British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

The British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

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Enter the first part of your postcode to find your nearest BHPA recreational club
eg. enter CF44 if your post code is CF44 1BS

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Enter the first part of your postcode to find your nearest BHPA registered school
eg. enter CF44 if your post code is CF44 1BS

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From its Leicester headquarters the BHPA oversees pilot and instructor training standards, provides, technical support such as airworthiness standards, runs coaching courses for pilots... and a host of other services, providing the infrastructure within which UK hang gliding and paragliding thrive.

The BHPA provides automatic third party insurance for its members, but if personal or travel insurance is required, this should be obtained from an independent insurance broker.

The BHPA also publishes the monthly magazine, Skywings, the world's leading English-language hang gliding and paragliding publication.

Please contact the BHPA if you have any questions about paragliding, hang gliding, training, insurance, incidents, international ratings and safety issues in the United Kingdom.

Free Flight

Paraglider (Courtesy Derek Frith)

This is a catch-all term that has come to define the closely related sports of:

In the UK free flying is supported and administered by the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, a thriving sports association catering to around 7,000 pilots.

The BHPA works closely with numerous recreational clubs that look after flying sites and offer guidance and assistance to pilots at a local level.

BHPA membership for pilots includes £5 million 3rd-party insurance, and a subscription to Skywings. Your initial Introductory or Training membership will be processed by your training school. There are concessions for those under 21 and over 67. If you are not sure whether you want to start training just yet, consider taking out a subscription to Skywings to learn more about the sport.

Training Schools (Learning to Fly)
BHPA-Registered Schools will train you at a rate of progress that is suitable for you. BHPA schools are monitored for safety, the quality of the training they offer and the equipment they use, and their trained instructors are licensed by the Association.

When you see the BHPA Registered School mark you can be confident that you are getting the best free flight training available in the world today. For details on finding a training school, learning to fly etc, see the learn to fly section.

Calendar of Events
A comprehensive calendar of forthcoming free flight competitions and events throughout the UK and abroad is available on our events page.

Glider airworthiness
The Association takes great care to ensure that any gliders available to its members are safe to fly. It administers its own hang glider airworthiness scheme, respected the world over, and has contributed to the drafting of EU standards for paraglider airworthiness. These measures have resulted in gliders that are stable in the air and are more than strong enough for their intended use.

The BHPA Office
The centre of the BHPA operation is at Leicester, where our office based staff deal with the day-to-day running of the Association and retailing BHPA merchandise. Our technical staff, however, usually work from home and travel widely, to monitor training standards and attend to other operational requirements