In the UK free flight is supported and administered by the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, a thriving sports association catering to around 7,000 pilots.
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 works closely with numerous recreational clubs that look after flying sites and offer guidance and assistance to pilots at a local level.
You can join the BHPA online as an annual member, concessionary member, or family member (living at the same address as an existing annual member), or as a temporary member for 3 months. BHPA members can also renew their membership online.
You can also apply for one-day membership (£25 adult or £5 under 21) when you arrive for your first days training at a BHPA registered school. This class of BHPA membership is ideal if you're looking for a one day taster to see if the sport is for you.
BHPA members automatically receive Skywings magazine each month, as part of their membership package.
But if you're not a BHPA member and would like to receive a copy of Skywings magazine each month, please visit our online shop to purchase a Skywings Magazine Subscription.
Learn to Fly with a BHPA registered school
Our registered school page will then help you to find a school that best addresses your training needs.
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 our learn to fly page.
The BHPA Office
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If you require further information about paragliding, hang gliding, training, insurance, incidents, international ratings and safety issues in the United Kingdom, please contact the appropriate BHPA Officer or Staff member.
Last updated: 28 November 2023
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