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About us

We are a group of hang glider and paraglider pilots who fly in Mid-Wales, roughly from Rhaeadr to Aberystwyth and from Harlech to the Preselis. We provide post-Club Pilot support, negotiate and manage sites to fly in our area, and organise social and training events for our members.

We are affiliated with the Welsh Free Flight Federation so our members are able to fly many of the sites in Wales. In return WFFF members may fly our open sites without paying the daily membership fee.

We are a club of qualified pilots -- we do not teach people to fly. If you would like to learn how to fly a hang glider or paraglider then you must find a school. The Mid-Wales Paragliding Centre is based near Aberystwyth and run by a club member. Other Welsh and nearby schools are listed on the links page, all the schools in the UK are listed on the BHPA website.

How to join

Full instructions are on the how to join page. Full membership costs £10 per year.

Flying our sites

Look at the sites guide for up-to-date information on our sites. Welsh Free Flight Federation members are welcome to fly our open sites, other non-members must pay a daily membership fee.

We'd love for everyone to be able to fly all our sites, unfortunately, some of our sites, marked "members only", are extremely sensititive. These are restrictions placed upon us by the landowners. Please do not fly any of these sites if you are not a member: you risk permanent loss of the site for everybody.

If, on your travels, you see a likely looking hill and fancy flying it, please contact us first as there will probably be a reason that it's not in the sites guide. Flying such hills can jeopardise other hills under our stewardship and we'd rather avoid such issues!

Post Lockdown situation

Since the easing of the recent lockdown restrictions we have been able to open up many of our sites for flying again subject to following the current BHPA guidelines  published on their website.

Some sites have remained closed as they are on private land and either we have not yet been able to contact the landowners or they are still a bit apprehensive with regards to pilots resuming flying at this particularly moment.

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Members Only Sites

Please note that our members only sites such as the Elan Valley and Ffairbourne are sensitive.
There is to be no commercial use of these or ANY mid Wales sites- this means instruction and any form of post CP guiding,  tandem flying etc
If, after you've contacted the club about a site and been asked not to fly it, please don't then fly it anyway. It causes us no end of hassle. You wouldn't like this sort of behaviour in your area.
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The Elan Valley is a members only site.

If you're not a member, please DO NOT fly there. You will need to ring the the Elan Valley Trust on 01597 810449 and leave the name of all pilots before they start flying at the site. This is a condition imposed by the landowners and there is a real danger of losing our best SW site if non-members fly here (even if they are accompanied by a full member). Membership is only £10 a year and you can join online. The new website offers a number of advantages, such as individualised login and instant access to the members only part of the website.

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Please note changes on sites guide for Llanddewi Brefi.

The Elan Valley is a members only site. If you're not a member, please DO NOT fly there. You will need to ring the the Elan Valley Trust on 01597 810449 and leave the name of all pilots before they start flying at the site. This is a condition imposed by the landowners and there is a real danger of losing our best SW site if non-members fly here (even if they are accompanied by a full member). Membership is only £10 a year and you can join online. The new website offers a number of advantages, such as individualised login and instant access to the members only part of the website.

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Sites Guide Intro

Foot launch pilots rated Club Pilot and above are most welcome to fly the sites listed in this guide. We do ask however, that on your first visit to any site, you persuade a member of the Mid-Wales Club to accompany you.

Our sites are not suitable for speed-flying.

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AGM minutes

The minutes for the AGM, held at the Hafod Hotel in Pontarfynach on the 29th of September 2012 are now available on the members page of the website.

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