Learn to Speed Fly!

CFI Alistair and his friend Dan Speed Flying down Les Bossons Glacier in Chamonix

We are now able to offer fully BHPA approved training in speed flying with experienced instructors based in South Wales as part of the BHPA’s Speed Flying Trial Initiative.  Speed flying is flying small, highly maneuverable wings, fast and close to the terrain.  This exciting and relatively new development in the sport is not for everyone!  You will need to be fit, healthy, co-ordinated and have good reactions.  We only use our larger sites for this discipline, which are situated in the Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains and occasionally Rhossili beach on the Gower peninsula.

Email us to discuss your requirements: alistair@crickhowellparagliding.com

THE TRAINING

The training takes approximately 3-5 days to complete in total, but this is usually spread over a period of a couple of months because of the need for good weather.  Rather than running set courses, training takes place whenever the weather is suitable, 7 days a week.  Whenever the weather is forecast to be suitable, notification is made a few days in advance via a Whatsapp group.  If you can make it, we meet you at the flying site and off we go! 

You can start as a complete beginner, at the end of which you will be capable of speed flying without an instructor present, join a local club, and fly from their sites.  If you have previous canopy handling experience as a skydiver, BASE jumper or kite surfer you will still need to do the full course, but you will have a distinct advantage.   

If you are already a paragliding Elementary Pilot you will progress quickly and should finish in less than 5 days.

If you are already a paragliding Club Pilot the speed flying course is effectively a conversion course and can be done in 1 or 2 days, depending on your physical fitness and the weather.

If you’d like to, you can also attend a 1 day taster day before you commit to the full course to see if it is for you.


The training is progressive, with the first morning spent on a thorough briefing, introduction to the equipment and learning to control the wing with your feet firmly on the ground.  You will soon be making short, ground skimming flights before progressing gradually to higher and longer flights with turns.

There is some theory and a simple written test, but the emphasis is on practical training on these highly maneuverable and fun wings. 

SYLLABUS

Phase 1: Briefing
Phase 2: Ground handling
Phase 3: First hops
Phase 4: First flights
Phase 5: High flights
Phase 6: Theory and written test

ACHIEVEMENT
At the end of the course you should feel confident in your own ability to assess the weather conditions, choose a suitable take off area, launch safely and fly down the mountain at speed to the landing area, making safe turns with good ground clearance along the way.

PRICES

A taster day is £150.*


Subsequent training days are also priced at £150*

The daily fee includes instruction from our ex-military team, use of the wing, harness, helmet and radio (we use Ozone Firefly 3 – 16m mini wings for the training), all ground training, theory and exams.

If you are already speed flying and have your own equipment, but would like to gain the BHPA speed flying qualification, this should be possible to achieve in a single day for £120.*

Just like our paraglider training, we only train at low ratios, typically two or three students to one instructor. This allows you to get the maximum from your training days, and allows you to complete your training efficiently, with maximum support from us throughout.

BHPA

(BRITISH HANG GLIDING AND PARAGLIDING ASSOCIATION LTD)

Throughout your training you will be progressing through your BHPA student training record book and completing your flying tasks to a satisfactory standard, each one signed off as it is completed.  In order to fly our sites all pilots and students must be members of the BHPA.  As the sport’s governing body the BHPA provides us with £5 million 3rd party liability insurance. 

*You’ll need to be a BHPA member in order to undergo training with us. This membership entitles you to all the benefits that trained pilots receive, including 3rd party insurance of £5 million and a monthly magazine. The current costs are day £22, three month trial £67 and annual £129, plus a £22 joining fee. Our training days are typically 6 to 8 hours in length.

Please note you will also need to pay the BHPA a further £10 on completion of your speed flying training in order to register your qualification. 

Please Note The BHPA Speed Flying course is a training regime under development.  Training methods are being developed by specialist schools as part of a trial and by undertaking the Speed Flying course you will be taking part in this trial.  Flying on mini wings and speed wings is a new activity and the training in this activity has not been as rigorously tested as the training on standard paragliding courses and where appropriately certified full size paragliders are used. Most mini wings and speed wings are not certified to the standard that covers full size paragliders.