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Hang Gliding

Training School

Learn to fly solo hang gliders: Beginner through to Club Pilot level with the most experienced instructors in the UK.

Hang Gliding

Tandem Flights 

Fly in a two person hangglider with our professional pilots. Leave the skill to us and enjoy an unforgettable experience.

 

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Oliver Pimblett

Hi Matt,

Thank you for giving me an incredible, unique and cherished lifelong memory. 

 

The joy I felt from your tandem flight at the weekend, amongst the glorious beauty that is the rolling hills of The South Downs, is hard to summarise with mere words.

 

Your clear, friendly and highly skilled instruction made me feel beyond safe and yet allowed me a deeply thrilling experience.

 

All your team at Airports Sussex were positive, patient, knowledgeable and shared your contagious passion for flight.

 

I've tried a plethora of sports and leisure activities but was inspired beyond the clouds by your day. So much so, I've signed up for your elementary pilot school!

 

Thank you for introducing me to the wondrous feeling of soaring free like an eagle .

 

See you on the hills soon.

 

Kind regards,

 

Oliver Pimblett

Deborah Harding

“What a tonic for a horrendous week at work!?! Airsports Sussex promise you a smile and they deliver! I felt safe, well instructed, it was fun and it was a real pleasure to be around people who are clearly passionate about what they do.

We travelled down from Norfolk and wondered if we’d get there and have to turn back due to the weather but all of those things were considered, as best they could be, by the team to avoid a wasted journey. A very considerate, friendly service.

It was such a good experience! A great birthday present! I would definitely do it again and would highly recommend Airsports Sussex.

Thank you for looking after us for the day :)”

Helen Didymus-True

“I had a fantastic tandem flight with Matt this weekend. Incredibly, by the time we took off I wasn’t even a little bit nervous – Matt’s expertise, utter calm and proficiency made me feel completely safe.

Being up in the air was incredible, and like nothing I’ve experienced before. This tandem flight was a fantastic opportunity to find out how it feels to fly like a bird while relying on someone else’s skills, and I’m hungry for more!”

Mellisa

“What an awesome experience. Really felt safe and relaxed with the pilot. He explained everything so well that I felt calm and confident. Loved the feel of freedom and stunning views. One of my most memorable moments. If you are thinking of giving this a try I would recommend it to anyone. You will love it.”

About us

matt lewis

Chief Flying Instructor (CFI)

Hang gliding has a spirit that I find awe inspiring.

It gives me a realistic perspective of my fears and on my ideas of what what I can and can't achieve. Through stepping through my fear and taking on the challenge of free flight I find a beautiful state of mind. I come to understand that my personal fears are my own thoughts and often not based in the reality of the situation.

I am currently the most experienced Chief Flying Instructor teaching hang gliding in the UK.  I've had the pleasure of 21 years experience flying solo, tandem and teaching internationally. I was proud to be the Senior Instructor for the exceptional South Downs Hanggliding School working with John Barratt, my mentor and friend, for over 10 years. John and I still work together within Airsports Sussex though I have taken over the day to day running of operations and he has moved towards the mechanics of the gliders.

You are in good hands. I have thousands of hours of flying experience, have taken hundreds of tandems and taught hundreds of people to fly, including most of the current hang glider pilots flying now in the UK.

I'm looking forward to seeing the pilots of the future and helping them achieve their potential.

John Barratt

John Barratt has been Chief Flying Instructor of South Downs Hang Gliding, the parent school of Airsports Sussex, for over 25 years. Mentor and friend to Matt Lewis for 10 years he now comes out with Airsports Sussex to lend his expert hand and also continues to use his wealth of experience to run South Downs Hang Gliding as a glider sales and maintenance company.

We are lucky to have him on board.

Tara Bentall

Tara Bentall is admin assistant for Airsports Sussex and is often behind the scenes helping with the ongoing office based work.

Tara is also an Alexander Technique Teacher.

Rod

Heming

Rod's extensive flying experience as a commercial pilot, light aircraft & microlite instructor, African Bush pilot and 30 years hang gliding make him a highly valued member of our team.

Rod has a long history of dedication to mindfulness and meditation practices which inform his naturally sunny and kind nature making him a great fun to be around too.

 

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Locations:

We fly from a variety of different locations in and around the South Downs National Park depending on the weather conditions. We use several different meeting locations, you will be informed before your flight,  although we often use the following:

Devil’s Dyke Pub, Dyke Rd, Poynings, East Sussex, BN1 8YJ        or        Middle Farm Shop, Middle Farm, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LJ

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Day 1 Training

First few runs with a glider: Learning to balance, keep the wings level and play with speed.