British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

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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 Mike Scholes)

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.

Speed Wing (Courtesy Alan Clarke)

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 Bailey)

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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Southend gets Class D airspace

The CAA has agreed to the imposition of Class D airspace around London Southend Airport (LSA) with effect from April 2nd 2015.

The new airspace features a control zone (CTR) around the airport itself from the surface up to 3,500ft, and a larger control area (CTA) from 1,500ft to 3,500ft. LSA has seen a significant increase in commercial air transport movements in the last three years, and the CAA agreed with the LSA view that the new airspace was necessary to enhance the protection given to these flights...

Twin Pilots Challenge Altitude World Record - Sustainably

On the 15 - 20 February 2015, twin brothers, Tim and Ant Green will be attempting to break the altitude world record for tandem powered paragliders by flying side-by-side to over 16,400 ft (5,000m) above Western Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc, 15,780 ft (4,810m).

Once at the summit, Ant will then swoop down to drop a free-ride skier on the top of the mountain – who will then ski the 12,500ft (3,810m) back to the valley floor...

Parabatix Dubai

Despite difficullt weather the second Parabatix Dubai event in December saw some really intense flying. The event was won by French pilot Jeremy Penone who beat contestants from Spain, France, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, UAE, USA and UK.

Sole Brit entrant Dean Eldridge finished in 5th place...

Mark Morgan record

More detail on Mark Morgan's world paramotor climb record reported briefly last month. During a very short weather window on November 29th, Mark took just 18 minutes 53 seconds to climb to 3,000m aboard his Bailey Matrix Hornet/Ozone Viper 3 26m outfit.

This beats existing record holder Jason Whitehead's 2013 time of 22:10 time by almost 15%. After many e-mails to the CAA's Airspace Utilisation Section Mark was able to secure a Notamed area over Selsey Bill in West Sussex for the attempt...

2016 Microlight Worlds for UK

The UK bid to run the 2016 Microlight World Championships at Damyn's Hall aerodrome in Essex, headed by event director Rob Hughes, has been accepted by CIMA.

The event will take place on August 20th - 26th, with Barney Townsend and John Waite as deputy event directors and Mike Chilvers directing the paramotor competition...

RAeC bursaries reminder

Applications for this year's Royal Aero Club Trust bursaries close on March 31st.

In 2014 year the Trust awarded 28 bursaries to young airsports enthusiasts to help them advance in their chosen field. This year the minimum age has been lowered to 14 and follow-on bursaries for further advancement up to age 24 have been added...

BHPA AGM reminder

The 2015 BHPA AGM will take place at the Belfry Hotel, Nottingham (adjacent to Junction 26 of the M1) on Saturday 7th March 2015 in tandem with the BGA's AGM and trade exhibition.

last updated: 11 February 2015