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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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Download the BHPA Elementary Pilot Training Guide - 2.88mb
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Flight theory, meteorology, basic and advanced flying skills and more. Invaluable for post-CP pilots


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The BHPA is a member of the The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom
The BHPA is a member of The The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom

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


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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 Bill Bell)

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.

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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Farnborough Airspace Update 2

There may have been problems with some on-line responses submitted to the Farnborough consultation.

A particularly curious and tenacious member of Southdown Gliding Club has uncovered what might be a major issue with the technology that TAG are using to collect inputs to the ACP consultation. He noticed that some of the members of his gliding club had received confirmation emails after they had submitted a response, but others had not...


London Air Show

BIt's all systems go for Green Dragons' London Air Show on the late May bank holiday weekend (May 24th - 26th), celebrating 40 years of training pilots.

There will be paragliding, hang gliding, paramotoring, powered hang gliding and winching; pilots will be able to free fly and demo a range of gliders and gear. On the ground there will be a trade fair, refreshments, bouncy castles and other kids' stuff, plus talks and forums with flying personalities and industry figures...


Toni Bender on tour

There's a chance to see German paragliding legend Toni Bender at Active Edge's Nova glider testival in the Peak District on June 13th - 15th.

A gifted development pilot, test pilot, author and paragliding film star, Toni has been with Nova since the start of the company in 1989. He has been visiting schools and clubs in Germany this spring and will be in the Peaks in June...


Southern Foot or Fly challenge

In July and August the Southern Club will host their Southern 'Foot or Fly' XC challenge - with over £2,000 of prizes available.

Pilots are invited to link eight Southern flying sites by flying and hiking. The distance is 65km by air or 85km on foot. The event was originally run by Flybubble but the club has now taken it over and is promoting it as part of their Club Coaching programme...


Leavesley sponsorship

Leavesley Aviation is to sponsor rising star Danny Taylor in paragliding competitions and the UK XC League.

Danny has been flying with Mark Leavesley for the last two years, helping him out both here and abroad. Danny, 34, learned to fly in Bulgaria with Mark's close friend and fly-guiding partner Valery Tzvetanov...


last updated: 22 April 2014