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

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.

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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 Stuart Belbas)

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 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 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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Time-to-climb record goes again

Not content with his paramotor time-to-climb record of 18 minutes 53 seconds set last November (a UK record and still pending as an FAI world record), in September Mark Morgan knocked over three minutes off that figure with a 3,000m climb in 15:25, and then beat that with a new time of 13:45 on October 9th!

Mark reported, "My new MacFly 250 is more powerful than the Bailey Hornet I used last year and I felt confident I could beat my own record with the same 26m Ozone Viper 3. I wasn't sure by how much though – the special system I had used to lean out the mixture as I climbed was not possible with the Polini 250's PWK carb...

UK altitude record falls

In the early hours of Saturday October 3rd, Flight Lieutenant Giles Fowler flew his Bailey Hornet/Ozone Viper 3 outfit to 21,804ft over the Chatteris parachute drop zone to break his own FAI UK solo altitude record of 18305ft set last September. Giles also claimed the previously unset UK 6000m time-to-climb record at 1 hour 20 minutes.

"Climbing to 6000m is where everything gets difficult, complicated and dangerous," he reported...

Rob Whittall goes road racing!

Anyone keen on motorcycle racing, and the Isle of Man in particular, might have noticed the name Rob Whittall in the results for September's for Manx Grand Prix.

Sure enough, former world hang gliding and paragliding champion and Ozone co-founder Rob has discovered a new direction in which to excel. Riding a Suzuki GSXR 600, Rob won a Replica in the Newcomers up-to-750cc event...

Ben Akhtar in 24U24 line-up

London paraglider pilot Ben Akhtar, 16, has been selected by Red Bull Studios team to be a member of their '24 Under 24' team who are 'Shaping the City or inspiring others through their given fields'.

The Red Bull target audience is relatively young and the exposure will be a great advertisement for paragliding. "Once I saw paragliders near my home I knew it was what I wanted to do," says self-professed aviation nut and British Accuracy Paraglider Ben Akhtar...

last updated: 08 November 2015