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BHPA Comparative Table 

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(The descriptions are those used by both schemes, the alignment of the 
levels is the BHPA's judgement). 
 
 
DHV  DHV Description  CEN CEN Description
Paragliders with simple and very forgiving flying characteristics Standard  For the inexperienced pilot and pilots seeking relaxed flying. Very stable, rapid recovery with no pilot input, easy predictable handling.
1-2  Paragliders with good-natured flying characteristics. [min. BHPA Club Pilot] Performance For the experienced pilot who flies 'actively' and is familiar with normal recovery techniques. Generally stable with straightforward recovery though this may require pilot input, predictable handling. Recommended for regularly flying pilots. 

[min. BHPA Pilot] 

  2 Paragliders with demanding flying characteristics and potentially dynamic reactions to turbulence and pilot errors.

[min. BHPA Pilot]

2-3 Paragliders with very demanding flying characteristics and potentially violent reactions to turbulence. Recommended for experienced and regularly practised pilots. 
[min BHPA Advanced Pilot] 
Competition For the very experienced advanced pilot who flies almost every day. This pilot will need very highly developed skills at avoiding and recovering from all departures from normal flight.

Possibly only marginal stability, recovery may require skilled accurate piloting and may need time, possibly demanding handling.

[min. BHPA Advanced Pilot]

Paragliders with very demanding flying characteristics and potentially very violent reactions to turbulence and pilot errors, little scope for pilot errors. For the very experienced, highly skilled expert competition pilots.

[min. BHPA Advanced Pilot] 

 
Chairman BHPA Flying and Safety Committee.