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Paraglider Achieves Guinness World Record

Those of you who enjoy paragliding will no doubt be interested to read that an estate agent by the name of James Du Pavey from Market Drayton has featured in the Guinness World Records for the  “Fastest journey from Land’s End to John-O’- Groats by powered paraglider”. His airborne trip took place from the 8th to the 9th July 2019 and took 1 day 12 hours and 19 minutes.

He actually took off from John O’Groats on the 8th July 2019 at 3.30am completing the trip in just over 36 hours. During the epic journey in the paraglider he reached a height of 10,000 feet. Unfortunately, he had to make three emergency landings but was unharmed. Obviously he needed to stop on a number of occasions to refuel during the 870 mile trip.  No doubt somewhat concerningly, his engine ceased to function when he was a mere six miles from Land’s End but he still made it. He was ably supported by a two man ground crew during the lengthy trip.

You will be pleased to read that James Du Pavey has raised more than £12,000 for the Donna Louise Hospice for children and young people that is located in Stoke on Trent as a result of this paragliding world record breaking journey. Those monies will obviously be put to extremely good use by the hospice.

We are sure that our paragliding clients will no doubt like to join the staff here at AIB Insurance in congratulating James Du Pavey for such a wonderful achievement. He must have been absolutely exhausted by the time he eventually came down to land for the final occasion at the end of the journey.

If you are looking to get into paragliding for the first time or are a veteran, why not get in touch with us here at AIB Insurance on 02380 268 351 and one of our experienced team will be pleased to discuss your insurance needs in relation to this airborne activity and obtain a competitive quotation for your perusal without any obligation.

We are 25 Years Old Today – Wow, how time has flown!

BHPAOn our 25th anniversary we thought we’d give you a brief history of our company and our roots which go back all the way to the 1970’s.

First, we need to talk about the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and our strong historic ties.

Throughout the 1970’s until 1992 the BHPA was known as the BHGA (British Hang Gliding Association) and sought a range of insurance advice from ‘Airsports Insurance Limited’ owned by a keen hang glider called Reggie Spooner.

Reggie, a former wing commander in the RAF, had stumbled into insurance and owned his own insurance consultants in Hampshire by the name of Fullbrook Spooner Insurance.  Having seen a gap in the market and to assist the BHGA, he created ‘Airsports Insurance Limited’ employing Yvonne Jukes from an office in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

Reggie, an astute businessman with a keen tongue for sales, encouraged all sorts of insurance policies for the club, it’s members and the BHGA staff that included travel, equipment, life and various liability products.

This changed in 1992 with the formation of another club called the BHPA (British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) to embrace the growing paragliding community.  Committee member Dick Long, with the backing of newly appointed chairman Tom Hardie, created ‘Airsports Insurance Bureau Limited’ which was solely owned by the club to replace Reggie’s business and quickly appointed Yvonne to the board to run the business from a new office on the Isle of Wight.

Reggie, missing his key lady Yvonne, wound the former ‘Airsports Insurance’ company up. However, he had always promised he would use any profits made to help the airsport community. True to his word, he helped local hang gliding and paragliding clubs buy hills that they found for sale.  The first one that they purchased was The Parlour, in South East Wales overlooking Abergavenny, followed by the Tinto, a Scottish mountain with Long Mind in Shropshire later purchased.

When Mark Asquith was appointed chairman to the BHPA in 1997, the insurance arm of the BHPA was considered not viable due to the ever-growing compliance issues surrounding financial services.  As such, the BHPA sold ‘Airsports Insurance Bureau’ to its then long-standing manager Yvonne Jukes in 2005.

Yvonne’s first decision was to employ her sister, Jacqui Prince, who later took full control in 2011 with the sad passing of the much-loved Yvonne in the same year.  Jacqui retired at the end of AIB2013 and the business moved back to its original home town in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

We have continued to go from strength to strength, with a large portfolio of motor and home insurance clients and relationships with all sorts of clubs including motorhome, Porsche and Ferrari clubs and associations, as well as still insuring the BHPA members today.

We look forward to another successful and enjoyable 25 years!