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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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eg. enter CF44 if your post code is CF44 1BS

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The BHPA is a member of the The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom
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The BHPA is a member of the European Hang Gliding & Paragliding Union
The BHPA is a member of The European Hang Gliding & Paragliding Union

Airsports Insurance Bureau Ltd
Personal or travel insurance is available from Airsports Insurance Bureau Ltd

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 Dennis Thorpe)

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 Jerome Maupoint)

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.

Powered hang glider (Courtesy Gary Shaw)

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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UK Declared Goal record broken

On October 27th a new Declared Goal Record for UK pilots worldwide was set from Quixadà in Brazil by British pilots Richard Perkes and Alex Butler.

The pair flew together on Ozone Mantra M6 gliders for 285km, beating Matt Church's 2012 Mantra 4 record, also set at Quixadà, by just 5km. Both pilots flew on past goal to land at sunset after nine hours 45 minutes in the air

3,000m in under 20 minutes!

At the end of November Mark Morgan claimed a World Record for the paramotor climb to 3000m, setting 18 minutes 53 seconds aboard a Bailey Matrix Hornet/Ozone Viper 3 outfit.

This exceeds Jason Whitehead's 2013 record of 22:10 and Gordon Blackley's recent 21:33, still subject to the homologation process.

Chrigel Maurer - return of the prodigal son!

Almost two years to the day since he left Advance for Ozone, Chrigel Maurer is again flying for Advance. In November he was in South Africa testing their new high-end B Iota; now he will assist them in developing their 2015 X-Alps equipment and is to take part in the event himself.

Of his return to Advance he says, "I'm very happy with this comeback - for me Advance represents the best platform for another successful X-Alps participation. I live nearby and can be closely involved in developing my own equipment"...

Aerofix up and running

Aerofix has been fully operational from their new premises at Braithwaite Farm outside Keswick since July. Nick and Kirsten's new workshop space is bigger, brighter and better than ever, they say.

You can now follow them on Facebook for information updates, turnaround times, maintenance tips - and pretty pictures of Lake District sites!...

Bursaries available!

GeckGo is an Android mobile phone application designed by BHPA member Jamie Edwards in conjunction with the University of London Computer Science department. It offers a way of getting in touch and networking with fellow sports enthusiasts, and integrates with social media sites.

A pin in the map on your screen represents an extreme-sport person doing their thing. You can filter these to cover your own sport/s - free-running, skydiving, mountain-biking, paragliding, etc - and interrogate them to get a profile of your fellow-travellers...

last updated: 01 January 2015