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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

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The BHPA is a member of The European Hang Gliding & Paragliding Union


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Welcome to the British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (BHPA) website.

From its head office in Leicester the BHPA supports a country-wide network of recreational clubs and registered schools, and provides the infrastructure within which hang gliding and paragliding in the United Kingdom (UK) thrive.

Hang Glider (Courtesy Ilan Ginzburg)

The BHPA oversees pilot and instructor training standards, and provides technical support such as airworthiness standards, and coaching courses for qualified hang gliding and paragliding pilots.

Initial hang gliding or paragliding training must be undertaken at a BHPA registered school.

Most schools offer training in a wide range of flying disciplines, so it's important to understand the differences between the disciplines before choosing a school.

The Learn to Fly section of this web site explains the relative merits of each discipline, the types of flying involved, and provides an insight into the training methods used.

As you near the end of your initial training with one of our registered schools, it's important to start looking for suitable recreational club to join.

The BHPA supports a network of UK hang gliding and paragliding recreational clubs who are able to offer the supportive flying and social environment vital to the safe development of your flying skills as you leave the school enviroment to join other recreational flyers on the hill.

Paraglider (Courtesy Grant Oseland)

The BHPA has a disability initiative called Flyability. This reports directly to the BHPA's Executive Council on disability related matters within the sport.

Flyability doesn't simply take people with disabilities flying, it strives to motivate people with disabilities to become involved in the sport of hang gliding and paragliding and to train as pilots.

Much of Flyability's work in the sport, focuses around changing peoples perception of disability and their attitudes toward people with disabilities. Disability awareness, education and advice play key roles in Flyability's aims and objectives, as does the development of specialist equipment, training and flying techniques.

The BHPA also publishes Skywings, a glossy full colour monthly magazine. To wet your appetite, a small selection of past issues is available for download on our Skywings page.

Skywings is the only magazine dedicated to free flying in the United Kingdom, and is distributed by mail to around 6,500 BHPA members as part of their membership package.

Skywings magazine is also read by countless more hang gliding and paragliding pilots and organisations around the world who have purchased an International Skywings magazine subscription from our on-line shop.

Back issues of Skywings magazine can also be purchased from our on-line shop.

Paramotor (Courtesy Paul Haxby)

The BHPA provides automatic third party insurance for its members, but if personal or travel insurance is required, this should be obtained from an independent insurance broker, like Airsports Insurance Bureau Ltd.

We hope that when you've found a school appropriate to your needs, made contact and begun training, you'll discover for yourself the excitement and challenge that makes free flying such a great pastime.

If you do, you‘ll also find that the level of support and camaraderie amongst pilots is one of the many great strengths of the sport.

You'll make friends, go places and achieve things that you may have only dreamed about in the past.

It's a fantastic sport...

So why don't you join us, and never look back.

Whilst Skywings magazine frequently includes lively and thought provoking articles and letters about our sport, if you're looking for lively on-line debate, there are a number of independent hang gliding and paragliding forums on the internet. A few of these are listed below.

These forums are not affiliated to the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, and the views expressed in them are consequently not necessarily those of the Association.

 

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Super Saturday!

April 11th last year saw Hugh Miller miss the 200km mark on a paraglider by 1km. This year the same date provided superb XC conditions (rough day - strong winds!) to allow a raft of big hangie XC flights.

These include Grant Crossingham's 266km from Selsey Common near Stroud to Dymchurch near Folkestone, with Nev Almond only a few km behind from the same site. Sadly Nev's 250+ km flight clipped airspace - a 'Kobo moment' no doubt - and will not qualify...


Cambridge comp flies again!

The Cambridge Aerotow Club will be holding an aerotow competition at their Sutton Meadows base over the August bank holiday weekend, with at least five other clubs bringing their own tugs.

The competition will run from Saturday to Monday and it is hoped to run a practice day on the Friday. The two previous CAC competitions were both well run and well attended - registration will be limited and is expected to fill quickly...


Noel Whittall honoured

In February former BHPA Chairman and CIVL Secretary Noel Whittall was made a life member of the Dales Club.

Noel has been flying since the very beginning of the sport and has seen his two sons prosper in the sport...


Aerochute 'Flight For Life'

Five Midlands Powerchute pilots are planning an ambitious coast-to-coast charity flight on Aerochute microlights.

Led by Mike Gaylor, the team plans to depart from Boston on August 28th and, weather pemitting, reach the River Severn on August 31st...


New podcast

Judith Mole's latest podcast contains much useful wisdom.

With the recent decline in hang gliding, many paraglider pilots have only limited opportunities to fly with hang gliders. This can lead to a lack of awareness of hangies' flying, launch and landing characteristics and has sometimes led to problems and friction between the two communities...


Cash Awards for Sports People, Clubs and Projects!

MARS Milk are looking to help you play more with the launch of their MARS Milk Play Fund.

From May 4 2015 for 22 weeks, they are seeking to award five monthly awards of £1,000, and 44 weekly awards of £300 to sports individuals, clubs and projects...


last updated: 13 May 2015