Hang Gliding Tandem

… with a three-time World Champion, Judy Leden MBE

This is an experience of a lifetime and by far our most popular ‘experience’ flight.  

Judy Leden is the most experienced tandem pilot in the UK – you will not find a more dedicated & professional pilot to introduce you to the skies.  Blue Peter chose us (twice!) for a series of programmes, as did The Gadget Show, Country Tracks, The Weather Show, and many more.

The Flight:

After an initial briefing, you will be helped into a harness and will be clipped into the hang glider alongside your instructor.  You will be towed aloft by a microlight tug to 3,000 feet above the Derbyshire countryside, enjoying the exhilaration of being airborne. With no cockpit or windows, the view is spectacular.

Once you have climbed 3,000 feet, Judy will release the tow line, and you then have three-dimensional freedom to fly where you want.  You can try your hand at flying if you wish, or simply enjoy the thrilling sensation of moving silently through the air, like a bird. 

There is no running required as our hang glider is fitted with a wheeled undercarriage, so you will be lying in flying position from start to finish.  Tandem hang gliding is open to almost everyone – lower age limit is 14 years old. There is no upper age limit (the current record at Airways Airsports is 90 years old for tandem hang gliding, 100 years old for microlighting!)

The upper weight limit for this experience is 15 stone (95 kilos)

Tandem hang gliding is suitable for people with a range of disabilities and mobility issues. Almost everyone can fly as long as they are over 14 years old and 15 stone or less.


The Tandem Hang Glider Flight with Judy makes an ideal gift; why not let us film your flight and add in a copy of Judy's book "Flying with Condors".


Join us for a flight over Derbyshire

Below see the film of British Hang Gliding Champion Gordon Rigg's mother who flew tandem with Judy, to celebrate her 77th birthday! Flying solo, alongside, is Gordon, her son.

  • World Women’s Hang Gliding Champion (twice)
  • World Women’s Paragliding Champion
  • European and six times British Women’s Hang Gliding Champion
  • British Hang Gliding Team Member 
  • British Paragliding Team  Member
  • British Team Captain
  • Multiple World Record Holder
  • World Record for absolute altitude (hang gliding) at 41,307 feet
  • Display Pilot

TV appearances:

  • Blue Peter 2010 – flying tandem with Joel Delfries (3 programnmes)
  • Blue Peter (broke World Altitude Towing Record, flying tandem with presenter, Matt Baker)
  • ITV – Don’t Try This At Home (3 times) –  Click here for Youtube link
  • 24 Hour Party People – stunt doubling for Steve Coogan – Click here for Youtube link
  • Natural World (BBC 1) Flying with Condors
  • Channel 4 – Stratosfear (50 minute documentary on World Altitude Record)
  • Channel 4 – “Cotopaxi Dream” 
  • BBC1 – Flight of the Dacron Eagles
  • BBC 1 – The Weather Programme
  • BBC 1 – The Gadget Show (flying tandem with John Bentley)
  • BBC 1 – The Weather Show (Flying tandem with Carol Kirkwood)
  • Channel Crossing by hang glider (ITN News) – Click here for Youtube link
  • Test pilot for AV Roe triplane replica – Click here for Youtube link
  • Commercial – Raymond James Investments – Click here for Youtube link

Judy was awarded her MBE by the Queen for services to hang gliding, and received the Royal Aeroclub’s Gold Medal, as well as the Jordanian Star (first order) from King Hussein, for her World Record for altitude, which she did in Jordan.