Welcome to RAF Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

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The RAF Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (RAFHPA) is dedicated to helping its members develop their sporting skills and become more capable and confident pilots through competitive free flying. This is achieved through the use of BHPA qualified club coach tuition, endorsed club membership, overseas visits, advanced flying courses and national level competitions. The Association is geared towards loaning equipment to its newly qualified members, potentially free of charge, to help them through the crucial post Club Pilot phase. Please browse through this website where you will find the latest news, forthcoming events, membership details, equipment hire information, a branded clothing guide and Committee contact links. Fly safe, fly high.

Latest News

From Cosford to Colombia with the UK Armed Forces Paragliding Team

Colombia Teaser

28 February 2017

Steve Miller, RAFHPA Equipment Member, reports on the highly successful UK Armed Forces Paragliding tour to the Cauca Valley in Colombia.

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RAF Paragliding Team Captain wins Lakes Charity Classic


25 July 2016

RAF Team Captain, Tom Garner, fantastically flew to success in the 2016 Lakes Charity Classic; here he modestly describes his victory.

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What is paragliding?


Developed from parachuting canopies, learn more about this exciting sport from the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA).

What is hang gliding?


Since the 1970s, Hang gliders have developed into simple yet sophisticated aircraft built of aluminium, carbon-fibre and high-tech sail fabrics.

Become a paraglider pilot

  • Become a Paraglider Pilot

    Service personnel can qualify as a paraglider pilot through the Joint Service Adventurous Training (JSAT) Scheme.

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Become a hang glider pilot


    Service personnel can only learn to hang glide through a private provider. We can give you advice though so get in touch.

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RAF Sports Lottery

  • RAF Sports Lottery

    By playing the new RAF Sports Lottery you are helping to fund grants for RAF Sports Associations, teams and individuals.

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The RAF Sports Board

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