Free flying is an enjoyable activity which requires fitness, knowledge, skill, judgement, and experience to achieve the best. With any sport/activity however, there are potential risks which for flying, any aspiring pilot must assess. Free flying associated with hills and mountains which can be remote, has more than its share of objective potential dangers. Please be aware of the risks both of the environment and from flying. Steps taken to minimise risk can be taken by gaining experience of flying by;

  • Attending and completing a BHPA recognised course leading to an award as Club Pilot.
  • Joining a recognised BHPA Club and fully acquainting oneself with their Site Guide.
  • Attending club coaching sessions at new sites.
  • Observing and flying with experienced pilots.
  • Gaining further relevant qualifications including flying by attending relevant Club courses.
  • Flying in Competitions.
  • Practice safety techniques e.g. SIV course and PLF - Parachute Landing Fall.

Carry adequate, accessible identification and emergency contact information when flying. No matter how good a pilot, flying is unforgiving, and conditions vary with every day, site, wing and weather. THE DECISION TO FLY MUST BE YOURS.


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