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No flying during the months of Sep - Nov unless prior approval obtained using the contact numbers at the bottom of this...
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Permission must be sought from the Gamekeeper before flying. No flying August 12 – December 31.
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Great Whernside
The landowner has refused permission for us to park here, bottom land or to fly the NW face.  The area is...
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Nappa Scar
No XC flights between Aug 12th - Dec 31st inclusive (shooting season).
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Stags Fell (Members only)
DHPC members only. Only 12 pilots allowed in the air at any one time. No XC flights between Aug 12th - Dec 31st...
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Joining the DHPC
If you would like to join the DHPC please visit our membership section.

If you have any questions please contact us or use our forums.

Showing your Colours

If you have just qualified as a Club Pilot, many congratulations, but you still have a lot to learn. The gap between school and becoming an established member of a club is probably when you are at your most vulnerable. To ease you into the club safely we have a number of coaches to help you.

As it is important to identify low air time pilots in the air, everybody with less than ten hours soaring experience is actively encouraged to display a red streamer, attached to the kingpost on hang gliders, and from the bottom of the harness on paragliders.

Club Coaches

Club coaches are good and trusty people who have volunteered to help new pilots in the Club and to ensure that there is normally a friendly face on the hill. A list of current club coaches is printed in Skywords and on the website. If you are newly qualified then don’t be afraid to get in touch with the nearest coach to you and try to arrange to fly together. They are available to witness the prescribed tasks involved in the BHPA pilot rating scheme, and can offer advice on the same.

Coaching Days

During the summer the Chief Coach organises a coaching day once a month. The actual date is weather dependant. If you are newly qualified, un-current or in need of assistance then register with the Chief Coach and he will let you know of the next planned event.

Becoming a Club Coach

The post of Club Coach is not a flying qualification. A BHPA Club Coach is qualified to Club Pilot standard and has shown a willingness to help developing pilots improve their ability. He/she should be of a mature outlook, with unquestionable integrity, and sound flying experience. If you would like to be considered for a position, you should make the fact known to the Chief Coach. It is essential that applicants examine their motives beforehand.

Staying Current

Probably the most common contributing factor to paragliding and hang gliding accidents is a lack of currency.

We all know the feeling: the winter, the weather, work commitments and family have all contributed to keeping us off the hill; until now. No matter how experienced you are, it is inevitable that your skills will have slipped. It probably happens more to pilots with less overall experience – but it can happen to anyone.

So, how do we go about getting back into the air safely?

  • Get back into things gently – a few shorter soaring flights in easier conditions on a site you are familiar with.
  • Get some help or advice from club coaches – and join the club coaching group.
  • Go back to school. Most schools will welcome back former students for a refresher; they may not even charge!
  • Avoid spring thermals until you are back on form.
  • Avoid adding to the difficulty by introducing new kit when you’re rusty.

Club Coaches

Here is a list of experienced pilots to help newcomers in our club. These coaches and instructors have volunteered to make sure that new pilots need not be without a friendly face on the hill.

Helpful resources


DHPC Club Coaches at November 2017 (awaiting photographs and availability details for a number of coaches). Check club coach contact info list above for email/telephone details.


       Peter Balmforth CC    Kevin McLoughlin


   Martin Baxter               Ed Cleasby

    Simon Goodman           Minhaj Minhaj

   Alex Colbeck                 Trevor Birkbeck 

  Fred Winstanley            Alex Pealing   

   Chris Williams               David May

 Richard Meek                Tim Rogers

  Shaun Pickhard              Steve Mann

  Kevin Gay                      Rob Burtenshaw

  Jan Tempest