A paraglider weighs less than 20kg, takes minutes to assemble and allows you to soar like a bird to heights of 4,470 metres and as far as 280 kilometres!
Since its conception in the late 1960s, the sport has developed a global following as an affordable and accessible means of solo flight. Membership of the BHPA and possession of the appropriate license permits you to fly in the UK and most foreign countries. Paragliders consist of an ultra-lightweight fabric wing connected to a harness.
- Weighs less than 20kg
- Transport with ease – Packs into 100 litre rucksack
- Easier to learn than most flying activities
- Quick to get airborne
- Limited performance
- Less stable in difficult conditions
- Costs same as hanglider
Training & Qualifications
Training offered by all BHPA schools focusses on working towards becoming an independent pilot who is able to make quick and appropriate decisions.
- Elementary pilot
Learn about the equipment, flight theory and rules of the air. After learning to inflate and control the glider on the ground, you will progress to a slope for an introductory flight.
The course takes around three days to complete and you will learn to steer the glider accurately and land in a designated area.
- Club pilot
The objective is to develop on your ability to fly independently. You will have to show competence in controlling the glider in varying conditions and normally takes place over 4 or 5 days.
Paragliders are rated into different categories depending upon stability, manoeuvrability and recovery from difficult situations. You must therefore choose a paraglider to suit your ability.
Novice paragliders are easy to fly and provide enough performance to be able to fly safely and gain experience.