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Charity no. 1059197 

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. We are a small group of volunteers that work in our spare time to make free flight accessible to anyone who wants to fly.

Flyability strives to motivate disabled people to become involved in the sport of hang gliding and paragliding and to train as pilots. We do this by encouraging disabled people to train at the BHPA registered school of their choice – alongside non-disabled student pilots (where possible).

Much of Flyability’s work in the sport, focuses around changing peoples’ perception of disability and their attitudes toward disabled people. 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 disabled people who may be unable to fly alone or who may need to try out different types of flying to find the form most suited to them. Flyability’s tandem flight scholarships and solo student pilot scholarships are the main use of its charitable funds.

You can contact Flyability in the following ways:

Email: Contact@Flyability.org.uk

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/flyability/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/flyabilityuk

YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEYtFGvJz3iqxfsdH7GTgTA/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flyabilityuk/

By snail-mail:

Flyability
8 Merus Court
Meridian Business Park
Leicester LE19 1RJ
United Kingdom

Success Stories

Hanggliding in Rio

Hanggliding in Rio

Back in June 2015 we received an email from Mark asking for some advice about fulfilling his ambitio

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Wheelchair paragliding in Greece

Wheelchair paragliding in Greece. For more information please contact George Tselikas.

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Australian WASP paragliding wheelchair

Light-weight paragliding wheelchair from Australia - can be flown tandem & solo.

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Hang glider wheeled launch technique

Hang glider wheeled launch technique

Steve Varden's wheeled launch technique My hang gliding wheeled launches (hill) are slightly diff

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Managing energy levels

One of the main problems disabled (and non-disabled) pilots encounter is managing their energy level

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Can't tell left from right

Knowing your left from your right is crucial for a student in training and also for following the ru

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Paragliding buggy development in Poland

Paragliding buggy development in Poland

Paragliding pilot Jedrzej Jaxa-Rozen aka Endrik from Poland has been developing his own buggy f

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Training pilots with disabilities

Training Pilots with Disabilities Steve Varden writes This article is meant to stimulate thoug

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Russel's Paragliding and BASE jumping Buggy (USA)

Russel's Paragliding and BASE jumping Buggy (USA)

[caption id="attachment_598" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Russel preparing to launch his buggy[/

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Specialist equipment from around the world

Specialist equipment from around the world

Update on Paragliding buggy from Poland Swiss paragliding wheelchair French paragliding buggy

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Flying Frenzy training Guernsey pilots

Flying Frenzy training Guernsey pilots

In August the Guernsey Paragliding Club travelled to Flying Frenzy in Dorset in order to train two o

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Wheelchair to 500 feet

Wheelchair to 500 feet

by George Ransome now Chairman of Flyability George after his solo I'm sat on a plane from Al

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The Joy of (one handed) Paraglider Flying

The Joy of (one handed) Paraglider Flying

I had been flying for about 2 1/2 years, give or take a month or two, when I lost my left arm, so I

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French Paragliding Wheelchair Buggies

French paragliding buggyFrench wheelchair paragliding featuring the Fauteuil Cage control system

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Canadian paragliding wheelchair

Canadian paragliding wheelchair. For more information e-mail Lars Taylor.

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First Scholarship flight of 2014

First Scholarship flight of 2014

We're pleased to announce that our first scholarship flight of 2014 has taken place. Chris flew with

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Lakes MS Flyability day

Lakes MS Flyability day

In July 2013 Steve Kitchen arranged a series of tandem paraglider flights for people with MS. They f

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Getting around

A number of Flyability's scholarship awards have gone to people who have invested in extra equipment

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Swiss Paragliding Wheelchair Buggy

Swiss designed paragliding buggy, suitable for solo & tandem flying

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