The Flying Buddies Group
Our Flying Buddies Group was set up for like-minded pilots to be able to communicate with each other to arrange flying sessions and talk about flying matters. These can be about either paragliding and hang gliding but please try to avoid needless chit chat.
Ideally we would like to keep the correspondence to conversations about imminent flying plans, weather forecasts and updates from the flying sites. It is not restricted to Green Dragons flying sites and we encourage you to include plans to fly other club sites and update others of your planned activity and locations.
Emails will originate from the email@example.com email address. Please remember that when you ‘reply all’ you are replying to a lot of pilots who may not want to receive too many emails so keep on point with your replies.
The Flying Buddies Group is run with the support of Andy Shaw, our instructors, coaches and pilots. It is there for you and is as good as you make it so please contribute what you can to continue its success.
There is a temporary extra daily flying fee of £5 for Green Dragons Members and £10 for non members to fly our sites due to extra costs involved in running the flying days due to the COVID19 restrictions.
Why Join the Flying Buddies Group?
We have found that pilots who make contact with other like-minded pilots tend to fly more. Having a social and support network around you results in you getting to the hill more and more importantly getting to the right hill on the right day. The Flying Buddies Group work together to plan flying sessions to encourage pilots to come out and fly more. Our instructors and coaches will encourage you to come to hill when they are flying to help you make more of the flying day. They will be there to offer advice and support but are not working as instructors so they will also be flying.
Getting to know and being in contact with other pilots will help you progress and increase your knowledge of our sport. Having a friendly face on the hill at the busy Southern Club sites has helped a lot of pilots bridge the gap between school and club. The Flying Buddies Group helps reduce the drop-out rate of new pilots and keep the active pilots safer by introducing newer pilots to sites they have not flown before.
Because Flying Buddies is not formal instruction we remind pilots that they need to be aware of their own experience and skill level. All pilots should only fly when they feel it is safe to do and they have made the decision to fly as pilot in command. The coaches and more experienced pilots are there to advise you on how safe they feel it is so please respect their advice and make a personal decision as to whether you fly or not.
Please avoid spamming the email system with too much communication and keep information to the subject matter being discussed. If you want to private email any of the coaches and instructors then please feel free to do. If we feel that a member of the group is abusing the system then they will be politely notified and asked to stop.