Dec 102018

  The Pride of Peak Airsports Flying School – See our Facebook page also.

Paragliding EPC students:  

  • Amanda Kenny, Freddie Dennineton, Chantal Blake, Dominic Basson, Dean Cuthbert, Owen Goodwin, David Wilson, Kate Smith, John Jones, Oliver Ashby, Simon Adderley, Mick Summer, Dave Watts, Tom Milner, Paul Watson, Steve Brightmore, Andrew Smedley, Richard Farnsworth, Stephen Smith, Gary Senior, Emma Tattershall, Laurie McNabb, Richard Drury and Rosie, all smiles and……

    • Brendan Mackrill, Julian Mamo, Sharon Appleby, Stephanie Yeomans, Rosie Keegan, Jakob Bumke, Liam Griffith, Graham Cardwell, Martin Laville, Fergus Wison, Melanie Hill, Alison Watson, Peter Lavery, Gareth Owen, Stuart Carter, Chris Smith, Geoffery Taverner, Nuala Godfrey, Kate Humpherys, James Newton, Richard Robson, Andrew Senior, Karen Senior, Phil Robinson, Ben Stevens, Ian Jacks, Colleen Warne, Doughlas Galloway, Tom Leach, Nick Brennan, Tim Ogden, Luciano Di Carlo, David Thomas, Graham Prettyman, Jon Gibson and Gillian Oldroyd, Aiden Smith, Tim Fawkes, Graham Staniforth, Bob Watson, Shane Orange, Joanne Cannon, Owen Chamberlin, Simon Athey, Ben Tibbits, Howard Bourks, Jonathan Jones, John froggatt, Nev Fox, Richard Laybourn, Hans Herlemann, Martin Whelan, Philip Haddock, Paul Watchorn, Peter Brown, Fraser Burns, David Tune, Duncan Brown, Sreenath Namelil, James Denley, Martin Summers, Shea Shin NG, Richard Carlton, John Collett, Wayne Smith, Caz Smith, Chris Hulme, Dale Evans, Grant Brown, Alex Wady, Brett Harker, Lily Tiffen, Kellie Burnell, Chantelle Robinson,  John Barnes, Ludmila Kocukova, Oleg Kocukovs.
Total: 101 students and counting!

Well done everyone, a fantastic result and stay with it, you’ve done the hard part! CPC here we come:-).


Karen getting ready for her 2nd high flight:-).


Well done Andy and Karen on completing the EPC. CPC here you come!

Well done guy’s, that’s the hard part over, let’s go fly!

CPC – Paragliding students:

    • Chris Sangwin, Tom Milor, Paul Watson, Mike Mouliai, Steve Brightmore, Richard Farsworth, Gary Senior, Emma Tattershall, Richard Drury, Brendan Mackrill, Mark Savage, Rosie Keegan, Jakob Bumke, Liam Griffith, Chantal Blake, Dominic Basson, Thomas Denial, Kate Smith, John Jones, Martin Lavelle, Chris Smith, Scott Thornhill, Dean Cuthbert, Nuala Godfrey and Owen Goodwin.
    • Also…. Kate Humphreys, James Newton, Ben Stevens, Richard Carlton, Mick Sumner, Luciano Di Carlo, Nick Brennan, Tom Leach, Jon Gibson, Phil Robinson, Gabriel Marsh, Paul Peppard, Aiden Smith, Paul Rushforth, Mark Herbert, Ian Stanyer, Douglas Galloway, Dave Thomas, Graham Prettyman, Tim Swait, Tim Fawkes, Tim Ogden, Bob Watson, Shane Orange, Owen Chamberlin, Neil Dibblee, Wayne Smith, Shea Shin, John Collett, Martin Whelan, Richard Laybourn, Howard Bourke, John Froggatt, Neville Fox, Ian Smith, Peter Brown, James Denley, Chris Hulme, Richard Carlton, Martin Summers, David Tune and Pilip Haddock.
    • Well done to you all!!:-).

Total:  72 CPC’s so far (and counting), again well done and see you on the hill:-).


Magic flight

John – one of our students getting the best view ever!


 Top mark guy’s and girls! I look forwards to being in the air with you soon and remember, getting qualified is just the start. Try one of my trips to Annecy / Spain or Italy and realize a dream (what flying is really about)!

For those just starting with Peak Airsports, Thank you for choosing my school and welcome. Peak Airsports and it’s instructors value students as  ‘real people’ and potential Pilots, always:-).

I am proud to say I have had the privilege to teaching you all to fly, thank you. For those not quite finished, all that comes to those who wait for the right time and weather.

CFI – Mark Bosher.

Food for thought?

How many ‘other schools’ do you see a current list of students who have past their EPC or CPC qualifications?

Peak Airsports, Taking you to a higher level, be inspired!

A BHPA registered school

 Posted by at 11:11 AM
Apr 112017

Nik Cook of Ultra FIT Magazine takes to the Peak District skies with Peak Airsports

paragliding with ultra fit's nik cook in derbyshireI often see paragliders above the Peak District hills when out running and biking. They hang like swarms of multi- coloured jelly fish in the sky, whilst soaring along the ridges. It looked like such a magical experience, I just had to try it.

The real joy of the sport is its simplicity and portability. Park up your car – load your wing, harness and kit on your back in an easy to carry rucksack – and head on up the hill. Spend a few minutes running though safety-checks, raise your wing and your off into the sky.

Paragliding is the most affordable, fast to learn, convenient and accessible air sport there is. It’s also  (if you’ve been taught properly) incredibly safe with modern canopies that want to fly and wont drop you out of the sky. Most of the accidents that are reported involve ‘unqualified pilots’ who have bought a second hand canopy on-line and have tried to teach themselves!? Following a course with a BHPA (British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) approved school, will teach you (typically in about 10 days) the skills and knowledge to fly safely and responsibly. Your learning doesn’t stop there though, as once you have gained your Club Pilot rating, you’ll be continuously in contact with experienced pilots who’ll play an active role in your further development.

Learning to Fly

paragliding with ultra fit's nik cook in derbyshireMark Bosher is the Senior Instructor and sole owner of ‘Peak Airsports’ and his experience as a pilot, club coach and Senior instructor, is second to none. He has flown paragliders and hang gliders in the Peak District for over twenty two years. So, having spent an evening discussing the sport with Mark and being reassured that I wouldn’t maim myself or worse, I was fired up to hit the skies but, as with so many outdoor activities, it was now a waiting game for the weather.

My first taste of the sport came a few days after our initial meeting with a tandem flight. Despite less than ideal conditions we managed to get airborne and had two fantastic flights. Highlights included popping up over a ridge and seeing my home village and hanging within touching distance of a hovering kestrel! Rather than just being a passive passenger, Mark was constantly telling me what he was doing and was starting to prepare me for learning to fly for myself. Joining us on the hill were several other of Mark’s protege’s, who were all well on their way to achieving their Club Pilot rating. As well as flying with me, Mark was constantly instructing them and was like a proud parent as they all took off, soared apparently effortlessly back and forwards along the ridge and softly landed. As with the tandem flight, Mark involved me in their checks and flights and was constantly drip- feeding me with information and familiarising me with the kit and correct procedures. By the end of the day, I was truly bitten by the bug and couldn’t wait for my own taster day course. Unfortunately the vagaries of the Peak District weather put paid to my flying ambitions for a couple of weeks but finally, with a crisp and clear forecast, I got the call from Mark and it was on.

paragliding with ultra fit's nik cook in derbyshireMeeting up in a local cafe with a cup of tea, we went over important safety information and some flight theory. I was joined by another trainee pilot who was about half way to gaining his Club Pilot rating and was looking for some consolidation of the basics before joining Mark for an intensive week of flying in Spain. We then set off to the flying site and after a short hike carrying our kit, we reached a magnificent grassy bowl that was to be our training field. Having set up a wind-sock, Mark then went through how to assess the site for hazards and how to appraise the wind and weather. Next up were parachute rolls. Although you normally land incredibly gently on your feet when paragliding, knowing how to safely roll out of a bad landing is a very useful skill to have. Getting the wings out, I was totally bemused by the expanse of fabric and the seemingly incomprehensible bird’s nest of lines. However, as we worked through the safety checks, and what was attached to what and it slowly started to make sense. I then learned how to put on the harness, attach myself to the canopy and the eight-point safety check to make before every flight – helmet strap, chest strap, right attachment to wing, right hand clip of waist strap, left hand clip of waist strap, left hand attachment to wing, the emergency parachute handle was secure and another check of my helmet strap.

paragliding with ultra fit's nik cook in derbyshire

Mark then swapped places with me and gave a couple of demos of what he expected from my first flight’s. This focused on the three position flaring procedure of landing, where both controls are pulled right down to purposely stall the wing. Mark then attached a long rope to me to aid take-off and I stood facing down the slope. Despite Mark assuring me that I’d barely take-off and it would just be a series of hops, as I set off and felt the pull of the inflated wing behind me, adrenaline surged through my veins. With each hop I got a bit further off the ground and with the last one, soared to the dizzying height of about 10ft. Mark talked me through the 3, 2, 1 landing sequence on the radio and I was back on the ground. I then collapsed the wing, and Mark showed me how to rose it up into a neat bundle and we trudged back up the hill. We went through the process six or seven times and with each flight, I gained a fraction more height, became more autonomous in the checks and pre-flight routine and felt more comfortable in the air. When Mark was happy I was comfortable, we moved a bit further up the hill and I was reaching heights of about 30ft with each flight. The sense of freedom in the air was amazing and with Mark’s constant instruction and reassurance, I never felt nervous, scared or uncomfortable with what I was doing. Every small flight was a progression, consolidating on the last and introducing new skills, such as having to compensate for a bit of drift due to the wind.

paragliding with ultra fit's nik cook in derbyshireAfter lunch, we moved further up the hill again and I was now taking off without the help of the rope. Mark had already said that more height made things easier as you had more time to think and relax. Although initially sceptical about this, he was completely right and being 50ft off the ground gave me the time to really think about the techniques of flying and control. Landings were now becoming second nature and I wasn’t rushing or panicking to get back to earth. By now I’d probably made about 15 flights and the sun was beginning to set on a perfect autumnal afternoon. For my final flight of the day, Mark took me almost to the top of the hill and I launched with confidence really wanting to make this one count. Once up, I let the controls rise to allow the wing to fly and I rapidly gained height. Mark looked tiny below as I rose to over 70ft but he constantly coached me over the radio and I felt completely in control. With enough height he suggested I try a couple of turns so, having checked over my shoulder as if driving a car, I gently pulled the right toggle and allowed the left to lift. The wing turned beautifully and after flying this new course for a while, Mark instructed me to turn back to the left and approach to land. Mark then calmly announced over the radio that he would let me make the landing on my own without his countdown. 10ft off the deck I started the landing sequence pulling both controllers to shoulder-height, at 5ft down, to forearms parallel to the ground and finally, 2-3ft before landing, to an arms extended down position. I touched down with no more force than stepping off a kerb. I was elated and exhilarated from the flight. Mark came down and asked, was I a pilot? I thought for a while, I’d taken off, flown, turned and landed so (in a very embryonic way) I guess I was!

Not bad for my first day!

 Posted by at 3:52 PM
Apr 022013

Mark Bosher (Chief flying Instructor) of Peak Airsports takes ‘Ben Fogel’ from the BBC’s ‘Country Tracks’ programme on a Tandem Paraglider flight in the Peak District! Ben was really cool and liked it so much we went for a second flight! The programme was televised on BBC 1 on Sunday the 17th of May. Ben clearly enjoyed ever minute of the flight and was great fun to fly with. The team from the BBC was very professional in of filming the whole thing.

Mark and Ben ready to land on the Tandem

Ben and Mark after the flight

A great day out!

Apr 022013

AirDesign (AD) and the Rise of the Rise!

Mark Bosher, Peak Airsports owner and Chief Flying Instructor, is please to become  ‘The Premier UK Dealer of AirDesign’. This adds to a top list of Paraglider names to add to Peak Airsports equipment suppliers and manufacturers.  The AirDesign’s ‘Rise’ was flight tested in Peak Airsports base, The Peak District National Park and Mark Bosher (CFI) was blown away (not literally) by the performance of this ‘high end’ EN ‘B’ glider!

It is simply a stunning wing and so nice to fly.

Mark’s Comments on the glider:

The weather in the UK finally got better over the weekend and the school was really busy. Yesterday (Monday) was a great days flying and I had two hours flying the AD-Rise, in good ridge lift and light thermals. There were about 25 Paragliders flying on the day (a quite day for the area). A lot of the pilots flew close to me to see what the ‘new glider’ on the hill was:-). A good time to give my first impressions of the Rise.  Also out on the day was one of my ‘ex-students’ with 35 hours airtime. He has only ever flown DHV 1 (or A) glider (since qualifying with Peak Airsports). He is a confidant and skillful pilot (for his hours) and is probably the ideal pilot for any feedback also.


0 = Not good

5 = Top marks / amongst the best:

Quality of stitching / sale area and workmanship = (5/5)

Top notch and as good as anything else out there, the attention to detail that’s second to none. On the ground the glider looks long, sleek and very sexy!

Ground handling = (5/5)

Easy, with no problems at all, the glider came up and settled overhead with just a ‘light hip movement’ to launch it (without using any A’s) and with no ‘overshoot’ tendencies at all.

In the Air = (5/5)

Again, top marks and very nice indeed.

I did have ‘my student’ head on, while I flew and was at home with the glider straight away. With no roll or pitch oscillations at all and easy to weight shift with light, but progressive pressure on the brakes. Brake length is very nice too (not too long) for a B glider and the glider accelerated very nicely, once the brakes are fully up. The big ear lines were easy to find and the ears came in easily and the glider had no tendency to oscillate or pitch with the ears in. As expected, just a light pump on the brake takes the ears out straight away and again this felt good. The ‘hands up and pull down hard ‘A – symmetric (do not try this, unless you understand what you are doing) was uneventful and came out after 45 degrees of turn, again uneventful and reassuring for the level of pilot intended for the wing. Wing-overs were easy and balanced and even when deliberately doing messy ones, the wing still made them look OK!

General flying = (5/5)

I had to soar from the lower part of the ridge to the higher part and this took some ‘close in’ flying to get to the main group of pilots. It was easy for me to get to the others and the sink rate and speed was the best I’ve know on a B glider so far. The controls are so precise and the glider moves so nicely to little inputs, this gives you confidence in the wing very quickly. With good ridge lift I was soon up amongst the other gliders. This ranged from A to D gliders, including a Mentor 2 and an Ozone M4. Overall the only glider that could match me was the M4 as I made the most of the light thermals gently coming up the slope. Some of this is due to my 2500hrs and 20 years of flying, but a load was due to the glider also. I did know the M4 pilot and know he is lightly loaded on the M4 and this was the only reason he could just get the edge on me in the climbs, but by only a very very small margin.

Speed bar:

Half speed bar is very progressive and light and felt again ‘top notch’ with a good speed increase felt straight away. Full bar felt good and the fastest I’ve flown on a B glider. The bar pressure was higher, as expected but not hard to keep on full and very workable. Over all I was top of the stack on this glider more times than not and I’ve no doubt the glider did get noticed by everyone in the air (and on the ground) and this is just what I wanted:-). I had a great time passing my hand through the snow, while soaring along the slope and landing next to people for a chat (with the wing sat above my head and not moving at all). My best flight in the UK so far this year!:-).

My ex – student = (5/5)

Chris was amazed by the Rise! It was his first time he’d ever flown anything other than his Advance Alpha (A) glider. Like most who make the move to the next level, he felt he needed more time to really get the best out of the glider and said it felt like he was flying a ‘quality machine’ and very much a ‘high end / top end’ B glider. The smile on his face said it all really and he asked could have another flight please!

Up date:

Chris went on to purchase a new Rise from ’Peak Airsports’ after receiving great service and backup and has already done his first XC flights on the Rise! He tells me he loves it even more now! Another satisfied ‘post – CPC student’ and valued customer of Peak Airsports, thanks Chris:-).


Well done to the AirDesign team! You have produced one of the highest performing B rated paragliders on the market today and any pilot ready to fly a ‘top end B’ will not be disappointed with this glider. It fills / ticks all the boxes and handles as sweet as can be.

For the targeted market, a pilot moving up from an ‘A’ glider or low end ‘B’ or a pilot moving down (from a C or D even) wanting a more relaxed glider, the Rise should be at the top of there list for gliders to try (from Peak Airsports;-). The Rise is not a glider for the ‘new pilot’ as AirDesign rightly (and clearly) state and I would agree. It is quite simply the ‘Top of it’s class’ glider, bar none! Even I had a smile on my face (while writing this) and that must tell you something about how I felt flying the Rise too:-).

If your in the market for a ‘bench mark’ / top performance DHV 1/2 - B glider, give Mark a call: 07703062721 and get a test flight (and see what all the hype is about for yourself)!

Mark Bosher

Chief Flying Instructor

Peak Airsports – 30 years in the business

Premier Northern Dealer for Airdesign

Tel: 07703062721

Office: 01433651851



Be inspired!

 Posted by at 9:05 PM
Sep 302012

Please have a read of a recent review we received from one of our post – CPC Paragliding students, thanks Matt!

Jan 9, 2011
I learnt to paraglide with Peak Airsports in late 2010. 1 to 1 tuition & up to date equipment, combined with Marks true passion for the sport made it very easy for me to achieve my goal of becoming qualified quickly and safely. I would recommend Peak Airsports to anyone looking to take up Hang Gliding or Paragliding.
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Matt in the early part of his EPC.

Matt -Post CPC and on one of our trips too Annecy, game on!

A BHPA registered school

 Posted by at 5:27 PM