Please click here to scroll down to September 2000 for an introduction to Flyability's web-site.
To date Flyability has awarded:
...& since July 2000 Flyability has sponsored:
at least 138 Tandem Flights
For general information about hang gliding and paragliding please click here
Latest Flyability news & updates:
Please note the change in the Flyability mailing address.
Flyability8 Merus CourtMeridian Business ParkLeicester LE19 1RJUnited Kingdom
Able Pilot is a completely separate and independent organisation from Flyability UK but we do share and support common goals. Over the years Flyability has received many enquiries from around the world inc. the USA and it is now good to know that such an organisation exists as a point of contact and support for US residents.
The following text has been copied from the Able Pilot web site (original copyright respected).
"ABLE Pilot™ is a chapter of the United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association, Inc. ABLE Pilot™ Mission To help people with disabilities (spinal cord injuries, amputations, and neuromuscular disease) to safely experience the freedom, joys and sense of accomplishment of free flight that paragliding offers.
The ABLE Pilot™ program is a research and instructional program designed to establish and support the development and testing of formal paragliding, hang gliding and ultralight instructional protocol and methods for student pilots with various physical disabilities.
ABLE Pilot™ promotes development of pilot skills through sport and camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts in order to:
Dear Lakes Charity Classic Organising Committee and Cumbria Soaring Club.
I am writing to most sincerely thank you for your recent donation of £750 to Flyability from the proceeds of the 2009 Lakes Charity Classic event. Not only has the Lakes Charity Classic grown and developed into truly awesome and highly respected event but it is very impressive to see that you are able to raise and pass on such significant amounts of money in the form of donations to worthy causes.
Having just checked back in the Flyability archive, you may be interested to know that it was monies donated to Flyability from the 1996 Lakes Charity Classic that were used to conceive, begin and fund the first two historic Flyability pilot training scholarships. Needless to say, that student 'pilot' scheme was a great success and led to the establishment of the now permanent Flyability pilot training schemes that have been running with many notable success stories ever since. Not only has the pilot training scholarship scheme been extended to subsidise both student and club pilot training courses but the Flyability sponsored tandem flight scheme was also born due to the success of the pilot training scholarship scheme and its origins in being initially funded by donations from the Lakes Charity Classic.
To date Flyability has awarded 70 pilot training scholarships to people with varying disabilities and since July 2000 Flyability has sponsored and facilitated in excess of 114 tandem flights for people with disabilities.
Many of these pilot training scholarships and tandem flights have taken place within Cumbria and have involved local schools, pilots and members of the Cumbria Soaring Club. Thus, the past and continued support of Flyability by the Lakes Charity Classic and the Cumbria Soaring Club has been instrumental to our success and survival.
In these uncertain economic times when we are seeing a decline in individual donations and with the demise of regular funding to Flyability from the BHPA, your recent donation of £750 to Flyability is indeed very important, if not essential in enabling us to maintain our core aims, objectives, various schemes and indeed some modest development plans.
With sincere thanks for your generosity, to all those that attended or contributed to the event and for all of the hard work that must go into organising such a fabulous Lakes Charity Classic.
On behalf of Flyability. Flyability is a registered charity (no. 1059197) in England and Wales.
"With growing number of paraglider pilots overall, small wonder there is also growing number of actively flying disabled pilots. More often than not, their disability is directly connected to paragliding. Yet they continue to fly, providing us with testimony both of their personal strength and of our passion. Out of respect for their perseverance we would like to create an opportunity to meet each other at our Polish Open competition, to be held 1-7th August in Sopot, Bulgaria.
We are ready to provide transportation to launch site (chair lift combined with ATV quads on the ridge), support in take-off and retrieve when necessary (of course we hope everybody will make the goal :)
If enough pilots show up, it is possible to have a separate classification, effectively equal to first unofficial European Disabled Paragliding Championships. While we believe such a competition is an excellent opportunity for integration of entire flying community (in fact it takes place in every moment on take off, during task and in the evenings), we also think that scoring disabled pilots in general classification is not entirely fair (as they can't operate speed system, have worse weightshift possibilities, can't take the same risks etc)
All in all, we believe that having such competition will provide the disabled pilots with great opportunity to fly in new interesting mountains, general audience with a great positive feedback and perhaps offering a boost to all those afraid to return in the air.
See you in the skies above Sopot range!"
Flyability Ireland is a totally independent and separate organisation from Flyability UK but we have been very happy to help and support this new organisation to 'get off the ground' with the sharing of some advice, experience and equipment.
Although not yet a registered charity, Flyability Ireland has very similar aims and objectives to Flyability UK and we wish them all the best for the future. For more information please see: www.paramotoring.ie/flyability_ireland.htm
Details of the May / June 2008 Flyability sponsored specialist paragliding course are now on-line.
FLYABILITY @ HOMEGROWN
Do you use a wheelchair or have a disability? Come and find out how YOU can learn to hang glide or paraglide at the Homegrown Festival!
Paragliding and hang gliding give you the freedom of the skies, and with specially-adapted equipment you can learn to fly solo.
Come and find out more or even take a taster tandem flight with an instructor at the Homegrown Festival, near Builth Wells in mid-Wales, 8-10 September 2006.
Pilots from the charity 'Flyability' will be on hand to show you the equipment that's used.
"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."
The Homegrown Festival is a big paragliding and hang gliding festival, with aerobatic shows, trade show, food, beer tent, live music, talks and much more. Come and join us! For more on the festival check out www.homegrownfestival.com, or call 01273 673000
Stop-Press: There are still a few places left on the 2006 Flyability sponsorsed specialist paragliding course. See below and or click here for more details.
You can purchase the 2005 calendar from www.xcshop.com
The Flyability stand space at the Donnington Mobility Roadshow has been kindly sponsored by Quadtech - Quad Bikes, see them next to the Flyability stand.
Flyability maintains a small pool of specialist flying equipment that is used to facilitate flying for people with disabilities. This flying equipment is used for tandem flights and during specialized Flyability pilot training courses. It is also available for loan to BHPA schools, clubs and pilots for Flyability use.-
The Flyability owned tandem paraglider has now reached the end of its safe useful life (I'm very pleased to say that we've worn it out!) so we are replacing it with a new one. This donation of £500 from the CSC will be of significant help in the purchase of the new tandem paraglider.
Sincere thanks are sent to the Cumbria Soaring Club, its members and the participants of the 2002 Lakes Charity Classic.
A big thank to to everyone who has sent material for inclusion on the Flyability web site.
September 11th 2001:
CAA Bans All Flying on Wednesday 12th September
Information regarding Restriction of Flying Regulations
June 14th 2001:
Please click here for the latest BHPA news on the Foot & Mouth epidemic:
Despite the continuing foot & mouth situation, many BHPA schools and clubs are now operating. Please click here for a list of :
April 5th 2001:
FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE UPDATE
The BHPA provides the following advice to all pilots
All BHPA members should be fully aware of the highly infectious nature of Foot & Mouth disease. It can be transferred on your boots, clothing, wings etc.
ALL Flyability FLYING ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED DUE TO THE FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE CRISIS THAT HAS HIT THE UK
Please treat all UK farmland flying sites as CLOSED until further notice:
Due to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease, all BHPA members and prospective pilots should be fully aware of the contagious nature of this disease. All members should keep away from any livestock or farms.
Hello and welcome to the official Flyability web-site. This new site represents our desire to move all our Flyability information, content and printed fact-sheets onto the web. In doing so it will hopefully be more readily accessible to a far greater number of people.
The site is most definitely still under construction and development - so please bear with us. Notably, the addition of numerous illustrative photographs to many of the pages and the construction of an extensive Flyability photo-gallery will follow in the coming weeks. So please check back every so often and/or join the Flyability e-mailing list.
To complement our Flyability Pilot Scholarship Scheme, the web site launch coincides with the launch of our new Flyability Sponsored Tandem Flight Scheme. This new tandem flight scheme is intended to give many more people with disabilities the opportunity to experience and enjoy the thrills and exhilaration of free-flying.
I hope that you find the Flyability web-site useful and informative, if you feel motivated and/or inspired by what you find here then all the better!
Please take time to browse and if you experience any problems with the site please let me know and I will fix them.
Thank you for your time.
Steve Varden, (Flyability Secretary & Web-master).