Hang Glider

British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Flying Abroad

Visiting Overseas Hang Gliding & Paragliding Pilots please read this.....

The following related items can be purchased from our online shop.

The Pilot Handbook can be purchased online in the BHPA shop

A Flight Logbook can be purchased online in the BHPA shop

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) replaced the old E111 in 2006. It's valid in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries, including Switzerland, and will entitle you to free or reduced cost state healthcare when visiting those countries.

For specific guidance on how to access state healthcare or claim refunds in EEA countries, please visit the Country-by-country guide on the the NHS website. The NHS Website also explains how to obtain a European Health Insurance Card.

IPPI Card

The International Pilot Proficiency Information Card provides a standard reference by which all national rating programs may be compared. When you travel abroad this card, together with your BHPA membership/rating card, gives flying site managers, instructors and others responsible for hang gliding and/or paragliding flight operations an easy way of verifying your pilot experience level prior to approval of flight activities.

The IPPI system works by converting your BHPA pilot rating into the equivalent Safe Pro and/or Para Pro rating (training systems developed by a Norwegian but not widely used). Note that Safe Pro is for hang gliding and Para Pro is for paragliding.

The tables below set out the Safe Pro and/or Para Pro stage that will be shown on your IPPI card.

Hang gliding:
Elementary = Safe Pro Stage 1
Club (Novice) Pilot = Safe Pro Stage 2
Pilot = Safe Pro Stage 4
Pilot* = Safe Pro Stage 5
Advanced Pilot = Safe Pro Stage 5

Safe Pro Stage 5 *: To obtain a hang gliding IPPI 5 rating with only a Pilot rating, applicants must submit a statement from a Club Chairman/Club Chief Coach/CFI confirming that they have checked the pilot's logbooks and are satisfied that he or she has a total of at least 50 flying hours on hang gliders and has completed at least 5 cross-country flights in various types of lift (flights conducted solely in ridge lift or along the same ridge do not count).

Paragliding:
Elementary = Para Pro Stage 2
Club (Novice) Pilot = Para Pro Stage 3
Pilot = Para Pro Stage 4
Pilot** = Para Pro Stage 5
Advanced Pilot = Para Pro Stage 5

Para Pro Stage 5 **: To obtain a paragliding IPPI 5 rating with only a Pilot rating, applicants must submit a statement from a Club Chairman/Club Chief Coach/CFI confirming that they have checked the pilot's logbooks and are satisfied that he or she has a total of at least 50 flying hours on paragliders and has completed at least 5 cross-country flights in various types of lift (flights conducted solely in ridge lift or along the same ridge do not count).

 

Obtaining an IPPI Card

Please download an IPPI Application Form and return the completed form to the BHPA office. The current fee for issuing an IPPI card is £11.

Please note: The IPPI scheme only applies to hill pilots. IPPI cards cannot be issued to tow pilots unless they hold the appropriate "hill" endorsement.

Additional information for pilots flying in Europe:

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Flying in the Italian Dolomites

In the last few years there have been serious problems in the Italian Dolomites, particularly the Canazei-Col Rodella-Pordoi-Marmolada area. The FIVL have therefore put the following rules in place to improve the situation:

  • There is only one rescue phone number - 118
  • If a red or yellow rescue helicopter appears, free fliers must clear the area for a radius of 2km or land immediately
  • If a rescue helicopter appears, pilots have a responsibility to advise others in the air by radio
  • If the radio message is not heard or understood, pilots have a responsibility to advise others in the air by pulling big ears
  • A pilot who has crashed and is in danger or needs medical attention must let off a red smoke bomb, available in the Canazei LZ
  • Pilots who do not need assistance must fold their wing or let off a green smoke bomb

Pilots should note that a hovering helicopter may not have reached its target; it may be waiting for pilots to clear the area. Flying in the Dolomites is under serious threat if these rules are not adhered to. Any damage or danger to rescue helicopters caused by free fliers will see the Dolomites area closed to us. The BHPA fully supports this request from the FIVL; we hope that pilots will co-operate so that the sites can be preserved for all.

Advanced Courses

Pilots attending courses for post CP training (eg. XC courses and SIV training) should satisfy themselves as to the quality of instruction on offer. There are no BHPA instructor qualifications or training syllabi for these activities. For further information please download our leaflets on SIV courses and Training for qualified pilots.

A number of companies offering overseas Holidays and Guiding and Advanced Cources are listed in our links directory.


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