What is Flyability?
Flyability is the Disability Initiative of the British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association. The BHPA is the UK governing body of the sport of hang gliding and paragliding.
“Flyability aims to promote and provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the sport of hang gliding, paragliding and other related forms of flight.”
Flyability does not simply take people with disabilities flying, but strives to motivate people with disabilities to become involved in the sport of hang gliding and paragliding and to train as pilots.
Flyability encourages people with disabilities to train at the BHPA registered school of their choice - alongside able-bodied student pilots (where possible).
Much of Flyability’s work in the sport, focuses around changing peoples’ perception of disability and their attitudes toward people with disabilities. Disability awareness, education and advice play key roles in Flyability’s aims and objectives, as does the development of specialist equipment, training and flying techniques.
Flyability promotes and funds tandem flying for people with disabilities who may be unable to fly alone. Flyability's first time tandem Air Experience flights and its solo Student Pilot Scholarships are the main use of its charitable funds.
The BHPA Flyability Initiative has formal status within the BHPA’s structure and reports directly to the BHPA’s Executive Council on disability related matters within the sport.