We welcome, all students at Active Edge, but do suggest that you need to be fit and healthy and capable of walking up hills. If you have any health issues, please call us, and we can discuss whether this will be an impediment. You'll need a "Doctor's note" if you're over 60, stating you're fit and healthy to do Paragliding.
Students can train with us from 14 years of age, but under 18's require parental consent. There is no upper age limit!
This will depend on the nature of your disability, and we'd be happy to hear from you to discuss whether it will be possible. We will always do our best to train anyone who wants to fly. There may also be financial assistance for some courses available from the BHPA's Flyability scheme, see www.flyability.org.uk
Many pilots are afraid of heights. Once you complete the theory part of the courses and understand how a glider works and how to stay safe, it can make you feel a lot more comfortable. Also, the training builds up height very gradually; you start running down a slope, staying on the ground, then do small hops, then move a little higher each time you fly.
All forms of aviation carry an inherent risk. The key to being safe is to understand the dangers and fly within the limits of the glider and your ability. While you are in school, you will have the best equipment and instruction to keep you safe.
The gliders that we use during training have been designed with safety as the primary driver. They are very stable during launch and in flight.
Learning with Active Edge, you will have one of the best and most experienced instructors in the country. Your instructor will not allow you to fly unless the conditions are suitable for your ability. You will be taught according to the BHPA syllabus, ensuring that you cover all the essential theory regarding safety in flight as well as progressing through practical training at a pace which is comfortable for you.
Our flying sites are in the Yorkshire Dales, mostly around Settle, Ingleton, and Hawes. Where we teach on any day depends on the wind, weather conditions, and the competence level of students.
You will be spending the day out on the hills, so dress appropriately. You will need enough layers to keep warm and some sturdy ankle support footwear such as walking boots with a good grip. We recommend long sleeves and long trousers.
You may be out for the whole day and sometimes well into the evening in summer. Bring plenty of water, lunch, and snacks. Remember sunglasses and sun cream if it's bright!
You also require payment for BHPA membership if you are not already a member. Bring cash for a Funday; for training or annual membership, a debit/credit is best.
We can only let students train when the weather is suitable for their ability. A good flyable day requires a light wind and no rain. Clouds are not a problem; a dull overcast day with light winds can often be better than one in blazing sunshine. Your instructor is very experienced in knowing what conditions are suitable and safe for students.
We will let you know when you Login to the "Daily Briefing." at 08:15, whether or not the weather is suitable for training. If it is not, then you rebook for the next available date.
Active Edge is a BHPA approved school and follow the BHPA training syllabus. The Funday is designed to cover the first few requirements of the Elementary Pilot course. As such, every student trained by Active Edge must be a current member of the BHPA. You can get single day membership for a Funday or longer membership for those enrolled on EP and CP courses. You can buy a membership from the instructor on the day of your course. All of this fee goes directly to the BHPA. The membership options are shown on the booking form.
Active Edge provides all the equipment that students require while they are in school. The training gliders that we use are very safe and well maintained. If you have the glider that you wish to use for training, please let us know the details. The instructor will have to be happy that the glider is suitable for your weight and skill level before using it for training.
It can be beneficial for students to purchase their glider before the end of their CP course. It means they get time while still in the school environment to get used to their new wing and practice ground handling away from the school.
We supply a large selection of Paragliding and Paramotoring equipment. We offer great deals and packages on new and used equipment.
When you have completed your Club Pilot course, you will need a Paraglider, harness & helmet, these are the three essential items.
As a rough guide, new equipment is available from £3000 and used from £1000.
Information for prospective pilots
Download the BHPA Elementary Pilot Training Guide (PDF)