18 April, 2009


The Royal Navy Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (RNHPA)

Hang Gliding

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.

Para Gliding

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.

RNHPC Group photo

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.

Hang Gliding 2

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 Icon Phone: Joint Services Hang Gliding and Paragliding Centre on the military telephone line: 943543260

President Cdre C L Palmer RN 938026623
Chairman Lt Cdr Rory Lynch 848 ST15 935106297
Secretary  Lt Steve Blackler HMS ARK ROYAL-ISE 02392327462
Treasurer WO2ET(WE) Wayne Holmes RAL-WSTOM1 937541840
Portsmouth Flying Contact WO1 Tony Haile tonyhaile@tiscali.co.uk 938842212 / 2220
South England Flying Contact Lt Cdr Rob Dowdell NFSFRWFS 935106944

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