New Members and Visitors
Covid-19 Update 06/11/20
All Devon & Somerset Condors flying sites with the exception of Batcombe are open. Batcombe is closed due to shooting at the request of the landowner. For details please refer to the relevant site guide. We would ask that everyone carefully considers their own definition of “local” when used in connection with paragliding/hang gliding and that everyone continue to follow and comply with government guidelines and legislation and stay current and up to date with sites guides. Please keep your distance from other people.
Eype please note - There has been a considerable landslip in the bowl and soaring conditions will very likely have changed since your last flight there. Do assess conditions very carefully.
Renewing existing membership? Please also use the link below:
On behalf of the Devon & Somerset Condors, we warmly welcome you to our very special part of the world. If you are a member of the public and wish to experience a tandem flight please go to our Learning to Fly page. Visiting pilots are free to fly most of our sites, but we do ask that you are a member of another UK club and of the BHPA. If you are visiting from abroad, please ensure that you have sufficient third party insurance, are a member of your own country's national association, and are appropriately qualified.
Visitors are also welcome to any of our clubnights, held on the first Tuesday of the month. Please see our calendar page for details.
We are a club for qualified pilots. If you wish to learn or have a tandem flight with an experienced pilot, please go to our learn to fly page.
Please note Batcombe is currently closed due to shooting from 31st October 2020 to 1st February 2021
Before flying any of our sites, please make contact with us and/or get a sites guide. The Open Sites Guide on this website will inform you where you can fly. On the hill, please introduce yourself to local pilots and ask for advice if you are not familiar with the site or conditions. We have lots of club coaches and experienced pilots who are happy to help - we all want everyone to fly safely and have fun!
If you become a member you will also have access to our members only sites. To fly two major sites, namely Charmouth and Branscombe, you MUST be a fully paid up member of the Condors. You must also have your name and car registration on a list held by the landowners. This is at the landowners' stipulation. These are both excellent south coast sites, which have entailed lengthy and sensitive negotiation for our use. We also have one or two other members' only sites, and a number of sites which, whilst not members only, are sensitive and/or occasionally closed.
If you do not know the rules or status of a site, please do not fly there without first contacting a club member who does.
If at any time the landowner asks you to leave, please do so without fuss, and contact the Sites Officer, Harry Dike - [email protected] - as soon as possible.
Pilots living within the Condors catchment area are urged to join the club. Stating the obvious perhaps, but without sites we cannot fly. All of the private landowners from whose land we fly receive some sort of recompense for their generosity and hospitality towards us, and we pay fees for some of our Council and National Trust sites, so it is only fair that all local pilots should contribute. Please do the decent thing if you live locally and join our club. At only £25 a year becoming a Condors member will be the least of your flying related costs and is excellent value for money! Benefits of club membership include:
- Access to all Condors flying sites
- Lots of excellent informative and entertaining club talks and events throughout the year
- Members's subsidy for club coach and first aid courses
- Annual parachute repacking event (free to members)
- Use of extensive club library (DVDs and books)
- Club lectures and coaching for post CP progression through the BHPA pilot rating scheme
- Unrestricted access to all areas of our website and online discussion forums, Facebook and the Telegram app groups. These give information regarding our sites, social events, contact details of all members, news, views, articles and general flying chit-chat.
- Our Telegram Chat and Site Reports groups give up to the minute information on current views and flying conditions.
- The opportunity to carry off any of our wide selection of annual trophies by entering your flights in the Condors XC League here - Condors PG XC League
Most importantly, we hope that members and visitors alike have fun and fly safely.
Harry Dike - [email protected]