All NWHGPC sites are currently OPEN however responsibility resides with the individual to ascertain whether travel to and from any site is within the local or national Covid restrictions applicable to their place of residence or domicility. (mw20/10/20)
The landowners at Gyrn Moelfre have asked that drivers of all vehicles parked on the site pay a £5 fee. The owners spend considerable time and expense each year maintaining the access track to launch and other aspects of the site for our benefit. This fee applies to members of all clubs including MTB's, however students with YX Paragiding school should contact the school to ascertain arrangements. Please leave the fee in an envelope in the collection box before the first gate with vehicle registration and club marked on it. (mw20/10/20)
An online system for CANP has been introduced. Notification to the Low Flying booking Cell (LFBC) can now take place through the new CANP app or via the weblink CANP
The LFBC have asked that if possible at least 4 hours notice is given for site activation (all NWHGPC sites are now embedded in their database) and as previously this is a weekday only service. Electronic notification to the LFBC will generate a NOTAM (coded as parachute dropping) with a 2nm radius. A Contact telephone number (but not name) will be displayed on the NOTAM.
The LFBC still accepts notification by telephone (0800 515544) or email email@example.com in which case email is preferred. (mw20/10/20)
Due to increased traffic levels WEF 30/03/2017 a RMZ (Radio mandatory Zone) has been established around Hawarden Airport (EGNR). None of our sites are contained within the RMZ however the western extent comes within a few kilometres of Moel Accre and Moel Famau hence any XC flights downwind will quickly enter it. As part of the consultation process the club has negotiated a Letter of Agreement (LoA) with Hawarden ATC for our activities to penetrate the RMZ provided prior notification is given. The procedure for this is detailed below and also in the relevant site guide. The full LoA is posted on the website for reference.
The following procedures are paraphrased from the LoA. The 2 NWHGPC sites where operations may result in penetration of the RMZ are Llandegla (Moel Accre)* and Moel Famau. These sites are daylight only. All operational periods of the sites which may result in entry to the RMZ will be notified to Hawdarden ATC with 30mins notice of any planned acticity. To notify ATC telephone on 01244 522012 or text 'Llandegla/Moel Famau active (dd/mm/yyyy) from (local time)' to 07786 208291. An acknowledgement must be received from Harwarden ATC prior to commencement of activities. NWHGPC will not normally confirm cessation of activities, Hawarden will record the site and potential downwind routings as being active until night. The first pilot to notify Hawarden please post this fact on the website forum or ensure the information is passed on by some means.
*Llandegla is a Visual Reporting Point for Hawarden traffic hence is used instead of Moel Accre. On receipt of notification, Hawarden will broadcast our activities on the ATIS (Automatic Information Service) and traffic my elect to avoid the RMZ on that account. Consider notifying Hawarden of any flying activity from Moel Accre or Famau. Notification to Hawarden does not constitute clearance to penetrate the ATZ. (gh30/03/17revMW21/10/20)
Events in the NWHGPC Google calendar:
|Office||Name||Phone no||Mobile no|
|Chairman||Mark Warren||07979 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Brian Dillon||0151 648 1646||07748 email@example.com|
|Clive Mills||07785 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ian Home||01978 761235||07718 email@example.com|
|Coach (HG)||Steve Hogan||0151 6384072||07973 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Competitions||Bob Little (HG)||0151 652 0880||07968 221345|
|Safety officer||Brian Dillon||0151 648 1646||07748 email@example.com|
|Secretary / membership||Ian Home||01978 761235||07718 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sites officer||Stephen Taylor||01978 email@example.com|
|Training officer||Steve Hogan||0151 648 1306||07973 469013||-|
|Webmaster||Tim Salter||01352 740754||07713 firstname.lastname@example.org|
Flying at the south of the Clwydian Range is now affected by the new Hawarden RMZ. Please see the Letter of Agreement we have negotiated which eases the restrictions that we are subject to.
NWHGPC now has an open access policy to its flying sites where visitors are current BHPA registered pilots qualified to CP and above and there are no extra restrictions imposed by landowners.
RAF Valley in Anglesey is home of the RAF fast jet training school and North Wales is a training zone for low level flight. Aircraft frequently fly below hilltop height. If you propose to fly any of the Club Sites mid-week, you are strongly advised to inform the Civil Aviation Authority via the CANP system. All the NWHGPC sites are in the new electronic database.
Notify via the CANP app or alternatively the CANP weblink canp.logans.me.uk . If you wish to notify LFBC by email at email@example.com or by telephone the Freephone NOTAM line: 0800 515544. Give them site position (full grid reference as in the 'At a glance' data box for the site) and stress the importance of passing the information on to RAF Valley. Email is preferred over telephone.
Please contact one of the club officers if you are a visiting pilot. A small onsite fee may be payable where the NWHGPC has to pay for site usage. This fee effectively gives temporary NWHGPC membership. You may be asked for this fee by an NWHGPC member who will request your name and address and ask to see your current BHPA membership card.
A lot of hard work has gone into negotiating our sites, so please follow our instructions to the letter. Some Club Sites have restrictions imposed by the landowner, so read the accompanying notes carefully.
Observe the Country Code. Although many of our sites may look isolated and deserted, this is a closely-knit community and people will be watching you even if you cannot see them. So be extra careful, do not climb walls or fences even if it means a longer walk. Use the gates, and be sure to close them after use, even if you are coming back in five minutes - this is more than enough time for livestock to get out. As a general rule, please do not bring dogs onto our sites: but if you do, please keep them on a lead. Take your litter home with you.
Of course, there are many hills and mountains in North Wales that do not feature in our Site Guide. Should you decide to have a go at flying any of them, at least make sure you have the prior approval of the landowner concerned.
Inconsiderate use and parking of vehicles causes a lot of trouble at our sites. The following rules regarding them must be observed:
The OS Map Number and Grid Reference for each Club Site is the first item given in the 'At a glance' site data box on the pages for each site. We leave it to you to navigate your way to the parking area for your chosen site. In all cases, a better idea of each site (and its approaches) can be obtained by study of the appropriate OS map, which if reading this guide via the Club Website, can opened from the links given in the ‘Quick Reference’ section of this guide.
Naturally, there are going to be times when the air is crowded with other flyers, we therefore expect every flyer to be familiar with the flying rules issued by the BHPA.
Should an accident occur, the nearest hospitals that have casualty units open every day can be found at LLANDUDNO, BANGOR, BODELWYDDAN, CHESTER, WREXHAM and SHREWSBURY. If an injury is serious, call an ambulance rather than go looking for a hospital. IN AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 999
And Finally... We wish you safe and happy flying in North Wales. Please co-operate with us, and 'We'll keep a welcome on the hillside'.Go to the sites guide
Have a look at our gallery page to see some examples of our flying.