ParAvion Paragliding Centre
Elm Tree Park

Telephone: (01672) 861380
Fax: (01672) 861580
email: [email protected]

ParAvion Paragliding Centre aims to provide the highest quality tuition available. Our fully qualified, professional instructors will go out of their way to create a friendly and enthusiastic environment.

We train throughout the year and most of our training slopes are within 20 minutes drive of the centre.

Courses are open to anyone aged between 18 and 55 years old providing you’re physically fit enough to be able to climb up 200 – 400ft hills about ten times in a day. If you’re younger or older than this, then we recommend you learn to fly from a tow field (see BHPA link below). You will also need to weigh somewhere between 50kg and 110kg. Gliders do go bigger than this, but again we would recommend learning on tow (we should be in a position to offer this sort of training very soon).

We at ParAvion put our emphasis on quality not quantity. In other words we train fewer students to a higher standard rather than a lot of students to a medium/low standard. To achieve this:

 We have private and exclusive grass covered slopes on which to train (we pay a high price to keep these private).
• We don’t teach on crowded club sites.
• We will only use the latest, safest and most modern equipment (it is all replaced or updated every year).
• We keep our groups small so everyone gets the best attention.
• We have four instructors, not just one (between us we have over seventy years of flying experience).
• We only teach on good training days – not when the weather is poor!
• Our premises include a modern, purpose built classroom, shop, toilet and shower.
• All transport to and from our flying sites is provided, either in our minibus or 4x4s.
• If you’re looking for a higher standard, then you’ve found the right school.

So Why Else Should You Choose ParAvion?

ParAvion is a school with a very real difference. When you join us on a Taster Day you are a truly ‘valued’ customer and it is our aim to send you away with a big smile on your face. We want you to have a great time so that you’ll come back to us.

We certainly won’t give you old or worn out gliders to use like some schools and we’ll only take you out on a day when the conditions are GOOD for beginners, so don’t expect to go out on wet, windy or horrible days.

Once you decide to come back and do an EP course, you’re really in trouble. You will now have joined our ‘family’. You will have gone from being a ‘customer’ to becoming part of a very, very special community.

People that learn with ParAvion, simply never leave. They stay with us and join us on many of our flying holidays abroad, trips to different parts of the UK, social events, lecture days/evenings etc.

A lot of our students come to us from other schools because they have not been happy with the ‘less than satisfactory’ approach they have experienced there.

We run at least ten foreign flying holidays a year. However, before you can join us we will expect you to do at least four days training in the UK (we need to get you to a ‘comfortable’ stage in your training), but once that’s completed you can join us in France or Spain to finish your training to ‘Club Pilot’ level in a country with far more reliable weather than we suffer with here in the UK.

The people you meet on your course will become long-term friends and you’ll find your whole attitude to life in general will change. Don’t believe us? Well, just take a look at our discussion forum to see what we mean.

We teach doctors, policeman, fireman, solicitors, plumbers, airline pilots, electronics and computer wizards, TV producers and even professional layabouts; everyone is welcome.