Hang Gliding As An Inclusive Sport – Handicapped Hang-Gliding


Hang Gliding As An Inclusive Sport - Handicapped Hang-Gliding
Hang Gliding As An Inclusive Sport – Handicapped Hang-Gliding

Hang gliding is by far known to be one of the most thrill-seeking activities that one can indulge in. It features the use of nothing more than a thin fabric, held together with the help of flimsy metal rods which are also supported guided through the skies with one’s own body weight. Though it sounds dangerous and very intimidating, hang gliding is an activity for all and must be done at least once in your life. It is the rippling currents and how one feels precisely at home in a giant kite, hundreds of feet off of the floor. However, many rules must first be considered when a person goes through for a day of hang gliding. One of such rules includes the no persons with wheelchairs allowed. And now, thanks to the introduction of a new type of technology for the support of the wheelchair itself, even those who cannot walk or suffer from any disabilities can dream of flying.


As an initiative organised by the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, also known as BHPA. Flyability help those who are physically unable to participate in activities that include flying, such as hang gliding and paragliding. It aims to create a more friendly environment for those who are unable to attend and also to build a sense of confidence. This initiative was designed to help reduce discrimination against those with disabilities and also to help them work in a friendly environment where they are accepted. This initiative is considered to be an undoubtedly useful, program, not only does it address the issues in our society against those who are less abled, but it also teaches them flying skills and also helps them in their fight to achieve their goals and dreams.

The implications of “flyability” is straightforward. All it does to help those who are less abled is, to help them gain the confidence to step outside their comfort zone and to try out something that they were once told that they would never be able to do. This helps them to not only learn new techniques and gain unique experience, but it also changes their outlook on how they see themselves, as well as any other individuals who join the class alongside them.

Flyability is also known for its connection to the BHPA organisation, which acts as the main brain in the case where there are unique instances of a disabled individual wanted to try out the activities. Flyability also trains non-disabled individuals, meaning that there is ample time where a non-abled and an abled individual can interact and create bonds, thereby creating a higher sense of confidence and experience, rather than merely completing the activity itself.

Choosing your place of learning

By far one of the most effective methods used in this organisation and initiative is the choice of which academy or which school you would like to go for your training and flight exercises. A disabled individual as well as a non-disabled individual both have the choice of deciding where they would like to progress with their lessons.