British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

The British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association is the UK's governing body for the sports of hang gliding and paragliding. It is not a Government agency but an association set up by hang glider and paraglider pilots to represent and protect their mutual interests. It is managed entirely by volunteers who give their time and expertise freely to further the aims of the Association.

Since the early 1970s, the BHPA and its predecessors (the British Hang Gliding Association and the British Association of Paragliding Clubs) have worked hard to build a reputation as a well-run and respected sports governing body, and it has for many years been recognised and respected by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the Royal Aero Club (RAeC) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The BHPA runs, with the help of a small number of paid staff, a pilot rating scheme, airworthiness schemes for the aircraft we fly, a school registration scheme, an instructor assessment and rating scheme and training courses for instructors and coaches. This network provides a safe and secure environment for the Association’s 7,000 pilot members who in the UK fly at hundreds of sites controlled by BHPA member clubs.

The Association also publishes the monthly magazine, Skywings.

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