Over 40 years of experience

The green dragons team

We offer training courses for all levels and types of pilot

Meet our team of experienced instructors

At Green Dragons we have a hugely experienced team of instructors in a wide variety of airborne activities. We teach, paragliding, hang glider, paramotoring, parascending and more so whatever your airborne passion is we have the experience to develop your skills further.

You are in safe hands with our Chief Flying Instructor Andy Shaw, who oversees all activities and is one of the most experienced instructors in the whole of the UK. If you would like more information about training with us then please use our contact form below and we will be happy to help.

Andy Shaw

Chief Flying Instructor & Owner of Green Dragons

Andy is Green Dragons, investing his life into the school and the sport of paragliding and hang gliding. He displays strong leadership, imagination and positive can do attitude towards all his teaching and any project he works on. Like his father and brothers he spent his early life in the military with 6 years with the Parachute Regiment and the Red Devils. Andy was introduced to airborne activities from an early age has been a cornerstone of the development of paragliding and hang gliding in the UK. Andy has been working with the BHPA, developing training programs and best practices for training new and existing pilots.
Andy has been at the helm of Green Dragons since 1988 and has steered the team to multiple podium positions in a wide range of airborne disciplines and continues to contribute to many national established procedures used across the world of Free Flight. With this wealth of knowledge and experience Andy runs excellent fun training courses that instil discipline and safe practices into all of his students preparing them for real world flying.

Justin Rose

Senior instructor and tandem pilot

Justin is known throughout the world of extreme sports with his wing suiting, base jumping and parachuting activities. When he isn’t throwing himself off buildings or out of planes he is the senior instructor at Green Dragons. Justin has been training students for 20 years and is one of the top instructors in the UK. He has a confident cool head on his shoulders and has a unique knowledge of teaching on our sites on the North Downs. He loves to share his knowledge and inspire others into airborne activities whilst insuring safe training practices are followed.

William Lawrence

Instructor and service specialist

William has been with Green Dragons for 5 years following his Club Pilots course. He has progressed into one of our instructors and loves to share his passion about flying with our students. Early on in his flying story he has been interested in the equipment and has established himself as an experienced service and repair technician for all of your equipment needs. You are in safe hands when training with William and his ability to get the best from his students is one of his strengths.

Michael Collins

Instructor and paramotor technician

Michael has been involved with Green Dragons for over ten years and as is a crucial part of the team. He is a highly experienced instructor and has a passion for paramotoring. Michael heads up our sales department and has a wealth of experience flying and demonstrating wings around the country. He also works in our busy service centre and is one of our office managers when he isn’t flying. Michael is also a keen paramotor pilot and often runs flying sessions at Green Dragons for a range of pilot abilities from novice to more adventurous pilots.

Matt Bignell

Training Instructor and Accuracy pilot

Matt is another Airfield child growing up on flying sites and has a long history with Green Dragons. Matt’s love is flying and in recent years has focused on accuracy competitions becoming one of the top UK pilots. He has competed and won competitions around the world and continues to mentor pilots entering the world of accuracy competitions. Matt is an experienced instructor and brings a unique set of skills to his teaching. He has a lovely, infectious and positive attitude to all of his training sessions that can be seen in all of his students.

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