Welcome to the DHPC
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About the Club

The Dunstable Hang-gliding and Paragliding Club (DHPC) is a popular club with over 200 members. We can often be seen flying at the Downs and also at our other sites around the Chiltern Hills in Bedfordshire and Bucks. We have three hill flying sites; Dunstable Downs, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Chinnor. We also have access to a farm airstrip for PPG/PHG flying (powered paramotors and hang-gliders).

However, Dunstable Downs itself lies inside Luton Airport's CTR (Control Zone - Class D airspace) and the CAA has issued the club with a 'Letter of Agreement' which gives us access for flying within this Control Zone, subject to certain rules and regulations, with the main rules being that; (a) all pilots must be Full Members of the Club, and (b) all pilots flying at Dunstable must complete an Airspace Briefing before flying. Therefore, all our sites are Members only. This is due to the agreements in place that were negotiated to gain a right to fly these sites. Please do not jeopardize this for us.

Join the Club

To join our club, you must be a current BHPA member with a Club Pilot (CP) minimum rating. IPPI cards are not accepted, you must first contact the BHPA to convert this to a UK rating.

New Members wanting to join the Club for the first time, please read the Join the Club page, and follow the instructions carefully!

To join the Club, click the button on whichever Membership option you require. You must then join the Club 'GroupSpaces' site before you pay for your Club membership. See the two membership options here:

Full Membership (£20)

This allows Full Members to fly at Dunstable Downs, Sharpenhoe, Chinnor & Holmbeck Farm (for Powered Paragliders/Hang-gliders). All pilots joining are required to pass the mandatory Airspace Brief. Click on the button below to join.

Limited Membership (£5)

This allows Limited Memberships to ONLY fly at Sharpenhoe, Chinnor and Holmbeck Farm Airfield, but not at Dunstable Downs. Pilots joining as Limited Members do NOT require the Airspace Briefing. Click on the button below to join.

Airspace Briefing

Full Members - an Airspace Briefing is required if you wish to fly at Dunstable Downs. Limited Members (£5) do not require the Briefing.

Full Members who wish to fly at Dunstable Downs, must attend the mandatory Airspace Briefing with the Lead Coach before flying at the Downs for the first time. Upon completion, pilots are issued with a lifetime Airspace Sticker that must be displayed on your flight helmet. Airspace Briefings can be arranged on weekend mornings or summer evenings, as notified on the Club Facebook page. Email the Lead Coach to arrange a briefing. The Airspace document (PDF) can downloaded by clicking the button below.

Pilots who do not have a Airspace Sticker are NOT allowed to fly at Dunstable Downs


Club News, Events & Emails

This area is for members to access recent club news, events and emails that have been sent out to all members. If you change your email address, can you make sure that you update your profile on GroupSpaces.

RSS Club Events

  • Pilot Lectures & Exam Night July 11, 2017
    The Club is again organising Pilot Lecture sessions and an Exam night for all members wishing to take the BHPA Pilot(P) Rating.  These will be held at Tilsworth Golf Centre (LU7 9PU), on four consecutive weeks finishing with the actual Pilot Exam night on the forth evening. These will run from 7.30 - 10.00pm. Low […]
    Richard Greaves
  • DHPC Events feed June 28, 2014
    This is a dummy event to keep the RSS feed working
    James Dell

Learning to fly / Air Experience flights

Have you seen us flying and keen to learn this exciting sport, here you will learn how to start flying or you may just want to do a tandem flight with a BHPA Instructor.

Learning to fly

The DHPC cannot teach you to fly. Our club is for pilots that have already qualified from a BHPA Registered School. You can only fly with our Club once you have passed the BHPA ‘Club Pilot‘ Rating at a BHPA Registered School. You must also own your own glider and equipment before flying with us. For more in-depth information about learning to fly a hang-glider or paraglider from our Club Lead Coach, click on the button below.

Air Experience Days / Tandem flights

The DHPC does NOT provide air-experience days or tandem flights to the general public due to insurance issues. Please visit the BHPA website for more information should you wish to arrange a tandem flight at a BHPA Registered School. However, you may see tandem gliders at the Downs with our pilots flying other club or family members, as they are already covered by insurance through the BHPA, but if you are really keen and on the hill on the right day…we might make an exception!

Dunstable Site Webcams

Useful for checking if anyone is flying. Click on the webcam images to enlarge (Refresh the page if the image is out of date or only partly loads)

West Cam:  faces towards Totternhoe
North Cam:  faces the Main Paraglider Launch