British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

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Hang glider in mid air.

The British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) is the governing body in the UK for hang gliding and paragliding[1] and is based in Leicester.[2]

The BHPA is recognised by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the Royal Aero Club[3] and the Civil Aviation Authority.[4] The association has approved and registered schools/clubs across the country where initial hang gliding or paragliding training must be undertaken.

The association was formed in 1992 by the coming together of the British Hang Gliding Association and the British Association of Paragliding Clubs. Since then the sport has grown considerably and now has over 60 clubs that are affiliated to the association with around 7,000 individual members. The association exists primarily to promote safety within the sport.

Each month the association publishes a magazine 'Skywings'.[5]


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