Learning to fly Speed Wings


Have you ever dreamed of swooping like an eagle?

Airworks can make that dream a reality. Speedflying can be enjoyed by people over fourteen - you can learn to speedfly in as few as six days.

With our expert tuition you will quickly develop the technique to become a competent pilot; strength is not a requirement. We have private sites covering all wind directions, ideal for the early days.

Learn to fly with the Airworks Paragliding School on our premium sites at the heart of the beautiful South Downs National Park. We have been flying and soaring speed wings since the advent of the sport and are the only school teaching speed flying in the south of England. The short non-soaring course is part of a BHPA trial which has been running for a few years now.

Make no mistake, speed flying is unforgiving of mistakes. Consequently we start you off on normal paragliders and move onto the smaller speedwings once a modicum of control has been achieved. Usually this is mid afternoon on day one, but it is dependent on your ability. Parachuting experience can be a handicap as speedwings are much more responsive to control inputs so you may have some unlearning to do. That said, short of base jumping, it is the closest you can get to parachuting without an aircraft. It is decidedly safer than base jumping or wingsuit flying. You can also add skis, turning it into speed riding, which further enhances your safety, but we rarely have enough snow here to do so locally.

Alongside our centre is Winging It's fully stocked shop of paramotors, paragliders, hang gliders and associated equipment.

We also have excellent classroom facilities equipped for all your needs and an on-site cafe.

To discuss your needs please feel free to pop in for a coffee and a chat, call us on (01273)434002 or email info@airworks.co.uk.

Training Courses & Gifts


Fast Tracking and Upgrading to a course

We have, with no shadow of doubt, the most committed group of instructors, dedicated to actually teaching you to fly. We go the extra distance every time to ensure that your learning experience is both enjoyable and effective. We don't offer any gimmicky fast tracking options; all of our students are on the fast track if they so desire, we don't charge extra, you just need to be available. Alternatively, if you wish to learn at a more sedate pace, we can help there too. If you have completed a taster day with us or another BHPA school and you wish to progress your training towards Club Pilot(Novice) level please select the appropriate upgrade below. You will have to join the BHPA as a full member (currently £195p.a.) when you come for your next days training:

Upgrade Taster Day to Paragliding Elementary Pilot - £580  Add to basket.

Upgrade Taster Day to Paragliding Club Pilot - £1420   Add to basket.

Find Us

Airworks Paragliding Centre |BHPA Registered School No. 282 | Unit 4 Stone Cross Farm Industrial Estate | LAUGHTON | East Sussex | BN8 6BN | Shop Tel. 01273 434002 | Weathercheck Tel. (01323) 811770 | email: info@airworks.co.uk © 2018 Airworks Paragliding Centre

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Laughton, UK


Before You Book

Before you book, please read our terms and privacy policy.

Age limits: Dual flights - 12 (can be waived in exceptional circumstances,) Solo flying - 14.

Please Note: Lessons do not have to be taken on consecutive days and may take more or less days than stated, depending on the individual's ability. It is advisable not to leave too much time between lessons, as progression through your course will be detrimentally affected. If you leave more than one month between lessons, you will be required to purchase an additional days training (£99) for each month without flying. Courses must be completed within 12 months of commencing. On all our courses we will only fly if it is safe to do so and in this regard the Duty Instructors decision is final.

BHPA Membership

Membership to the British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association is mandatory because it covers you for third party liability. This is taken out on arrival at the school.

Day membership is £24 and full annual membership is £195.

Personal Accident Insurance

Aviation is inherently dangerous and can result in injury or death.

Personal Accident Insurance is not included in your BHPA membership nor is it currently available through the BHPA. We strongly recommend that you take out Personal Accident Insurance for the duration of your speedflying course. However, we not aware of any insurers offering cover for speedflying, but if we all keep asking someone may take up the challenge.

Airworks Paragliding Centre |BHPA Registered School No. 282 | Unit 4 Stone Cross Farm | Laughton | East Sussex | BN8 6BN | Shop Tel. 01273 434002 | Weathercheck Tel. (01323) 811770 | info@airworks.co.uk © 2021 Airworks Paragliding Centre


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