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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 The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom
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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.

Hang Glider (Courtesy Darren Blackman)

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.

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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 Steve Millson)

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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200k fever!

Saturday July 18th was another 'banging' day down south and some huge flights were made from Milk Hill White Horse. Congratulations to Phil Wallbank (310km), Alex Coltman (227km), Alistair Andrews (222km), Graham Steel (215km) and Theo Warden (206km) on joining the 200 Club.

Theo Warden gained his CP in August 2013 and is, er, 16! The day saw a record total of 2819 points secured by 28 paraglider pilots, the average distance flown being over 100km! Meanwhile, on the same day Andy Hollidge flew from Dunstable to Cromer, landing on a golf course after five hours for 205km undeclared...


CAA campaign to reduce airspace infringements

The CAA has announced that serious airspace infringements at six of the highest-risk controlled airspace (CAS) locations in the UK should be cut by 50 percent over the next 12 months.

The hot-spots identified are Birmingham, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Southampton and Stansted. Working Teams at each location have agreed the targets and are committed to delivering the reductions, by improving existing procedures, by December 2015...


Paragliding Accuracy Nationals

The re-run of the FAI Category 2 Paragliding Accuracy National Championship will be held in the Shropshire/Wales area on October 24th - 25th, with a weather fallback to the following weekend (with League status), subject to confirmation.

The Championship is open to all CP(H) and above rated pilots. As well as individual and team honours there are trophies for best CP, best newcomer, most-improved pilot and best veteran, and a Novice competition for non CP-rated pilots (who must be supervised by their own instructor)...


RAeC Trust bursaries

The Royal Aero Club Trust recently awarded a total of 44 bursaries to young people to advance their existing air sport qualifications.

This year saw a significant increase in applications and awards; the Trust had widened the age range for eligibility and introduced follow-on awards to allow previous winners to make further progress. The bursaries are made possible by the generosity of the RAeC, the Peter Cruddas Foundation, the MacRobert Trust and the aviation-specific Bramson and Breitling sources...


More space in Scotland

Following a few years nibbling by the BHPA and its GA Alliance colleagues at what was actually required for military training, the Highlands Restricted Area is now effectively no more.

Its effects were limited to the midweek but severely curtailed access to what some argue is the best wilderness flying in the country...


15 years in Algo!

Baz and Sam Rhodes of Andalucian-Experience would like to thank all of their clients who have made the last 15 years so brilliant for them.

"We have enjoyed all of your company and made some great friends along the way," says Sam...


last updated: 18 August 2015