The Royal Navy Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (RNHPA)
The Royal Navy Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (RNHPA) has been in existence for over 25 years. It is an excellent facility open to all serving members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Navy Reserves. Hang Gliding and Paragliding allows an individual to experience the most natural and purest form of flying. With places that permit flying all over the country including sites within twenty minutes of Portsmouth and Plymouth, it is probably the most accessible and cheapest form of flying too.
The RNHPA is approved by the Director of Naval sport and Recreation (DNSR) to co-ordinate al RN/RM hang gliding and paragliding activity. DNSR give the association financial assistance and you can get access to this funding by joining the Association. Specific benefits include, access to subsidised hang gliding or paragliding courses, low cost rental agreements on flying equipment (hang gliders, paragliders and instruments), reduced accommodation rates when staying at the Joint Service Hang Gliding and Paragliding Centre (JSHPC) in SE Wales, access to friendly club competitions and advice on anything flying related.
The Royal Navy Association meets at least three times a year. At Easter we get together for a weeklong flying expedition, which allows the association to prepare for the inter-service competitions. In July we meet up again for the all-crucial Inter-Service Hang Gliding and Paragliding Competitions, the Royal Navy being the reigning hang gliding champions. Then in August you can go away with the other two services on a flying expedition to Continental Europe where pilots can experience conditions that will push them to the limit. It has not been unknown for pilots straight out of training to climb to heights of greater than 10,000ft and for the more experienced to fly for distances in excess of 50km. The association also gathers throughout the year to represent the Joint Services in the British Club challenge competition, this competition gives Royal Navy personnel the chance to test their skills against other flying clubs and pilots in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
If you are in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines or Royal Navy Reserve, you are eligible to attend a hang gliding or paragliding course for free as part of your Adventurous Training entitlement. A potential pilot can qualify to fly a hang glider or paraglider with as little as four weeks it is an opportunity not to be missed. For more information on any of the courses available to service personnel look in Joint Services DCI 1 2003 Appendix 7 to Annex C or call the:
Phone: Joint Services Hang Gliding and Paragliding Centre on the military telephone line: 943543260
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||Lt Cdr Rory Lynch
||Lt Steve Blackler
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||WO2ET(WE) Wayne Holmes
|Portsmouth Flying Contact
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|South England Flying Contact
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Web site: Royal Navy Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association External Web Page
Web site: British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association