Pilots

Blue Ridge Paragliding Club

The First Official USHPA Paragliding Club in North Carolina

Paragliding-sky-retreatThe adjacent property to Sky Retreat is the home of the Blue Ridge Paragliding Club and launch.  The club is designed with you in mind!  Everyone is welcome and pilot members love sharing the joy of flying all together.

Blue Ridge Paragliding Club (BRPC) is in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains directly off of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Come catch some thermals, ridge soar with an amazing long-distance view, explore cross country, and enjoy sunset glass-offs.

Join the Adventure in the Sky…

New Members and Visiting Pilots

To fly this site,receive first time site orientation, and join the BRPC please call 704-907-6963.

Pilots are only allowed to fly after:

  • Joining the Blue Ridge Paragliding Club – a USHPA chapter with either an annual membership or daily membership for visiting pilots
  • Signing the site waiver
  • Receiving site orientation
  • With permission of the site coordinator

Blue Ridge Paragliding Club Membership Dues:

BRPC, (Blue Ridge Paragliding Club), is a local chapter of USHPA, (United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association). USHPA membership is required and by submitting my Annual or Visiting BRPC Application / Renewal, I agree to maintain USHPA membership in good standing when flying and or participating in BRPC activities.

I affirm I have read in full and agree to the USHPA Association Liability Release that extends to BRPC as a local chapter.

Please call 704-907-6963 to request your BRPC annual or visiting pilot daily membership and fill out the online site waiver.

All membership dues go directly into maintaining the paragliding site (roads and parking lot, trash removal, launch grass maintenance/mowing, wind socks, chairs, etc), and club social events.  Any membership dues that are left over are used to make donations to the LZ landowners for access road maintenance etc. to support good relationships and maintain permission to land.

Annual club membership dues: $350

Visiting pilot daily membership dues: $20

To sign the site waiver please visit:

Smart Waiver

BRPC Member Requirements

  • Must be a current USHPA member
  • Must have a current P-2 or higher USHPA rating.
  • Site orientation is required to fly this site.
  • Non-member visiting paragliding pilots must be approved for a day-pass to fly and have the supervision of a Blue Ridge Paragliding Club member.
  • Helmets must worn.
  • Always clear traffic before taking off and entering the flight pattern.
  • The main LZ to land in is called the “Church Field” and is to the left of take-off.
  • If landing at the LZ to the lower right of take-off, pilots must be quiet especially during hunting season. This includes no loud talking when coming into landing, packing up gear, etc.
  • When landing at the lower right LZ, please pack up your gear and walk down the logging road/gravel drive at the back/North side of the field.  Continue down this drive to the main street where you can be picked up. We have a good relationship with the LZ owners and we want to maintain this landing privilege by respecting their land and not disrupting their activities.