One of the most amazing things you can do is to fly! A backpack containing a wing, harness and helmet allows you to soar up and away over the beautiful countryside until you reach thousands of feet and you find yourself surrounded by the white cumulus clouds! A paraglider allows you to explore the world from a dramatically different perspective. The journey begins with us so welcome onboard!
Before booking in you will need to purchase a voucher for a taster day or a course with us. If you would like to know availability for a certain date please email email@example.com, bear in mind that the weather may not always be suitable on your preferred date. Weekends tend to book up a week or so in advance, weekdays are usually more flexible.
We are always keen to fly so the school is open 7 days a week (depending on the weather). A one day voucher is valid for 9 months (Christmas vouchers are valid for 6) so try and come as soon as you can. If you are unable to make your booking you need to let us know, please give us the minimum of 48 hours notice to cancel. In the case of a late cancellation you may lose your day.
On the day of your lesson we aim to give you an insight as to what the sport is about in a safe and fun environment. Depending on the weather conditions we will get you flying solo!
Every paraglider pilot must be a member of the British hang gliding and paragliding association (BHPA). Membership of the BHPA gives you 3rd-party insurance which is mandatory. The price of BHPA membership is included in one day vouchers and tandem flight vouchers. If you are on a course with is you can pay for BHPA membership when you sign in on your first lesson. We are a British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) registered school. As such, we have limited professional liability insurance. If you require personal accident insurance (to include paragliding) please arrange this in advance or with us on the day of your booking. If you would like further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the BHPA website
When is the best time to go Paragliding in the UK?Fly Sussex2016-01-18T11:55:20+00:00
We fly every day of the year as long the weather allows. We have stunning paragliding flights all year round. The flying in the winter can be very smooth with overcast skies limiting thermic activity, giving us perfect teaching conditions.
How long will a glider last?Fly Sussex2016-01-18T11:55:15+00:00
General wear and tear and deterioration from exposure to ultra-violet light usually limit the useful lifetime of a glider. Paragliders are particularly prone to UV damage and have an average life 300-400 flying hours, depending on how much they are used, how much exposure to sunlight they are subjected to and how well they are maintained.
What are the main components of a paraglider?Fly Sussex2016-01-18T11:55:10+00:00
A paraglider is made up of a CANOPY (the actual “wing” or “glider”), the RISERS/LINES (the cords by which the pilot is suspended below the canopy) and a HARNESS (the seat which supports the pilot beneath the canopy). In addition, the BRAKE LINES provide speed and directional control and CARABINERS are used to connect the risers and the harness together.
Are there any age limitations?Fly Sussex2018-06-19T10:21:15+00:00
We are able to teach students aged 16 and over. Depending on the size and aptitude of the individual, we can teach ages 16 to 18 but ask for them to be accompanied by an adult. The upper age limit is 65, unless specifically agreed with our instructors prior to booking.
How do I go about learning to fly?Fly Sussex2017-07-17T14:02:44+00:00
The best way to take up the sport is to book a course of instruction with a registered BHPA (British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) school, such as Fly Sussex Paragliding. We offer a one-day introductory courses so that you can try flying yourself before committing to the full cost of a course. On signing up for a full course, you will first complete the BHPA Elementary Pilot rating before progressing on to attain the full Club Pilot license, which allows you to fly yourself within the club environment. The next recommended stage is to join a club where you will be taken under the wing of more experienced pilots and learn the specifics of the local sites. A comprehensive list of UK schools can be found listed on the BHPA WEBSITE.
How high can you fly?Fly Sussex2017-07-17T14:02:44+00:00
When training, you will begin by just skimming the ground. As you progress and become more skilled and confident, you will gradually go higher and higher – under your instructor’s direction. There are different sources of “lift” available to hang glider and paraglider pilots. The most common is “ridge lift”, which you use to soar on the uprising air from hills, cliffs etc. Average height gains using ridge lift are around 200ft. The most useful form of lift is “thermal lift”. The skilled pilot utilises these pockets of warm, rising air in the same way that large birds such as eagles do. Using thermals, a pilot can reach heights of over 10,000ft in warmer countries such as France and Spain. In the UK, we have a cooler climate and, in the summer, heights of 3,000 to 6,000ft are the norm. The height, or altitude, that you fly at is strictly controlled by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and learning to read air maps is a must for the advancing pilot. Cross country flying is restricted to pilots who have reached “Pilot” level. The levels are: Elementary Pilot (EPC), Club Pilot (CPC), Pilot and Advanced Pilot.
Is Paragliding safe?Fly Sussex2017-07-17T14:02:44+00:00
A paraglider is an aircraft that packs into a rucksack allowing you walk up a hill, unpack and float up in the air, using nothing more than the air currents to climb up to the the clouds. Or to get technical, it’s a foot-launched, ram-air, aerofoil canopy, designed to be flown and landed with no other energy inputs other than the wind, gravity and a little muscle power.
It’s made of a super-strong, lightweight nylon fabric that inflates to create a stable wing above your head. A paraglider descends at around 200ft per minute. However, if the air is rising faster than the glider is going down (as often happens) the glider will gain height.
Flights of many hours and long distances are perfectly possible, and record-breaking flights in the UK are around 200km. Paragliders are designed for soaring flight unlike parachutes which are designed to descend.
What if the weather is bad?Fly Sussex2016-10-18T12:54:25+00:00
This varies depending on the weather. We leave a voicemail message on our answerphone by 7.30pm each night with details of the next days flying. This includes the time to meet at our shop. Start times will vary depending on the weather conditions.
Can I bring spectators?Fly Sussex2016-04-29T16:02:40+00:00
All paperwork, including your voucher and filled in booking form, a packed lunch, and plenty of water. If it’s sunny, don’t forget sun cream. In winter wear warm clothing and winter gloves. You’ll also need payment for your BHPA insurance if you are starting one of our two, five or ten day courses.
What shall I wear?Fly Sussex2018-06-19T10:19:51+00:00