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.
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.
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.
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.
The BHPA provides automatic £5 million 3rd-party insurance for its members. But if you require personal or travel insurance, this should be obtained from an independent insurance broker.
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, there are numerous alternative sources of lively debate on the internet. The following is only a small selection of those available:
The websites and Facebook pages listed above are independent and not affiliated in any way to the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. The views expressed in them are therefore not necessarily those of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association.
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Former European hang gliding champion Tony Hughes took the top prize at this year's Worthing Birdman competition in August. Difficult conditions on the second day meant that no-one could improve on Tony's 106.5m flight on his Scandal XK on the Saturday.
The Parafest three-day free-flying event at Llangollen on June 12th - 14th was reckoned to be a huge success. Tickets had sold out to capacity a month before the event, but quite a few chose to stay at home rather than face the expected mudbath of Glastonbury proportions.
FLYER Live! (incorporating the Flying Show) runs on November 28th - 29th at Telford International Centre.
last updated: 05 October 2015