn-y-Phott.