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New Parking Arrangements Bunster Hill

posted 19 Sep 2018, 12:52 by Neil Bourne

To all PSA members and associate members who fly Bunster Hill and park at Home Farm yard.  At a meeting held with the National Trust, new rules on the parking at Home Farm yard were received and are as follows:


  1. All card must display on the dash board an up to date PSA membership card.  This is to aid the wardens to identify unauthorised parkers so they can be removed.
  2. All pilots must have an up to date helmet sticker displayed on their helmets and must be shown to the wardens when requested.
  3. At times there will be parking restrictions placed on the yard to prevent damage to the parking area.  Do not park when this sign is posted, drop off your equipment and park on the road up to Ilam or the hall car park.
Dave Cowan
Peaks Chaiman

Peak Soaring Association Privacy Policy

posted 9 May 2018, 11:35 by Neil Bourne   [ updated 9 May 2018, 11:50 ]

 General Data Protection Regulation




Keeping your data safe and ensuring transparency are important to the Peak Soaring Association, and we’re committed to the folowing statements. The new GDPR law goes into effect on 25 May 2018.


The Club keeps data which is submitted on the clubs application form on a secured Access Database with a backup stored securely.  This data is held by the Peak Soaring Associations membership seceratary.


The Club will never sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to any third parties


Email addresses supplied.


These submitted email addresses are used solely in communicating to the Peak Soaring Association membership and not given out to any third party.  Express permission to use these emails will be sort from the existing Peak Soaring Association  membership and positively requested on an updated membership form.  All Peak Soaring Association members who do not positively agree to there email being used will not be contacted using it.


Email contact enables the Peak Soaring association to communicate the following:


  • BHPA club newsletters.
  • BHPA flying equipment safety notices.
  • Club flying site changes and restrictions.
  • Updates to the clubs site guide.
  • Notification of meeting and events.


Data supplied on the Peak Soaring Association membership form.


·        Name, Post code & BHPA number is requested on an annual basis by the BHPA & supplied by the Peak Soaring Association.


·        This data is used to confirm current Peak Soaring Association Membership only. This may be  requested by other BHPA registered clubs in relation to associate membership enquires.


·        This data will be used if requested in the case of emergencies by the appropriate authorities i.e. Ambulance, Fire & Police.



·        This data will be supplied if the Peak Soaring association are obliged by law to disclose it or where it is necessary for the purpose of or in connection with legal proceedings or in order to exercise or defend legal rights.



Peak Soaring Association

GDPR draft 3

Low Wheeldon Closure

posted 23 Jun 2017, 13:05 by Neil Bourne   [ updated 24 May 2019, 12:20 ]

Site Closer - Lower Wheeldon

From immediate effect (22 .6 .17) Low Wheeldon is now CLOSED to all flying and is NOT a PSA site.

Some very sad news, but the Farmer / land owner of Lower Wheeldon has asked the committee to notify all PSA members / visiting pilots that the site is closed and to respect this decision and please do not fly this site.
The PSA committee is looking in to what the circumstances are, but for the sake of our sites can all PSA members (or visiting pilots) please DO NOT FLY THE SITE until officially notified by the PSA Committee.

Any breaches of this notice will have long term consequences.  We will update the membership once we have more information.

A sad day indeed.

Note: High Wheeldon is OPEN for flying, please refer to site guide.

PSA Committee.

Peak Soaring Association AGM 12th April 2019

posted 16 Aug 2015, 08:29 by Neil Bourne   [ updated 21 Mar 2019, 13:36 ]

Peak Soaring Association AGM Friday April 12th 2019

The Peak Clubs AGM will be held at the Priory Pub in Leek on the 12th April starting around 7.30

This is open to all membership and their partners and includes a free buffet  for attendees.

The club is looking for membership input on how the club can be improved for the free flying and associated aviation membership.

The club has several comitee posts available for any club member who feel  they would like to contribute to the running of  one of the oldest free flying clubs in the country.

I have attached a document which details the AGM more fully and instructions on how to find the Priory Pub in Leek.

If you would like to attend please email me or contact Mark Bosher on the Clubs Face Book Page so membership attendance numbers can be assessed.


Neil Bourne
Peaksoaring Association
Membership Secretary




Flying at the Roaches

posted 12 Feb 2011, 11:19 by Neil Bourne   [ updated 27 Mar 2017, 12:02 ]





Membership Secretary – Neil Bourne

8 Heathcote Rise, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 6PW

Telephone 01782 909693

E-mail neil.bourne@peaksoaring.co.uk

This site is normally closed to all flying from 18th March – 18th June . DO NOT fly between these dates.


                Please see site guide V17 for  further details                 



Neil Bourne

Membership Sec

Westerly XC flights from DSC Sites

posted 20 Feb 2010, 03:44 by Neil Bourne

Westerly XC flights from DSC Sites

As most of you will be aware the new airspace for Doncaster/Sheffield/Robin hood (RHADS) airport has been a major issue over the last season but we have been very successful in activating and using the two corridors within the controlled airspace in order to minimise the restrictions on our flying.

Some excellent xcs were done from our westerly sites by our own members and visiting pilots from all over the country however:


The agreement that we have set in place with RHADS stipulates that ALL PILOTS who use these corridors must be suitably briefed and must sign a register to acknowledge their attendance and understanding. 


These briefings are to enable pilots to familiarise themselves with the new airspace and the corridor arrangements and it is essential that anyone entering the corridors is fully aware of all the arrangements for activation and deactivation and is included on the list of qualified and briefed pilots held by the DSC. ; please support the efforts of all the people who have been battling for the last year or more to negotiate these corridors for you. 


We have had a very successful first year with only few and minor infringements into the airspace and almost all of those by non-members of our club not flying from our sites. (paramotorists?) – and we believe none by any pilot who has attended a briefing!


If you wish to go over the back from any of our westerly sites you could come up against this airspace and have to land, or carry on and jeopardise the agreement. So please attend one of the briefings and get your passport before the airspace stops you getting to the coast.


As most of our regular xc fliers have already been briefed we have only one Briefing planned,

for our newly qualified pilots, and we would like to invite anyone in your club who may use our site this year to attend. This will be:


Sunday 7th March 7pm : At the Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club, Great Hucklow.


If you wish to attend please let me know


Denis Walker, DSC Social Sec. social@derbyshiresoaringclub.org.uk or tel/text 07789266447


If you wish to attend a briefing but cannot make this date please also let me know and we will consider arranging another briefing.


Happy flying!!










If you are interested in going over the back this year you may be aware that a new block of controlled airspace, Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield (RHADS), which was introduced in August last year, is a major obstacle for pilots wishing to fly in Westerly (SSW-W) winds from our sites.

We have managed to negotiate Letters of Agreement for two corridors within this airspace. To allow XC flights these corridors can be activated upon request by nominated members of the club. 

The agreement that we have set in place with RHADS stipulates that ALL PILOTS who use these corridors must be suitably briefed and must sign a register to acknowledge their attendance and understanding. 

These briefings are to enable pilots to familiarise themselves with the new airspace and the corridor arrangements and we are hoping that everything will be in place by the time the XC season starts in April

If there are any airspace infringements, these could potentially jeopardise the agreements with RHADS that we have worked very hard to obtain and restrict the XC potential from local sites in future.

We have set provisional dates for the briefings for

March 7th  (Gliding Club) 

 Keep an eye on the website for further details.  www.derbyshiresoaringclub.org.uk 

The new airspace around Doncaster will be very restrictive once the xc season kicks off. A huge amount of effort has been put in by various people on the DSC committee (and others) for the benefit of pg+hg pilots, giving us access to airspace that would usually be out of bounds, using "corridors" which can be activated or de-activated. These corridors won't show on the new airmaps, and you'll need to know how to find out whether they're active or not on the day you fly and as we will be sharing the corridors with commercial aircraft, where the busy areas are. You will also find out how the corridor is de-activated while you're in the air, which is why the club is organising briefings to make sure as many people as possible know the process. 

Part of the agreement is that the DSC is responsible for keeping a record of which pilots have attended a briefing; please support the efforts of all these people who have been battling for the last year or more to negotiate these corridors for you. 

If you're hoping to fly XC this summer from any westerly/sw hill in Derbyshire (or the Elan Valley on a record breaking day!) please email  me  ASAP to let  me know which of the 3 briefings you want to attend ( helen.gant@tiscali.co.uk ). If you're not sure which one you're coming to but are intending to come to one of them, please let me know too? If you can't attend any of them but expect to fly XC from Derbyshire in any sort of westerly or south westerly, please could you let me know? 

Get your passport before the airspace stops you getting to the coast.

High Wheeldon

posted 7 Aug 2009, 08:23 by Neil Bourne   [ updated 7 Aug 2009, 08:28 ]

Peak Soaring Association


                           High Wheeldon


All pilots are asked to walk round the edge of the two fields to take off and to avoid landing in these due to long grass that is shortly to be cropped.



                                           Membership Secretary   Neil Bourne

                                 146 Moston Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 2LT

                                                         Telephone 01782 874630

                                                        E-mail xrotor@ntlworld.com



posted 14 Jun 2009, 06:36 by David Joyce   [ updated 27 Mar 2017, 12:04 by Neil Bourne ]

Ecton Hill Changes

posted 11 May 2009, 13:39 by David Joyce   [ updated 7 Aug 2009, 08:20 by Neil Bourne ]

The Club has negotiated continued use of Ecton Hill with the new owner. The following restrictions and rules are now in place.


  1. No cars are to be parked on the track or edge of.
  2. All cars are to be parked at Broad Ecton Farm, first farm on the right after the brow of the hill.
  3. Club membership card is to be placed in full view in car.
  4. All flyers must carry there BHPA Membership and insurance docs with them.
  5. Three cars only to be parked and four flying at any one time, if that level is reached find somewhere else to fly.
  6. The area left of trig point looking north is OUT OF BOUNDS due to SSI area


posted 12 Mar 2009, 15:20 by David Joyce   [ updated 9 May 2018, 11:36 by Neil Bourne ]


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