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.
As well as providing automatic third party insurance for its members the BHPA is also affiliated with the specialist insurance brokers Airsports Insurance Bureau Ltd who offers flying and non-flying cover to members and non-members alike.
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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The work to upgrade the on-line incident reporting system to match the new web design has now been successfully completed, and the system should be fully operational...
The BHPA website has been given a "spring clean" and a "fresh coat of paint". This is an interim measure whilst discusions continue about developing a brand new website. The main focus of this work has been to give the existing website a fresher look and to make it easier to find information by providing a more logical structure, and multiple navigation routes...
Castrol has just been alerted to a problem with several batches of its two-stroke (2T) product sold in Europe from 3rd September 2012. They believe some of the batches have been contaminated with water and as a result could cause engine seizure...
The organisers of the Wide Open competition have just announced a five-year partnership with Gin Gliders. Gin have agreed to donate prizes worth more than 5,000 euros including a paraglider, harness and emergency parachute...
The Paragliding Accuracy Nationals will be held on June 1st - 2nd on Beyond Extreme, Long Mynd and North Wales sites. Transport to take-off will be provided. The competition is open to all pilots rated CP (H) and above. Non CP rated pilots can compete in the Novice competition if accompanied and supervised by their own instructor...
German enthusiast Norman Bernscheider has built a full-size replica of Otto Lilienthal's 1891 "Derwitzer" glider. Norman has enlisted the services of hang glider pilot Lukas Bader to fly the machine and some inconclusive hops have already been achieved...
Arrangements for this summer's Pennine Parafest on on June 28th - 29th are well advanced. Attraction include a parachute repack session and a presentation by Pat Dower. Tickets for this two-day gathering are now on sale at £10, which covers camping, entry to a fun comp and all social events...
last updated: 01 May 2013