Hang Gliding and Paragliding Air Experience Tandem Flight Information
You will find all the necessary and essential information that you need prior to attending your Hang Gliding or Paragliding Air Experience with Fly Like a Bird below. Should you still have any other questions then do not hesitate to get in touch.
It is important to have realistic expectations as it is a very weather-dependent sport and it can be frustrating for you and the instructor when the weather is unsuitable for flying.
However, if you are patient and flexible on dates, the rewards can be fulfilling and life-changing! If you are not a patient person, we most respectfully suggest that you consider a different activity.
What happens if the weather is unsuitable?
It is possible that some days you book may have to be cancelled because the weather is not suitable for flying to participate in your Air Experience Tandem flight. Our primary aim is to make sure you have a memorable and safe experience and consequently we are very selective about the conditions we let you fly in.
We ask you to call Fly Like a Bird - 07875 247 389 (between 7:30pm and 8:30 pm) the evening before your pre- booked Air Experience Tandem to establish if the forecast is suitable for flying. We take forecasts from many sources.
The pilot’s decision about whether to participate in the flight, is final.
If the weather forecast is unsuitable, you are welcome to re-book at a later date. If we are ‘fully booked’, (very rare) on the day you choose, we will suggest the nearest available date.
What happens if the weather deteriorates during the day?
If you are booked for a Hang Gliding or Paragliding Air Experience Activity then we will arrange another day for you to come back for your flight.
A Hang Gliding or Paragliding Air Experience Tandem flight is a low activity outdoor sport that takes place on remote and exposed hill sides with little shelter available and therefore it is important to ensure you have the following suitable outdoor clothing;
- Base layers – Several insulating base layers
- Outer layers – warm outer coat and trousers
- Waterproofs – suitable water proof jacket and trousers
- Hats & Gloves – warm winter gloves and hats
- Footwear – sturdy high ankle boots for light hill walking and those that provide good support.
Fly Like a Bird provide’s all the equipment necessary for you to complete your Air Experience Activity. This includes:
- Hang Glider / Paraglider
- Two Way Radios
If weather permits you will be on the hill all day. We eat on the hill, so ensure you bring lunch with you.
We have two different sites for our Air Experience Activities. They are Woolacombe Downs and Putsborough, which are both coastal sites. Our in-land, aero-towing site for hang gliding (tba) will be updated once we are fully operational for that experience.
We will provide you with the time on when to meet the evening before the Activity.
Please see map below on how to get to the site. Parking is available at the Little Roadway Farm Camping Park. The cost is negotiated at £1 per day. We will meet you at this point and take you to the flying site which is 5 minutes from here. Alternatively, if you are travelling by Public Transport or are being dropped off, please call us directly to organise where to meet.
We meet at the same location as Little Roadway Farm Campsite (see above). Putsborough is a 10 minute drive from this location. If you wish to bring your car to the site you will need to park at Putsborough Sands Car Park which is a charge of £6- £10 per day depending on the time of year.
Telephone us between 7:30pm and 8:30pm the evening before your course commences to check weather conditions. Telephone number 07875 247 389.
Woolacombe Downs Map
For a more detail map, select the Full Screen mode in the top right of the map.
Directions from Barnstaple
- Take A361 signposted to Braunton, then Ilfracombe for approximately 10 miles.
- At the roundabout at Mullacott Cross take the first right signposted Woolacombe, which is the B3343
- After approximately 2 miles turn left at the corner just after the pink house, signposted Georgeham and Croyde.
- Follow this road for approximately 2 ½ miles (Georgeham Road).At the intersection you will see Little Roadway Farm Campsite on your left.
- Postal Code for Sat. Nav. Is EX34 7HL (make sure if you use Sat Nav. that you come to the main camping entrance)