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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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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.

Paraglider (Courtesy Derek Frith)

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, the only magazine dedicated to free flying in the United Kingdom. This glossy full colour magazine is distributed by mail to around 6,500 BHPA members each month 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.

BHPA members and Skywings subscribers can also download a password protected electronic vesrion of the magazine on our Skywings page. Issues of Skywings magazine with a cover date more than 6 months old are made freely available, and can therefore be downloaded or viewed on-line without the need to login.

Back issues of Skywings magazine can also be purchased from our on-line shop.

Powered hang glider (Courtesy Ian Ferguson)

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 advice, information and debate on the internet, and the following list is just 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, and the views expressed in them are therefore not necessarily those of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association.


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FoxTug maiden flight

Flylight's new FoxTug SSDR 'nanolight' trike, specifically designed to tow hang gliders, made its maiden flight on August 14th.

Designer Ben Ashman reports that the aircraft performed as predicted with a very short take-off roll, excellent handling and an 'outrageous' climb rate of around 1600ft/min.

Further test flights are planned and the first aerotows should be under way soon...

Posted: 7 October 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Farnborough update

Farnborough Airport owner TAG are still looking for considerable controlled airspace (CAS) around Farnborough.

Their first consultation document (Feb 2014) and its two associated reports (August 2014, July 2015) have been joined by another consultation document...

Posted: 7 October 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Flyer Live!

The Flyer Live show takes place at the Telford International Centre on December 2nd and 3rd. You'll be able to see the best GA aircraft and aviation kit that the UK has to offer, plus training, insurance, charts and much electronic gear.

Ballooning, gliding, rotorcraft, the CAA and Flyer magazine itself will also be represented...

Posted: 7 October 2016
By: Paul Dancey

France wins FAI World Aerobatics

The 2nd World Paragliding Aerobatic Championships at Annecy ended on September 3rd with France taking the Gold medal ahead of Spain and Switzerland.

Solo World Champion is France's François Ragolski ahead of team-mate Tim Alongi, with Horacio Llorens of Spain in 3rd spot...

Posted: 7 October 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Icarus Cup 2016

This year's Icarus Cup contest for human-powered aircraft was held at Sywell near Northampton from July 16th - 24th. After a total of 52 contest flights Mike Truelove, flying the Edgley Aerocycle 3, was declared the winning pilot and presented with the Icarus Cup.

The RAeS-sponsored team prize was won by John Edgley's team...

Posted: 25 August 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Bache Hill closed

The Long Mynd club's popular flying site at Bache is now permanently closed to all flying. LMSC Chairman Nick Le Gras cites 'persistent failures to observe site rules' and 'selfish and thoughtless actions by a minority of pilots.'...

Posted: 25 August 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Skywings news last updated:
8 October 2016 at 12:18:31 AM