Hang Glider Service - South Downs Hang Gliding

All pilots make small repairs and inspect their wings regularly. However, it can be easy to overlook potentially dangerous faults. An Annual Inspection and report for your wing, will, at least, independently confirm your own routine checks and maintenance.
Our quality repair service has made us number one in the uk for specialist hang glider check and repair work for all makes of glider.

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Inside a modern hang gliderHang Glider check-over

This involves the removal of the outer leading-edge tubes and a full internal inspection of the sail and airframe. Current tuning settings, VG action and stability angles are noted in the inpection report. Any damaged parts will be replaced, labour is included in the price. Parts and sail-repairs charged extra. Recommended after a heavy landing.

Beginner / Intermediate ...... 85
Performance / Rigid Wing ...... 115

Glider stripdown

Additional to the basic check-over, the sail is removed from the airframe. Full sail, airframe and rigging inspection. Current tuning settings, VG action and stability angles are noted in the inpection report. Any damaged parts will be replaced, labour is included in the price. Parts and sail-repairs charged extra. Recommended once a year.

Beginner / Intermediate ...... 150
Performance / Rigid Wing ...... 195

Additional charges

Flying wire replacement (2 side-wires) .... 75 (approx)
Stability Reset (luff line and sprog) .... 65

Sail repairs

All sail repairs are undertaken locally by Mike Millwood of "The Loft"

Airframe repairs Nick and crashed hang glider

Damaged parts changed for new. Reflex lines and sprogs checked and reset. Where necessary tubes and cables supplied by Avian Hang Gliding Ltd.
Carbon fibre repair patches and rib repairs are done at our workshop. More extensive repairs are outsourced to our carbon specialist, Darren Blackman.

Harness repairs

Parachute repacks, harness repairs, replacement zips, extra pockets or tow loops, etc. Work done locally by Mike Millwood of "The Loft" in Firle.

Recent Hang Glider repair work.

Wills Wing Eagle 180. October 2016. Check for new owner and upgrade to heavy duty side-wires.

Wills Wing U2 160. October 2016. Routine check and replace sidewires.

Aeros Discus C14. September 2016. Check-over following crash. Owner concerned about difficult handling. Inner LE tube damaged. Replaced with new part. Tuning settings found incorrect. Reset for easier handling. Sprog angles reset. Test flight.

Aeros Target 16. September 2016. Glider in excellent condition. No repairs needed.

Wills Wing Eagle 180. August 2016. Check glider for new owner. Replaced one bent upright and supplied base-bar inner cable.

La Mouette Topless 2. July 2016. Inspect and repair old glider. New upright, heart bolt and sidewires fitted.

Aeros Target 16. June 2016. Check before sale. Top rigging frayed, replaced for new and renewed sidewires (routine).

A-I-R Atos C. May 2016. Full stripdown service. Replaced main control wires and pullies. Fitted new outer rib and new heart bolt. Carbon repair to one rib and outer rib mounting.

Airborne C4 13.5. May 2016. Check and repair following heavy landing Then reset "comp" tuning for general resale. Uprights, heart bolt, and sprog mountings replaced.

Avian Rio 2 17. April 2016. Check glider for new owner. No repairs necessary.

Icaro Laminar 13. April 2016. Check following crash. Replaced control frame knuckles.

Icaro Atos CV. April 2016. Full stripdown service and repair. New cables and pullies fitted. Several carbon fibre repairs applied to D-box leading edges.

Moyes Litespeed RX4. March 2016.Check following crash. Repaired carbon batten and applied mylar patches to sail.

Airwave Pulse 15. March 2016. Check and repair glider following heavy landing. Keel tube bent. Fitted new part.

Avian Rio 2. January 2016. Annual service. Sidewires, heartbolt and new upright fitted.


All checks, work, service, etc, DOES NOT amount to a Certification of Airworthiness. All work is carried out by hang gliding professionals in good faith. It remains the exclusive responsibility of the pilot to preflight check the aircraft and fully accept all associated risks.



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South Downs Hang Gliding

Gibraltar Farm, Firle, East Sussex. BN8 6NB

Tel. 07890 362648

Email: info@southdownshanggliding.co.uk